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​If you’re like me when I started reading about video and lighting, you probably have no clue of how this is going to help improve your videos. Even more, you might feel like it’s going to be too complicated for you. STOP! It’s all extremely simple and easy. I’m here to help you understand why you need lighting, what you want to do with it and how to do it. I'll also recommend the best lighting kits for Youtube. ​This is the ultimate guide to achieving the best lighting for Youtube videos in 2018.

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​Why Lighting is the Main Reason Your Videos Look Crappy

The main reason your camera might seem like it’s not recording high-quality video even though you set it to 1080p is the lack of lighting.

As the human being you are (I hope so), you know you can’t see well in the dark. And that’s even though our eyes are much more sensitive to light than a camera sensor.

A camera is pretty much a machine that saves the light it receives at an exact moment, and to do so it needs to be bright enough for the sensor to capture it.

Camera sensors have different levels of sensibility to light. The higher the sensibility---also called ISO---, the worse the image will look.

When the camera doesn’t receive enough light, it increases its sensibility to light to be able to capture the moment, and that affects the resulting image.

high iso image noise

​High ISO creates little dots called noise. It looks a lot worse ​when it's a video.

​That’s why you want to have enough light so your camera can use the lowest sensibility possible, so the ​image looks as faithful to reality as it’s possible.

While things might look bright enough for you, bear in mind that the camera needs a lot more light than you do to see well.

Recording indoors without enough windows---even if it’s during a clear and sunny day---is not enough to capture the highest image quality your camera is capable of.

That’s why, as long as it’s possible for you, you should increase the number of lighting sources either by using lots of windows or by the easier and more reliable solution of owning a lighting kit.

​Types of Lighting for YouTube

​Natural Light

natural light example

​Photo credit: Josh from expertphotography.com

​A lot of YouTubers have wide windows at home that they use for their lighting, so they don’t have to bother about setting up lighting.

But for this, you need the right place, and you will have record during the day. You’ll also have to pray that the day you are planning to record is not rainy or darker than usual.
The other problem with this is that all videos will look slightly different because it will all depend on the intensity of the light of the day you choose for recording.

Natural light is the most beautiful kind of light for Youtube, but it is really random and hard to achieve a good result if you're working alone.

You can instead try to imitate natural lighting by using artificial methods.

​Artificial Light

youtuber using artificial light

​Youtuber Jasmine Rose using a ring light

Artificial light is usually achieved with a bulb, a stand and a light modifier. The objective of using it is to achieve a natural light look in a controlled setup.

This way you can always achieve the look that you want and you don’t have to rely on the duration of the day and quality of light available.

With artificial light, you can record a video at midnight and nobody will notice.

However, turning on a bulb, aiming it at your face and hoping it will look good is like hunting a lion with a BB gun and hoping you won’t get killed.

You need a modifier to make the artificial light look natural and some basic knowledge of what looks good and what doesn’t.

There are two main options you can use if you record your own videos.

​Modifiers for Artificial Light


​Umbrellas are easier to carry around than other modifiers. They are also the most simple and easy to use.

When you use them, light spreads around more naturally than using a softbox, so you require less control and knowledge to get a nice natural-looking light. It’s basically the plug and play for lighting.

How to use an umbrella

If you know how to use an umbrella, you got the knowledge to use one for lighting. There are two kinds of umbrellas: bounce umbrellas (black and silver) and shoot-through umbrellas (white and translucent). You will be using the latter for YouTube videos.

The way of using it is simple: set the inner part of the umbrella in front of the bulb and aim the bulb at you or your subject. That’s it.


​Softboxes are translucent boxes that come in different figures. The most common one is rectangular, which imitates the light that comes from a window.

It requires a bit more control than umbrellas. Because of this it’s more versatile and you can achieve the specific look that you want, but you need the knowledge and to play a lot with it.

​How to use a softbox

​To use the softbox itself is not complicated. You just have to set the bulb inside the box itself and point the white part to your subject.

However, there are probably hundreds of ways of using a softbox.

You have to try different angles and distances with a softbox to play with the different shadows you get on your subject.

A good starting point is following the typical three-point lighting method I will explain later on.

They simply require a bit more of testing and experimenting, but you can give your Youtube videos an unique look with them.

​Ring Light

​Ring lights are another kind of artificial light that looks a lot different than the traditional lighting setup.

It basically consists of a light bulb that comes in a ring shape.

It creates an even light all around your face without having to use more light sources. So it’s practical and can clean your face of any shadow.

​They make your face look really bright, so they are perfect for makeup work, but they might look more unnatural than using a typical lighting setup.

​They are pretty ergonomic because you set your camera in the middle of the ring, so it also serves as a stand for your camera.

​They're also the easiest setup to carry around.

Finally, it creates a circular spotlight on your eyes, which is something that a lot of people like about it.

​How to use a ring light

​If you are showing some type of work on someone’s face---like makeup---, you don’t want shadows. That’s when using a ring light is best.

And to achieve a shadowless look with them, you should always put the ring light in front of your subject. If you don’t, the ring light will create some hard shadows on their face that won’t make things look clean.

​Umbrella vs Softbox vs Ring Light: Which One is Right for Your YouTube Videos?

  • ​​​Simplest to use and require ​basic knowledge to make them work.
  • ​​Can help you achieve a more unique and professional look, but you will need lots of trial and error.
  • ​Ring lights are ​easie​r to carry around because you ​only need the ring light and ​one stand, but they ​don't look as natural and ​are also more expensive. It should be your choice if you're a makeup Youtuber.

​Best Ring Lights for YouTube

  • ​Adjustable mount for ​cameras and mobile phones
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    Color filters to experiment different light temperatures (orange, white), Bluetooth Self-timer
  • ​Size: 18"/48cm Outer 55W 5500K
  • ​Weight: 11.6 pounds
  • ​Adjustable mount for ​cameras and mobile phones
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    Color filters to experiment different light temperatures (​orange, ​white), Bluetooth Self-timer
  • ​Size: 14" Outer/12" on center 55W 5500K
  • ​Weight: 5.06 pounds
  • ​Adjustable mount for ​cameras and mobile phones. This one comes with a lever that makes adjusting the camera easier
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    Color filters to experiment different light temperatures (​orange, ​pink, ​blue), Bluetooth Self-timer
  • ​Size: 18"/48cm Outer 55W 5500K
  • ​Weight: 11.2 pounds
  • ​Adjustable mount for ​cameras and mobile phones.
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    Color filters to experiment different light temperatures (​orange, ​​white), ​Bluetooth Self-timer
  • ​Size: 18"/48cm Outer 55W 5500K
  • ​Weight: ​7.35 pounds
  • ​Really small, portable and made to use on a table
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    ​Comes with a small mirror​ and a mini tripod
  • ​Size: 8 inches
  • ​Weight: ​2.85 pounds

​Best Lighting Kits for YouTube

  • Three 45W 5500K Bulbs with holding sockets and stands
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    One ​bulb carry case bag and one ​heavy duty ​carry ​case to store the entire kit 
  • ​​Two 33 inch Black/Silver Reflector Umbrella
  • ​Two 33 inch Translucent White Soft Umbrella
  • ​Two 85W 5500K Bulbs with holding sockets and stands. This makes it the brightest lighting kit on the list
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    ​One ​​carrying ​case to store the entire kit 
  • ​Two 20"​*28" Softboxes
  • ​Four 45W ​Bulbs with holding sockets and stands
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    6 x 9 ft green, white and black backdrops with stand support system
  • ​Six clamps for the backdrop
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    ​Two ​white ​translucent umbrellas and two softboxes
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    ​Two carrying bags: one for the backdrop support system and one for the rest of the kit

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  • ​Four 23W ​Bulbs with holding sockets and stands. This makes this lighting kit ​half as bright ​as the ​one above.
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    Green, white and black backdrops with stand support system
  • ​You'll need to buy better clamps for the backdrop
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    ​Two ​white ​translucent umbrellas and two softboxes
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    ​One ​carrying bag for the entire kit

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​How to Use Your Lighting Kit

​I’m sure you noticed that most lighting kits come with 2-3 lighting bulbs and their respective stands and modifiers.

How do you use these lights?

A basic lighting setup is normally made of 3 parts:

  1. Key light
  2. Fill light
  3. Back or background light light
lighting setup for youtube videos

​The key light should be your stronger light and the main one that will point to your subject’s face. You should put it closer to your face than the other ones, or make it stronger by increasing the output. You should also put it slightly above the level of your subject’s face.

The fill light will fill the shadows generated by your key light so it softens them up and makes them look more natural. Use it to avoid hard shadows and create a more diffused shadow.

The back or background light can be used in two ways:

  1. Point it to your background so it’s also bright and you don’t look like you’re in a spotlight.
  2. Point it to your subject from behind to create a highlight that helps to separate the subject from the background. This is mostly used for portrait photography.

Each kind of light doesn’t need to come from an artificial source. That means that your key light can be the sun, the fill light a bouncer, the background light a window, etc.

The advantage of using a lighting kit is that you are in control of the light so you can achieve a pretty consistent result and replicate it over and over.

​Be Conscious of Shadows

So you bought one of the lighting kits above. Now what? You probably have no clue how everything falls into place.

Don’t worry, it really isn’t that hard.

Using lighting will make your videos better, but you also need to know what you want to aim for.

First, using lighting will naturally create some shadows. Learning how to deal with them is what you need to do.

There are no good or bad shadows, there's just appropriate lighting for what you want to communicate with your image. As a Youtuber or video blogger, you don't want to look like a movie villain:

hard shadow portrait

​Photo credit: Cole from Cole's Classroom

​You will probably want something simple that looks good and it's just natural:

diffused light

You should know that the kind of shadows you get will depend on many factors:

  • Distance from the umbrella and the bulb
  • Distance from you and the umbrella
  • Angle and size of the softbox
  • Natural light sources available
  • Much more...

​The best ending results will come after a lot of trial and error.

If you just want to record a nice looking YouTube video, ​just make sure your you are not creating hard shadows around your nose. 

You need to look at your final result and make sure that the image is bright enough and shadows look diffused and natural.


​Once you find the right setup, make sure you achieve a look that you want and try to memorize how you achieved it so you can replicate it for all your videos.

It will take some practice and many videos for you to finally choose the best one. You might want to take a picture of all your setup once you achieve a look that you love, so you can replicate it later.

1. Try different setups for your lighting. Use different angles, combinations and amount of lighting sources. Try it out and experiment until you achieve something you like. It’s the only way to learn.

2. Use an umbrella for a nice natural light look without too many complications.

3. Use a softbox for better aesthetics and a more artistic look with shadows.

4. Use a ring light to make your face really bright and erase all shadows from it, which is great for makeup work.

5. Think about your environment. You can also use light for the background so it doesn’t look a lot darker than you or your subject.

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best vlogging equipment introHere I want to show you the different tools that will help you get started with your YouTube channel. They will make your life as a vlogger easier. They will also save you money and a lot of recording time. Here I include all the best vlogging equipment that is essential and also a bit more that can let you achieve unique videos.

Microphones: Your Most Important Vlogging Equipment

The most important tool for vlogs you will ever need is a good microphone. It is really important that your viewers can hear you well. If they can’t, they will just stop your video and will go away without subscribing to your channel.

For me this is the most important YouTube filming equipment you can think of. If you have bad sound, you have no followers. It’s that simple. Not even your camera is as important.

A good microphone for vlogging has to suppress the background noise and it needs to make your voice as clean as possible.

When choosing the right mic, you got a few options:

  • If you can use an USB microphone, by all means buy one of these. They offer good quality for the price, and they are good at suppressing the exterior noise pretty well. If recording next to your computer isn’t possible, you will need to get either:
  • A lavaliere microphone to connect to your camera’s microphone input.
  • An external recorder like the popular Zoom H1, and a lavaliere microphone to connect to it (if your camera doesn’t have mic jack).
  • A shotgun microphone if you have a DSLR or a camera with hot shoe. These mics are also of great quality, and are my favorite after USB.

One of the most popular microphones between YouTubers is the Blue Yeti. In general, mics from Blue are an common choice between YouTubers, but there are other great brands out there for USB and non-USB microphones.

If you’re wondering what kind of mic you should get, you should check my buyer’s guide here: The 10 Absolutely Best Vlogging Microphones for YouTube.

Lighting: The Real Difference Maker in the YouTube Starter Kit

No matter what kind of channel you have, if you want it to look professional, you will need to control your lighting.

Most cameras can record high quality video as long as there’s good lighting. Investing some money in lighting equipment will actually improve your camera’s recording quality. You can even get away with a really cheap camera if you just have a good lighting setup.

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Using good lighting will make you look healthier and it gives your video a professional look. Make sure not to forget about it if you are recording from home.

And the best thing is that you can build your own lighting on a budget.

You can first try to control the light sources —either artificial or natural— that you already have at home. You can achieve good lighting for free if you’re lucky enough to have a good amount of windows in your room. You can combine them with any lamp you got laying around that can display a bright light.

But, if you don’t have good lighting sources at home, you can use the following lighting kits. Know that the kind of lighting you want to get will depend on the kind of content you’re creating:

Ring Light

Basically any beauty channel owner will want a ring light for their videos. This kind of lighting removes shadows from your subject’s face with soft, even light. And its brightness lets your colors shine with purity.

There are plenty of good options in the market for this kind of lighting. Some of the most popular choices are:

Neewer Camera Photo/Video 18″Outer 14″Inner Flash Light

This one is probably the cheapest ring light in the market. This is both good and bad. It is good to have this kind of lighting available for a cheap price, but you must know that it is also the one with the poorest quality. There are some reviews about this lighting stopping working a few months after buying, so be aware.

Another important thing to notice is that it does not come with light stand and diffuser, and it isn’t dimmable. It only comes with a carrying bag. You will need to buy a light stand and you will also need either a tripod or a hot shoe adapter for your camera.

I would probably save and invest in one with better quality build. But still, it is an option if you’re on a tight budget. It does achieve a really nice result for the price.

LimoStudio 18″ Ring Light AGG1774

This is my favorite option because it offers A LOT of value for your money:

It comes with a diffuser, a light stand, the hot shoe mount screw for your camera, a carrying bag and it’s dimmable.

This last feature allows for three levels of light intensity: low, medium and high. This way you don’t have to stick with the highest intensity, which can be uncomfortable.

Fill, Key and Background Lighting

Even if you already have a ring light, you will also want more lighting to make your background brighter. Since your face will be a lot brighter if you don’t, causing background to look completely dark.

Also, these lighting kits will let you record at night.

If you don’t buy a ring light, you will need at least one of these to give your videos a much better look and to allow you to record at any time:

Neewer® 400W 5500K Photo Studio Continuous Lighting Umbrellas Kit

This is the one you should get if you already have a ring light. With this kit you got two bulbs with their umbrellas and light stands.

You could use the two bulbs to light up the background if you have a ring light; this improves a lot the aesthetics of your video since you won’t have a shadowy background.

LimoStudio LMS103

This one is another good option, and the one you should consider if you don’t think you’ll get a ring light. But, you can also use it if you have a ring light.

You can use two of the bulbs with the umbrellas for your face and the remaining one for the background. Notice that even though it comes with three lights, it only comes with two umbrellas.

However, it also comes with two carrying bags for the umbrellas and bulbs, and three light stands (one of them is a lot smaller, but still works for the background light).


If you want to give your channel a more serious, professional look, you will need a backdrop.

It’s not needed for all YouTube channels. Some people prefer showing their rooms in the background, and that’s fine; it says “Hey, this is me, this is who I am”, and it is a way of getting a closer relationship with your viewers.

However, others will want to be more formal, and that’s when backdrops become more important. They give your background a uniform, clean color that says “I’m a professional; I know what I’m doing”. Backdrops are also really good if you want to introduce text in post-production, and you can also use a green screen to cut out the background and replace it for an artificial one.

Caltar Photography Photo Video Continuous Lighting Kit

This one is basically an all-in-one professional lighting kit. It comes with all the lighting you will need for key, fill and background light; it has three bulbs with their light stands and umbrellas. It also comes with three backgrounds: black, white and green. You will only have to buy the clamps, but they’re really cheap.

You would think that buying all this straight away in a combo should be more expensive, but comparing it with other backdrops on Amazon, this set is actually cheaper.

You won’t have to worry more about lighting if you get this combo alone.

If you only want the backdrop (maybe you already have lighting you can use for your videos), the LimoStudio Photo Video Studio, AGG1112 is a good option. You will have to get the background and clamps for an additional price.

Coming Soon: An Extensive Guide on Lighting for Vlogs

Dude, Where’s my Camera?

The third most important vlogging gear is, of course, your camera!

Yes, I know people wouldn’t be able to see your lighting if you didn’t have a camera… but well, let’s ignore that. I just want you to worry more about lighting and microphones than your camera.

Since this website is full of camera reviews, I’m not going to talk about them here. Instead, you can visit any of the posts that I’ve written here, according to what you want:

I also made a guide on what lens to get if you have an interchangeable lens camera:

So now let’s see more stuff that will make your vlogs easier to record, although some of them are necessary.

General YouTube Vlog Accessories

Best Tripods for Youtube starters

Tripods are the photographer’s best friends. For vloggers, they allow them to record themselves without the need of a camera operator. These are necessary 80% of the time you’re recording from home, no matter if you have a camcorder, compact or DLSR.

