What Cameras Do YouTubers Use to Film?
Being a YouTuber takes a lot more effort than one would normally think. In the process of creating interesting and high-quality content that would be enjoyable to a large viewership, things aren’t as simple as pointing and shooting.
This is especially true since nowadays, in the aftermath of the dreaded YouTube “Adpocalypse,” content creators have had to walk on eggshells regarding the content they put out for their current viewers and potential subscribers. If getting Ad revenue is one of the main reasons you started your channel, this is a big thing to put into consideration.
Indeed, creating a YouTube channel and driving it to success is no simple task. YouTubers are required to do extensive research, write up scripts and episode plans (that adhere to today’s very strict YouTube Community Standards), edit raw footage, collaborate with technicians and other content creators, and of course, shoot the video. That last part is the most important ingredient in cooking up a decent video, which is why cameras are the chief weapon in every content creator’s arsenal.
A Camera for Every Situation
The answer to the question: “What is the best camera for creating content on Youtube,” is “Well, it depends on who you ask.” YouTube is comprised of a myriad of genres and subgenres catering to audiences both niche and broad, with videos featuring all manner of subjects, from sociopolitical commentary and comedic skits to completely fake stories and nonsensical rants.
A YouTuber’s camera needs to depend largely on which details their genre demands emphasis on; simple video genres like vlogging may require merely a smartphone camera, while more high-production quality videos may call for more professional equipment, such as cinema cameras. The rest of this article will be dedicated to citing the most widely used cameras for YouTube videos, as well as examples of YouTube content creators who use these cameras.
In no particular order, these are the feature-packed and innovative cameras that YouTubers use to film their videos:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Used by the likes of JonTron and Casey Neistat, this powerhouse of a camera captures footage perfectly whether the action is calm and relaxed like in Casey’s videos or fast-paced and enthusiastic like in Jontron’s videos. The 5D Mark III is the cream of Canon’s EOS crop, with 22.3 Megapixel resolution and Canon’s DIGIC 5+ Image Processing technology, giving optimal image quality whether you’re shooting at 6 or 60 frames a second. This and all of its additional features such as advanced High Dynamic Range and Multi-Exposure mode all tie into making the EOS a great tool for capturing high-quality vlog-style videos.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV
The camera of choice of Roman Atwood (he has a big channel with over a million subs), the Cyber-shot RX100 IV boasts a high-speed 20.1 Megapixel CMOS image sensor, which gives it extremely fast shutter speed, up to 1000 fps slow motion recording, and 4K movie recording. With a maximum resolution of up to 4K, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV delivers the utmost image integrity for YouTubers who want every single minute detail of the frame come to life.
It also comes with a bunch of snazzy features such as a pop-up electronic viewfinder and eye sensor, as well as a tilting screen for those who like to make sit-down vlogs or take selfies. All in all, it’s a good standard camera for those who like to make vlogs with high image quality.
GoPro Hero 5
Capable of capturing stunning 4K footage using its 12.0 Megapixel camera, the GoPro Hero 5 is the definitive camera for dynamic filming. This amazing camera has unparalleled image stabilization, waterproofing up to 33 feet deep, automatic cloud storage, and instant editing functions. The GoPro Hero 5 is indeed the hero of YouTubers who film a lot of action-packed content such as mountain bikers, journalists, amateur divers, Parkour practitioners, and other YouTubers who love showcasing feats of athleticism and adventure.
Canon EOS 60D
A favorite of famous Youtube comedian Filthy Frank, the Canon EOS 60D is the older brother of the more modern Canon 70D, used by the likes of Dodie Clark and NigaHiga. It boasts an 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor and 1080p High Definition video recording capabilities. In terms of interface, the EOS 60D is equipped with a 3.0-inch LCD screen, manual controls for the video recording function, and wireless flash control.
All things considered, the only advantage the 60D has over the 70D is the better price. However, the features that the 60D does have make it perfect for the kind of homemade-looking videos that Filthy Frank is known for, which is full of comedic rant-style social commentary and madcap and sometimes disgusting (hence the channel name) shenanigans, that are shown best when viewed in full 1080p glory.
Canon Powershot G7X
Yet another Canon model favored by YouTubers is the Canon Powershot G7X. This is the go-to camera for the big-league mainstream YouTubers such as PewDiePie, Joey Graceffa, and Philip DeFranco. Knowing this, it is quite evident that, by and large, the G7X is the epitome of compact cameras. Despite its small size, it records 1080p 60fps videos without so much as a shadow of a hitch. Although the lens can’t be swapped out for another, no sane person would actually want to give the spectacular quality that the built-in lens already provides.
Additional cool features like slow-motion video recording, time-lapse recording, wireless capabilities, superb autofocus, full manual mode, and a flip touchscreen for easy access all add sweet icing to an already sumptuous deal. The only thing missing in this camera is a mic port, but compared to the immense functionality of this thing packed into such a small package, it isn’t that big of a deal.
Special Mention: The iPhone 6s Camera and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Camera
For vloggers who like to make vlogs while on the go, the cameras built into these smartphones provide decent image quality comparable to low- to mid-range video cameras. The two phones’ cameras measure up at 12 megapixels and 16 megapixels, respectively. While the S6 is ahead of its iPhone rival in terms of image quality, both are quite viable cameras for vlogging purposes, as attested by many YouTubers, such as Philip DeFranco, in their personal vlogs.