Do You Need A Vlogging Camera To Be A Vlogger?

Sunday, 3 July 2016

I'd have to start off by saying I don't consider myself to be a proper vlogger but I thought seen as me and Laura have tried to make a few YouTube videos of when we went on holidays, I would give my views and experience from what I have used to capture what we have filmed so far. Sometimes it might be tempting to go and buy a really expensive camera before you want to start thinking about making videos, but I wanted to let you know what I used and why you don't have to break the bank to get good quality footage.

What I Use

For the Paris video we only used an iPhone 5S to take the videos and it still came out pretty well. For the two Los Angeles vlogs I mainly use my GoPro Hero which only costs £94, which is fairly cheap compared to some of the vlogging cameras on the market. It can still output Full HD video and is fairly smooth saying its not got some of the more fancy image stabilisation that the more expensive cameras come with.

The GoPro has a very wide angle fish eye lens and is great for capturing everything you point it at so you don't have to worry if things will be in the shot, even if you switch the camera round to film yourself. It's a very impressive quality for the size of the camera and would be more than good enough if you are just starting out. The only drawback with the wide angle is that you have no option to zoom while filming, but this can be done afterwards when editing.

The audio quality of the GoPro does vary depending on the back door you have fitted, as the skeleton back door lets much more sound into the microphone, so it's best to use this when not doing anything where the camera might get wet and dirty. Even if you have the waterproof back door on, it still will capture some audio, but the plus side is that it will let you film things that you wouldn't normally be able to shoot. Unfortunately for this GoPro you are not able to connect an external mic, but don't let this put you off as the in-built one should be good enough if you are just thinking about starting.

For a few of the clips in the LA vlogs we used our iPhone 6S's and this still came out really well saying it was just a phone camera. It's also great as you nearly always have your phone with you, so you can quickly get it out and start recording so you don't miss anything. I do always use the rear camera as this is much better quality than the front facing one. Audio wise, the iPhone is quite impressive so should capture whatever it is you are doing. I've included the Paris video and both Los Angeles Vlogs below so you can see the quality you can get from a reasonably cheap camera and whether this would be good enough for the kind of videos you might want to make.

Filmed all with iPhone 5S
Filmed mainly with GoPro Hero and some iPhone 6S 
Filmed mainly with GoPro Hero and some iPhone 6S 

Those were a few of the vlogs we have filmed before, and although we haven't done many, it's sometime useful to see what other people use to help you make a decision on what to buy. From my experience, the GoPro for under £100 works very well and gives you high quality video and would be more than capable of being a vlogging camera, especially if you are just starting out, so don't think you need to go out and spend loads at the beginning. © . Theme by STS.