Here are some simple tripods that will work just fine for this job:

AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod

Getting the popular AmazonBasics tripod is the safest bet. It is light, cheap and it comes with a bag to store it and carry it around. This tripod is more than enough if you just need it to record from home. You will need to get a sturdier tripod only if you plan to record outside.

If you want a sturdier tripod, the following is a good option:

Dpotorpadp SYS-118 Alluminum Alloy Travel Tripod

This one is more stable and even lighter than the AmazonBasics, and it also can reach another step higher if you need it.

However, if you want to vlog in selfie mode, you will be better off with a tabletop tripod.

Tabletop Tripod

What’s better than a tripod? A Small tripod. This kind of device also works great depending on your recording setup. If you have a table lying around, one of these will work fine. They don’t occupy too much space and are easy to carry around.

But the best thing about them is that they can also be used as a vlogging stick. For vlog recording, there are 3 very popular models: the Sirui 3T-35K, the Manfrotto PIXI Evo 2 and the JOBY GorillaPod.

You can read here a deep comparison I made between the three.

Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom With Ball Head

A GorillaPod is basically a compact tripod that is highly adaptable to different surfaces. As a vlogger, the best use you will give it is as a kind of vlogging camera stick for your DSLR, compact or mirrorless camera. If you have a DSLR and want to take it out, you will need at least a 24mm lens and a gorilla pod to be able to capture your face while holding the camera.

GorillaPod are the most popular for vloggers. However, something you should be aware of is their size and weight. There are many models available and if you have a DSLR, the GorillaPod you will need will be quite heavy. It can get tiring to hold such heavy equipment for a long time while recording.

This is why I actually like more the two models I told you about above.

Vlogging Camera Sticks

If you instead want a dedicated vlog stick, even though the above tripods are more versatile and will do well as selfie sticks, there are more dedicated options that are cheaper, although they are not so durable and versatile:

Mpow Selfie Stick

If you are only going to use your smartphone, you can get this stick for a cheap price. You can only use a smartphone with it, so that’s why it’s so cheap. It is really small and light to take around, and it has a nice wrist wrap so you don’t drop your phone to the ground.

It’s very simple but it does what it’s supposed to do.

Fugetek FT-568 Professional Selfie Stick

If you need a camera stick for a camera with the threaded opening in the bottom, which is usually there to use for monopods and tripods, you can use the Fugetek FT-568. It also comes with an adapter for smartphones so you got a selfie stick usable for both.

There are two sizes available: 32″ and 49″. You can also use your camera’s zoom through the controller on its grip.

Remote Shutter

A remote shutter lets you start, pause or stop recording your camera from a distance. They allow you to stay where you’re at if you need to repeat a take. They make recording videos a lot easier and you can find them for a really cheap price.

The good thing is that you probably won’t have to invest money in one; most cameras come with WiFi, which allows you to use your smartphone to control them.

If your camera doesn’t have WiFi, you will need to get a remote shutter that works with your camera. You don’t need to get one of the fancy that lets you change the shutter speed and the general setting of the camera. One that you can use to start and stop recording is enough.

There are wired and wireless; you will need to choose one according to your needs and camera.

AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control

Even though it says it’s for Nikon, it also works with other brands, as long as your camera has infrared. It’s the simplest and cheapest remote shutter you can find, and it works just fine.

Progo Wired Remote Shutter Release Control RS-60E3

If your camera doesn’t have infrared, you will need a wired remote shutter. This one is the simplest and cheapest you’ll be able to use. It also works for other brands, not only for Canon cameras.
If you want a remote shutter that can also control the manual exposure, aperture and ISO, you will need to look for one specifically for your camera model.

Editing Software

Something all vloggers need is an editing software. Funny enough, most of you don’t realize it until you finish recording your first video and have to find a way of putting everything together. Here I will show you both free and premium editors you can use for your work.

Free Editors

If you only need to cut, paste clips and insert some basic text, you can go with a free software, although something premium will give you more advantages later on.

There are many more options out there, but these two are the most popular

Premium Editors

The following editors are used by professional editors for all kinds of work. They are also popular for YouTube due to the competitive advantage of having good editing for your videos. You won’t see a top vlogger with bad editing —although most of them hire a full-time editor.

These apps offer thousands of options and functions, and they are more efficient when encoding video than most free apps.

Adobe Premiere Pro: ​This app is extremely popular ​on You​Tube.​ It's available at a description of $20,99 per month if you pay the year at once. However, it has all that you can possibly need to edit a vlog.

adobe premiere logo

Final Cut Pro: ​This one is the alternative for MAC users. It is also a professional-level software, but this one is available for a one-time payment of $299.99

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Here’s a Wild Idea… What About a Drone?

Let’s face the truth:

This is a premium tool. Not at all needed for vlogs. A big boy’s tool if you may. But darn it, they are fun and can achieve unique shots.

But in all seriousness, they aren’t toys; they will allow you to record some unique, entertaining, creative and attractive content.

There are many drones in the market, but the most popular ones for video are the DJI Phantom. There are many models of this drone at different price ranges, so I will guide you through their differences here.

The price difference between these drones are related to how much of them you can control (including the camera’s manual mode), the recording quality of their camera, how far they can fly, GPS quality and how well they stay in position and how easy they can land.

You will basically need to choose one according to your budget, as for these drones their quality is very much attached to their price (although some of these only offer 4k recording for the extra price):


This one is the most affordable drone that is worth buying. It records 2.7k video, which isn’t bad at all since most people won’t notice the difference between 4k and 2.7k. On the other hand, you can’t control the camera’s exposure manually, and the control doesn’t come with a good attachment for your tablet.
It is a drone that only comes with the basics for people that want to achieve unique drone shots for the best price.


This one is basically the Standard version I just talked about, but it can record 4k video. It is the cheapest 4k drone you can buy, so it’s still well worth if you really want that quality. If you ask me, a lot of people won’t notice the difference between 2.4k and 4k, so I would go for the Standard version.

DJI PHANTOM 3 Advanced

This one doesn’t record 4k video, but basically everything else about it is better. It can record from a farther distance —around 4 or 5 times farther than the above models. It also has great GPS and better controller.


This one is not much different from the Advanced version. This one can record 4k video and has a faster charger that takes less than an hour to fully charge. The rest of the features are pretty much the same; it still has amazing GPS, good controller and can travel 3.1 miles away from you.

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PewDiePie’s Gear & Equipment for Vlogging https://vloggerpro.com/pewdiepie-gear-equipment/ https://vloggerpro.com/pewdiepie-gear-equipment/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 14:10:12 +0000 https://vloggerpro.com/?p=4004408 You don’t have to know about YouTubers to know who PewDiePie is. He is simply the biggest YouTuber and probably the first star to ever emerge from this platform. And that’s why we wanted to review PewDiePie’s gear and equipment. After all, he knows the game so he must know what is good for this […]

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You don’t have to know about YouTubers to know who PewDiePie is. He is simply the biggest YouTuber and probably the first star to ever emerge from this platform. And that’s why we wanted to review PewDiePie’s gear and equipment. After all, he knows the game so he must know what is good for this job.

Who is PewDiePie?


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As for his personal story, he started on YouTube during his college years around 2010. By 2013, he was the most subscribed channel on the site.

Like many YouTubers, Felix started as a gamer and was one of the first to bring the concept of “Let’s Plays”, which are now one of the most popular genres on the platform.

After so many years, PewDiePie has drifted away from this format and has been creating more original video ideas to keep his channel fresh. He publishes almost daily a variety of videos that all have one point in common: they are all funny.

Thanks to his pioneering, consistency and sense of humor, he was able to grow his channel to more than 60 million subs after so many years of grinding.

Felix recently published a list of the equipment he is currently using for his videos. Just remember, if you’re looking to get his equipment to be able to become a successful YouTubers, know that he often tells his viewers that the equipment doesn’t matter. If your content doesn’t cut it, the best quality won’t help you.

After all, he started with a cheap webcam.

But if you like the quality of his videos and want to replicate it, here it is:

PewDiePie’s Vlogging Gear

Main Camera

Canon XA11

  • New, Advanced HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor with Improved Low-light Performance
  • Flip screen
  • External Microphone Input
  • Full HD 1080p60 Recording

This is the camcorder he uses to record inside his room. The camera is featured on our list of the best camcorders for YouTube vlogging.

However, the camera is a bit too expensive for most vloggers, and you don’t really need a camera like this if you’re starting. With some proper lighting and a cheaper camera you can start recording top quality video.

The camera doesn’t even have 4k recording capabilities even though the price is above the $1,000 mark. And you can actually find much cheaper cameras that can record 4k video.

I’s price is due to the fact that It’s a camera made for video recording that can be used in low light and that can record continuously for hours without heating up like a DSLR, compact or mirrorless.

The battery life is also pretty long and it has everything you need to record better vlogs, including a flip screen, external mic input and pro features like two XLR terminals to connect professional microphones and record in separate tracks.

You can get any tripod and set it just behind the monitor, just like PewDiePie does:

pewdiepie studio setup

Secondary Camera

Canon G7X Mark II

  • Perfect for daily vlogging
  • Flip screen
  • Pocketable
  • Full HD 1080p60 Recording

This is the camera he uses to record videos when his main camera isn’t available. You can see him using it in some of his travel videos.

This camera is one of the most popular between vloggers. It is in fact, our most referred one on VloggerPro.

Its advantage is that it’s a bit more pocketable and it still can record high-quality video. It has a much smaller battery life, so you should probably carry at least a spare battery if you want to travel with it.

It’s a camera that looks like made for daily vlogging, even though it lacks an external mic input. The good news is that the camera can record pretty nice audio if you get a sticky windscreen for the mics.


Neewer® Camera Photo Studio 18'' Ring Light

  • 18″ ring fluorescent flash light with reinforced flexible arm.
  • Extra long cord and heavy duty thumb screws.
  • Constructed from aluminum alloy, giving it exceptional strength for heavy duty work.
  • The stand collapses easily and is very lightweight to carry.

The most popular lighting between vloggers and YouTubers is without any doubt a ring light.


You usually only need one of them and you get a pretty soft light that won’t create any shadow on your face but will output all the light you need to record at the highest-quality with your camera.

Do not underestimate the importance of lighting. Many times you could get better quality by getting a 50$-100$ lighting kit than getting a 300$+ camera.


AKG Pro Audio C414 XLS
  • Engineered for highest linearity and neutral sound for beautifully detailed recording of vocals and...
  • Nine selectable polar patterns for the perfect setting for every application
  • Three attenuation levels (-6/-12/-18dB) for close-up recording or high-output sources of up to 158dB...

This is probably the most expensive mic I’ve seen a YouTuber use. I’m not surprised because I’m sure PewDiePie knows that the most important piece of equipment for this job is the mic.

Nevertheless, he even admits that the mic is a bit too expensive for what it offers. You won’t see an enormous difference from a 250$ mic compared to this one. So, if you want to get a nice mic for almost 10% the price of this one, check our list of the best microphones for YouTube vlogging.

PewDiePie’s Gaming Gear & Equipment


  • Ambidextrous mouse developed for claw grip usage
  • Two thumb buttons on both Sides to comfortably serve left- and right-handed users
  • Plug and play (no drivers needed)

As you know, PewDiePie is a gamer, so he uses a mouse that is more expensive and has more features than the average mouse. It’s not really needed if you only want to edit videos and search the web.


Glorious Extended Gaming Mouse Mat
  • Dimension: 36"x11"x0.12" - Fits both keyboard and mouse! (Long/XXL size)
  • Smooth cloth surface - Optimized for fast movement while maintaining excellent SPEED and CONTROL...
  • Non-slip rubber base - Provides heavy grip preventing sliding or movement of mouse pad

Some people say you can measure the success of a human being by seeing the size of his mousepad (not really). PewDiePie might be one of those who believe it.


CORSAIR STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • 100% Cherry MX gaming key switches - Unique gold-cross point contacts for incredible reliability,...
  • Cherry MX Red key switches - Extremely responsive, with a smooth, linear response and a wide...
  • Multi-color dynamic backlighting - Brilliant RGB backlighting immerses you in the game with...

Mechanical keyboards have become the norm between gamers. But I must tell you, as a writer myself, I can’t explain how much more comfortable this kind of keyboard is compared to a generic one. The feeling of each key truly helps me to write better and for longer time. I won’t be using any non-mechanical keyboard anytime soon.

They are worth their price, but you can always find a cheaper one that doesn’t have so many light patterns and fancy features.


  • 34" 1440p IPS panel with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology and 100Hz Refresh Rate deliver superior...
  • Curved Ultra-wide 21:9 Aspect Ratio maximizes immersion by expanding the display right to the...
  • ASUS Eye Care technology lowers blue light and eliminates flickering. When coupled...

This is where things get kinda crazy for PewDiePie. This isn’t a cheap monitor, and he still uses three of them. It seems a bit overkill, but I honestly would do the same if I had the money to afford it.

You might not know this, but you can set things up to see a different app on each monitor at the same time. For gamers, livestreamers and content creators like PewDiePie, it’s something pretty useful. They usually need a couple of apps and tabs working at the same time, especially when they are recording a livestream and need to keep up with the live chat while playing.

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The Best YouTube Vlogging Cameras of 2018Whether you record vlogs for fun or want to turn it into a profession, this list of the best vlogging cameras in 2018 will save you a lot of research time and will help you get the right camera, so recording video blogs becomes easier, faster and you get better video quality.

These are recommendations based on the opinion of many YouTubers, and also my experience working with cameras for photography and video. So I think you will find it useful.

Remember: these are the best cameras out there, so they are quite expensive. You might want to find cheaper cameras on this other post.

9 Best Vlogging Cameras 2018


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There are so many types of camera, but which one is the right for vlogging?

You have to know the advantages each kind of camera offers and choose the one right for your style.

Or else you might end up with a really expensive paperweight.

By the way, I'm not reviewing GoPros here because they are useless for vlogs 80% of the time.

I'll explain why in a moment.

For now, you should be looking between 3 types: mirrorless, DSLR and compact.

Which one you choose will depend on the kind of vlogging channel you run.

So, which one is the right for you?


when to choose a compact camera for vlogging
  • ​Ideal for daily vlogging
  • Pocketable and luggable
  • ​Low battery life
  • No external mic input
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    ​Bad ​in low light


when to choose a mirrorless camera for vlogging
  • ​Bigger but still luggable
  • ​Good in low light
  • ​Interchangeable lens
  • ​Some have external mic input
  • ​Low battery life


when to choose a DSLR camera for vlogging
  • ​Interchangeable lens
  • ​Good in low light
  • ​Good battery life
  • ​They all have external mic input
  • ​Big and heavy

​Why GoPro SUCKS for Vlogging

​As a vlogger, you need people to hear you.

GoPros have the ​worst audio recording you ​could ​find. ​

But that's not all.

They are limited to a single fish-eye lens.

Imagine watching the world 24/7 behind a fish-eye lens... I'm sure it would get uncomfortable at one point.

That's exactly what will happen to your viewers. They will get sick of seeing all things so stretched out for a long time.

Only use a GoPro as a ​complementary ​camera​​​. It is really useful to take wide-angle shots and for point-of-view recording (those ​videos where people can see the perspective of what you see), which is ​nice ​for sports content.

However, their usefulness is very limited to only this kind of recording.

If you want to record anything else, you will want one of the cameras that we talk about here.

Don't get deceived by their 4k ​quality and small size together with a "fair" price. There's a reason why they are far cheaper than ​other 4k cameras.

So now that you are protected against the ​lies of GoPro, let's start with the reviews.

Best Daily Vlog Compact Cameras in 2018

A compact camera is often more useful for vloggers that want to take their camera out. They are usually not good for low light, but the compact cameras listed here have high-quality sensors that allow them to keep decent quality even in the dark, and that’s why they are the best ones you can find on the market.

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II – Best Camera for Daily Vlogging

Just like the G7 X is still one of the best vlog cameras in 2018, so it is its new Mark II version, which was released in May.

This model has all the good things the G7 X Mark I offers, but with some additional features and tweaks that improve its performance.

So, this model has the same amazing lens, flip touchscreen, wireless connection, great image quality even in low light and accurate and fast autofocus.

But besides all these great things, the Mark II has few additional features like a new rubber grip that helps you hold the camera so it won’t slip through your hands that easily. It also comes with a better processor, which makes it faster, especially when turning on. It also has improved autofocus in low-contrast situations and cleaner quality in low light.

Finally, it has better battery management. It uses the same one from the previous model, but this one lasts for around 265 shots instead of 210.

It still lacks a microphone port, but there’s not much Canon can do since it’s still a small compact camera that is easy to carry around.

Canon Powershot G7X Mark II Video Analysis

In the following video from vlogger Nesting Story, we can see how the camera performs.

  • Minute 3:00 – Notice that the camera’s autofocus is a bit slow, but it is good at knowing what to focus on and it’s pretty sharp.
  • Minute 6:20 – You can see how smooth the camera works while walking thanks to its excellent image stabilization.
  • From the same minute mark you can also see the camera’s quality remains the same even indoors with poor lighting.

