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.