Top 5 Camcorders Under $300.00 Dollars [For The Budget Minded Person]

Buying a nice camcorder doesn't have to break the budget. You can find nice camcorders under $300.00. This report will help you find the type of camcorder that will give you great performance without breaking your bank.

Whether you are looking for a camcorder that will work well in low light, or an action camcorder, I have the researched for the best one for you to check out.

Maybe you are wanting to live stream or use it for Vlogging. I have have done the work for you. I personally do both live streaming and Vlogging.

I have looked into things like resolution, storage, zoom, and outputs. These are the things that are important when choosing a quality camcorder on a budget.

Make sure you check out the my final recommendation of the best quality camcorder for under $300.00.​ 

The Best Budget Camcorders Under $300.00 For 2017

Quick Camcorder Comparison Chart

Camcorder

Use

Zoom

Resolution

Storage

Outputs

Info

Samsung F90

Low Light, Live Stream

52x

720p

SD Card

HDMI, USB

Sony HDRCX440

Live Streaming, Vlogging

30x

1080p

SD Micro Card

HDMI, USB, Wi-Fi

Canon VIXIA HF R72

Live Streaming, Vlogging

57x

1080p

SD Card

HDMI, USB, Wi-Fi

Kodak PixPro SP360

Action

Fixed Focus

1080p

SD Card

HDMI, USB, Wi-Fi

GoPro HERO2

Action

Fixed Focus

1080p

SD Card

HDMI, USB, Wi-Fi

Best Low Light Camcorder Under $300.00

There are 2 things to consider when looking for a low light camcorder. The size of the lens aperture and the size of the sensor. That is why I chose the Samsung F90 for the best low light camcorder. While the other camcorders had a similar sensor size, the F90 has a better lens aperture of 1:8.

​Samsung F90

Resolution720p
DisplayLCD
Zoom52x
OutputHDMI & USB
StorageSD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards
Samsung F90 Camcorder
  • 52x Zoom can be used for sporting events or wildlife videos
  • USB connection makes it easy to connect to your computer to upload videos to YouTube or edit with Windows Movie Maker.
  • The wide F1.8 aperture lens makes it able to record in low light situations
  • HDMI output allows you to view your video on your HDMI TV and Live Stream
  • This camcorder has been discontinued by Samsung however they are still available on the market as new.

Quality

Price

My Rating

Best Live Streaming And Vlogging Camcorders Under $300.00

Both Vlogging and live streaming have similar needs. Both need the ability to effortlessly send your video to your computer so you can then edit the video with a video production program even if it is a simple one like Windows Movie Maker. 

The difference is that most Vloggers do not need to capture the video feed live where a live streamer does. These camcorders will do both so they make great choices for either need.

Sony HD Video Recording HDRCX440 Handycam Camcorder

Resolution1080p HD
DisplayLCD
Zoom30x
OutputHDMI, USB, & Wi-Fi
StorageSD Micro Memory Cards
  • Full HD with shake control for steady recording.
  • Both high quality AVCHD and MP4 video formats.
  • High quality 2.8mm ZEISS lens for clearer video quality.
  • Wi-Fi enabled to connect you mobile devices for live streaming or connect directly to Ustream.com.
  • Face detection for clear shots and microphone audio capture.
  • HDMI Output to connect to computer for live streaming with use of a HDMI Converter.
  • USB Output to download videos to your computer for later editing or uploading to YouTube.
  • No external microphone input.
  • Only 8gb internal memory limits recording to about an hour without using a SD micro card.

Quality

Price

My Rating

Canon VIXIA HF R72 Camcorder

Resolution1080p
DisplayLCD
Zoom57x
OutputHDMI, USB & Wi-Fi
StorageSD Memory Card
  • You can capture great sports shots and wildlife images with its 57x high quality zoom lens.
  • The HD CMOS image sensor along with the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor gives you beautiful color videos even in low light settings.
  • Records both in AVCHD and MP4.
  • 32GB internal flash drive lets you record up to 12 hours of video!
  • It is Wi-Fi enabled which allows you to connect with compatible home networks, wireless hotspots and iOS mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app.
  • External mic jack for adding a better sound source.
  • You need Windows 8 or above to download videos.
  • Tripod mount is weak.

Quality

Price

My Rating

Best Action Camcorders Under $300.00

Action camcorders are a breed unto themselves. They need to be rugged, extremely portable, and have wider lens angles than the standard camcorder. Gone are the days of duct taping a handy cam to your helmet.

These 2 affordable action cams will give you all the live action of your outdoor adventures that you could possibly want.

Kodak PixPro SP360 Wi-Fi HD Video Action Camera Camcorder

Resolution1080p
DisplayLCD
ZoomFixed Focus
OutputHDMI, USB & Wi-Fi
StorageSD Memory Card
  • This camcorder is rugged. It is splash proof, shock proof, dust proof and freeze proof.
  • It has a 360 degree lens which will record virtual reality and front and rear panoramic shots.
  • With the right accessories you can mount this action camcorder almost anywhere.
  • It is Wi-Fi enabled which allows you to connect with your smart devices and computers
  • Comes with an accessories kit.
  • Requires SD card to record but comes with the card included.
  • No zoom feature

Quality

Price

My Rating

GoPro Camera CHDOH-002 HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition

Resolution1080p
DisplayLCD
ZoomFixed Focus
OutputHDMI, USB & Wi-Fi
StorageSD Memory Card
  • This camcorder is rugged. People use it to record skiing, mountain biking, kayaking ect. If you want to record your outdoor adventures you cannot go wrong with this action camcorder.
  • The wide angle lens gives you great panoramic shots.
  • The Go Pro Hero 2 is designed to be mounted just about everywhere, including on your head!
  • It is Wi-Fi enabled which allows you to connect with your smart devices and computers
  • Comes with an accessories kit.
  • Not all external microphones will work with the Hero 2
  • Customers have complained about software issues.

Quality

Price

My Rating

Final Thoughts

My list of the best camcorders under that $300.00 price point took into consideration the type of use the camcorder was made for and the quality of each device. We all know that you can get better quality at a higher price and you can get a lower price at the expense of quality.

I tried to balance things out so that you are presented with the best choices of the lot. It was my desire to be a helpful resource to you.​

Pastor Duke Taber

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Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos CA. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.

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