The Tech Gear You Need to Start Vlogging | Starting a YouTube Channel

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One of the most frequent questions I get asked is what equipment do I need to start Vlogging? Well this is all relative to budget and there are tonnes of cameras, phones and gimbals out there, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. 

I've put together a budget guide on what I believe will be a good enough set up to get you started.

The Camera

So up till now you've probably gotten by with either your camera phone or relying on your mate with all the gear. When buying a camera for Vlogging on a budget you should consider the Canon SL2 or the 200D for three reasons. If you have a higher budget then purchase the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera.

Flip Screen

Essential for when you're Vlogging and you want to see yourself. Great for travel as you can slip it back into the fold to prevent scratching. 

Face Tracking

DSLR cameras have gotten really good over the years and this Canon SL2 comes with dual pixel auto focus face tracking technology so it can follow your mug anywhere and will provide that awesome cinematic focus. 

External Mic Jack

Yes that means you can plug in a microphone into the cradle at the top and it will record the audio into the visual. Not every camera comes with this option and with audio being such a key ingredient to the quality of your video, you'll rely heavily on this feature. 

The External Mic

I'd opt for a Rode VideoMic that will clip to the roof of the Canon SL2. Recommend to buy an optional dead cat protector. (That's equipment, not a movie prop from Pet Cemetery). Another option would be a Rode Unidirectional mic.

It doesn't require batteries which is great and you don't have to turn it on which can the most infuriating thing about vlogging. You'll be recording awesome footage with zero audio because the damn mic wasn't turned on. 

 

The Tripod 

I'd say you'd get by with a Manfrotto Pixi Mini if you're just starting out. It's a handheld tripod so you can take it with you when you're out and about. When you want to record at home or in an office the legs span out and doubles as a tripod. 

The material is thick, durable and the red button on the top operates the lock mechanism for the ball head. Trust me, this is super useful. Especially for those time lapse delay photos. 

 

Summary

So just over £500. Sorry, but hey you can always shop around and get things cheaper I’m sure. That should get you going and yes it's not 4k, but 1080p should be good enough and will save you those weighty video files that knackers your hard drive. 

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Wind back 3 months and having my own youtube channel or vlog isn't something I would have entertained, as I hate the sound of my own voice, I mumble (a lot), I'm getting on a bit - 34 years old and HD cameras don't mix well and I have a group of friends that will pick up on every bad joke or stupid comment and repeat it for like forever. 

Just check out the below video which was taken by one of my good friends 'Beano' whilst watching my Celebrity Dinner Date episode with Amy Childs, which has now had 4500 views on Facebook and counting!

Although things change quickly. In those three months, I have been asked to be on a new YouTube channel called London Trending, my customers have been requesting style tutorials and I can see how video content will replace written and pictorial content on social media - so it really is a case of get on-board or be left behind.

My channel will be primarily focused on what I know best - which as Men's Style and my home city of London. I aim to post once a week offering style advice. This will be mainly formal smart attire as that is more my style, as I'm not very 'trendy'!

These are exciting times, so please support me in this new venture - trust me I'll need it!