What’s the Best Camcorder for Under $150?

Looking for a camcorder that will record decent video but also fit comfortably into your budget? At LockerGnome.net, LukeS writes:

A group of friends and I are looking to start posting some videos on YouTube. I was wondering if anyone knows of a camcorder that takes decent video for under $150? I could go shopping around, but I figured I’d ask here first. Thank you!

What's the Best Cheap Camcorder for Under $150

While you won’t get one of these cameras for under $150, most of the ones mentioned here are.

Thanks for the question, LukeS. Here are a few that might fit the bill. (In the comments below, the community may be able to recommend others — hint, hint!)

Canon HF M50

Price: $469

The Canon HF M50, while $469 at the time of this writing, is out of your requested price range but included here because writer Ryan Pierson says that it’s a “great camera” with “excellent stabilization, plenty of onboard storage, and some of the best low-light [he's] seen in a consumer camcorder in years.”

As I greatly respect his opinion on these matters, I figured I’d throw it in the mix. Now on to the less expensive camcorders!

Toshiba Camileo X200

Price : $138-$200

The Toshiba Camileo X200 may be a good option with four-star reviews from places like CNET and TrustedReviews. The Camileo X200 records onto an SD card and promises to deliver “high def drama for your standard def dollar.” The only downside is that the X200 only has battery life for an hour and a half, so, if you make as many mistakes as I do recording “direct to tape,” then you could have problems.

Toshiba Camileo P100

Price : $125-$299

The last model is another Toshiba Camileo, but this time it’s the P100. This model has 128 GB internal storage as well as being able to record to SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. Videos are recorded in MPEG format at 720p, and the battery can last for 10 hours — so that’s plenty of time and space to get you started.

I have always said that it’s not the quality of the video but the video’s content that should be of primary importance. People will forgive lower video quality as long as the content is interesting and well thought out. If you’re ever in a quandary over whether or not you should capture something on video because you’re afraid that the quality will be too low, err on the side of lower quality! If you don’t have a fancy camcorder, you probably have a phone, DSLR, or a point and shoot on hand.

Whatever the quality of your video, you’re not going to please all of the people all of the time. Create content that makes you happy; the audience will follow.

I hope this helps.

Community question: Do you have any tips for LukeS, or can you name a decent camcorder for under $150 that I may have overlooked?

Image: Panasonic AG HPX171E Camcorder for Hire shared by AV_Hire_London (via Flickr)

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