There are many cameras available today that can be considered vlogging cameras - so how are you supposed to decide on the best vlogging camera for you? One way is to choose your favourite reputable brand up front and then find their best camera on offer that you can afford. One of those reputable brands is Nikon - almost everyone knows their name and that they are experts in photography and camera production, that's because Nikon is a Japanese multinational founded over 100 years ago with a rich history of making top-notch cameras.
Given Nikon's pedigree in photography, it is not surprising that the company has a large line-up of high-quality cameras targeted at both photography and videography. Here we have tried to focus on the most up-to-date cameras that Nikon makes for the regular consumer and have ignored some camera models that are considered older versions or which may have been discontinued by Nikon, even though they may still be available for purchase from distributors.
Nikon has 3 major product lines of consumer cameras that are targeted at certain demographics of the population. These are:
When it comes to vlogging, almost any of these cameras can be used as they all have the ability to record video and sound, albeit with different levels of competency. In this review of Nikon cameras, we have considered all the cameras together irrespective of the Nikon category into which they fall. In addition, since this is a website about making great videos, we have focused almost entirely on the aspects of each camera that are relevant to vlogging, and have left out most of the still photography aspects of the cameras. This sometimes leads to a situation where cameras from different Nikon categories will apparently have almost identical vlogging capabilities, but will dramatically differ in price due to other characteristics that are more relevant to still photography. For this reason, as you study the tables comparing different Nikon cameras below, you will come across cameras that appear to have very identical characteristics, but once again, this just means that they differ in aspects less relevant to vlogging.
As with all cameras intended for use as a vlogging camera, there are some key characteristics to consider before making your purchasing decision. Many of these characteristics have been discussed in more depth elsewhere (such as on our pages 'Good Vlogging Cameras Under £200' or 'Best Vlogging Camera Under £500'), but as a refresher, as well as focusing on how they relate specifically to the today's crop of Nikon cameras, these features are summarised below:
Best Nikon Camera for YouTube Under £200
In the sub-£200 category, the Nikon Coolpix A300 and the Nikon Coolpix L340 are two cameras popular with basic vloggers, however, when looking at the vlogging characteristics of these cameras, a number of features are lacking due to their restriction on cost, and are really only appropriate for the vlogger on a low budget. Both cameras shoot video in 720p, which is considered a low resolution these days. In addition, both cameras lack a 'selfie screen', meaning framing yourself in the shot can be quite difficult, and neither camera has an HDMI port that could have been used to stream video to an external display. Critically, both cameras also only sport monaural microphones and lack the ability to attach an external one forcing vloggers to record with subpar audio. On the positive side, both cameras possess lens-shift image stabilisation, making for a stable shot, and both can be powered from the mains with an optional mains-power adapter. If you do decide to stick to the sub-£200 price limit for a Nikon camera, then for vlogging, the A300 is the better camera to go for, trumping the L340 with its integrated Wi-Fi, which is a more useful feature to vloggers than the higher zoom level of the L340 .