How to YouTube 2: Cameras

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So, you’re brand new to YouTube and you’re wondering what kind of camera you need. The answer is both really simple and… a bit more complicated. Well the simple answer is there’s no specific type of camera people are supposed to use just for YouTube. The longer answer is that it depends on what kind of content you plan on making. Now in this video/article I’m going to first talk generally and then make some specific camera recommendations.

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Before we go any further, let me clarify which questions I hope this article will help solve for you:

  • What camera (or cameras) do I need (or which are best) for creating YouTube videos?
  • How much money should a beginning YouTuber expect to spend on the right camera?
  • What quality should I be filming videos in for YouTube (1080p HD, 4K or something else)?
  • Do I have to have a DSLR camera for making YouTube videos?
  • Do I need a camera with interchangeable lenses?
  • Can I use an action camera (like a GoPro) as my main camera for my YouTube channel?
  • Can I use my cell phone (or any cell phone, like an iPhone or an Android device) as my main YouTube camera?
  • Is a point and shoot camera or a DSLR or micro 4/3 camera better for YouTube content?
  • What features make up a good vlogging camera?
  • What is the best webcam for a gamer?
  • Etc…

The first thing you want to do is think about the type of content you’re planning on making. A vlogger, a product reviewer and a skater are all going to want different types of cameras with some very specific features.

So what kind of cameras are out there for you to choose from? Let me walk you through the hierarchy. There are cell phones which (believe it or not) can work great as a starting point if that’s all you’ve got — especially if you’ve got a top-of-the-line flagship model (like a new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S7). Using a phone can be challenging as you’ll have to watch your battery life, your audio won’t be stellar and you’ll pretty much be stuck with one view since you can’t use interchangeable lenses.

Next up are action cameras — like the GoPro — which honestly don’t make ...

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