What camera setup do I ‘need’ ?
The short answer is anything you can get your hands on. Most of us have mobile phones and most of us could use just a mobile phone video to produce decent enough VLOG footage, however paying that bit extra for a proper setup will help your shots look better but also allow you to get better sound (a must for anyone serious about VLOGGING)
The FIRST thing to remember is it’s not just the equipment you own that makes you a good or bad VLOGGER, it’s the content you create.
Make awesome content that people want to see more of and you can just continue on your old iPhone or Android phone but at points you will want to upgrade for various reasons, e.g. average sound, poor low light, sharpness of images etc
The most important thing that lots of people forget about when starting is your audio, get an external mic if possible or at the very least just sit and listen to your footage and try and improve it on post-production.
Casey Neistat Setup (one of the best visual VLOGGERS):
- Canon 70D with a Canon 10-22mm lens – best autofocus for video at this point
- Rode Video Mic Pro Microphone – directional microphone to pick up sound from in front of the camera only (ideal for vlogging)
- Joby Professional GorillaPod + a strong set of arms (think of it as a heavy duty selfie stick, that you can also wrap around things for a ‘tripod’)
- or if budget is your issue look at Canon 700D (best for under £500) or 750D
Grab and go camera / pocket cameras etc
- Canon PowerShot S120 (budget) – will last forever, ideal for pockets/bags etc
- GoPro Hero – (Action shots)
- Sony RX100 (best for under £300)
- Canon G7X – Superior to all of the above pocket cameras footage wise, but a little fragile
- iPhone 6s with a tripod mount