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The Ultimate Sony RX100 Mark V Bundle

As much as I appreciate my Canon 80D and how it's helped me create higher quality video content, it was time to invest in another camera that would enable me to create even more content. I have decided to finally check out the highly anticipated Sony RX100 Mark V — a camera that seems to be quite popular amongst YouTubers.

While the Sony RX100 Mark V is still selling for a very expensive $948 on Amazon, it's apparently incredible at what it does. From its new lightning fast autofocus system to 4K recording capabilities, I'm excited to see what the RX100 does for my content creation. But if only the camera wasn't so damn expensive...

Similar to when I bought my Canon 80D, I decided to go the bundle route with the RX100. Needless to say, I'm so glad I did. For just $10 extra, opting for the RX100 bundle has given me so much more in the box than I would normally get if I bought the camera alone.

Below is an overview of everything included in the particular Sony RX100 Mark V bundle I purchased via Amazon:

Sony RX100 Mark V - Of course, the bundle includes the RX100 itself, as well as any other accessories that were officially packaged by Sony.

2x NP-BX1 Batteries - Per my research, the RX100 doesn't offer the best battery life, so having a spare battery or two is a must. This bundle includes two spare batteries, giving you three batteries total.

Battery Charger - What good are lithium batteries without a battery charger?

SanDisk 64GB Extreme Memory Card - SanDisk is a favorite brand of mine for memory cards. 64GB is also a sweet spot, providing you with plenty of space for storing photos and videos

Corel PaintShop Pro X9 - Worth $45 alone, PaintShop Pro X9 is professional-level photo editing software that offers a ton of features and tools that can be used to improve your photography.

Ultimaxx Pro Camera Case - This is just a basic camera case, but at least it's something to get you started. After all, you don't want to risk damaging or losing a camera that costs nearly $1,000.

12-inch Rubberized Spider Tripod - Setting up the shot while on the go will be easier thanks to this 12-inch portable tripod. It features an adjustable angle and rubberized grip for handheld usage.

Mini Tabletop Tripod - Get the perfect shot using this basic mini tripod that will take up hardly any space.

Beach Camera SD Memory Card Reader - Insert your SD card into this USB compatible reader to import photos and videos.

Micro-HDMI to HDMI Cable - Output your photos and videos to any TV or monitor that supports HDMI.

Vivitar Tri-fold Memory Card Wallet - Keep track of your memory cards using this organizer.

LCD Screen Protectors - Included with the bundle are three screen protectors to shield the screen on your RX100 from being damaged.

LCD/Lens Cleaning Pen - Easily clean the RX100's display or lens with this included cleaning tool.

Lens Cleaning Kit - This 3-piece kit includes a small bottle of cleaning solution, a microfiber cloth, and several cotton swabs.

Beach Camera Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - Pretty self explanatory.


I'm just getting started with my coverage of the Sony RX100 Mark V, as I plan to record several videos in the coming weeks. If you are interested in staying up to date, please sign up for my email list below. Also, keep an eye on my YouTube channel.

5 Things I Cannot Vlog Without

Having recently wrapped up my longest series yet on YouTube (watch "Seaside Heights 2017" here), it dawned on me that I've never taken the time to explain the gear I use to create my vlogs. While my camera rig doesn't compare to the bigger YouTubers who have millions of subscribers, it has certainly come a long way in recent years.

In other words, gone are the days of using a camcorder to vlog. Going the DSLR route has dramatically improved the overall quality of my videos — in not only video, but audio as well.

To make things easy, I've created a new kit dedicated to my vlogging gear. It's simply called My Vlogging Gear. Click on anything that interests you and Kit will automatically take you to the respective Amazon product page.

So, what makes up my vlogging gear? Just five items. Yep, that's it. Five. Let's go over each of them.

Canon EOS 80D

Simply put, the Canon 80D is the best camera I have ever bought myself. Really, it's that good. The video quality it produces is amazing, it's compatible with hundreds of lenses, and my favorite of all — the autofocus is surprisingly fast. I'm talking camcorder-like speeds.