The G7X MII does have its downsides. The main one is that it is a quite noisy camera with its autofocus. I always recommend that if you want to give your channel a professional look, you should always invest first in your sound. If you use your own microphone, you won’t have any trouble with the noise the autofocus motor makes. Also, if you use background music, you won’t be able to hear the noise, like in the example video.

The autofocus in video mode is not perfect, but believe me, it’s good for a compact camera. It will perform well in most cases; it might have some problems when your face is not shown clearly —as it works with a face-recognition system—, but this is something you can easily overcome by using the camera’s full manual mode. If you have good light, just set manual focus and increase your lens f-number so you won’t have any focusing problem ever again.

This is why I still think the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II is one of the best vlog cameras in 2018. Still, if you want 4k recording for about the same price, you should check the next camera on the list.

Read the full review: Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II

The Good

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    Excellent image stabilization
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    Great autofocus
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    Small and lightweight

The ​Bad

  • Small sensor
  • No external mic port
  • There are cheaper cameras with 4k

Panasonic LX10 – Best Cheap 4k Camera for Daily Vlogging

Panasonic has been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to their video capabilities, so it’s a brand that you can’t skip in a list of vlogging cameras.

They’ve been making many good small cameras that can compete with the best from Sony and Canon, and the LX10 (LX15 in Europe) is one of the options vloggers are choosing, and for good reasons.

The main reason is that it’s probably the cheapest camera that can record 4k and that is actually worth buying. It doesn’t have the overheating problem many 4k cameras have (like the Sony RX100).

The flip touchscreen automatically makes it a good competitor for vlogs, but there are also some things that can make you go for the G7XMII instead.

For example:

Even though its autofocus is not noisy like the G7X’s, it does require some work. It’s still usable and it works well in most situations, but I wouldn’t rely too much on it since it can often lose its focus.

However, it isn’t too far from the G7X autofocus performance. After all, it does focus faster than the G7X, but not as precisely as the Sony RX100. This is why I think you should take the recommendation on using its manual focus mode, decreasing the lens aperture to never get out of focus.

Panasonic LX10 Video Analysis

You can see in the following video sample from Youtuber 7FootVlogs some of these points.

  • Minute 0:20 – The focus is faster than the G7X Mark II, but it often struggles while finding what to focus.
  • Minute 9:15 – A lot of recording at night. Image noise is barely noticeable. Very good for low-light recording.
  • Minute 10:24 – Camera stabilization doesn’t feel as smooth as the G7X II, but it does a pretty good. However, it gets worse if you record at 4kp30 because of the lower framerate (this is one of the reasons I say 4k is overrated for Youtube).

And finally, even though this one offers a f/1.4 lens, it isn’t as good in low light as the Canon. The reason is that you can use the f/1.4 only at 24mm. The Canon camera has faster aperture as you zoom in, and it also responds better to lighting changes during video, as the Panasonic can sometimes remain darker than it should when you enter a room with lower light.

However, it does perform well enough for a compact. Its sound quality is better than the G7X, the 4k recording is truly stunning and it can be done in 15-minute clips without interruptions. It’s a good option if you want the highest definition with the best colors.

Read the full review: Panasonic LX10

The Good

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    High-quality lens
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The ​Bad

  • Unreliable autofocus
  • No external mic port
  • Small sensor

Sony RX100 Mark V – Best 4k Camera for Daily Vlogging

The Sony RX100 is also often used by vloggers. It is certainly one of the bests, but it may also be a bit overkill for this job.

It is kind of a combination of a Canon G7X MII and a Panasonic LX10. I like to say that it has a reliable autofocus, like the Canon, with the image quality of the Panasonic (maybe even a bit better).

However, it is also the most expensive of the three, and not exactly better in other aspects.

Sony RX100 Mark V Video Analysis

Let’s see the following comparison video between the G7X II and the RX100 V in 1080p by vlogger Randi Kennedy.

  • Minute 2:30 – The G7X Mark II is constantly better at choosing the automatic exposure, but the video from the Sony looks more realistic.
  • Minute 7:00 – Both have similar autofocus, but the Sony is sligthy faster. It struggles more to focus in low light though.
  • Minute 11:32 -The Sony RX100 is clearer in low light and delivers better contrast, although neither camera shows a lot of noise.

Trying to choose between these options can come down to what you’re willing to give for more specialized features.

For example, the RX100 Mark IV and Mark V come with an outstanding slow-motion mode at 960 fps. With a limited duration of 4 seconds on the Mark IV and 8 on the Mark V, this provides extremely slow short video clips.

But, do you really need it? That’s something you will want to check before paying so much for a camera that doesn’t bring many more benefits.

It is an outstanding machine, but it offers a lot of features that are mainly targetted to professional photographers looking for a small travel camera. It might come with too many unuseful things for a vlogger.

The Good

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    Ultra slow-mo at 960fps
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    Realistic color profile

The ​Bad

  • Small sensor
  • No external mic port
  • Pricey for a compact

Best DSLRs for Vlogging in 2018

DSLRs are really hard to hold and carry around. Most of them are also just as good for low light as a similar-priced mirrorless camera. This makes them the worst choice if you want to take the camera out a lot. However, they all have an external mic input and come with a larger battery. That’s why they are excellent options for vloggers that want to record from home. Choose one of these unless you need to take your camera out a lot.

Canon EOS 80D – Best DSLR for Vlogging

After 3 years of its release, the famous 70D finally has a successor for this year.

This new version is still a DSLR that is often chosen for YouTube. Although it’s true that it’s not the ideal camera to take out (DSRLs are heavy after all), the Canon EOS 80D has a fair weight, if you take other DSLRs into consideration.

And it is one of the few DSLRs that was made for video recording.

Here’s why:

It doesn’t only has from the fastest, silent and accurate autofocus systems to above-average battery life (960 shots), but also this DSLR doesn’t fall short with other features that help a lot for video blogging.

It —of course— has WiFi to upload your videos, Video SnapShots mode, and touchscreen focus. It has a really useful flip-out touchscreen, although this was also included in the 70D.

This new model comes with a few new things that I felt were lacking in the 70D, like:

  • Slow-motion thanks to 1080p60 recording instead of being limited to p30
  • Timelapse feature
  • Headphones port
  • 100% viewfinder coverage (70D was 98%)
  • Improved battery life

This is all great. But I still think that they should have included more upgrades. For example, 4k video recording —which you can find in almost any new Sony or Panasonic cameras.

This is why I still think you could go for the 70D if you don’t need these creative video modes. This way you could invest some of the money you save in a good microphone or lens.

Canon EOS 80D Video Analysis

In the following video from Youtuber Spencer Berke, we can see how the camera performs.

  • Minute 0:15 – You can see the DSLR’s sensor records good quality in low-light conditions, even though it’s using an f/4.5 lens. At minute 7:07 it becomes a lot worse due to the complete lack of light, but remember it’s using a really bad lens for low light.
  • Minute 1:13 – You can see how smooth the camera works inside the car. Notice things inside the car moving but the image barely does. This is good built-in image stabilization combined with the lens’s OIS.
  • From minute 4:00 to 6:05 we see the camera transitioning from mid to low light. Image quality is really good until darkness kicks in.

You still get a lot of value if you want it for video. Upgrading to a 5D Mark III DSLR after the 80D won’t give you as many improvements as getting the 80D coming from a cheap compact camera.

This is why it’s not rare to find vloggers still using the 70D since it’s good enough for professional-looking videos.

Read the full review: Canon EOS 80D

The Good

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    Great, reliable autofocus
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    Good for low light and Bokeh effect (APS-C Sensor)
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    Long battery life

The ​Bad

  • Heavy
  • No image stabilization
  • There are cheaper cameras with 4k

Canon EOS Rebel T7i – Best DSLR for Starters

The Canon EOS Rebel cameras have been used for YouTube for many years. A Rebel camera is a pretty common choice as the first DSLR if you want it for video. In fact, this lineup from Canon has been the most common choice between makeup YouTubers. The reason is that they are affordable cameras that are better than other DSLRs in the same price range when it comes to video. These DSLRs are the cheapest ones you can get that can record excellent video.

To be fair, it really isn’t completely necessary to get a 80D if you want a DSLR for vlogging, so the T7i and the T6i are both really good affordable DSLRs for video. They might not have a responsive autofocus system as the 80D, but they get the job—of high quality, professional-looking video—done.

With a T6i or T7i you will be recording higher image quality videos than most YouTube channels out there.

If you’re just starting, there’s no need to go for something more expensive.

As for the T7i features; it does come with quite a few improvements over the T6i, which is something good since they are more significant than, for example, the differences between the T5i and T6i. This is especially true if we take into account the new processor, which is truly a new generation made for Canon cameras from 2016 and beyond. Its sensor and processor are the same the more expensive 80D uses. You can expect to achieve very similar image quality to the higher-end 80D.

Canon Rebel T7i Video Analysis

In the following video blog from Youtuber Chris McIntyre, you can see the camera in action from minute 1:37:

  • Minute 1:37 – Autofocus doesn’t hunt as much as the LX10, but it shows lower depth of field due to the stock lens being much lower quality than the LX10’s
  • Minute 8:05 – In low light, the video shows a lot of noise. This is mainly because of the stock lens. DSLRs have larger sensors than compacts, so they are generally better for low light.
  • Even though DSLRs have a larger sensor, having a low-quality lens disrupts this. You will need an extra 200-300$ to achieve the same quality as the compact lens.

The camera also has an additional ISO step compared to its predecessor, more focus points, 1080p up to 60fps, and something I think it’s incredibly important for vlogging: significantly more battery life. Instead of 440 shots, this new model can take up to 600 shots before running out of fuel. Funny that this is the first Rebel camera in a while to improve its battery life instead of making it worse.

I really recommend is for you to invest in a better lens from the start and only get the camera body. You can learn what kind of vlogging lens to buy here.

As this is is a DSLR, it isn’t the smartest choice if you need to go out a lot. Instead, you can check the Canon M3, which is a much smaller camera with the same sensor size as the T6i.

Read the full review: Canon EOS Rebel T7i

The Good

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    Good for low light and Bokeh effect (APS-C Sensor)
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    Hot-shoe, mic. port and flip screen

The ​Bad

  • Low battery life
  • No image stabilization
  • There are cheaper cameras with 4k

Best Mirrorless Cameras for Vlogging in 2018

Mirrorless cameras combine the best of both worlds: interchangeable lenses, large sensors, and they are easier to carry around than DSLRs. It’s probable that if you are the kind of vlogger that is looking for a camera to record both at home and outside, a Mirrorless will be your most valuable ally. If you don’t mind not being able to put them in your pocket, go for one of these.

Canon EOS M50 – The 2018 Best Vlogging Camera

Yes, you read that right. And we’re not the only ones claiming it.

This camera was released in March 2018, so it is pretty new.

And the best thing is that it really seems like Canon thought about vloggers when they designed it.

Despite being a newcomer in the vlogging scene, many reputable camera reviewers like Jared Polin and Kai Man Wong have dubbed the M50 as the best new vlogging camera for beginners and vloggers on-the-go.

The M50’s primary selling point is its ability to shoot 4K video. Reviewers praised the crisp quality of the 4K footage produced by the M50 but found it underwhelming considering the added crop factor and lack of dual pixel AF function when shooting in 4K mode.

Canon EOS M50 Video Review

Check out how the M50 performs in real life in this video review by Kai Man Wong.

  • Minute 3:16 – Sample footage of the M50 shooting 4K at 25fps. Notice most of the shots are tight because of the camera’s added crop factor at 4K.
  • Minute 3:34 – Sample footage of the M50 used for rolling shots still at 4K.
  • Minute 4:10 – Demo of the M50’s dual pixel autofocus feature shot at 1080p 25fps.

It’s lighter than full frame cameras even with lenses accounted for. It’s equipped with a fully-rotating LCD touchscreen which some higher-end vlogging cameras still lack. And it produces top quality videos at 1080p with Canon’s top of the line dual pixel autofocusing system.

Read the full review and comparison with the G7XII: Canon EOS M50

The Good

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    ​Lots of vlog-friendly features

The ​Bad

  • ​Not as pocketable as the G7X
  • ​Cropped 4k recording
  • Relatively short battery life

Sony a7SII – Best Low-Light Vlogging Camera

If there’s a camera that can beat the classic 5D Mark III, that’s the brand new mirrorless Sony a7SII.

That a pretty bold statement to say the least, and just imagine all the debate this camera is causing right now because of it.

Be it for good or bad, this camera feels like the before and after of the industry.

But this is not something we should discuss here, so here’s what you need to know about this Sony camera:

Besides being newer, this camera improves most aspects from the 5D Mark III. You can find it around the same price range and it can record 4K, has a better sensor, better autofocus, new 5-axis image stabilization system (you won’t need to get a lens with IS for it to work), WiFi, NFC, it’s still full-frame and it’s much, much smaller and luggable.

Sony A7SII Video Analysis

In the following video blog from vlogger Christian Maté Grab, you can see the camera at work

  • Minute 2:35 – The camera does not show any noise recording during the night out. Being a full-frame camera with its high-tech sensor and good lens makes this possible.
  • Minute 4:36 – If you stop the video here you will see a good dynamic range shot. It doesn’t blow out bright parts too much and keeps darker parts visible.
  • Minute 9:07 – You can see here how smooth the camera is while walking. This is thanks to the 5-axis stabilization built in its body.

The only real disadvantage of the A7SII? The 5D Mark III can last for 950 shots while this one can only last for 340.

The Sony a7SII is one of the best high-level cameras you can buy in 2018 for any purpose, so even if it’s battery is really low for its price, we must know that this one unique advantages thanks to being a mirrorless; and it’s much lighter and easier to carry around when compared to the brick 5D Mark III.

Remember that its weakest link can be fixed just by buying an extra battery. That’s why on Amazon, you can find this camera in a special bundle that includes bag, 2 extra batteries, 1 extra charger, memory, tripod and extra battery because of this reason—for the same price as buying only the body of the camera.

This should be the best camera for vlogging and for YouTube videos this year 2018.

The Good

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The ​Bad

  • Low battery life
  • No flip screen

Panasonic GH5 – Best Youtube Camera

While most mirrorless brands like to imitate DSLRs by adding an APS-C sensor, Panasonic decided to include a slightly smaller sensor (Micro Four Thirds), and this decision has made Panasonic cameras the best fit for vlogging.

They got arguably the best entry-level mirrorless for vlogs with the Panasonic G7, but they also have amazing choices for mid-range —with the Panasonic GH4— and one that might be the best mirrorless for video blogging and their best camera yet, the Lumix GH5.

All these cameras share something in common: fully-articulating touchscreens, external microphone ports and relatively small sizes. They only sacrifice a bit of low-light performance and Bokeh effect due to their smaller sensors, but these sensors are still a lot larger than what compacts have.

The truth is that Panasonic has achieved amazing video quality with the GH5’s 4k capacities, together with its dynamic range and low-light performance.

If you don’t believe me, watch the following video:

Panasonic GH5 Video Analysis

In the following video blog from Youtuber Andyax, you can see a comparison between the GH4 and GH5

  • Minute 1:32 – At 6400 ISO, the GH5 looks much less noisy and the color doesn’t get as corrupted as its previous version.
  • Minute 2:10 – You can see the GH5’s dynamic range capacities are quite more advanced. The highlights look a lot less intense and the dark zones look a bit brighter. It keeps the middle ground.
  • Minute 3:41 – Even at a low 24fps frame rate, the camera is extremely smooth with its built-in stabilization (the test lens didn’t have stabilization).

The GH4 and GH5 might not be the smallest vlogging cameras you can get, but they are extremely useful. Even though I put here the GH5 since it’s the best option, I do believe Panasonic is the best brand for this job. I encourage you to check the full list of Panasonic vlogging cameras here.

I’m sure you learned from the video that the GH5 is much better than its predecessor, but remember that it doubles the GH4’s price. You might want to get one that isn’t as hurtful to your wallet.

The Good

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    Great dynamic range
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    Made for video (IS, mic. port, flip screen, hot-shoe)
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    Dual Image Stabilization
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    4k recording

The ​Bad

  • Not the best for low light (micro four thirds sensor)
  • As heavy and big as a DSLR

Sony A6500 – Best Luggable Vlogging Camera

Have you ever dreamed of a camera that could record 4k, have almost perfect—because nothing is perfect—autofocus, external microphone port and everything for a relatively low price? The Sony A6500 is just that.

The bad thing? It lacks a flipping screen.


Yes, but do no automatically discard it. The price for the quality you get is extremely good.

Sony A6500 Video Analysis

The following video by vlogger Cameron Jeffers shows the camera in action.

  • Minute 1:37 – Here’s an example of the beautiful shots you can get with the Sony. Bear in mind that it is brought down to 1080p.
  • Minute 3:10 – You can see the smooth in-camera stabilization in action while riding a bike.
  • Minute 6:12 – Even though it’s recording in very low light, the image barely shows any noise.

The A6500 is light, records 4k video at a bit rate comparable to the much more expensive Sony A7SII and Panasonic GH5, and it even has an APS-C sensor, which is the same size of a DSLR.

The camera honestly has it all, except the flipping screen. If you use a wide-angle lens—as you should for vlogging—you should never have problems getting out of the frame. It can still be a pain to keep more than subject in the frame though. I understand this is a deal breaker for a lot of people. But there are still vloggers using this camera and love it.

