The Best Camera Gear for YouTube
I have heard YouTubers say that camera gear doesn’t matter. I agree that the video concept and creative aspects are super important. However having the right camera gear (and knowing how to use it) can make a huge difference in your overall production quality. When you are first starting out as a YouTuber, the options for camera gear and mics can be confusing and overwhelming. Especially if you don’t have a background in professional videography. For that reason, I have created a list of the exact camera gear that I use to make my videos. This should take the guesswork out of choosing the right camera gear for your YouTube channel. Over the years, I have used a ton of different camera gear. Through trial and error, I have found what works for me personally. I also learned that most expensive doesn’t always mean best results.
To me, there are three main elements that make for strong video production.
Concept The idea or creative aspect of the video
Technical know-how Understanding how your camera equipment and mics work
Camera Gear The physical tools you will use to make your video
I have seen some people with great ideas or personalities. But they are using outdated camera gear that devalues the entire video. I have also seen channels with really expensive camera gear, even better than mine. But they don’t always fully understand how to use it. Having expensive camera gear but not using it correctly can still result in amateur looking videos. If you can master the 3 elements mentioned above, you will have a successful channel in no time!
Here is a list of all the camera gear that I use to make my videos, including cameras, lenses, mics, and software.
This is the main camera I use in my videos. It’s a bit of an investment, but the results are worth it!
GoPro Hero 4 Session
I use the Hero 4 Session as a secondary camera for in-car shots and different angles.
Canon 16-35mm F4 L
This is the main lens that I use for nearly every video that I make.
Sigma 30mm F1.4
I use this lens for dramatic shots where the subject is in focus while the background is blurred.
Canon 50mm F1.8
This is one of the most affordable lenses that Canon makes and is great for beginners.
64GB Sandisk Extreme PRO
Shooting video on a DSLR requires an SD card with a fast write speed. Otherwise the camera will stop to buffer every few seconds.
Adobe Premiere CC
I edit all of my video using Adobe Premiere CC. In my opinion, it is the best video editing software available.
I hope that this information helps you make an informed decision about what camera gear to buy. If you want more information about the camera gear I use, you can check out my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LLz3fKy24I . If you have any specific questions about camera, you can reach out to me via the contact page. I love hearing from you guys!