How to Select the Right Camera for Vlogging
Did you know that apart from the popular vlogging platform like YouTube and Vimeo, several other social media sites have also allowed users to create and share their vlogs? Yes, now you can use Facebook Live, IGTV, DailyMotion and Flickr to create and share vlogs as well. Moreover, I’d like to call your attention to the fact that “500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute”.
So, there are plenty of reasons to want to create your videos with a camera that sets your content apart from the rest. Are you aware of the parameters that make a camera great for vlogging? If not, then this post is for you. Before you go ahead and buy an expensive camera that someone recommended to you, it is imperative to do your research. This post will help you do just that.
What Makes a Camera Great for Vlogging?
1) Make a List of Places You Wish to Shoot Your Vlog
Are you planning to start a home-based vlog or you are going to shoot outdoors in the open? I’d like to call your attention to the fact that most photographers use a different camera based on the intensity of natural light. This is why you should make a list of places or locations you wish to shoot your vlog at. This list will help you pick your ideal vlogging camera.
2) Know your Budget
Before buying a vlogging camera, it is essential to know how much money you are willing to spend. While doing so, it would help to calculate the ROI (after a year or so). YouTube and Twitch do pay well to vloggers but there is no point in spending $500 on a camera when you are just planning to start a family vlog with no intention to make money. In my opinion, $200 is an ideal price for a starter camera.
3) Test Different Camera Models Before You Select One
I understand that, nowadays, it is easy to purchase an electronic item online instead of from a brick and mortar store. You get to read the manual beforehand, read reviews for a particular product sold by a certain seller, so on and so forth. But it won’t hurt to walk into a store and test various camera models, first hand. Shoot a one minute vlog with each camera you come across and watch the video right there and there.
4) Take Your Country or Region Into Account
This might seem like a silly and unimportant point in the initial stages of a purchase, however, you could waste a lot of money by buying a camera from a manufacturer who does not provide support to your country or region. Ask any vlogger and they will tell you how much they and their camera have evolved together over the years. Hence, make sure the spare parts and tech support are available in your region.
Lastly, do not worry too much about what other vloggers are using. You should definitely ask them for their opinions and valuable inputs, but everyone is different. For instance, travel vloggers usually carry a $200 action camera for creating content. They are least bothered about camera lenses and high-end advanced features.