Working on the 1st season of my new youtube channel has taught me so much about Vlogging! As with most vloggers like us, just starting out on a new venture we seek good but value for money equipment to help us.
When I first started out, not knowing if I possess the skill, or talent to pursue this – I borrowed all my equipment from generous friends. My neighbor Carly kindly let me use her Canon SLR camera. Another galboss Maggie loaned me her clip-on microphone and lightweight Tripod. I shot about 3 episodes with these equipment, frequently re-shooting some scenes again with my kind collaborators when I found some blurry footages. It was 3 steps back to get 1 step forward. Finally, it all came together and after a couple of frustrating edits and re-shooting, I was finally persuaded to purchase my own equipment.
Now what do I have?
My camera checklist:
- A microphone output for clearer recording of sound.
- A flip over screen as most of my filming is done on a tripod.
- Light enough to take for travels.
- Auto filming focus on the video capacity
- Below SGD1000.00
I found all of the above in the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, and loving it so far because it is idiot proof and easy to use 🙂
A latch on microphone. There’s not many options for one below $100, so I got the Audio Technica 3350. On hindsight, because I was in a hurry and there were no other options in the store, I would have bought one with 2 heads. Going to look up Amazon for that next.
A tripod. I used an old one I had before but this is quite common product and inexpensive. So you can use almost any.
- Frequently check back videos after shooting a scene to make sure clarity and voice is ok.
- Always buy an extra battery for back up. An extra memory card helps too.
If you have other equipment or brands to recommend, I would definitely like to hear about it. So drop me a line 🙂