Here are some of the equipment I use to record my YouTube videos. They tend to be pragmatic and practical purchases mid-way through my YouTube journey. When I first started, I only used my iPhone X for recording. I still do now.
If you could only buy 1 thing to start with, get a mic.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80 Camera
My main camera. Its a super budget friendly entry level camera (I bought it for £500) which has all the features I needed. Micro Four Thirds sensor size, weather sealed, 4K, small size, swivel screen, able to take external audio, you name it, its got it. Down sides are a 30 min recording limit and a micro HDMI for external monitor or recording.
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I used my iPhone X to record videos when I started my channel and I still do now. Your mobile phone is more than capable of recording good quality content. No point in me recommending you buying a 2017 iPhone so here's some iPhone 12's instead.
DJI Osmo Action Camera
Virtually indestructible! This is the action cam that I have on my head when you guys see the footage from my POV perspective. I've had it since it launched and it's really good value considering it's a few years old now and competes really well with the latest GoPros. Remember to grab the batteries and the multi-charger as well if you're always out and about. A single battery lasts about an hour if you're doing 4K 24/30fps recording. Lasts longer if you're doing 1080P recording.
Panasonic Lumix 12-60mm MFT OIS Weather Resistant Lens
The stock lens with the G80/G85 with an f3.5 to f5.6 aperture. Good starter Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensor lens with flexibility although struggles under lowlight conditions.
Pros: Pretty sharp, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
Cons: Low light conditions (indoors)
Panasonic Lumix 25mm F1.7 Lens
Cheap, fast (f1.7) and bulletproof 25mm MFT (nifty 50) prime lens. My go-to lens, 95% of what you see is from this lens.
Pros: Cheap, very easy bokeh, does well in low light as its a wide aperture.
Cons: No Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), struggle in small spaces due to focal length.
Cable for computer/phone recording
DSTE BLC12 Batteries for Panasonic G80
Batteries I use for my G80 camera. Genuine batteries cost around £50 each. These are higher capacity I have a few of these to keep me going. Higher capacity than original and cost less than 1/4 of the price. Thoroughly recommended!
DJI Osmo Action 2x Batteries and Charger Set
Can't stress enough about having enough batteries. Get this for your DJI Osmo Action which also comes with an intelligent charger that also acts as battery storage when you're travelling. Super useful and convenient to have extra batteries and a smart multi-charger. It also tells you how much charge is remaining in the batteries without having to put the batteries in and turning your Osmo Action on.
Hollyland Mars X Wireless HDMI Video Transmitter
ONE OF THE BEST PURCHASES I HAVE MADE FOR FILMING THUS FAR. A wireless video transmitter to your phone or tablet. Lifesaver when you are recording away from your camera and not having to squint at the little screen on the camera. Low latency and very enjoyable experience. You'll thank me later.
I use my iPad as an external screen alongside the Hollyland Mars X wireless video transmitter without having to purchase a dedicated external screen. Using my iPad, it's also probably larger than the traditional external screen which typically has sizes between 5-7 inches. Did I also mention the video transmission is wireless? 🤣
SmallRig Super Clamp
One of the best items you'll buy which you'll use over and over and over again. Did I say it enough times yet? Pair it with the Magic Arm and get a few pairs if you can, you can always combine them.
SmallRig Magic Arm 10 Inches with Super Clamp
These will save you time and time AND TIME again. They will mount anything with a 1/4 inch thread or expand/extend and hold whatever you need it to. I went for the full metal ones from SmallRig and they were very affordable and performs well. Really good buy.
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