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Check out these practical and affordable camera options for your next live streaming video shoot.

Cover image of the MeVo Camera (via Faith Engineer).

If you’ve checked your newsfeeds lately, you might have noticed that a new form of video is becoming more and more popular. Live video, or live-streaming, is quickly becoming a preferred mode of social communication and marketing. For video producers, it’s important to not miss the advertising train.

Here are five affordable and practical live stream-ready cameras for you to consider.

Zoom Q2n: $159

A favorite of musicians and YouTubers, Zoom’s Q2n is a handy video and audio recording/streaming device that is one of the most affordable on the market. The Q2n has a wide angle lens (160-degrees of coverage that records nice HD-quality footage). It also features a built-in X/Y microphone that rivals any on the market — even above its price point. It may not be a rough-and-tumble action cam (like some of the ones below), but it certainly is a good offering with excellent sound recording at a price that is hard to beat.

HuddleCamHD: $399

Targeting businesses looking for a solid conference call set-up, the HuddleCam could be a sneaky addition to any live-stream session, regardless of use. The HuddleCamHD 3X (as its name implies) does offer the expected 1080p recording and three-times zoom, but it really stands out for its plug-and-play potential. Up to 74-degrees field of view (down to 36-degrees with the zoom) and a simple adjustable pan/tilt function that gives you plenty of flexibility in any static set-up.

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GoPro HERO5: $399

As one of the most recognizable names in the action camera (and now live-streaming) industry, GoPro’s HERO5 is another great installment in the vaulted franchise’s lineup of tiny, portable cameras for those looking to create content on the go. Obviously, unlike a static camera like the HuddleCam, the HERO5 is meant to be moved about — so the challenge for streamers comes in the connectivity. If you’re an action-person and don’t mind messing with WiFi and syncing through your phone, this is a great option.

MeVo: $399

The MeVo camera by Livestream is a bona fide live stream-ready camera made by some of the folks who do it best: Livestream. The MeVo was made with social platforms in mind and is fully compatible with Facebook, Youtube, Periscope, Twitter, and (of course) Livestream. With 1080p live stream capabilities (and 4K for recording), this discreet and simple camera is powerful, cheap, and perfect for your projects.

Canon VIXIA HF R82: $449

Canon’s Vixia HF R82 (reviewed above with the R800 and R80) is a compact and powerful camcorder option that is perfect for live streaming on the cheap. The R82, like many camcorders on the market, offers a ridiculous 57x zoom (which is awesome but possibly unnecessary for your stream). It does, however, offer some really cool features like remote compatibility with your phone and a touchscreen display. But it really shines in live streaming, which you can remote monitor as well. Overall, for vloggers and those looking to plug and play, it’s another great option.

Looking for more live-streaming resources? Check out these articles.

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  • 11 Quick Tips On How To Improve Live Streaming
  • Free Screencast Software & Apps for Video Pros
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