In the end, it will depend on how much importance do you give to being able to watch yourself while recording. Vloggers often fall into the bad habit of looking at the LCD screen instead of the lens, so this might be a good way to get rid of that habit. Think about it.

The Good

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    Top quality 4k for a fair price
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    Good for low light and Bokeh effect (APS-C Sensor)
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    Great continuous autofocus. 
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    Hot-shoe, mic port and image stabilization

The ​Bad

  • No flip screen

​​Our ​Favorites and Conclusion

​Vlogging is steadily becoming more popular as years pass by. Vloggers gather large audiences of followers, be it through it their Youtube channel, Instagram account, and building their own community with services like ​Ning.com​.

​Because of this, YouTube is becoming ​really competitive, and viewers are becoming more difficult to impress.

That's why it's important to get the right camera that can record the image quality people is used to nowadays.

If you're still not sure about which one to choose, remember:

  • Compact cameras are the ​best choice to go for if you aren't sure. You will be happy with a Canon G7X Mark II. This is the most popular vlogging camera for a good reason.
  • Mirrorless cameras are better if you want a camera to keep in the long term. You can update ​them with new and better lenses, and most of them are still fairly simple to carry around. Our favorite choice for vlogging is the brand new Canon EOS M50.
  • DSLRs are extremely reliable, but they are so heavy that they become almost useless for travel vlogging. However, they can record for longer time and you can get the best ​out of them if you ​often record ​at the same place. Our favorite choice is the Canon EOS 80D.

​If you still got some doubts on which one to choose, just ask and I'll answer you below.

Good luck!

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Camera Overview



Image Quality

​4k (1.7x crop)

Weight (No lens)

​12.4oz / ​351g

Flip Screen

External Mic Port


combination iS

Our Rating

What Vloggers Can Expect From the Upcoming Canon EOS M50

Canon finally caves in to join the 4K video pack with the launch of its latest entry-level mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M50. Coming this March, this new offering from Canon contains new and improved features that vloggers will find exciting.

Aside from the ability to capture video in 4K, the Canon EOS M50 is an upgrade from its predecessors in the M-line of cameras with its improved sensor, increased AF points and a fully articulating 3-inch LCD screen.

Noting the success of the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II, the current popular choice of camera among vloggers, Canon might have set out to create the M50 as a better vlogging camera.

Let’s find out if it really is.

Can the Canon EOS M50 Replace the G7X Mark II?

The Canon G7X Mark II is incredibly popular between vloggers. The reason is simple; it has almost all the features you would need to record a high-quality video blog: flip screen, small size, light weight, great image quality, decent low-light performance.

However, it still lacked some features that the Canon EOS M50 hopes to fix, although not for free.

Here’s a comparison table of the key vlogging features each one offers:

Differences between the Canon EOS M50 and the Canon G7X II



External Mic. Port

Mic Mount (Hot Shoe)

Flip Screen





​Canon EOS M50

​4K (1.6X crop)

​24 fps





​Canon G7XII


60 fps

​24-100 mm





The main advantage that the M50 has over the G7X Mark II is that this new model has both an external microphone port and a hot shoe for shotgun microphones making the M50 a great companion for vloggers who value good sound quality.

But there’s a catch though. Since the external mic port is located on the left side of the M50’s body, the same side where the LCD screen flips out to, your mic’s chords might end up obscuring your view of the screen a bit when you’re shooting.

The Canon EOS M50 also benefits from having a bigger sensor than the G7X Mark II while only weighing a few more ounces. The M50, which weighs just two ounces more, has an APS-C sensor that is 65% larger than that of the G7X’s, which makes it better for low-light situations and Bokeh effect among other things.

What more, the M50 can be more versatile and adaptable to different shooting situations as it can accommodate more lenses than the G7X which has a fixed zoom lens.

Hot shoe mount on the Canon EOS m50 to mount a microphone

Hot Shoe to mount a microphone on top of the Canon EOS M50

4k Recording in a Small Package

What serious vloggers will find most exciting about the M50 is the camera’s ability to capture video in 4K. Having the means to shoot 4K will enable you to provide the best possible video quality you can to your viewers.

Seems great, right? But there’s a catch. Shooting with the M50’s 4K mode will add an additional crop factor of 1.6x on top of the crop factors that APS-C cameras have. This is not the biggest deal and not something vloggers should worry about on its own. But besides the image ending up a bit more zoomed in when using 4k recording mode, you won’t be able to use Dual Pixel Auto Focus either, which is the system that helps the camera track the correct subject during video recording.

This means that you might end up using the 1080p60 recording mode anyway if you need to rely heavily on the autofocus.


You will need a lens with image stabilization for the M50. The good news is that the kit lens has the stabilization and the 15-45mm is especially useful for vlogs.

Besides, the camera comes with Combination IS, which works with any of the two kit lenses. This system combines the optical stabilization from the lens with a digital stabilization system that the camera uses for video.

How does it work?

Since the 4k recording mode adds a crop factor, the camera uses the part of the image that is cropped for digital stabilization of any vertical and horizontal movement (5 axis).

This means that this camera is especially stable with the kit lenses and in 4k recording mode.

Still, going through these specifications, it’s obvious that the Canon EOS M50 has all the hardware needed to exceed the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II as the leading camera for vloggers. But it still has its shortcomings being an entry-level camera. It is also a bit more expensive.

What New Features Does the Canon EOS M50 Have?

Side flip screen on the Canon EOS M50

The external mic. port is located in front of the screen when it’s flipped. The cord will partly cover the screen.

The Canon EOS M50 is part of Canon’s M-series of mirrorless cameras. It sits somewhere between the M100, an entry-level camera, and the EOS M6 which is marketed as a mid-range mirrorless camera.

Understandably, the M50 shares some similar features from other cameras in the M-series. For one, it has the same silhouette as the M100 just a bit beefier. But it also offers a lot of new amazing features for shooting better video.

Aside from being able to shoot 4K video (although cropped), the M50 is also the first camera in the M-series to have an electronic viewfinder (EVF) which can be useful if you’re shooting brightly-lit scenes which could make the LCD screen difficult to see. This comes at the cost of a shorter battery life though as EVF’s are known to deplete battery life quite easily. Case in point, the M50 has a relatively shorter battery life than other M-series cameras.

The Canon EOS M50 is also the first Canon camera to use the latest Digic 8 processor which promises to provide better quality visuals and an added eye-detection AF feature which might be helpful for vloggers who often appear in videos with other people.

Canon also debuts its Camera Connect App with the M50. The app will allow you to easily copy your files from the camera directly to your phone for faster uploading to social media.


Overall, Canon did well with making the M50 as a better vlogging camera choice over the current favorite, Canon Powershot G7X Mark II and improving on its M-series of mirrorless cameras.

It boasts of new features such as the ability to shoot 4K, mounts for external mics, an EVF and the ability to transfer files from camera to phone.

Although it has pitfalls such as the added crop factor at 4K and a short battery life, the Canon EOS M50 seems to be a worthy contender for the best vlogging camera right now. Perhaps we’ll only know for sure once it becomes widely available this month.

The Good

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    4k recording
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    ​More future-proof
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    ​DSLR-​Size sensor
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    ​Lots of vlog-friendly features

The ​Bad

  • ​Not as pocketable as the G7X
  • ​Cropped 4k recording
  • Relatively short battery life

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How to make money vlogging on YouTube

Whether you want to know if you’ll be able to do it yourself, or you’re just curious about this world, I’ll walk you through the process of how to make money vlogging on YouTube.

If you’re here, it’s probably because you’ve heard of the likes of Logan Paul, Jake Paul or Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg.

These guys are making millions of dollars a year just by vlogging.

…and yet we’re told to study a nice career and get a 9 to 5 job.

And that’s the most reasonable thing because it is pretty rare to earn so much money vlogging.

However, it is still possible to earn a full-time living from creating video content.

You don’t have to be a Tycoon like one of these guys; there are other thousands making a comfortable living off YouTube.

So, how do they do it?

4 Steps to Making Money Vlogging on YouTube

Logan paul expensive cars

Logan Paul showing his expensive cars in one of his rap videos

How do these millionaire vloggers pull in all that money?

The main reason is that they have is an incredibly large following.

Felix owns the channel with the most subscribers on YouTube, with 60 million as of March 10th, 2018.

And he also has around 17,000,000,000 views.

That’s a lot.

This represents and incredibly large legion of faithful fans that love watching his content.

And all the views he gets is directly and indirectly making money for him (don’t worry, we’ll explain how in just a bit).

The important thing is that the only reason why he has so many fans is because he’s been consistently creating great content almost every day for over 8 years.

So lesson number one is:

1. Create great content

What is great content? This is a question that content marketers have been trying to figure out for years.

Basically, great content is the one able to keep people watching/reading/listening and coming back to you for a long time.

Great content is either really entertaining or very informative or both.

You have to give something of value if you want to receive more value ($) in return.

You have to help your viewers with the problems they have if your videos are informative.

Or you have to be really entertaining.

Great contents gets lots of engagement (likes, shares and subscribes) and can go viral if you have a bit of luck.

Just look at the numbers from PewDiePie’s most popular video:

pewdiepie's most popular video

This is your job as a content creator.

And not only that, but you also have to do it constantly to make them come back.

Something that will help you to provide value is by having decent equipment for recording.

No one will stay watching a video that is unbearably noisy.

And noise can come in many forms: maybe your microphone sucks or you don’t have enough lighting in your room.

Get first the minimum equipment required to record decent video quality.

You don’t need anything fancy.

You can simply get a 10$ microphone and use a lighting kit that can cost you around $50 and build a mini-set at home.

Any compact camera you have, or even your phone will be enough for you to record good quality video.

If you want to get a bit more serious, you can get a DSLR or a mirrorless camera if you want something more portable.

But at least start with a nice microphone.

2. Be consistent

These millionaire vloggers didn’t make it from one day to another.

They started as any other out here: with 0 following and 0 views.

Yet they managed to grow out of nothing but good content.

But that takes time.

You need to think about your next video idea, then you have to record it—without failing in the process— and then you have to edit it and publish it.

Oh, did I also mention that you need to promote it?

In other words, you need to invest a lot of time.

And you might need 5 years or more to blow up on YouTube.

It has happened before with YouTubers like Mr.Beast.

While now he gets more than 1 million views per video, and can even surpass 10 million in some of them, just a couple years ago he couldn’t make it pass 10,000 views per video.

youtube channel growth

And remember that all of these older videos are getting a lot more views now that he’s gone viral.

And you know what else?

His oldest video is from 6 years ago.

And still, it was when he started publishing videos almost daily 2 years ago when the channel started growing exponentially.

And now he’s probably making more money than 99% of us.

Try to publish at least 3 videos a week.

If you’re too busy during the week, you might want to create a system.

For example, you can think about the subject for your videos during the week.

And after that, choose one day on the weekend to record the three videos, one after another.

Then you can schedule them on YouTube to be published during the week.

This way of working in batches is a productivity tip that I love as it helps me get more things done in less time.

3. Build your brand

Building your brand will make people remember you easily.

This is what will remind them of who published that last awesome video they loved so much, and so they are going to click on your next one.

Create an image for your channel.

And if possible, make all your social networks match with your image.

You will probably need at least a logo or nicely designed portrait image for your channel.

You can get these done for pretty cheap.

You can try going on Fiverr and look for someone offering YouTube channel logos for $5 bucks.

That is going to help you get more subscribers and it will make people trust you more.

Alternative, you could simply upload a nice photo of you, but you’d still want to have a personalized picture for your channel’s portrait.

It just makes things look nice.

Just look at this example:

Nice youtube channel image brand

Pat Flynn’s channel looks really nice and professional.

The pictures he’s using makes his audience feel closer to him.

Like any other real person you trust.

And it’s perfect for his channel because he teaches people how to make money.

And when it comes to money, people need to trust and believe who they listen to.

This ultimately helps him sell products to his audience.

Of course, this works in different ways for different channels.

If you have a funny channel, you obviously want a funny image.

Just make it consistent to who you are and what you’re offering to your audience.

4. Learn about the technical side of YouTube

Have you heard about SEO?

If you haven’t, it stands out for Search Engine Optimization.

You have to optimize your videos for the search engine that YouTube is.

When someone types a search query on YouTube, they are typing a keyword and your videos need to be optimized for that keyword for them to show up on the results.

But there are many things that will determine how well you rank in the results.

Total watch time is one of the most important ranking factors.

This a much deeper subject, but some general guidelines you should follow are:

Publish 5+ minutes videos

Preferably more than 10 minutes will help you get more watch time

5 seconds to grab your audience

You have just a few seconds to catch your viewers’ attention before they decide to look elsewhere.

Write attractive titles

If your video gets more click, then you will earn higher ranks and get even more views.

Design thumbnails that stand out

Stand out from the videos that compete with yours to get more clicks

Watch time is everything on YouTube.

Why do you think that a lot of vloggers talk about a lot of things first before showing what the title of the video is about? The more watch time you can hold, the more YouTube will like you.

Learn about SEO-friendly titles, tags, thumbnail and description

Let’s say YouTube shows 5 results for a keyword and your video is ranked last; if your video still gets more click, then you will earn higher ranks and get even more views.

That’s why having a well-designed thumbnail that stands out from your competitors’ on the results will give you more views.

Also, tags will help YouTube recommend your video after people watch someone else’s related video.

But don’t stuff in tags, as YouTube doesn’t like that.

Just place the tags that are actually related to your video and you will be fine.

To know more about SEO for YouTube, I really recommend this video from Backlinko:

Also, these are just guidelines that work for the current algorithm YouTube uses.

Yes, this can change at any moment, and you need to be aware of this.

This happens with all search engines, including Google and even social networks like Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

This will be part of your job as a content creator, as you will need to learn to adapt to how YouTube works and changes constantly.

But now let’s say you got the content and also the following… how exactly is the money made?

It doesn’t fall down from the sky, it has a couple real sources.

How do Vloggers Make Money on YouTube?

Once you got the content and the following you can start making money.

There are many ways of earning money on YouTube, and you’re going to learn about most of them in just a moment.

But if you want the short answer, most vloggers get money from the ads displayed on their videos.

Like this one:

advertising trailer example on youtube

Adsense is the name of the platform that handles all the process of working with advertisers.

But vloggers don’t need to worry about any of this.

They only do their thing—creating content—and choose the videos they want to monetize (as long as their video is eligible for ads, more on that later).

YouTube takes a part of the earning and the creator take the rest.

And how much money they get paid will depend on many factors.

Some of them include:

  • How many views does the ad gets (not all viewers are going to get an ad)
  • How long are the ads watched
  • Whether there was interaction or not with the ad
  • Audience demographics
  • How many advertising are looking to advertise about a particular subject in the current season

Whew… definitely there’s no easy way to predict how much money you will be able to make.

In the end, you will basically need a lot of views just to make money from Adsense.

How are these ads shown in your video?

There are different kinds of ads a video can show.

There are banners that show at the bottom, trailers that show before, during or after your video.

Some can be skipped and some are non-skippable.

Later on, you will be able to experiment with the different ads and choose the ones that work better for you.

YouTube offers a guide on this, so you should check that out.

YouTube advertising formats

But for now, remember to just focus on creating content and building a following.

Bonus Info: How to avoid getting demonetized by YouTube

As I mentioned before, some videos might not be monetizable.

In recent times, it has become a real problem for many YouTubers, so much that it’s been referred as the “Adpocalypse”.

But just like some vloggers got heavily demonetized, some others started earning a lot more from one day to another.

The general rule to not getting demonetized is using content that you created—you can’t monetize videos with copyrighted music—and that is politically correct.

The tricky part is, what is politically incorrect for YouTube?

You can find some clues on their Community Guidelines.

YouTube community guidelines

However, there’s been a lot of cases where a video isn’t really breaking their community rules, but still gets demonetized.

The most popular cases are those videos that mention any subject around religion, war or social justice.

It seems like you can’t even speak against war if you want to monetize your video.

They’ve also taken action against channels where people appear in suggestive clothing, even bikinis.

Sadly, YouTube has failed to be completely clear and transparent about the subjects you can monetize.

A lot of people is getting demonetized without any warning, and they don’t even know why.

It is still a chapter that needs closure and a lot of communication work from YouTube.

Unless you plan to record any kind of controversial content, you should be safe to work as a partner on YouTube.

How Many Subscribers and Views Do You Need to Make Money on YouTube?

As of February 20th 2018, YouTuber enforced new rules to be able to earn money through displayed advertising within your videos.

You will now need:

Watch hours in the past 12 months

All of this just to join their YouTube Partner program, which is what allows you to monetize your videos.

See why you need to start creating content ASAP?

But still, this isn’t a big game changer for you.

Before, if you didn’t have at least a thousand subscribers and 4k hours of watch time, you would’ve been lucky to have earned more than a $100.

So this doesn’t really change the rules for people looking to earn real money from YouTube.

If you wanted to get decent pay on YouTube before, you already needed a lot more than what this new requirement demands.

So there’s no reason to get discouraged by this.

It is a good way of getting rid of spammy channels that could potentially take revenue from the advertisers that are now going to need your dedicated videos to reach their audience.

