Best equipment to invest in for vlogging

Ryan Carrick

Vlogging provides people with the ability to share our thoughts, beliefs and lives with others while some even make a successful career out of it. 

If you are new to the vlogging game, a simple smartphone would suffice for the more basic elements of vlogging. But if you are planning on taking things a little more serious, without the proper gear, it is difficult to provide the quality of video that people have come to expect from serious vlogging. 

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III

Canon’s G7 range has long been popular amongst the vlogging community. The Mark III, however, includes a number of new additional features. The new implementation is equipped with uncropped 4K video recording while retaining the impressive 20.1 megapixel one-inch sensor. An addition that had been requested by users of the range is that of a microphone socket, allowing vloggers to venture past the limits of the internal microphones, if required. 

Furthermore, one can now live stream to YouTube using the G7 X Mark III meaning there is no need to downgrade to using a smartphone when vlogging your surroundings live. The body of the camera sits comfortably in the hand, with plenty of rubber for comfort and security. It finds a nice balance between portability and usability. 

The Mark III has a strong focus on amateur videographers and vloggers and this is seen in the improvements made specific to video recording. It is certainly an improvement on its predecessor, the already impressive Mark II, with its enhanced video specs. Prices range from €600 to €800.

GoPro Hero 8

After avoiding near-bankruptcy due to the success of the Hero 7 model, GoPro released the Hero 8, a worthy successor. It is the most compact GoPro to date. For the more outdoorsy vlogger, this will stand up against extreme conditions. Typical of other GoPro models, the Hero 8 is waterproof and can be submerged 10m underwater without a case.

In terms of recording video, the footage and image quality is excellent partly due to the 4K60 footage you can get from the Hero 8 and also due to the HyperSmooth image stabilisation. According to the Irish Times, “this is GoPro at its best.” The Hero 8 would set you back between €300 and €400.

Joby Gorillapod

The tripod that remains head and shoulders above its competition is the ‘original flexible tripod’, the Joby Gorillapod. This flexible tripod has legs that are designed to bend and warp. This allows one to set up on surfaces that would be impossible for a traditional tripod. There have been many attempts at imitations of the original Gorillapod and although the aesthetic may be easy to replicate, the durability, strength and functionality of the Joby Gorillapod is much more difficult to achieve.

There are models designed to carry smartphones and action cameras up to heavy-weight mirrorless cameras. They are extremely lightweight and portable, making it possible to carry it in a small camera bag and lug it around the harshest terrain. Depending on the size of the model, prices range from €20 to over €100. 

Rode Videomic Pro

The importance of a good microphone cannot be overstated. While it is possible to fix or at least improve bad image quality, it is almost impossible to fix bad audio. The best microphone for vloggers seeking a shotgun-style mic is the Rode Videomic Pro. For travel-vloggers, unwanted noise from the surrounding people and environment can be minimised with the ‘Rycote Lyre’ shockmount on the Videomic Pro.  The Videomic Pro delivers broadcast-quality sound and is compatible with camcorders, DSLRs and other compatible portable video cameras. It costs around €169.

Ryan Carrick

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