Of course, some of this comes down to the lens that I am using (more on that in a bit), but the camera in general is just incredible. It's easily worth the $1,100 price tag, and that's only for the body alone. Yeah, it's a little pricey, but I can assure you the investment is more than worth it. I don't see myself upgrading to another DSLR any time soon.


Canon EF-S 10–18mm f/4.5–5.6 IS STM Lens

I'm not one to obsess over lenses, mainly due to the fact that I have only used a few in my time. However, if there is one lens you need to give a try, it's this one. The Canon EF-S 10–18mm IS STM lens puts out stellar wide-angle shots and uses STM (STepping Motor) technology to produce an ultra quick autofocus without creating noise.

And finally, the price isn't bad. Selling for around $270, there is no better lens in this price range. I think you'll be impressed.

Watch an example video of mine here.


RØDE VideoMic Pro

Before I praise this microphone, it's important to note that RØDE has recently released a newer version that I do not yet own. I plan on buying it at some point. Okay, with that out of the way...

The RØDE VideoMic Pro is an excellent mic that plugs directly into the camera's mic-in jack. Powered by a 9V battery, you can typically expect around 70 hours of run time. Because it uses its own battery, this takes some stress away from the camera itself.

Audio quality is exceptional, just as long as you're attempting to capture anything that is directly in front of the mic. Shotgun mics are designed to work this way, so keep that in mind when recording. Also, be sure to properly configure your camera's settings. It likely will not be set up by default.


Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod

I often say this is the best $25 you can spend as a video creator, and I still stand by these words. The Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod is so simple and reliable, you'll end up asking yourself how you never owned one to begin with.

The PIXI Mini is a miniature size tripod that can be easily opened and closed whenever needed. It features a push button ball head, allowing for flexible adjustment in camera angles. And of course, the PIXI Mini comes in a variety of colors — hence why I already own four of them. What can I say? It's an addiction.

Just buy yourself one. You'll be glad you did.


Transcend 64GB SDXC-UHS Memory Card

Don't let all that mumbo jumbo mess with your head. This is simply a high-speed SD card that does its job well. There's really no other way to describe it.

Although, I will say that Transcend is my preferred brand for SD cards. It has been for years now, ever since I started creating YouTube videos.


And that's it! Those are the five items I cannot imagine myself without, at least while vlogging. My other style of videos can sometimes require different gear, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

Do you have a question about anything I featured today? Don't forget, you can find all five items on Kit, as well as many other products that are featured in my videos regularly.

My First Impressions of the GoPro HERO Session

Just this week, I had the opportunity to purchase my first ever GoPro HERO Session. As someone who has been a big fan of the GoPro brand since owning the GoPro HERO3, I've always been curious about the small cube-like camera. And did I mention it sells for just $149? Considering this is a GoPro product we're talking about, that's a great price.

Throw in an Amazon Prime Day deal and you've got me convinced. I ordered the bundle and eagerly awaited its arrival on Thursday. You can check out my unboxing video right below.

I have only had the GoPro HERO Session in my possession for about 24 hours, but I've noticed a few things that I think are worth sharing — especially if you're in the market for a more affordable action camera. Believe me, you'll want to go the GoPro route. Having recently used two GoPro knockoffs, the difference in quality is like night and day.

Build quality is exceptional

Like any GoPro camera, the build quality of the Session is simply incredible. Despite its small form factor, the camera feels solid in the hand and the onscreen menu is easy to navigate. The sides of the Session have a rubber texture, making the camera easy to grip. It's also quite light, weighing just 0.16 pounds.

If you are looking for a camera that is both compact and well built, the Session will not disappoint.

For a $149 GoPro, video looks great

Whenever you're buying a less expensive version of something better, you can typically expect to find a few shortcomings along the way. While this certainly applies to the Session, I think you'd be surprised by the results.

My first impressions of the recording quality were very positive. I'm actually amazed at how good the video looks for a camera that costs $149. The wide-angle lens captures plenty of information within frame, colors appear bright and vibrant, and white balance performance seems adequate.

It is worth noting, however, that the Session does not feature video stabilization of any kind. This means that your footage is prone to shakiness, so you might want to invest in an accessory or two that can help stabilize the motion. Either that, or consume less caffeine. But I prefer to not think about the latter.

