It takes a decent amount of gear to get a YouTube channel off the ground. Recently I wrote a post called Vlogging for beginners: your first 5 equipment purchases which breaks down a lot of what you’ll need to get started ASIDE from a good camera. I also wrote a post a few months back detailing a few affordable 4K cameras which is worth checking out. But if I had the ability to give a new YouTuber a set of cameras right now, it would be the three below — all together.
You’ve probably heard that old saying, “Variety is the spice of life!” Well I personally feel that’s the case when it comes to shooting interesting YouTube videos. You COULD have one camera that you handle your entire workflow on, but that’s sort of the minimum viable entry point (and what 99% of YouTubers do). If you want to increase your channel/video engagement on YouTube (including the all-important watch time), keep things visually interesting by mixing up the type of footage and angles! And that is exactly what the cameras below will let you do. Together, these three cameras will give you a 4K workflow for incredibly detailed shots; you’ll have a hard-working main camera, a smooth action camera and an aerial camera.
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A few notes. You definitely don’t NEED a camera setup this elaborate for YouTubing. But this is a dream setup for beginners or those who have been on YouTube for awhile but are ready to commit harder and are looking to upgrade their gear and production quality. A lot of people will recommend a lot of different cameras to you; no problem there as everyone has their preferences. These are just mine. Could you buy nicer gear? When it comes to the first camera listed here, ya, sure. You could spend $10,000 to $20,000 on a single camera, easily. But you can always work your way up. As for the last two cameras listed here, you can’t really do better than them in their categories. Let me know if you have any questions (leave me a comment).
PS – If you need a video editing computer, I’d absolutely recommend the MacBook Pro (can’t go wrong there) paired with FCP X.
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