What Video Equipment Do I Need To Make Content?

Here’s a quick list of video equipment and camera’s you should buy to get started producing content.

Quick outline of video equipment if you’re just getting started:

  1. DSLR Camera
  2. Nice Lens
  3. Good microphone
  4. Tripod
  5. Light

Here’s a video starter kit recommendation

  1. Nikon D3300: Get it on Amazon for under $500 or the D5300 for under $500
  2. Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens – This gives you the awesome blurry background. Get it on Amazon for under $200
  3. LED Light that you can place on top of the camera. This is battery operated and pretty portable $40
  4. Rhode Lav Mic – Filmmakers Kit. This comes with 1 set of a receiver and a transmitter + 1 lav microphone (the kind you clip to your shirt) Under $400
  5. Tripod: This is Amazon Basic’s tripod for under $25. It’s a bit flimsy but its nice and compact. If you want something sturdier, try this tripod for $120 that’s a bit more in line with something a semi-pro would use.

Other recommendations

  1. Bigger lights: You can also get lights that you plug into the wall that come with stands and an umbrella so the light is not as harsh. Here’s a link to that product and it comes in a set of 3. Under $60
  2. Microphone: The Sennheiser Gh3 Lav mics are a lot more professional and they’ve been around for a long time. Most people would recommend this and they last a long time. The Rhode Lav Mic recommended above is a new competitor and for $200 less, they’re a great value for your video starter kit.