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This is a complete guide focusing on the best YouTube equipment for beginners. Whether you are brand new to YouTube or have been dabbling on the platform for some time, this equipment guide should be of value! As a new YouTuber, it can be so difficult to know what equipment is worth investing in and what is considered the best equipment to purchase. This guide will help you to discover the very best YouTube equipment for beginners – let’s get started!
Why Invest in YouTube Equipment as a Beginner
When starting out on YouTube, you likely want to ensure that your content is the best quality possible. While smartphones produce decent video quality, most YouTubers use some sort of camera (not found within a smartphone) to produce their content.
Higher quality video, audio, and even background, meaning the set, noise cancellation, and insulation, better software to mix and edit the video and audio, all make a huge difference between amateur and professional content creators. As a business owner, you might want to advertise your products or services online. YouTube is one of the best platforms to do this if you have the dedication. Something that may help is purchasing better equipment. I’m excited to dive into the best YouTube equipment for beginners!
Essential Equipment for YouTube Beginners
With so many video equipment options on the market, it can be difficult to choose with so many options! You could also end up purchasing the wrong piece of gear, possibly wasting both time and money. Below is a list of potential equipment options for YouTubers to maximize the quality of their videos:
- Camera (DSLR or otherwise)
- Different camera lenses (for different types of shots)
- Editing software
We are going to kick off this YouTube equipment for beginners roundup by focusing on the best camera equipment out there. Let’s go!
The Best Cameras YouTube Equipment for Beginners
It is important to consider the return on investment when purchasing a camera for YouTube. Depending on how much you would like to spend, it may be beneficial to purchase a less expensive camera to start. Below are a couple of entry-level vlogging cameras to consider as a beginner on YouTube.
The Best Entry-Level Vlogging Cameras
Some vlog-style YouTube videos focus on filming content around daily routines, fun experiences/travel, and everyday routines. For this type of video work, you have a couple of options, the first one being a GoPro HERO 9 Black. A phone could also cover this type of YouTube content creation, and the Samsung Galaxy S20 series have some of the best front-facing cameras out there as they are able to shoot video in 4K 60fps.
The GoPro HERO 9 Black is a fan favorite among YouTubers, mostly because of its mobility and high video quality. You can also customize this device with various accessories. The price of the GoPro GERO 9 Black is $449 USD, making it a relatively cheap option when considering the quality of the video and the portability of the device.
The Sony Cyber-Shot HX80 comes in at $439 with the Amazon bundle and delivers 18.2 megapixels as well as 30x optical zoom to get the most detailed footage possible.
The Best DSLRs for YouTube Beginners
Entry-level equipment can do the work, but a DSLR can take your video quality to the next level. You are able to better customize the video as a whole through the use of different lenses and microphones. Not all lenses are suitable for all occasions, which is why having more than a single type helps. Whether shooting b-roll, primary content, or a very wide, set shot, having two lenses to choose from is helpful. This is why DSLR cameras are a popular choice when it comes to creating YouTube videos.
Canon 5D Mark II
The Canon 5D Mark II is the DSLR camera that started the whole journey of still cameras excelling when it comes to shooting video. Unfortunately, this DSLR cannot be purchased new as it is no longer in production. The used market is still a great place to get a great camera body (and lenses).
The Canon Rebel EOS T8i is a modern camera in every sense of the word. It has built-in WiFi to help you share your files instantly. It also has an APS-C sensor, larger than four thirds but smaller than full frame. Some consider this sensor size to be optimal, especially considering the price you pay for performance.
Another cool feature is that this camera can be used as a webcam on your laptop when paired with Canon software available on the website. This could significantly improve the quality of your live stream quality as well as the overall quality of your video content. At about $899 USD, it comes with a standard 18-55 wide lens.
The Sony A6600 comes in at $1,398 USD and it is by no means cheap. It has an APS-C sensor, built-in video stabilization, microphone, and headphone jacks so you can monitor your audio as you record. This camera can record over three hours of video on a single charge, which is a lot more than many of its competitors.
This camera is pricey when considering that this does not include any additional lenses. It’ll be important to budget anywhere between 300 and 1000 USD to purchase a lens for the camera.
When Panasonic launched their GH4, everyone wondered what the GH5 would bring to the table. Since it launched, it became one of the main cameras of every hobbyist and many professional videographers and YouTubers.
The Panasonic GH5 is a mirrorless camera that delivers a 10 bit 4K recording. It has built-in stabilization, as well as microphone and headphone jacks. Unlike the Sony, it also has a full-size HDMI output so that you can use it for vlogging with a monitor or TV. The body itself comes in at about $1349.99 USD. If you want a standard Panasonic 12-60 wide lens, the price is bumped up to 2000 USD.
When it comes to quality, the Sigma fp is one of the best full-frame mirrorless compact DSLRs that you can purchase. It has an HDMI output as well, which is beneficial given that it has a fixed screen.
The Sigma fp delivers 12 bit 4K video, in 30, 25, and 24 fps. It also has USB streaming options, so you can directly stream, while also viewing your content via HDMI. The Signa fp is definitely pricey, coming in at about $1,699 USD for the body.