It’s still a really good year to start out on this ever-growing platform.

And remember, there are still more ways to make money on YouTube beyond Adsense.

How Much Money Do You Make per 1,000 Views on YouTube?

How much money do YouTubers make per subscriber? This is an extremely popular question and you’ll find hundreds of answers across the internet.

The truth is that you can’t really predict how much you’re going to earn per view because it really varies according to all the factors we previously mentioned.

Your earnings are determined by the Cost per Mille (CPM) that advertisers pay, which is the cost per 1,000 impressions of their ad.

YouTube takes 45% from that cost and the rest belongs to you, which is referred as eCPM or Effective Cost Per Mille.

CPM and eCPM will even vary according to the season.

seasonal cpm on youtube variation

There’s a really wide range of how much you could earn.

Your revenue per 1,000 views could be as low as 5 cents or as high as 10$.

If your public comes mainly from countries that aren’t worth for advertisers, like third world or developing countries, you will not earn much money.

The sad truth is that making money just from ads on YouTube is not an easy task.

This is why YouTubers diversify so much.

And you should too.

How to Earn Money From YouTube Without Adsense

This is my favorite part.

There’s nothing more intriguing and interesting as a marketer than discovering new ways of making money.

There are many alternatives for YouTube vloggers:

Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is when you take products that already exist and try to help selling them.

If you’re able to influence somebody to buy the product, you will get a percentage of the sale.

This is probably the most popular monetization technique on the internet.

But most small YouTubers have no idea about this.

And you simply need to insert a link to the product in your video’s description.

Ever wondered how do review channels survive?

Inserted affiliate links on youtube video description

This is their main source of revenue.

But you don’t need to be a review channel to get affiliate sales.

For example:

As a vlogger, you will be using somewhat expensive equipment to record your videos, right?

To get affiliate earning on YouTube, the most popular program is Amazon Associates.

It is as easy as going to https://affiliate-program.amazon.com and follow the registering process.

After that, you can get special links that you can use to get affiliate sales.

After that, the only thing left is insert them and hope someone clicks the link and buys something.

You will earn money without even realizing it.

You should do this for all of your videos.

Make sure you include affiliate links for the products you use or feature in your videos.

Selling your own products

Once you’ve built a brand you could, for example, start making T-shirts and selling them.

I don’t think there’s a successful YouTuber that doesn’t do this.

Just look at Logan Paul’s brand: Maverick.

Logan paul brand Maverick website

He includes a link to this online shop on every video and he gets millions of dollars per month from that.

There are more alternatives to this.

Another example is if you teach something, you can create a more throughout course and sell it to the part of your audience that really wants to learn more.

If you’re this kind of vlogger, then combining it with a professional-looking site is a really good idea.

Create a Patreon page

This is really helpful if your videos can’t be monetized due to copyrights or any other rule that keeps you from being able to earn ad money.

You have to go to patreon.com, create a page and ask your viewers to support you through a monthly donation.

You should create milestones to encourage people to support you.

For example,

You can set a milestone that if you get to earn $1000 per month, you will be able to quit your job and upload videos more frequently.

There are many creators that live mainly from this.

One of my favorite examples is Team Four Star.

Successful patreon page

They have over 2,700+ patrons that love what they do.

They also offer different benefits and unique content to patrons that donate more money monthly.

Their only way of earning money on YouTube is this because they make parody stories from the popular Anime series Dragon Ball Z.

Since they use the original characters and story, they have to rely on their fans to support them due to not being able to display ads on this kind of copyrighted content.

And it has worked wonders for them.

Sponsored videos

We already mentioned how Olga Kay got a free car from Ford just to show it on her videos.

Imagine being able to influence people to use what you use or buy whatever you show on video.

Isn’t that exciting?

Brands love this and they will approach you if you got enough followers.

The method varies a lot.

For example,

They may want you to use your products on video, do a review, mention it or simply show it.

When you get to this point, you will probably want a manager that negotiates for you.

This is another reason to combine YouTube with other social networks.

You should be present on at least Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This way you can show brands more numbers and you will have a lot more engagement with your followers, which will help you get more brands to advertise directly with you.

How Do You Get Paid on YouTube?

So finally you’ve made it against all odds.

You were able to get your first precious 1,000 subs.

You also managed to keep people entertained for 4,000 hours in the past 12 months.

It’s time to reclaim your well-earned payment.

Or is it?

Well, first you will need to make sure you pass the minimum payment threshold.

Don’t worry, you simply need to wait until you earn $100 or 70€, and only then you can get paid.

Google adsense payment method and threshold

That’s the minimum earnings you need to receive payments from Adsense.

You can choose from different payment methods:

  • Checks
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
  • EFT via Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)
  • Wire Transfer
  • Western Union Quick Cash.

The best method for you will depend on what country you are and your bank’s commissions for each deposit method.

And you also need to fill in your tax information.

You didn’t think that YouTubers, even though they have a really hard time to earn some money, were free of paying their fair share of taxes, right?

Remember that you will have to declare your YouTube income.

How much you pay will depend on your country’s laws, so you should ask an accountant for that.

Conclusion and How Not to Go Crazy With All This Information

Looks like you’ve made it to the end of the post.

Do you still want to be a vlogger?

If you want a real piece of advice.

Do not do it for the money.

It is never about the money when it comes to earning money on the internet.

Do it for the people you are able to reach.

This part you’re about to hear is really important.

Do first things first.

​What You need

  • 1,000 Subscribers
  • 4,000 ​Hours of Watch Time in the Past 12 Months​

​How to make it

  1. ​Create great content
  2. ​Be consistent
  3. Build your brand
  4. Learn YouTube SEO

After that, you can start thinking about the money.

I also mentioned a bunch of ways of making money vlogging on YouTube.

The main one is Adsense, but you may not be able to earn money from ads depending on the content you create.

Alternatively, there are many ways:

  • Affiliate marketing
  • Creating and selling your own products
  • Creating a Patreon page for crowdfunding
  • Reach out to brands and make sponsored videos with them

This last one will only be possible when you’ve grown a lot on YouTube.

I also told you about all the challenges you will face to become a YouTube partner.

You need to be everywhere.

And that means everywhere: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Twitch…

even on the Moon if you can.

But stop thinking about that and whether you will be able to make it or not.

If you stop to think about all things you need to know and the work you have to do, you will end up overwhelmed and you won’t even be able to begin.

That’s why it’s really important that you start with the core of your profession: creating content.

Just focus on creating content and sharing it on your typical social networks.

Share with it family and friends and ask them to help you by clicking on the share button.

​Entertain, teach, help. Give first and you shall receive.

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And don’t even think about too complicated alternative monetization methods before you’re able to make some money with Adsense.

Use that as the key point where you start thinking outside the box to grow even more.

I know some of you might create content that can’t be monetized, and if that’s you then you do need to start creating a Patreon and direct people there, or using another of the monetization methods I mentioned.

Maybe you can use a blog or a website to sell your main products and only use YouTube as a way of attracting visitors.

But for the rest of you that want to grow a channel, start to create content right now and build a good following first.

Focus on the most important things first and you will be able to do the more complex steps one by one.

So now, I recommend you start thinking about the next idea for your video.

And hit that record button.

Got any question? Just ask below.

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145 YouTube Vlog Ideas That Your Viewers Will LOVE https://vloggerpro.com/youtube-vlogging-ideas/ https://vloggerpro.com/youtube-vlogging-ideas/#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:22:58 +0000 https://vloggerpro.com/?p=4004158 There is no need to reinvent the wheel for almost anything in life. In fact, you won’t find anything that is 100% original nowadays. Most ideas have been tried before, and the same happens in YouTube. Give the following ideas your own touch and you will be making a video your viewers will enjoy and […]

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awesome youtube vlogging ideasThere is no need to reinvent the wheel for almost anything in life.

In fact, you won’t find anything that is 100% original nowadays.

Most ideas have been tried before, and the same happens in YouTube.

Give the following ideas your own touch and you will be making a video your viewers will enjoy and watch until the end.

You will notice that some of these ideas won’t work for your channel, but they can still help you come up with an idea for a video that works for you.

After all, it’s not about having the best vlogging cameras, but more about for how long you can entertain your viewers.

Let this be your best resource if you hit a creativity block.

And don’t feel bad if you do, even the most experienced and successful YouTubers run out of ideas once in a while.

Now, let’s begin creating awesome videos!

General Vlogging Ideas

  1. A ‘how-to video’ for hiding things at secret places
  2. Are you good at hiding stuff that is important to you? This video has around 4 million views, and if you watch it you’ll know why. It is a really original idea for a video, and some of the hiding spots are truly incredibly well-thought.

  3. 50 Facts about me
  4. Could you say 50 facts about you? This isn’t exactly an easy video to do, but it brings your subscribers close to you.

  5. Tutoring
  6. Are you so good at something that you can teach it? You can build your own little studio at home and turn it into a classroom, or simply use Screencast to record your monitor and make a tutorial. You can then scale it to a tutorial series that can give you tons of videos.

  7. Make a video about do’s and don’ts for something
  8. Almost any activity has do’s and don’t you can compile in an informative video. For example, you can make a video about do’s and don’ts for pet caring.

  9. Vegan recipes
  10. Being vegan is becoming a trend. There are many people living off doing recipes and even lifestyle tips only for vegans.

  11. Room organization and storage ideas
  12. If you’re especially good at organizing things, it’s not a bad idea to record a video teaching your ways.

  13. FAQ Video
  14. Let your subscribers get to know you a little bit better by doing an FAQ video. Doing this will quell their curiosities about your personal life and help them see you as someone who they can relate to.

  15. Review something: a book, a game, a hotel, compare to competition products
  16. Establish yourself as a trustworthy figure. Tell your viewers about your experiences with certain products or services. If you went on a trip, tell them about the hotel you stayed at and how the service was. You can also make reviews about recent books you read or some games you last played.

  17. Teach your special talent: e.g. How to mix music
  18. Don’t let your skills and talents go to waste! Share them with the world. You can make how-to-play tutorials of your favorite songs if you know how to play an instrument or vlog about you edit your pictures and videos.

  19. Editing Instagram pictures video
  20. Are you an expert on Instagram editing? Share your tips, do’s and don’ts of editing a picture to make it look as good as possible to publish on Instagram.

    Bonus General Vlogging Ideas

  21. Give a survival guide to a place
  22. Help people come up with pet names
  23. Beauty Youtube Video Ideas

  24. Review and Compare of two face care products
  25. Bridal Shower gift ideas
  26. If you are preparing for a Bridal Shower, you can give people cool ideas for a gift. If you just had your own bridal shower, show them what gifts you got!

  27. Healthy breakfast videos
  28. Looking good is also achieved by having a healthy lifestyle. Making a guide on healthy breakfast can give your beauty channel a lot of valuable content.

  29. Celebrity makeover of a trendy character
  30. People look up to celebrities. A lot of them love to imitate them. Doing a celebrity makeover of someone that is trendy is a good way to attract viewers.

  31. First-day college makeup
  32. The first day of college can be something stressful. Giving tips on makeup for a day like that will help viewers gain more confidence for that first day.

  33. Daily eating plan videos
  34. Do you have a particular diet you follow—-or that would like to follow if it weren’t for those damn cravings—?. Share a good eating plan for staying healthy.

  35. Home remedies/tips
  36. Home remedies and DIYs are always a great idea. Ask your mother for longtime family remedies for common problems such as a cold, a slight fever and the like. Try making them on your own and put them to the test.

    Bonus Beauty Youtube Video Ideas

  37. Benefits of beauty products: e.g. Coconut oil
  38. How to accessorize
  39. Makeup on a budget
  40. Extra Easy YouTube Video Ideas

  41. Slow Motion
  42. There are few things as mesmerizing as watching a slow-motion video. Using this resource is possible if you got a camera that can record at 60fps or higher. Take advantage of your camera’s capabilities and give your videos a cool touch with this feature.

  43. A travel video (mountains/snowfall etcp)
  44. Are you going out? Visiting a family member far away or need to do something out of the city? Bring the camera with you and start recording! It is just that easy. This way you won’t only just with a video that helps somebody know what they are going to find if they go to the same place.

  45. Videos on study tips
  46. If you’re a good student, showing others what you do to obtain good grades can be more helpful than you can imagine.

  47. Event Recap
  48. People are always thirsty for information. Take advantage of annual events like the Oscars by making recap videos highlighting what happened in the event and what you think about it.

    Bonus Extra Easy YouTube Video Ideas

  49. List videos you love
  50. Fashion Video Ideas

  51. What is in my bag
  52. This idea was popularized by Zoella. It has been done quite a lot of times before by hundreds of Youtubers. But guess what? It is still a fun kind of video that your subscribers will enjoy.

  53. Valentine’s day makeup
  54. Did you know 61.8% of people celebrate Valentine’s day? Ideas for makeup for this special day will surely be helpful to a lot of people.

  55. Show off shoes/dress collection
  56. Show your viewers what you keep in your wardrobe. Make sure to let them know your favorites and what kind of combinations you like to wear.

  57. Try on some clothes
  58. If you’re into fashion and is pretty stylish yourself, you can vlog yourself trying on clothes you recently bought. Talk about where you got them, how much they cost and what you like most about each piece. You can even branch out to making OOTW videos.

  59. Highlight designers
  60. Let your fashion-savvy self-shine through! Talk about your favorite fashion designers and brands. You can discuss their history and how they changed styles throughout the years and share your all-time favorite pieces from their lines.

    Bonus Fashion Video Ideas

  61. Critique celebrity fashion
  62. Recommend jewlery
  63. How to match clothes
  64. Highlight designers
  65. Video Ideas for Beginners

  66. Unboxing
  67. Unboxing videos aren’t a new idea either. Still, there are thousands of new products launched each month, so this kind of video will never stop being searched. If it’s a new product you bought, you got yourself new content.

  68. What’s on my phone
  69. Making a video about what’s in your phone is a little bit more original than the overused ¨What is in my bag” video. Talking about the apps you use is an easy way of getting your followers to know you better.

  70. List your favorite songs
  71. Talking about the music you listen to is an easy video you can make that requires only a bit of introspection and thinking from your part.

  72. List your favorite movies
  73. Just like making a list of songs, a list of movies is just an easy and it’s good content to let people know you a bit better.

  74. Talk about or show your pets
  75. If you love animals, you probably own a pet. Present him to your viewers and talk a bit about him.

    You can talk about how you decided you wanted a pet, how did you come up with its name, what crazy things he does, and more.

  76. Birthday gift ideas
  77. I don’t know about you, but for me, coming up with good gift ideas is really hard. Watching a video or reading an article that lists gift ideas would be extremely helpful. If you’re the kind of person that has an easy time coming up with ideas, you could help our inferior minds!

  78. Show how you shoot your video
  79. I’m sure you’re aware that shooting a video requires a lot more than simply hitting the record button. It sometimes requires a script and lighting, but it will always require brainstorming ideas, proper equipment, and some editing. Talk about how you do it.

  80. Play a game and record it
  81. You don’t have to be a gamer or own a gameplay channel to make videos of you playing something. You might be the kind of person that doesn’t usually play games, but you have one that you particularly play.

  82. Give away something you no longer use
  83. You can run a mini-contest for your subscribers and give away something you don’t need anymore. This is a good way of using this popular marketing technique without a huge budget. Just at least make sure the product works just as well as when it was new and it’s not falling apart.

    It will always be better to give away something completely new, but this can be really difficult for a starting channel.

  84. Show off animal tricks
  85. It’s your pet’s time to shine! Remember those tricks you spent hours and hours teaching your dog? Now, they’ll finally pay off.

    First Youtube Video ideas

  86. Draw my life
  87. This is a fairly popular video idea. Be sure to give your ‘draw my life’ video your own flair to make it stand out from the others. Say, you know how to animate. Maybe you can animate your life instead of just drawing it.

  88. Room Tour
  89. If you’re going to be recording from your room, why not show your future audience what your “studio” looks like. This is a nice way of getting your new subscribers to know you. There’s nothing more personal than your own room.

  90. Talk about your gadgets
  91. Are you a tech geek? Do you own a lot of stuff you don’t even need? Or do you have a lot of gadgets without which you couldn’t live a single day? Talk about them.

  92. Siblings tags video

  93. Ask your siblings questions and make them ask back to see how well you know each other. This is a good idea for your first video because it’s a way of being introduced by one of the persons that should know you well.

    This is a very popular video that is also often seen among couples.

  94. Introduce yourself
  95. Or you can simply just introduce yourself! Talk about why you want to make Youtube videos, what are your expectations and simply state your name, age and what do you do and would like to do in the future.

  96. Photo Slideshow
  97. Photo slideshows are one of the easiest yet entertaining videos you can make. If you like a band, try compiling photos of them from past to present to show how they’ve changed over the years!

    Funny Youtube Video Ideas

  98. Top 10 Fails
  99. Top 10 fails are extremely good at attracting views. However, it is not for any kind of channel. You could instead do a compilation of anything else you can think of. The audience loves numbers in a title, believe me.

  100. Parody video
  101. Making a parody video is not exactly easy to pull off. Nevertheless, there are good parodies you can do without a big budget and good video-recording skills if you’re funny enough.

