I get asked this a lot,
What camera should I be using to VLOG with, or to take my You Tube videos, or my Instagram pics?
Well the simple answer is….
Whatever you have available to you at the time.
That means the story is FAR more important than the gear you use or the perfect frame rate, aperture or lighting.
Full video is at the bottom of post
I personally use 3 different cameras, depending on the situation:
- Canon 80D
My main camera is the Canon 80D (this is not a comprehensive review – that will come later) I use this most of the time for filming, with some addons. Extra lens, External mic, lights, tripods etc, etc. The list is endless of what you ‘could’ use with it. The main benefit for me is the flip out screen – I love watching myself so just can’t get enough of it… ha, no not at all. It is super important to make sure that your in frame and in focus as a lot of the time you are pointing the camera at yourself.
The ability to add an extra mic is awesome. Audio is super important with VLOGGING and video in general. The built in mic on the Canon is OK, but fails badly as soon as there is any wind, or you step away from the camera any distance.
Add a tripod or hand grip to this set up and you have everything you need for a basic VLOG setup
(This is Casey Neistat’s VLOGGING set up – well until he switched away from Canon.
The fluffy thing on the top is the external mic with a wind shield on it)
- Iphone 6s
This is fast becoming my favorite camera. The quality is great (except for low light situations) audio is pretty good (you can add an external mic) and it is ALWAYS with you. Different settings built right into the iphone allows for many options of video. With the vertical video becoming more popular (Instagram, Facebook) the iphone gives this as an easy option.
Add on an external mic and use a mini tripod, you have a super versatile and somewhat affordable option.
- Go Pro Hero 3
The Go Pro has been around for a while and is great for water, sports and the durability if covers. I don’t use this a lot, but always have it for ‘b’ roll footage, underwater photo/video and a good back up option. The main limiting factor with this is there is no screen, so you can’t see what you are filming. (The GO Pro app does go someway to minimize this – but is not perfect) The huge amount of mounts and versatility of uses makes this a good option to have in your kit.