The Best Camera Lenses
Camera lenses are about as important as the cameras that you use. Without the proper lens, you might end up capturing too much or too little of the shot. Here are the best lenses to purchase according to size and features.
With an aperture of 3.5 up to 22, this lens performs decently in low light conditions but should ultimately be used in well-lit areas. This lens comes in at about $298 USD and is designed for cameras with APS-C sensors and Sony’s E mount. The Sony E 30mm f/3.5 has a focal length of 45mm. You are also able to adapt the lens to other cameras using an adapter ring.
This lens is best used on Canon cameras with an EF mount and APS-C or full-frame sensors. It is a prime lens, meaning that you cannot change its zoom. It is best used for documentaries and capturing moving subjects. This lens comes in at a steep price of 999 USD.
Ultra-wide shots are amazing, indoor and outdoor. For a vlogger or YouTuber, ultra-wide shots allow you to capture more of your studio or workspace, showing off things in the background that would otherwise not be in the shot. The Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide f3.5 works with plenty of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax cameras, giving you a variety of camera choices. Manual focus and aperture control are also available for fine-tuning. At about $199 USD, it is a very affordable flagship ultra-wide lens.
The Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens is great at capturing wide to ultra-wide shots. Best used with EOS APS-C cameras, it has blazing fast autofocus. It does not do great in low light conditions due to its limited aperture. For a YouTuber in a studio, however, that should not be a problem. At about $299 USD, this lens delivers a very good price point for the value.
The Best Tripods – YouTube Equipment for Beginners
Tripods are the foundation of a good video and picture. While placing your camera on a desk provides you with stability, a good tripod can give you multiple angles and open up new worlds when it comes to different angles and shots. Not all tripods are the same so you should consider the following options carefully.
The AmazonBasics 60 inch Tripod currently costs about $22 USD and can carry up to 6.6 pounds or 3 kilograms. This is an entry-level tripod that also has a level to see whether you placed your tripod evenly. This tripod is able to tilt and has three sturdy aluminum legs.
At about $260 USD, this tripod is built from carbon fiber and can carry up to 22 pounds or 10 kilograms. It is a sturdy piece of gear meant for the road and the studio.
The Best High-End YouTube Tripods
As always, on the other end of the price range, you have high-end tripods. They are great, but most of them cost as much as a very good lens or even a great camera body.
Gitzo GT2532 – A Carbon Fiber Tripod
At around 800 USD, this is one of the best tripods you can purchase. Made from carbon fiber, it is built to last and to carry loads up to 40 pounds or 18 kilograms. You can take it anywhere, on mountain tops while also using it in the studio.
Backdrops – Necessary or Not
Backdrops can be a great way to enhance the look of your YouTube videos, but they aren’t always necessary. If you have a detailed set, a backdrop might only take away from its design. Depending on the type of content you make, a backdrop might be useful, for example, in tutorial videos. If you are looking for some fun backdrop ideas, check out this blog post. The use of a backdrop can be fun to try when considering YouTube equipment for beginners.
All About Lighting
You need great lighting to make a good video. Expensive or cheap, lighting can definitely make or break a video.
With 160 LEDs and a price of around $52.95 USD, this is definitely a great price. It is important to consider that because this is a cube light, it will not provide as much lighting as a ring light, and instead provides a more concentrated right source. The light can be mounted on a tripod or a DSLR camera, making it a good choice for YouTube videos.
This ring light costs $179.99 USD and provides just about everything you need for optimal YouTube video lighting. I personally use this light and love the size. You are also able to change the color temperature as well as dim the light. This is a great feature as when you film on sunny days, you might not need really strong lighting.
Just as lighting is extremely important, so is audio. The quality of your audio is important because if it is too loud or distracting, this could cause viewers to leave the video immediately (and ruin your watch time!). For great audio, external microphones are necessary as the built-in ones are typically not the best quality. Below are two options to consider on each end of the price range.
This mic comes in at $53.99 USD and includes a low cut filter, a 3.5mm jack, as well as a wind muff. This seems like a great deal and a cost-effective way to make your YouTube video audio much better.
Rode is one of my absolute favorite brands when it comes to microphones. The Rode VideoMic GO is a higher-end shotgun mic that you can attach to your DSLR. The mic runs at around $150 USD.
Video Editing Software Recommendations
A video cannot be just created in one’s mind and then materialize itself on YouTube. It has to be edited and with that in mind, one needs editing software. For the price, here are the best options to consider.
Adobe Premiere Pro
I am recommending one video editing software and one only – Adobe Premiere Pro. I’ve used almost every video editor out there, and I believe that Adobe Premiere Pro is the best. You get all of the functionality that you could possibly need and Adobe is an industry standard. What more could you want?
What to Consider as a YouTube Beginner
As a beginner on YouTube, you have a lot to manage – planning your content, filming your content, editing, and promotion (among others). With so many different factors to think about, YouTube equipment for beginners should not be one of them.
Selecting the right equipment from the start can save you a significant amount of time in the long run. While this list is just a start, I hope that it helps to guide you as you plan to purchase equipment.
Are you new to YouTube or a video creation pro? Let me know your thoughts on this list of YouTube equipment for beginners in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!