  102. React to Facebook profile pictures
  103. There’s a terrible secret hidden and forgotten in most Facebook profiles: old embarrassing profile pictures. If you don’t remember what pictures you were uploading when Facebook was just launched, now it’s the time to film your reaction.

  104. Makeup tutorial fails
  105. There’s something satisfying about watching beauty gurus put on their makeup. But they don’t always go well. Whether it’s a mismatched foundation or an overplucked eyebrow, gather those clips up and make a compilation out of them.

  106. Bloopers compilation
  107. Seeing behind the scenes of your favorite movies or shows is always entertaining. Gather some bloopers from your favorite television shows and compile them in a video to share with other

    Bonus Funny Youtube Video Ideas

  108. Fans of the show.
  109. Lip-Sync Video
  110. Funny Song Cover
  111. Funny pet video
  112. Funny dance video
  113. Funny baby videos
  114. Collab Video Ideas

  115. Shoot a video with a Youtuber from your area
  116. You can find a Youtuber that isn’t too far away from you and do a little partnership to record a video. This will let you both gain subscribers from each other. You will need someone that is around just as big as you for them to want to cooperate.

  117. Shout out eachother
  118. Talk to a fella Youtuber from your niche and ask him to trade a mention in an upcoming video. For them to agree, you will probably need to have about the same amount of subscribers. It’s really unlikely that a much bigger Youtuber will trade shoutouts with you if you’re just starting out.

  119. Host each other’s videos
  120. Make a video and upload it to your Youtube partner’s channel. He will do the same and link each other in the videos to send your viewers both ways.

  121. Do an interview video
  122. A lot of channels that aren’t necessarily about doing interviews are making a living off just doing interviews.

    If you talk about a specific subject, it’s never a bad idea to find others that have had a relevant experience and interview them. They might be more experts than you. Ask them questions that will make your channel have really valuable information.

  123. Make a challenge video
  124. There are many challenges out there you could do. Just choose one and partner up with someone. We give you many ideas below in the challenge video section.

  125. Do a cover with a singer
  126. If you’re friends with a known singer, you can ask them to do a collab with you on your channel. Pick a song you both like and sing your hearts out!

    Bonus Collab Video Ideas

  127. Interview musicians
  128. Host a debate
  129. Play a popular video game with a friend
  130. Show a yoga teacher
  131. Video Ideas for Couples

  132. How much do you know your partner?
  133. This is a really fun idea for both your relationship and your audience. See how Zoella makes it funnier by making errors punishable? This is the kind of twist you should give to any of the ideas you get from this post.

  134. My boyfriend/husband does my makeup tag
  135. We guys—most of us— are utterly awful with makeup. Don’t miss the chance for your audience to make fun of your boyfriend—and you, as you will end up looking like a clown.

  136. My boyfriend/husband does my makeup tag
  137. This is a funny idea to do with your partner. You’d be surprised as to how bad most men are at doing makeup.

  138. Couple Photoshoot poses
  139. You can do a bit of research on professional photographer sites and make a list of the best poses for couple pictures. These kinds of pictures are becoming popular because they show the intimacy of being in a serious relationship.

  140. Couple gifts buying guide
  141. What are the best gifts for a couple? Where can your viewers find them? Have your partner say what they liked about your gifts and you do the same.

  142. How to patch up with an ex
  143. Advice videos are always a great idea. If you have plenty of experience in the love department, you can make a video discussing how one can patch things up with an ex. Just be careful as this is quite a sensitive topic for some.

  144. Valentines Day Ideas
  145. Best movies for couples
  146. Bonus Video Ideas for Couples

  147. Song Dedication Video
  148. Anniversery ideas
  149. Candle light dinner how-to
  150. Challenge Video Ideas

  151. Mannequin Challenge
  152. It’s never too late to join the bandwagon. Get some friends and shoot you doing the mannequin challenge. You can even make elaborate scenes to create so that your challenge stands out from the hundred others.

  153. Blindfolded drawing challenge
  154. Try to draw the Eiffel tower with your eyes closed. This is an easy way of making a tower look like a pancake.

  155. Bean boozled challenge
  156. This is a good challenge for anyone, even kids. Be prepared to taste some disgusting things for the sake of your audience’s entertainment.

  157. The Eat It or Wear It Challenge
  158. Think you have a strong stomach? Put it to the test and do the Eat It or Wear It Challenge! Pool together some of the most outrageous food and condiments you have in the house and find someone to play with.

  159. The Cinnamon Challenge
  160. You’ve probably seen videos of this challenge before. Try it out yourself and get a friend to do it with you. Just be careful as too much cinnamon can cause excessive coughing and throat irritation.

  161. Ghost Pepper Challenge
  162. This is another viral food challenge that you can do. All you’ll need to shoot this are some ghost peppers, maybe some milk to help with the spice and of course, plenty of courage!

    Bonus Challenge Video Ideas

  163. Try Not to Laugh
  164. Speed Drawing
  165. The Whisper Challenge
  166. Ice bucket Challenge
  167. Video Ideas for Kids

  168. Art and Craft
  169. Are you good at making figures with foam? You can teach others your crafts and the unique figures only you know how to make.

  170. Teach colour names with toys
  171. Teaching kids in fun ways is what every parent is looking for. Teaching kids the colors with toys, fantastic stories and even animation is a popular topic on Youtube.

  172. Rhymes video
  173. Kids love watching these videos so it’s common to see parents looking them up for them. If you’re good at animations, this kind of video can draw a lot of views.

  174. Show Off Magic Tricks
  175. Who doesn’t love magic tricks? There are lots of tutorials on doing popular magic tricks. You can learn some and present them in your video.

  176. Indoor games ideas
  177. Sometimes the weather just won’t cooperate. Share your favorite games which can be played indoors. Tell your viewers about the rules of the games and why you recommend them.

  178. Kid’s face painting ideas
  179. Bonus Video Ideas for Kids

  180. School lunch ideas
  181. School hairstyle ideas
  182. Math online tutoring
  183. Best animated movies
  184. Video Ideas to do with Friends

  185. Prank video
  186. Is your friend staying at your home for the night? It might be a fun idea to prepare a prank and have your camera prepared for recording. Don’t go too hard on him though, views are not worth a friendship!

  187. Movies scene reenactment
  188. Get together with your friend, write down your favorite movies and see which ones do you share. Reenacting one of the iconic scenes can have extremely funny results.

  189. Make a Contest
  190. Make up your own challenge and get some friends to do it with. Hey, what do you know? You might start a new viral trend on Youtube!

  191. Introduce Friends or Family
  192. Once people get to know you online, they also start getting curious about your personal life. You can begin by showing your close friends and family in a special video or in your daily vlogs.

  193. Shoot a surprise visit to friend
  194. Got a friend you’ve been meaning to meet up with but haven’t yet? Now might be the perfect time to give them a surprise visit. Be sure to catch their reaction on camera when they open their door and see you.

    Bonus Video Ideas to do with Friends

  195. A tour video with friends
  196. Friend’s sleep over ideas
  197. Night out with friends Ideas
  198. Camping Ideas
  199. Video Ideas to do Alone

  200. Workout Video
  201. These videos became really popular fast. It can be about Yoga or any other kind of exercise anyone can do at home. You can also do this kind of video at the gym, but make sure you’re allowed to film there before doing it.

  202. A rant about anything or a story about yourself
  203. Is there something that is constantly annoying you but you have to put up with it? Use your Youtube channel to get it out of your chest. Make sure to state what needs to change for it to be acceptable, and try not to offend others (although this is kind of hard on the internet).

  204. Teach a language
  205. It doesn’t really matter what your mother tongue is, there’s someone on Youtube looking for videos to learn to speak it. You don’t have to do an entire tutorial series about it. You could simply do the top 10 hardest words in your language or anything language-related you can think of.

  206. Make a reaction video about a show
  207. T.V. series like Game of Thrones became even more popular thanks to this kind of video. They work extremely well when there’s a trendy show chapter everyone is waiting for. Season finales are especially attracting.

  208. Discuss gaming history
  209. Most people simply record themselves playing a videogame. What about creating actual content around videogames? You can, for example, discuss the history of gaming in general or about a particular long saga like Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Counter-Strike, or any other of the like.

  210. Goals video
  211. Do this kind of video not only for your viewers but also to give you more motivation to stick to your goals. You can create milestones and make an update video each time you reach a new milestone. This idea can give you more than just one video.

  212. Artsy video
  213. If you’re an artistic person you can make a video about your art. It can be playing an instrument, acting a movie scene, painting, drawing, dancing or any other kind of creative activity you’re good at.

  214. Talk about a charity you think is really important
  215. This is also a way of helping something you believe on. Never hesitate to talk about what you think can make the world a better place. And better yet, never stop trying getting others to help.

  216. Favourite Apps
  217. Downloaded any good apps lately? Make a video about them and share these nifty or entertaining apps with your viewers. Tell them about what your favorite apps are for and how they can use it in their lives as well.

    Christmas Video Ideas

  218. DIY Christmas Wreath
  219. Do you know how to do a particularly original Christmas Wreath? These ornaments are incredibly popular in this season and people love looking for new ideas each year on Youtube to make their own.

  220. Make a listicle video with Christmas theme
  221. Making list articles will always be popular. People love watching and reading lists because they are well organized and they get a lot of ideas from them. You could actually take almost any kind of list article and give it a Christmas twist. See the video example of 10 lifehacks for Christmas.

  222. Christmas family celebration vlog

  223. Getting together with family is the best thing of Christmas. You can record a vlog of this special day in your life to achieve a special kind of bonding with your viewers.

  224. Christmas dance video
  225. Christmas dance videos are incredibly popular on YouTube. If you don’t believe me, look at this simple video from a dance school that got more than 11 million views!

  226. Christmas makeup video
  227. If you know a thing or two about makeup, making a tutorial or showing different ideas for Christmas-themed makeup is a good idea for the holidays.

  228. Christmas room/apartment tour
  229. Did a great job decorating for the holidays? Now, you’ll have a reason to show them off when you do a room or an apartment tour for your viewers. You can also talk about the story behind your oldest Christmas decorations.

  230. My favourite Christmas Food
  231. DIY Christmas Gifts
  232. Bonus Christmas Video Ideas

  233. How to decorate a Christmas tree
  234. My christmas traditions
  235. Summer Video Ideas

  236. Summer Essentials
  237. A list of the products that you use only for summer an20d the reason why behind them is a useful video, especially in the beauty niche. You can do it each year as there are new products coming out all the time.

  238. Summer Party Food Recipes
  239. Parties are really common in summer. Pool, beaches, sun and a lot of heat make preparing these parties unique. You can bet many people search for tips to prepare a summer party. Food recipes are just a small part of what it takes to have a good time with friends.

  240. Summer DIY Tshirt
  241. Summertime is particularly compatible with doing crazy style changes. DIY Tshirts are actually very popular in summer because people can usually wear very casual clothing.

  242. Summer morning/night routine
  243. Summer implies a complete change of routine. Let your viewers know how a typical summer day in your life looks like.

  244. Pool party snacks
  245. Nothing like a pool party for summer. Give people some ideas for pool party snacks so they can have the best party pool ever.

  246. Summer outdoor sports
  247. People have plenty of time on their hands during the summer. Tell them about some summer outdoor sports you like playing with your friends. You can even vlog yourself while playing so viewers can see you in action.

  248. Summer: How to keep cool
  249. Summers are humid and hot. Make good of a bad situation by sharing your tips on how to keep cool during the hot months.

    Bonus Summer Video Ideas

  250. Best Summer drinks
  251. Where to go in summer in your city
  252. Summer tan treatment
  253. Summer beach body tips

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The Cameras 15 Famous YouTubers Use in 2018 https://vloggerpro.com/what-cameras-do-famous-youtubers-use/ https://vloggerpro.com/what-cameras-do-famous-youtubers-use/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:41:57 +0000 http://vloggerpro.com/?p=1278 If you’re here, you might want to know about the cameras people like Zoella, Shaytards, Connor Franta, Joey Graceffa, Trisha Paytas and more use for vlogging. Here I try to explain why these famous YouTubers use these cameras, and why there are some options that are a common choice between them. Just to clarify, all […]

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What Cameras Do Famous YouTubers UseIf you’re here, you might want to know about the cameras people like Zoella, Shaytards, Connor Franta, Joey Graceffa, Trisha Paytas and more use for vlogging. Here I try to explain why these famous YouTubers use these cameras, and why there are some options that are a common choice between them.

Just to clarify, all these YouTubers are unique in their own way. They all got amazing content and a channel with an attracting personality, so there’s no way you could say they’re famous because of their cameras.

A lot of them share the same camera model, but that’s not the secret of their success. It’s true that there are some cameras that do this job easier and that can record great video, but that’s a tiny part of their success.

This post is constantly being updated to keep up with any new camera announcement by these YouTubers. I’m also adding more to the list as I find out about the cameras more celebrities use.

Here we go.

YouTubers That Use the Canon Powershot G7 X

This camera is without any doubt, the first camera you must consider if you need one for vlogging.

This one is a daily vlogs camera because it’s small and you can take it anywhere comfortably and still record top-quality video. This one is actually one of the video cameras that Youtubers use the most, so that’s why it’s in first place.

Here are some YouTubers that use it:


Channel name: zoella280390

In a “What’s in my bag video” for the end of 2016, she said that the G7X Mark II is the camera she will be using for her vlogs. This is the latest version of this camera, so it’s fair to think she’s still using it.

However, in a later video on her second channel, she specified she uses the Canon EOS 70D for videos that need the best quality. We’ve seen this is one of the common choices between YouTubers, so it proves that the 70D is a good camera for this job.

Faze Rug

Channel name: FaZe Rug

In a video where he tests if this camera can hold a 100-foot drop inside a foam cube, you can see clearly he’s using the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II



Channel name: Marzia

She said in a recent video—dated April, 2015—that she bought a new camera: the Canon PowerShot G7 X. She stopped using her DSLR because it wasn’t comfortable to carry around, which is the main reason the G7 X is getting so popular between vloggers.

The latest update about her camera was on November 2016. She’s still using the same model even though the Mark II is already available.

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Joey Graceffa

Channel name: JoeyGraceffa

In his vlogging videos, you can see he uses the Canon Powershot G7X.

He previously used the Canon PowerShot s120, but it’s no longer available.

Why Do YouTubers Like the G7 X?

If there’s something I can say as a camera junkie and after all my, is that the Canon Powershot G7 X has absolutely no competition.

This is —let’s state this clearly— between compact, non-interchangeable lens cameras. There are many mirrorless cameras that can compete both in size and quality, but it’s basically the only option I’d recommend if you’re looking specifically for a compact.

This camera is small and records 1080p60 video like a champ. And not only that, it comes with a lens that even though you can’t swap for another one, you WON’T want another one for vlogging.

This lens is so good for the total price of the camera, that in my opinion, it’s basically given for free. To find a similar lens for another camera you will need to spend around the same the G7 X’s price (only for the lens, not including the camera body you’ll need).

And additionally, it has cool features for vlogs…

…like the ability to record a slow-motion video, a time-lapse feature, wireless connectivity, great autofocus and a flip touchscreen.

And it even has a fully manual mode just in case you know how to play with shutter speed, ISO and lens aperture.

The only thing this one lacks is a microphone port, but that’s because it’s a compact camera. To fix this, vloggers use an external recorder like the one I recommend here.

So, if you’re the kind of vlogger that need to go out a lot with your camera, you’d be glad to own a Canon Powershot G7 X.

The current version of this camera is the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II

The Good

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    ​Extremely light
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    ​Great IS and ​external mic port

The ​Bad

  • ​Not ​good for indoors​​​
  • ​Lack of Wi-Fi
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    ​No internal Memory

YouTubers That Used the Canon EOS 70D and 80D

When it comes to DSLRs for video, the first camera that comes to mind is the Canon EOS 70D. Its outstanding autofocus and image quality —and the fact that it’s one of the few good DSLRs with a flip screen— make it one of the best DSLRs for video recording in general.

The following YouTubers have found the 70D useful for their channels:

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Aspyn Ovard

Channel name: HauteBrilliance

In a recent video behind the scenes you can see she’s using the Canon EOS 80D. This is the 70D successor, released in 2016. It is very similar, but it comes with a new sensor and processor. This makes the camera faster and has better image quality.


McJugger Nuggets

Channel name: McJuggerNuggets

In an acted video uploaded on July 2017, you can see how his psycho dad character grabs his camera, a Canon 70D and throws it to the ground. There’s also a Canon Powershot G7X II in the video. Whether he has continued using a 70D for the following videos is uncertain.

Why Do YouTubers Like the Canon EOS 70D?

DSLRs are usually a little bit bulky and require extra effort if you need to carry them around. But, they are the preferred kind of cameras of photographers and filmmakers for good reasons.

After all, you have a wide variety of lenses you can use to achieve different results, and they are trustworthy cameras with a really big sensor when compared to compact and, especially, camcorders.

This is what makes DSLRs really good for low-light conditions. They keep the image quality in good shape, even in foggy days.

Most of them aren’t exactly made for video, with just a few exceptions, and the 70D is one of them.

It has a really fast and accurate autofocus system. It also has a flip screen, which is one of the main reasons YouTubers like it. It is a fast, responsive camera that can record excellent video in low-light conditions. It also has a really good battery life (900+ shots) and like most DSLRs, a mic port.

