If you\u2019re at the market, searching for the best vlogging cameras under 300, you already know you\u2019re on a budget. As a vlogger, you need HD video and perhaps a good camera. For the inexperienced, an easy-to-use camera is a must. For that, we look to the Nikon Coolpix L340 for answers.\r\nWhy We Like It - Nikon Coolpix L340\r\nThe Nikon Coolpix L340 doesn\u2019t sacrifice much to be a viable choice for vloggers on a very tight budget, limiting itself to 720p with a few scene modes for creativity.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nWith the Nikon Coolpix L340\u2019s 20.2 CCD sensor, image quality came out great, though there was a lot of noise in very low light environments. If you have bad lighting, consider the Panasonic Lumix ZS50. The zoom range its zoom lens can achieve is great; 28x digital zoom with 56x dynamic fine. Vibration reduction was built in to prevent too much shaking.\r\n\r\nVideo recording with the Nikon Coolpix L340 bridge camera does have its downsides. It shoots in 720p at 30fps. We would\u2019ve liked at least 1080p, but to be fair, hundreds of popular YouTubers still release videos at 720p. It\u2019s even easier on one\u2019s uploading speed.\r\nDesign\r\nTaking photos with the Nikon Coolpix L340 compact camera was a breeze, as was shooting videos. It doesn\u2019t have a lot of buttons, which is great for inexperienced vloggers. We liked the dedicated video button in particular. Other notable buttons were its Scene Auto button, which you can disable and choose between 16 different scene modes\u2014a joy to play around with as a vlogger. It takes AA batteries, and uses a 2.3-inch LCD screen; it isn\u2019t touchscreen. Altering white balance and shutter speed were missing, however. That\u2019s still more than the GoPro Hero5 Session would give you.\r\nValue\r\nConsidering the Nikon Coolpix L340\u2019s picture quality and decent video quality, we can say with confidence this is a good camera. It favors images slightly more, but its scene modes for video are great to have if you want to vary your style. And the pricing is really hard to argue with. The closest competitor, the Canon PowerShot SX430 performs similarly but for $130 more. You\u2019re getting a great deal here. Even the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS, another competitor, focuses less on video than the Coolpix L340.\r\nNikon Coolpix L340 Wrap Up\r\nFor what it\u2019s worth, the Nikon Coolpix L340 is a really good camera for someone on a tight budget\u2014especially if you\u2019re new to vlogging. It even takes great photos. And sure, 720p isn\u2019t the greatest, but bumping up to 1080p would tack another $100 or so onto the price. Plenty of YouTubers upload at 720p. It was easy for us to overlook.