So undoubtedly this has to be my most asked question.
“What equipment do you use for your YouTube vlog?”
What I am going to write about what equipment I use, I don’t expect people to go rush out and buy. Obviously, some of the equipment here is now no longer on sale as there is an updated version out there somewhere or it is that old they simply don’t make it anymore, plus some of the equipment on here could be well out of the price range of people’s budgets.
However, always remember that people do their vlogs differently, and I personally found this works for me, but people see and create their videos in a different way.
The way I am going to write out this blog, I will segregate into specific categories, such as cameras, tripods, sound equipment etc.
I hope this can give you a better understanding of someone like myself vlogs and how I manage to carry my equipment around.
Canon 700D – this has become my main camera I vlog with, mainly because of the quality of the video and the flip out screen which helps so much when doing vlogging and also since I don’t mind a bit of still photography as well.
BUT unfortunately it is a cumbersome camera and the sound is quite atrocious without a microphone. I generally keep an 18-35mm lens on there, however, I am looking to purchase a shorter lens for wide angle shots.
Samsung WB350F – I don’t use this one as much compared to the DSLR however it does pack out a decent punch, films in 1080HD and has 21x optical zoom + an additional 21x digital zoom. There is no connection for a microphone which is disappointing plus also since I took it to Europe since it was a cheaper camera, the buttons don’t work on the camera anymore.
GoPro Hero 4 Black – I bought this recently mainly because of the portability and versatility as it can be used as an “action camera”, obviously, the quality is nowhere near as good as the Canon, but its great as it’s a lot lighter and great for doing so direct vlogging shots since the lens is set at wide angle.
iPhone 6S Plus – This is what I initially started out with – the iPhone and a selfie stick when I began my vlog. Obviously now I have a LOT more equipment but if you are starting out, definitely take this path, and also add a lapel microphone in as well.
Since I bought the GoPro, I don’t use the iPhone as much anymore, however it is good especially when doing timelapse or slow motion shots, and does record in 4K. I will mention this later, as I do use it for editing and file transfer.
Joby GorillaPod – I have quite a few items from Joby as I have come to enjoy their products over the years, I have 2 GorillaPods and a suction cap with a GorillaPod arm which is great for when doing takeoff and landing videos from an airplane, or even car dashcams. The GorillaPods are quite versatile as I use them not only for vlogging shots but also when doing awkward shots where it’s quite easy to have the camera secured to a GorillaPod to prevent a $1000 camera becoming shattered glass.
Yelangu S60T – this is my basic stabiliser which I use for my Canon, it is a bit fiddly to stabilise but it works awesome once you really learn how to use it. I use this mainly because I have noticed that my shots are shaky due to because of my limp when I walk plus I also seemed to rush through filming my shots, so this gives me a chance to really slow down and work on the shot itself. If you are not into fiddling for stabilising or using a manual gimbal, do not buy this, however, most motorised gimbals on the market for DSLRs are in the AU$700 – $2000 mark.
Manfrotto MK Compact Light Tripod – This is a go to tripod when doing a lot of standing up and eating shots or even introductory shots. It is definitely a great little tripod; however, it doesn’t have a quick release plate or a panning handle.
Manfrotto Compact Monopod – This I use on a frequent basis when wishing to do high shots and also slow pan shots. Since now I have bought the stabiliser, I don’t use it as often enough.
Rode VideoMic Pro – Since I bought this a week ago, I have been in love, the sound is amazing and where the sound is directed, makes all the difference. I generally have this on the top of my DSLR on the hot shoe mount. I like to use this for sound where I am generally not speaking or I am with someone else. I also have the Rode Deadcat VMPR where it is used as a wind blocker. I know Dead cat is a horrible name, and thankfully no animals have been harmed to make my dead cat, however, it does produce some great sound in windy conditions.
Rode Wireless Filmmaker Kit – This is probably one of the more expensive yet, really well worth products out on the market, this is a wireless lavalier microphone system, which I generally use for vlogging shots where I am speaking or need to use my tripod and the VideoMic Pro cannot pick up my voice. The range on this thing is amazing, I could be standing close to 100 metres away and the receiver could still pick up what I am saying. The lapel microphone that comes with the kit can also be attached to my iPhone and GoPro, which is great for versatility.
NOTE THAT WITH THE RODE PRODUCTS ABOVE THERE IS A HISSING SOUND THAT IS PRODUCED WITH CANON CAMERAS, THIS CAN BE REDUCED WITH A MANUAL AUDIO SETTINGS.
I always keep a couple of spare batteries with me in the case that I run out of battery. These are the following batteries I require.
- Canon LP-E8 – for the Canon 700D
- AA Batteries – for the Rode Wireless Filmmaker Kit
- 9V Batteries – for the Rode VideoMic Pro
I also carry a couple of portable battery chargers with me for the GoPro, Samsung, and iPhone as well.
SD Cards – my cameras carry a mixture of SD cards and Micro SD cards. I generally prefer the 32GB and 64GB for ease of space, and all of my cards are Class 10 so they can be used in a GoPro. I have tried a lower class and yes it doesn’t work
OneDrive – I use this mainly as my main storage point for my videos and photos as I can download them on my iPhone. Because I have Office 365 on my laptop I get 1TB of space on OneDrive to use. It can be really slow to upload videos to OneDrive which can be painful.
Seagate Expansion Drive 2TB – Since I can be out of range of internet connection, I generally use this to quickly put videos onto the drive from my SD cards.
Lowepro Inverse 200 AW Camera Beltpack – I have only had this a few days, but I definitely prefer this bag, yes, it does look like an oversized fanny pack, but this is so easy to carry equipment around especially when you may be doing a film shoot and you need to access a camera or tripod easily.
Black Wolf Sierra 85L Backpack – I generally use this when travelling, I am able to put my tripods and even cords and cables into this bag. I actually use the daypack on the bag when I am out and about, but most of my equipment minus one or two things end up in my Lowepro bag.
Toshiba Satellite Radius Laptop – This is a great laptop especially when travelling, it serves both as a laptop and a tablet, plus I can also transfer files from my SD cards to my OneDrive, also this can be used to download royalty free music from YouTube to OneDrive for editing.
iPhone 6S Plus – You’ll be shocked to learn that I edit my vlogs from my iPhone. I find it a lot more easier to do so. I use a combination of apps, iMovie, Quik and Splice as my go-to’s mainly because I enjoy their features and ease of use. I also enjoy that features on all of them, plus also this can be used to check out my YouTube stats and social media connections.
Ok, so that is it.
Yes sounds like a lot of equipment, however, I feel that this has given me some great videos and I hope this can give you a better understanding when creating vlogs the dedication that people have gone into making sure they can produce something they are passionate about.