It is one of those options YouTubers that record from home —although it has a fair weight and size for a DSLR— should consider if they want to invest good money in their equipment.

It is not the cheapest DSLR you can get, but it is the best for video before the truly expensive Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Currently, the Canon EOS 70D has been updated to the Canon EOS 80D. Both models are available.

The Good

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    The most reliable autofocus (until the $3,000 mark)
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    Fast, responsive and has an articulating screen
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    Wide variety of lenses available

The ​Bad

  • Heavy DSLR
  • ​No 4k recording
  • ​No image stabilization

YouTubers That Used the Canon Rebel lineup

When you start researching for YouTube cameras, it’s probable that the most common name you will stump upon will be the Canon Rebel T3I.

This was, in fact, the most popular YouTube camera during its beginning years. This was thanks to being the cheapest lineup of DSLRs that were made for video, and they were a massive success.

The T3i is now discontinued, but the good news is that Canon has released a new version every year. Right now either the T6i or T7i are good options if you’re just starting out.

Famous YouTubers that used/have used Canon Rebel cameres:

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Jenn Im

Channel name: clothesencounters

She said in her FAQ video that she uses the T3i (November 2012). While this was a long time ago, the T3i is a camera to keep for many years, so probably she hasn’t bought any bigger upgrade yet.

UPDATE: In a video from September 2016, she said she’s still using the t3i. The camera is discontinued and the most recent models you can get in 2018 are the T6i and the T7i.



Channel name: LaurDIY

According to the FAQ section in her Tumblr, she’s used a Nikon D3000, D3100, and the Canon T3i. On a recent update from March 2016, she says she’s using the Canon 70D.

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Connor Franta

Channel name: ConnorFranta

According to his last update in November 2015, he uses a T3i DSLR camera. This is a popular camera between YouTubers for good reasons.

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Trisha Paytas

Channel name: blndsundoll4mj

This YouTuber has appeared with a lot of different cameras in her videos. She uses a T3i for some of her videos. She’s been using it for 7 years now, so that tells you how long a Rebel camera can last.

And for her vlog videos, she updated on the 22th of April 2016 that she uses a Canon G7 X.

She has also appeared with a Canon VIXIA mini X in some videos, which is a useful vlogging camera when you need a fish-eye and a wide-angle lens for outdoor and sports videos.

Why Do YouTubers Like the Canon EOS Rebel Lineup?

This lineup from Canon, as you already know, was made for video. The first thing that makes it stand out is its flip-out screen. It’s a DSLR that can record 1080p/30 video and that has, of course, a microphone input and a hot shoe to mount a shotgun microphone.

The recent models now include autofocus, although it isn’t that good.

The lack of it in the T3i wasn’t exactly a problem since most YouTubers just used it to record videos from home, where there wasn’t much movement around.

It’s still one of the most used DSLRs for YouTuber that are starting out. Its price is really accessible for a DSLR.

And the best thing is that it is Canon, so you got all the best lenses on the market available to use in a cheap body.

You can start collecting lenses and then upgrade your camera body to a 70D or 5D Mark III, and use the lenses you’ve collected on those cameras.

Its latest models are the T6i and the T7i.

The following box highlights the latest model, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i.

The Good

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    ​DSLR made for video
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    More up-to-date than the 80D
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    Wide variety of lenses available

The ​Bad

  • ​No in-camera stabilization
  • There are cheaper cameras with 4k

YouTuber That Used the Canon Powershot ELPH 330 HS (now 360 HS)

I really like this part of this post because it proves that you don’t need the best camera available to become a successful video creator.

The Powershot ELPH 330 HS is a simple camera that simply records 1080p video, has stabilization and fits in your pocket, and that’s really all you need for starting out.

It’s good for vlogging/because it achieves just what you need and it’s easy to carry around.

YouTubers that have used the Powershot ELPH 330 HS:



Channel name: SHAYTARDS

According to their Blogtard Tumblr, they use the Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS.

The latest update: He said on twitter that he got a new camera, but he didn’t specify which one. A lot of people believe it’s the G7X because its quality is similar and it’s getting popular between famous YouTubers.

Why do YouTubers Like the Canon ELPH 330 HS?

According to Canon, this is the “thinnest camera in the world”. I’m not sure if this is true, but it is extremely thin.

It’s a camera that you can fit in your pocket and forget that it’s even there. That’s really good if you want to carry your camera around and have it ready for a quick video.

It’s even easier to carry around than the G7 X. It can record 1080p video. It’s also cheap and has Optical Image Stabilization, which allows you to record steady video when moving around.

All this combined with its cheap price makes it an appealing option for YouTubers.

You can go and get it used from Amazon and you will be able to have a good camera for videos for an extremely cheap price.

And believe me; no one will believe you’ve recorded that kind of quality with a camera that cheap.

The Good

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    ​Good price

The ​Bad

  • ​No flip screen
  • No external mic port

YouTubers That Use the 5D Mark III

The 5D Mark III is the DSLR king. It has been for a while now, so the king is getting old. But it’s still a monster camera that can record incredible video.

It is a camera that has been used for indie films, so that tells you the kind of quality we’re talking about. It’s really good for its price, even though it’s pretty expensive for a consumer camera.

YouTubers that use this camera:



Channel name: jennpex

You can see that in a video from Dell where she featured that she’s using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to record her videos. You can see in a recent video from May 2017 that she’s still using the 5D.

This is a really expensive camera and one of the best offered by Canon. The camera is way above the YouTuber level, but still she certainly has invested a lot in her equipment.

Why do YouTubers Like the 5D Mark III

Who wouldn´t?

In all seriousness, the 5D Mark III achieves amazing colors, has a huge battery, dynamic range and the most reliable autofocus in all DSLRs.

This is a camera made for professional work. It’s as simple as that, really.

And that’s why it costs what it costs.

You get what you pay for, and the 5D Mark III will allow you to shoot video of incredible quality even at night. It is a full-frame camera, which means that its sensor is much bigger than the 70D and T6i.

This makes the lenses you use capture a lot more space than in an APS-C camera. It makes zoom lenses useful in more situations, and it captures a lot of light, so that’s why it’s so good in every environment.

It’s, of course, environmentally sealed so it can handle the toughest conditions.

It is the kind of camera that all professional photographers and filmmakers use for their job.

Most YouTubers won’t need this kind of camera. In fact, with a 70D/80D it will be more than enough. This model is for creators that are going to record A LOT of highly demanding video.

I would recommend it only if you’re a vlogger/photographer or indie filmmaker, and if you know what you’re doing.

The latest version is the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. Here are the highlights:

The Good

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    ​4k recording​​​​
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    ​Great autofocus
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    ​Full-frame sensor

The ​Bad

  • Heavy
  • ​No flip screen
  • ​No in-camera stabilization

Youtubers that use the Sony Alpha 7S



Channel: RiceGum

He has used the Canon G7X before, but in a video uploaded to his 2nd YouTube channel on October 2016, he told us he got a new camera: the Sony a7S. There’s already a Mark II version available, but this first version is still being sold.

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Jesse from BFvsGF

Channel: Jesse

The former BFvsGF channel used to use the Canon Powershot ELPH 330 HS (now 360 HS) when they were already big.

Now that they’ve separated, you can see Jesse using a Sony Alpha 7 camera in his personal channel. It looks like the A7S.

Why Do YouTubers Like the Sony A7S?

Being able to compete against the best DSLR on the prosumer market — the Canon EOS 5DMIII —, after years of dominance, seemed almost impossible.

For other brands, it became almost impossible to design a new camera that people would prefer over the well-established king Canon EOS 5D. That camera was just too good for the price.

However, Sony had the answer. The only way came through making a camera that could be just as good as the best on the market in a lot smaller and lighter package. That’s what they did with the Sony Alpha 7 cameras. And their answer for the best video performance came with the Sony A7S.

With the Sony A7S, the high capacity of prosumer-level cameras became available in a much smaller size. And you know who love small cameras right? Yep, vloggers.

The A7S is a full-frame camera that can take all the advantage of high-quality, fast lenses. This allows it to achieve amazing Bokeh effect, and the lenses can capture a wider area, which is something really useful when you have to hold your own camera in “selfie” mode.

But probably the biggest thing about being a full-frame camera is that it can record video in extremely dark conditions without losing much quality. You can go up to 409.600 ISO, which is pretty ridiculous — especially because the video becomes a bit too noisy past 12.800 ISO. This still gives a huge room for low-light recording.

Of course, this camera can also record 4kp24 video, but it can get up to 120fps in 1080p. The latter allows the recording of amazing slow-motion footage.

It also has a beast dynamic range for high-contrast shooting and a reliable autofocus.

Not everything is good though, the camera has a low battery life of around 360 shots, and also lacks built-in image stabilization and flip screen. This means you will need to spend even more on a lens with optical image stabilization, and on additional batteries.

There is already a Mark II version selling on the market. This one does get rid of an important disadvantage of the first model: the lack of in-camera stabilization.

The following box highlights the latest version, the Sony A7S II

The Good

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    ​Small and lightweight for a full-frame camera
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    ​4k recording quality
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    ​Amazing low-light performance

The ​Bad

  • ​No flip screen
  • ​Low battery life

YouTubers that use the Sony RX100

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Faze Rain

Channel name: TrickShotting

In a video from his partner Faze Apex, you can see both using a Sony RX100. It’s unclear which version of the camera he’s using. There latest version is the Mark V.

Why Do YouTubers Like the Sony RX100?

The Sony RX100 is a really small, compact camera that can imitate pretty well what a good larger sensor camera can do. It’s the main choice for many photographers who are tired of carrying all those heavy lenses and camera equipment around.

It comes with a really fast f/1.8 lens that helps in low light and counteracts the camera’s small sensor. It has many useful features for both photographers and filmmakers, like RAW capture, image stabilization, HDR mode, multiple focusing modes, fast-fps shooting and even more.

The newer models of this camera — the last one is the Sony RX100 Mark V —- come with 4k recording and flip touchscreen.

This is why it has become a popular choice by vloggers in the recent years, although it doesn’t seem as popular as its direct competitor, the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II.

It doesn’t have the most reliable video autofocus and best image stabilization of compact cameras, but it performs pretty well and can achieve beautiful 4k quality.

There are several versions of this camera. The following box highlights the latest Sony RX100 Mark IV.

The Good

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    ​4k recording
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    Powerful daily vlogging camera

The ​Bad

  • No external mic port
  • ​Small sensor (worse for low light)

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best travel vlogging cameras and equipment

As a travel vlogger, being able to record your trips without carrying a mountain of gear on your back can be a challenge. After all, most professional filmmaking equipment is heavy. Thankfully, there are good workarounds you can apply to be able to record useful video without carrying an entire studio with you.

These are the 5 things you need to know for each piece of equipment you will need:

1) Choose a Compact or Mirrorless Camera for Travel Vlogging

Having the right camera for travel vlogging doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. That is, if you focus on what’s important: lightweight and image stabilization. A flip screen isn’t exactly mandatory, but it can help you a lot.

You can record 1080p with a cheap compact camera that has at least these two features, but investing in a better one can make things a lot easier for you and give you more quality and useful resources for recording.

The two kinds of cameras that are the best fit for traveling are compact and mirrorless.


Well, I’m sure you know you’ll want to keep your travel weight at the minimum. You want to be able to carry everything in your backpack without losing your back!

You don’t want something like this:

huge camera used for vlog recording

Compact and mirrorless are the lightest cameras that can still keep up with a DSLR in quality, especially mirrorless. Both kinds are good in the image quality department, as long as you get one hovering the $500 mark. These are the best cameras you could get for travel vlogging.

Camcorders are also a viable option, but they have the smallest sensor. I don’t like them unless I’m recording with good lighting, be it artificial or during a sunny day. This is not something you can control as you travel.

Finally, DSLRs are a lot heavier and are a pain to carry around. As a traveler, they will make things more difficult for you. If you really want to get DSLR-like quality, a mirrorless is the way to go for you.

Now that we agree that mirrorless and compacts are the best options, which one should you choose?

Both of them have their unique advantages:

Why a Mirrorless?

The first thing is that they have a larger sensor. This feature makes them better at capturing light, so they can usually record better in poor lighting—like recording indoors, even during the day. Some of them have a Micro Four Thirds sensor, but most of them—especially Sony—have APS-C, which is the sensor found in DSLRs. Micro Four Thirds are smaller, but they are still larger than what is found in compact cameras.

Also, they have interchangeable lenses. This means that you can keep upgrading your camera in the upcoming years with better lenses, so you can improve it throughout the years. And better yet, when you change your camera’s body, you can use your lenses in the new body you get. You might need an adapter, but if you plan ahead you can get the right kind of lenses for the camera you plan to upgrade to later on.

The disadvantage is that they aren’t as small and pocketable as a compact camera. Also, they require a bigger money investment from the beginning since you will need to get good-quality lenses, and those are surprisingly expensive.

Why a Compact?

Compact cameras are literally point & shoot. You don’t need to worry about lenses as you are going to get an extremely high quality lens from the start—basically for free. This is, of course, if you get one of the top compact cameras in the market—I’ll show you which ones below. The catch is that you are stuck with the lens for the rest of your camera’s life. But still, it’s quite versatile and high-quality, so 90% of vloggers won’t need any other kind of lens.

Also, they are truly pocketable. Some of them might not be small enough to fit in a small pocket, but you get the idea that they are slightly more portable.

The bad part is that they come with an extremely small sensor. Recording at night won’t deliver results as good as using a mirrorless APS-C camera.

I’m sure it’s needless to say that most vloggers choose a compact. They are basically ready for shooting and you don’t need to know much for them to work fine. Also, they are smaller and their good lens allows them to capture a lot of light despite their small sensor.

The 5 Best Travel Vlogging Cameras

These are the lightest cameras on the market that can record top quality video and have the needed features for travel vlogging. The most popular between our readers is the Canon G7X Mark II:

PANASONIC LUMIX LX10 Camera, 20.1 Megapixel 1" Large Sensor, LEICA DC Lens 24-72mm F1.4-2.8, DMC-LX10K (USA BLACK)
Most Popular
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera w/1 Inch Sensor and tilt LCD screen - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera with 3" OLED, flip screen, WiFi, and 1” sensor DSCRX100M5/B
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/2.95" LCD (Body Only)
Sony a7S II ILCE7SM2/B 12.2 MP E-mount Camera with Full-Frame Sensor, Black
Mirrorless APS-C
Mirrorless Full-Frame
Flip screen
External Mic Port
Recording quality
from $998.00
from $1,198.00
PANASONIC LUMIX LX10 Camera, 20.1 Megapixel 1" Large Sensor, LEICA DC Lens 24-72mm F1.4-2.8, DMC-LX10K (USA BLACK)
Flip screen
External Mic Port
Recording quality
Most Popular
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera w/1 Inch Sensor and tilt LCD screen - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black)
Flip screen
External Mic Port
Recording quality
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera with 3" OLED, flip screen, WiFi, and 1” sensor DSCRX100M5/B
Flip screen
External Mic Port
Recording quality
from $998.00
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/2.95" LCD (Body Only)
Mirrorless APS-C
Flip screen
External Mic Port
Recording quality
from $1,198.00
Sony a7S II ILCE7SM2/B 12.2 MP E-mount Camera with Full-Frame Sensor, Black
Mirrorless Full-Frame
Flip screen
External Mic Port
Recording quality

If you want to read a deep comparison between these cameras, read my list of the best cameras of 2017.

In that post I also show cheaper options you can use for travel vlogging, like the Sony a5100 and Panasonic G7.

And remember: as a travel vlogger you will need extra batteries for your camera. Do not forget to get at least a spare one. You will be recording a lot, and small cameras have low battery life.

But before spending an important amount of money in a nice camera, you should know that there is something more important to worry about. The best camera won’t matter if your viewers can’t hear you. So let’s check what you can do to make sure you are heard.

2) An External Microphone: Be Heard or Be Gone!

This is a problem I see so often in travel vloggers: when we travel, we usually record in really windy scenarios that destroy the audio of our videos. Your camera must be able to pick up the sound of your voice, even if you’re in the middle of a storm—hopefully, you won’t get into this kind of situation.

Having good audio by using your camera’s built-in mics is basically impossible. It might be able to pick up your voice in most normal situations, but any sign of wind and your audio is done for. You have to solve this issue with an external microphone.

“But my camera doesn’t have an external microphone port!”. Well, then you need an external recorder. You probably have one next to you, on your desktop right now: a smartphone.

Most vloggers get a decent lavaliere microphone to connect to their smartphone. Everyone has one, and the only thing you’ll need to do is put together the audio and the video in your editing software. This is easier to do than it seems.

lavaliere microphones are small enough for travel vlogging

Youtuber David Vogt

If you’re more serious about this or want to save your phone’s battery for other important stuff—like using Viber—you can get a dedicated external recorder.

There are two models that I love: the Zoom H1 and Zoom H4N Pro. The former is the cheapest and is good enough for most people. The H4N Pro, on the other hand, allows you to connect higher quality XLR microphones. Both are really nice devices that are made to last and are much better than using your camera’s built-in microphone.

Remember, it doesn’t really matter if you get one of the top cameras for video. They will still record pretty bad audio that can be seriously improved even with a cheap $12 mic.

