Best Budget Vlogging Setup for 2018

What is the Best Budget Vlogging Setup for YouTube in 2018? I guess before we answer this question we need to talk about what is necessary in a good vlogging camera:

  • Reliable brand
  • Good battery life
  • Auto focus
  • Flip out screen
  • HD quality video 1080p (1920×1080) at 30/60 FPS (Frames Per Second)
  • Wide Angle Lens
  • External Mic Plug
  • Price

Okay, now that we have all the necessary features listed out…Let’s talk about a great setup for a nice budget vlogging setup for 2018.  I personally like DSLR or Mirrorless cameras, as they allow you to vary the type of lens you are going to use, and the style and quality of your video. For most vlogging you want a nice wide angle lens, so you aren’t right up in the viewers face, and you give your viewers a nice view of what’s happening around you. For B-Roll, (extra video like close ups of items/places you are showing off), you could use another style lens that gives a nice crispy look, with the main item in focus and the backgrounds blurred out. (Perhaps the nifty fifty 50mm)

CAMERA

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 – A great Canon body with full 1080p HD and up to 60fps. It’s lightweight and features a flip-out screen and a microphone plug for an external mic. The best part about this camera is that it uses Canon’s dual pixel auto focus technology, which is the best in the business for DLSR’s and Mirrorless cameras.

VLOGGING WIDE ANGLE LENS

Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5/5.6 IS STM – This is the YouTubers go-to wide angle vlogging lens! Another best bang-for-buck option with built in image stabilization (IS). I also recommend grabbing a cheap UV lens filter to protect your lens from scratches.

MICROPHONE

Rode VideoMicro – Great audio trumps great video! Great sound and doesn’t require batteries. The VideoMicro also features a shock mount and a wind screen to reduce that awful wind noise you often hear on videos. This mic is the best bang for the buck and it’s built well!

TRIPOD

JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom – Used by many YouTubers and video creators, and probably made famous by Casey Neistat.  This flexible tripod is the Swiss Army knife of the any vloggers setup. It adds that extra distance and stability you need to make your video look smooth. Plus it can be wrapped around just about anything to get that difficult shot or awesome looking time-lapse video.

That’s it! The best budget DSLR setup for vloggers in 2018. Of course there are many many camera options out there, but I wanted a setup that would produce the best video quality for the best price, and….will set you up to grow if you decide to keep going with video production in the future.

Thanks,

ET

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