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For a $149 GoPro, audio sounds good

Continuing to focus on the low price tag, I'm not going to knock the audio too much. However, I will say it's better than expected — at least when compared to my $299 GoPro HERO4. The audio may not sound as defined as to what I'm used to, but it actually sounds pretty damn good.

For an example of how the microphone performs, check out the video above. I plan on doing a more in-depth comparison at some point in the future.

Waterproof made easy

Using a camera with waterproof capabilities is nothing new. The idea has been around for years now. However, doing so usually requires some kind of waterproof housing — much like what's included with most GoPro cameras. But who wants to worry about carrying around another accessory? That has always been a huge turn-off to me. I simply want a product to work as advertised.

The Session is the first camera from GoPro that is completely waterproof right out of the box. Yes, you read that right. If you want to take the Session underwater, you won't have to worry about bringing along any accessories.

Of course, this kind of convenience has its limitations. Without an external housing, the Session is waterproof up to 33 feet below. If you ask me, that's plenty. I don't see myself going any deeper than 8 feet any time soon.

Seriously, just buy it

You'll be glad you did. I recommend going with the Deluxe Bundle, which includes the following:

  • GoPro HERO Session
  • GoPro Headstrap Mount + QuickClip
  • AmazonBasics Carrying Case
  • Samsung 32GB MicroSD Card

Do you have any videos that were recorded using a GoPro camera? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

How I've Given My YouTube Channel New Life

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When you've been on YouTube for 10+ years like I have, you eventually reach a point where you ask yourself... "Now what?" Coming up with new ideas can be tough, especially if you're trying to please your audience on a regular basis. After all, not everyone finds unboxing the latest technology to be all that exciting. The same can be said for pretty much every video topic to ever exist. Sometimes you just have to admit the harsh truth — you're boring.

Wait, that's where you are wrong. With a little bit of guidance, there is no reason why you can't keep things feeling fresh and interesting. Besides, is this not your channel we're talking about? You always have the freedom to try new things.

Have the confidence to try something new.

Believe me, I understand the feeling of being afraid when it comes time to trying something new on YouTube. Your dedicated audience is typically used to seeing a specific style of content from you, so I don't blame you for your hesitance. But wouldn't it be great to least try and give it a shot? That idea you're feeling nervous about could very well turn into something big.

For example, look at my Patreon campaign. It has quickly transformed into one of the best ideas that I have ever acted on. And that's no exaggeration. It has quite literally changed my outlook on content creation and distribution.

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Now imagine if I had listened to all the negative criticism on my introduction video for Patreon? Thankfully, I was confident enough to move forward with my decision and give it all that I had. And you know what? It worked.

The likes-to-dislikes ratio in the screenshot above speaks for itself.

Get creative with music.

Using music in YouTube videos is far from anything new. Heck, I've been doing this since 2006 — which just happens to be the year "thecreativeone" was born. Fast-foward to 2017 and you'll see that music is still a thing on YouTube. It's actually bigger than it has ever been.

With platforms like Epidemic Sound (my personal favorite) available, it's difficult to not be curious about throwing some tunes into your video mix. That's exactly what I have been doing these past few weeks. Rather than sticking with my usual soundtrack, I've decided to challenge myself and use a different track for each of my videos — aside from the weekend vlogs, which deserve to stand out on their own.

Because I have been incorporating music into my videos often lately, it has also inspired me in feeling more creative. Drop in a catchy tune, cut the video to go along with the beat, and I've got myself a new style of video that's already grabbing the interest of viewers. Click any of the video comments below to view its full size.

Take a boring topic and make it interesting.

Do you want to know something? Not too long ago, I made a video about pizza. Yes, pizza. Okay, so this was really just an excuse to unbox my new toaster oven on video, but still... I did it. But only because I did so in a way that was interesting.

In order to keep viewers occupied, I made sure to do plenty of cuts from different angles, introduce a bit of humor into the equation, and of course — I just had to show some close-up shots of the finished pizza. Come on, who can resist a video that makes you hungry? I'm known to do that quite often with my weekend vlogs.