3) Don’t Forget Your Windshield

As I said before, travelers will encounter windy scenarios more often than any other kind of vlogger. Mountains, beaches and basically any kind of open field can cause you a lot of troubles. Using a microphone windshield will help you record useful audio in most situations like this.

There are windshields for every kind of microphone. It doesn’t matter if you want to use your smartphone, a lavaliere, a shotgun mic, or even your camera’s built-in microphone, you can find one for each kind. Just look for one compatible with your microphone on Amazon and you will make it possible to record in almost any windy situation.

If you don’t want to use an external mic for audio, the best you can do is get a mini windscreen for your camera’s mic. These are little windscreens you can stick to your camera’s mics.

The location of the microphones will depend on your camera model. To identify where they are, look for two tiny holes on your camera’s body that aren’t a charger or USB input. They are hard to miss if you look closely.

But for one last time, be warned: you might end up having to mute your entire vlog if you use your camera’s mic. You can get a good mic for only $12. I don’t think it’s worth risking it!

4) Your Tripod, Your Savior

For travel vlogging, getting the right tripod is a big deal. I like to bring it down to two main option, either a GorillaPod or the Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2. I’ll explain what’s good about them:

A gorillapod is a tripod that you can transform into almost anything. Besides being able to use it as your camera’s stick and tripod, you can set it on any kind of surface, no matter how irregular it is.

Tripod - One of the essential gear for travel vlogging

Found an amazing view, and a tree cut in half by a thunder strike is the only possible place to set your camera on? No problem! This makes this tripod an incredibly useful tool.

GorillaPods come in all sizes and you should choose one based on the size of your camera. The heavier your camera is, the heavier the GorillaPod you will need to hold it steadily.

The problem with them is that if you have a mirrorless or DSLR camera, combining it with one of these tripods can make your vlogging rig too big and heavy, and that’s when the next tripod comes into play.

The second option—the Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2—is not as versatile, but it is a lot lighter and can still support a DSLR. You can use it as a tabletop tripod or a camera stick. You will be thankful for its weight when you hold your camera for an entire day while walking around a foreign city.

My favorite option for vlogging is the Manfrotto. Still, I love carrying a GorillaPod because it allows me to take shots that’d be impossible with any other. For me, they are useful for different things, so you should choose the one that is right for you.

There’s another good option to use as a tripod for your trips that you may like. Check my tripod comparison for more info on this.

5) A Complementary Action Camera for Unique Shots

Having a GoPro available can be incredibly handy for a travel vlogger. It’s not only that you can record underwater footage or record your point of view of any sports activity you do, it’s also great at taking wide-angle pictures. And it’s so small and light that you may forget you have it on you.

But unless you are an extreme sports vlogger, you won’t want to record everything with your GoPro. I often see this mistake. You hear about the GoPro, see some amazing footage, so you buy one and think you’re set to record incredible shots and vlog your entire trip. Error. You only want your GoPro for those fast-paced, adventurous moments. You don’t want to be speaking to an action camera.

Why? Basically, because your longer videos will become really hard to watch after a while. The ultra wide-angle lens featured in GoPros apply a lot of Perspective Distortion. This makes everything look unnatural, including your own face. You might not know why, but if you watch a video like this for a while you will start feeling weird.

Action cameras are an amazing tool, but you have to use them for what they are made for. That is why they offer 4k video for less than $200, like the Yi 4k action camera. There has to be a tradeoff, and this—together with bad audio quality and lack of optical zoom—is it.


If you want to start recording your trips, make sure you have the right equipment before leaving to the airport. If you want to make sure you will be able to record everything without many troubles, make sure you have the following list of things:

1. A small, portable camera with optical image stabilization. Preferably a compact or a mirrorless.

2. An external microphone, preferably a lavaliere. If your camera doesn’t have external mic port, use your smartphone or get an external recorder to connect your mic to it.

3. A windshield for your microphone. Windy situations are really common when traveling. Microphone windshields are the best way to deal with them.

4. A mini tripod that you can use as a selfie stick. Make sure it’s light enough to be carried for an entire day.

5. An action camera to record when you can’t hold your camera with your hands. Do not overuse it!

Remember, action cameras are just for you to use for specific scenarios that require it. Do not use it as your main camera or you will get disappointing results.

Did I miss something? Is there anything you carry with you for your travel vlogs that I didn’t mention here? Let me know!

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Top 6 Best DSLR Cameras for YouTube Vlogging https://vloggerpro.com/the-6-best-dslr-cameras-for-youtube-vlogging/ https://vloggerpro.com/the-6-best-dslr-cameras-for-youtube-vlogging/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:09:17 +0000 http://vloggerpro.com/?p=620 Digital single-lens reflex cameras are really popular between YouTubers. Some of these have really nice features for vloggers, and their recording quality is the best. Their performance in low light makes them great for indoors and they’re highly adaptable. That’s why I’ve made this list of the 6 best DSLR cameras for YouTube vlogging. Comparison Table: […]

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Best DSLR for YouTube Vlogging

My personal favorite: Canon EOS 80D

Digital single-lens reflex cameras are really popular between YouTubers. Some of these have really nice features for vloggers, and their recording quality is the best. Their performance in low light makes them great for indoors and they’re highly adaptable. That’s why I’ve made this list of the 6 best DSLR cameras for YouTube vlogging.

Comparison Table: 6 Best DSLR Cameras for YouTube Vlogging


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When it comes to DSLRs, quality is attached to the lenses you buy with them.

This is why when buying a DSLR, I always recommend not buying the starter lens kit. Instead, get a good lens straight away.

Usually, starter lens kits are low quality. For vlogging from home, you will want to start with a fixed 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens. With them you won’t suffer perspective distortion, your image will be sharper and low-light recording will be much better. On the other hand, you’ll need a wide-angle lens (18-35mm) if you want to show more of your surroundings, or if you’re recording really close to the camera (like when walking around with the camera).

You might want to get an 18-50mm f/1.8 lens if you want to have a lens that is good for both situations. Nevertheless, when your vlogs involve speaking in front of a static camera, a prime 50mm is best.

Most of the time, buying with a starter lens kit will be more expensive. If this is the case, buy the body and get one of my recommended lenses straight away. The mistake of buying the starter lens kit is that you will more sooner than later need a better lens. Why not buy it straight from the beginning and skip the starter lens kit?

Still, bear in mind that few DSLRs come with the starting lens kit for no extra price. Just make sure they aren’t going to charge extra for it before ordering one.

Take into account that you will also need a good microphone. DSLRs’ built-in microphones are not good. If you want to get the best quality with a DSLR, you better pick up with sound quality too. Here you will find a list of good shotgun mics you can use. You should bear in mind their cost before finally deciding which DSLR to get.

Finally, you will want to consider a tripod either for recording in selfie mode or for recording in a home studio setup. I’ve reviewed the best for vlogging right here.

Now, let’s start.

A Quick Guide on Sensor Size

You will see that the most significant difference between some cameras here is their sensor size. The best ones are Full-Frame, while the rest are APS-C.

Their difference? The explanation is simple:

Full-Frame is the biggest sensor size. This means that they are significantly better in low light—and by low light, I’m including indoors during the day— they can also achieve a more intense Bokeh effect and they are able to capture a wider frame, like if you were zoomed out.

comparison between aps-c and full-frame sensor sizes - Vlogger Pro

The image above shows how much more full-frame cameras are able to capture from the same distance and with the same lens in comparison to APS-C size. It also makes it obvious why they capture more light since they’re bigger.

Full-Frames are capable of suppressing Perspective Distortion because they can use tele lens that still capture a wide area.

Since they’re better in low light and can use better lenses, they offer the highest quality. Colors and sharpness are just on point—and it’s the main reason they cost a lot of money.

APS-C cameras listed here have smaller sensors, but they’re still good. In fact, their sensors are larger than any compact or camcorder.

The most common choice for YouTube is an APS-C DSLR when recording from home, and a good compact camera for traveling and street vlogs. Only the most serious vloggers get a full-frame camera.

After all, they are not cheap.

Now that you know all this, here is the complete list of the best DSLRs for YouTube vlogging:

And the 6 Best Are…

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – The Professional Youtube Camera

The Canon EOS 5D truly is the king of prosumer-level DSLRs, especially for video. The Mark IV is the latest update, which introduces 4k recording.

This update took a long time — around 4 years — and I’m sure it was mainly due to Sony mirrorless cameras becoming more popular.

But that doesn’t matter now. We already got the update we needed for arguably the one of the best DSLRs on the market.

This camera has the great autofocus and dynamic range for high-contrast scenes. It also offers great sharpness and colors. This makes it really good for makeup and beauty. This is why it’s a very popular camera between wedding photographers.

Most cameras lose some color quality in higher ISOs, but this one simply doesn’t. It maintains its sharp colors even if you need to record at high ISO.

You can trust this camera will live up to the challenge of giving the best quality in low light—unless you’re recording in a cave, of course.

Now, one of the biggest downsides is that this camera isn’t the lightest DSLR. But for vloggers, the main problem is the lack of an articulating screen. This can be a deal breaker for Youtubers.

Still, remember that this is a full-frame camera, so it’s really hard to end up outside of the frame by accident. Still, even for me, the lack of an articulating screen can be annoying.

This is why the 5D Mark IV might be the highest quality camera you could get for Youtube, but it might not be the right one for you.

The Good

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    Top video performance
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    Great battery life
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    Full-frame 4k recording

The ​Bad

  • Heavy (1.96lb)
  • No flip screen
  • No in-body stabilization

Canon EOS 80D – Best Video DSLR for Youtubers

The 5D Mark IV is an amazing camera, but it might be too much if you just want to record YouTube videos. Besides, it doesn’t have an articulating screen.

If you want a great camera to record your YouTube videos and even make short films, the Canon EOS 80D should be your main option.

Here’s why this one is my personal favorite for video blogging:

The Canon EOS 80D’s autofocus is the best you can find for this price.

It is good even in low light.

One of the most common troubles vloggers face is the lack of a good lighting setup. If you know a little bit about lighting, you can, of course, get away with a DSLR that doesn’t perform well in these situations. However, you can trust the Canon EOS 80D when used in non-optimal lighting conditions.

Its battery is good. The Nikon D7200’s battery lasts for a little bit longer than this one. However, it matches the 5D Mark IV— and it saves you $2000.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: 900 shots |Canon T7i: 600 shots | Sony A77 II: 480 shots |Nikon D5300: 600 shots |Canon EOS 80D: 960 shots|Nikon D7200: 1110 shots

This gives you an idea of the kind of value you’re getting for your money.

However, the camera isn’t perfect. It can record only up to 1080p60/30, which is a bit disappointing knowing that many compact and mirrorless are coming with 4k recording.

Also, the newer T7i and 77D are both cheaper, but they have a new sensor and all the video features the 80D brings. The 77D is especially focused on filmmaking and comes with a lower price and in-body image stabilization, something you will miss from the 80D.

So, if you plan to only give your DSLR usage for home video, you can sacrifice battery life and extra-sharp autofocus for a cheaper price tag with these camera cousins. If you choose the 77D instead, you will pay less in the initial upfront for the body and for future lens upgrades since you’ll be able to get cheaper lenses that lack the stabilization the 77D includes.

The Good

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    Made for video (mic jack, flip screen, hot shoe)
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    Good battery life
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    Light for a DSLR

The ​Bad

  • No in-body stabilization
  • There are many cheaper 4k cameras

Canon EOS 77D – Best Value DSLR for Youtube Vlogging

The Canon 77D is a 24.2-megapixel DSLR camera marketed for advanced amateur videographers and photographers. Often said to be a midpoint between the lower-end Canon T7i/800D and the higher-end Canon 80D, the 77D shares a lot of common features with the other two.

All three are equipped with APS-C CMOS sensors, have articulated LCD touchscreens and external microphone ports. They are also equipped with an impressive dual-pixel autofocus system which is one of the most effective autofocus systems for DSLRs.

So, what makes the 77D standout from its siblings?

Well, for a significantly lower starting price, the 77D offers a higher ISO capability than the 80D. This is because the 77D (as well as the T7i) has a more advanced image processor than the 80D. Thus, giving the latter a step of ISO advantage, which may be useful when shooting in extremely dark situations.

The Canon 77D also has a 5-axis image stabilization feature in video mode which makes it better for handheld operation as compared to the 80D. This is also an advantage when compared to the T7i.

It is also unfortunate that the 80D does not offer 4k video recording. Now, the 77D doesn’t offer 4k as well but getting the 80D for that high price tag might not be worth it for you as they offer the same video features and quality.

On the other hand, the 77D and the T7i are almost identical. You might ask then, “why would I go for the more expensive 77D then?”. Well, there are some features the 77D has that you might want to spend those extra dollars on.

One of them is anti-flicker recording mode which counters light flickering when you’re shooting in a particularly sunny setting.

But most differences are about design. For example, the 77D has an LCD screen on top of the camera for easy review of shooting settings. It also has a quick control dial to navigate the options more easily

But the most important one is the inclusion of in-body stabilization, which will allow you to get cheaper lenses without OIS.

And although neither the 77D nor the T7i has a weather-sealing, the 77D’s body is constructed to be more rugged than the T7i’s making it the better choice for vlogging outdoor activities.

However, like most DSLR’s the 77D is a bit bulky and heavy especially compared to the more sleek and pocketable mirrorless cameras.

The Good

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    Small and lightweight

The ​Bad

  • No 4k recording
  • Not weather-sealed

Canon EOS T7i – Best DSLR for Starters

Canon’s Rebel line has been the favorite between YouTubers for quite some time. Starting from the T3i, these cameras have been the main choice when buying your first DSLR for video.

The main reason Rebels are the first DSLR many YouTubers start with is because they achieve good cinematic quality and are video friendly. It’s also because Canon offers a huge float of high-quality lenses for any kind of Youtuber, and you’re able to use them for a relatively low price thanks to Rebel cameras.

Now the Rebel lineup is much better, they now come with video autofocus, WiFi, NFC, more MPs and better performance in low light.

Also, compared to the previous T6i, this one comes with a new sensor. It gets really close to the image quality you get from the more expensive Canon EOS 80D, and the main reason is that this one is using an even more up-to-date sensor.

It can record 1080p60/30, which is the least we can ask for, since there are already several mirrorless and compact cameras that can record 4k at this price range.

This camera also has an articulating screen and a pretty decent battery duration of around 600 shots. This is also part of the reason why it’s a popular YouTube camera.

It might still be a good idea to get the T6iinstead of this one for the price difference. However, remember this new sensor will give you more quality in low light.

The Good

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    Better sensor than the 80D

The ​Bad

  • Expensive for a camera for starters​​​​
  • No 4k recording
  • No in-body stabilization

Canon EOS Rebel T6i – Cheaper Alternative to the T7i

Even though Canon REBEL cameras were supposed to be the low-price lineup for Canon video DSLRs, their price went up a lot as they released new models.

That’s why getting an older Rebel camera is not a bad idea. The T6i is still a pretty decent camera for Youtube starters.

The camera has all the basics for video, but it’s like a toned-down version that is slightly cheaper.

It comes with an older image processing technology, which results in slightly noisier images in high ISO. It also has fewer focus points (45 vs. 19), a lot less battery life (600 vs. 440 shots), and it lacks Bluetooth and the timelapse feature.

All these differences make it seem as if getting this older version isn’t worth the hundred bucks you’ll save, but it is a viable option if your budget is getting tight.

After all, it still has a flip screen, mic jack, hot shoe, 1080p30 recording, touchscreen, WiFi, and NFC.

The Good

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    Cheaper price

The ​Bad

  • 1080p only up to 30 fps
  • Low battery life for the price
  • No 4k recording

Nikon D5300 – Best Cheap DSLR for Starters

This Nikon camera doesn’t offer the nice video snapshots feature from Canon, but it does have some advantages you might like more. It’s the direct alternative to the Canon EOS Rebel T7i for those that don’t want to spend so much money on a camera to start out.

The camera has all the basics you will want in a camera for self-recording. It is an APS-C sensor camera that comes with a flip screen, mic jack, and hot shoe.

It is the cheapest DSLR for video with just enough of what you need to record high-quality video.

But really, do not let the camera price fool you. It even performs decently in low-light conditions, as long as you don’t have to go above the 3200 ISO mark.

If you got a basic lighting setup at home, this camera is enough to deliver the image quality you will need to start your Youtube channel on the right foot.

You’ll just need to take a couple of things into consideration:

Its autofocus is not as good as the Canon’s. The T7i’s autofocus is more reliable and much faster. It’s a bit slower and does more hunting.

On the other hand, It has more battery life than the Canon. This one lasts for 600 shots, a big difference compared to the Canon’s 440 shots.

It includes WiFi, but doesn’t have anti-aliasing filter. A camera with low-pass filter will get rid of the moiré effect. This one doesn’t have one, but it has a sharper image thanks to this. It will be a better option as long as you don’t wear any striped clothing for your YouTube videos.

It might not have a touchscreen, Bluetooth and NFC like the T7i, but this is not something you will miss so much for the huge price difference.

The Good

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    Good battery life for the price

The ​Bad

  • No in-body stabilization
  • No touchscreen, Bluetooth and NFC
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