Starting a YouTube channel in itself is hard enough – the catchy username, banner, subject matter and dealing with editing software and copyright infringement. Then comes finding the most important thing every YouTuber needs – a camera. The options are many and prices range from affordable to ridiculous. To make your journey into the YouTube community a bit easier, here’s a guide into what camera you should buy – and for what reason:
For the vlogger – Canon S120
So, you’ve decided to become the new Charles Trippy? Good for you! There are numerous ways to vlog, and while some go for more edited and scripted vlogs, most start out with the basic selfie-based vlog. If this is what you want to get into, you shouldn’t worry about getting the most expensive camera the first time around. Canon S120 is for the vlogger on a budget, and has been used by the likes of Fun for Louis and Casey Neistat. The camera is light and has image stabilization and wifi for those who want to upload the videos directly. The price tag is surprisingly low, and while it’s one of the cheapest cameras on the list, the quality of the video will still be good enough for your daily meanderings.
For the pro video maker: Canon 70D
Let’s face it – not all of us have excitement enough in our daily life to start vlogging. If you’re one of these people, you can still shoot other types of videos, like short films, skits, tutorials, reviews, challenge videos — the list goes on. If these are the types of videos you want to do, you should consider getting a DSLR rather than a compact camera. Canon has impressed with their reasonably-priced DSLRs the past few years, but out of the bunch, the Canon 70D stands out. Not only is it a technically advanced camera, but it’s easy to use and has a handy flip screen, which will make it easier to see what you’re doing. The camera is popular amongst YouTubers, and has been used by creators such as makeup guru Zoella.
For the action seeker: GoPro
Of course GoPro, every adrenaline junkie’s favorite camera, had to make the list. If you’re considering starting a channel showing off your parkour skills or snowboard lessons in Switzerland, a GoPro will definitely be a well-worth investment. GoPro has several different models, the HERO4 Black being the best (and most expensive) of the bunch. If you are on a budget however, there are cheaper versions of the camera that will still give you great HD-footage. Just take a look at the famous viral video of astronaut Felix Baumgartner who used it for his record-setting freefall.
For the game player: Logitech C920
You could use a DSLR for filming yourself playing games, but this will make your setup even more complicated – as if a gameplay setups aren’t complicated enough. Webcams have evolved since the early ’00s and can be surprisingly good, so if you’re looking to do the average gameplayer facecam in the corner of your video, go for a web camera such as the Logitech C920. If the name Markiplier rings a bell, you might be interested in knowing that this is the camera he’s used for some of his gameplay videos. It’s compact and way more affordable than a DSLR, and if you’re only using it for gameplay, chances are you won’t be needing anything else.
Cost: $67.51 (Amazon)
All around best camera: Canon G7X
If there’s one camera that stands out as the ultimate YouTuber camera, it is hands down the Canon G7X. Used by the likes of Philip DeFranco, Fun For Louis, and iJustine, the compact camera is far stronger than what you’d think. It shoots in full HD and up to 60 fps, has multiple settings to choose from and – possibly the best thing about it – has a flip screen that flips vertically, unlike most DSLR flip screens that only flip to the side. Not only is it lightweight and perfect for vlogging with, but it’s also powerful enough to shoot beautiful close-ups, timelapses and even slow-motion sequences. So if you are not sure if you wanna play games, do makeup tutorials, prank friends, do parkour or simply vlog about your day, this camera would be your safest and best bet.