The following are examples of additional video topics that could normally be viewed as boring, but I managed to keep them interesting and entertaining: Spray Painting My Legs | The Return of Steve Jobs | How I Protect My Nintendo Switch

What I Learned from Daily Vlogging

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When I announced that I would be giving daily vlogging a serious try during the month of August, I knew right away what I was getting myself into. Uploading a new vlog every day, I’ve always thought, cannot be easy. It requires a lot of time and patience. I was definitely quite nervous going in. After all, it was probably the biggest change I had done with my YouTube channel since joining as “thecreativeone” over 10 years ago.

As August ends and September begins, you have to wonder… How did my attempt at daily vlogging actually go? Was it what I imagined? Was it difficult keeping up with a daily schedule? 

Let’s talk.

Daily vlogging encourages creativity.

When you’re uploading a video that will be viewed by thousands every day, you kind of have to force yourself to look at your daily routine differently. This includes how you choose to present what you do throughout any particular day. In other words, you need to keep things interesting.

I’m not going to lie. My days? Yeah, they’re not all that exciting to the average person. I’m quite happy with my daily work routine, but not everyone can see it that way.

When your day mostly consists of you sitting in front of your computer and drinking coffee, it’s difficult to portray that on video in a creative way that keeps people wanting to come back. And that’s exactly how I felt throughout the second half of August.

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However, that’s not to say that I was feeling discouraged. Vlogging every day actually enhanced my creativity. It enabled me to look at things differently than I normally would, which is something I really enjoyed. From using a different soundtrack every day to having a little bit of fun with editing, feeding my creativity was my favorite thing that came out of daily vlogging.

Time? I had plenty of it.

Do you want to know what surprised me the most about daily vlogging? It’s not that time consuming. Sure, my vlogging style is pretty simple when compared to someone like Casey Neistat, but the time required actually wasn’t that bad.

My typical daily vlog was around 20 minutes in length. Once you factor in basic edits, dropping in some music and making sure the end card looks good, the average amount of time required was one hour. Of course, that doesn’t include the time required when sitting through the vlog once the edit is complete, but the overall turnaround time wasn’t bad.

One hour of editing every day may seem like a lot of time to some people, but to me it actually brought a sigh of relief. With the weekend vlogs, I’m used to the entire process taking a few hours.

My Patreon campaign didn’t stand a chance.

If there is one thing I absolutely regret, it was the decision to temporarily take away the patrons-only vlogs. The moment I announced this change, the performance of my Patreon campaign immediately took a hit — resulting in a drop of a few hundred dollars.

It was pretty obvious that patrons were going to miss the weekly exclusive vlogs that I had been delivering for over a year. And you know what? I really can't blame them.

The idea is simple. People enjoy exclusivity. Having access to something exclusive provides a nice feeling of reward — as if you are part of a secret society.

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I’m happy to say that I have listened to your feedback and will be re-introducing the patrons-only vlogs next Friday, September 9th. If you are interested in re-pledging on Patreon, simply click here to make it happen. As always, I appreciate your support.

Support from the community helped.

Uploading videos about your daily life is sure to bring the occasional jerk. Sorry, but it’s the truth. But thankfully the positive always outweighs the negative — no matter how bad things seem to become. And I’m the perfect example.

Let me tell you, I have read some truly disgusting comments throughout the last four weeks. YouTube seems to attract some of the most vile people on this planet. I’ll never understand why. It has always been this way, which is why it’s important to focus your attention on the people who really matter. They are your true supporters.

Growing a channel through the use of vlogs was difficult, but I always had supporters by my side — and that’s why I kept going. The overwhelming amount of positive comments was my form of motivation to never give up. Thank you for that.

Now what?

Well, the daily vlogs are over. I think that’s obvious. Perhaps they’ll make a comeback at some point, but for now, I’m looking forward to going back to my regular routine.

First up is the return of weekend vlogs! The timing could not have been more perfect. As I am writing this, I can’t help but think about my family’s upcoming trip to Driftwood Too for Labor Day weekend. It’s going to be nice going back, especially considering we haven’t been there since before our Seaside Heights vacation.

Once I return from our Labor Day weekend trip, I’m going to revisit my typical schedule of content creation, including tech reviews and unboxings. Oh, and the patrons-only vlogs. They’re certainly going to be a priority of mine again.

It’s good to be back.