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What you need to start a Vlog

created on 22.03.2018

These days, practically anyone can start a Vlog. That’s why it’s important to stand out of the crowd. Plus, you’re going to need quite a bit of gear. We’ve put together a few products that are great for starting your first Vlog.

Entertaining Vlogging requires know-how and practice. You need to master the art of telling stories without your audience nodding off. Then there’s collecting and cutting material, figuring out which camera settings are best for different situations and, last but not least, there’s the sound – a science in itself. YouTube features countless helpful videos on the subject (kind of obvious). Here’s one for starters:

But this article is focussed on product recommendations, i.e. equipment.

Camera

First, you’re going to need a camera that is suitable for video recordings. Sure, you can also use your smartphone to shoot videos but it will probably only provide you with a wide-angle lens. This limits your possibilities quite drastically. Having said that, a wide-angle lens can prove very handy because it shows the environment you’re in. However, it’s no good for filming your face. Unless you get really close but then everything just distorts.

It’s up to you to decide which camera is for you. Plus, you’ll probably also be using it to take photos. Just ask yourself how often and what you’ll be taking pictures of. Do you already have lenses and a system? These questions are decisive when it comes to buying a camera. The Vlogger Kai Wong compared the Canon EOS 80D and the Sony A6500 in terms of Vlogging.

The pros of the Canon EOS 80D in a nutshell: Headphone and mic jack, 50/60 fps at Full HD and a swivel screen so you can see yourself whilst filming. According to Kai, the camera delivers high-quality images straight out of the box. That’s great for all of you who do not fancy dealing with colour grading or any other time-consuming post-production. This Vlogger kit includes a wide-angle lens. For more variation, Canon offers numerous good-quality lenses with different focal lengths.

  • EOS 80D Vlogger Kit (10 - 18 mm, 24.20MP, 7FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • EOS 80D Vlogger Kit (10 - 18 mm, 24.20MP, 7FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • EOS 80D Vlogger Kit (10 - 18 mm, 24.20MP, 7FPS, Wi-Fi)
Canon EOS 80D Vlogger Kit (10 - 18 mm, 24.20MP, 7FPS, Wi-Fi)
The 80D is perfect for Vlogging in combination with the 10-18mm wide-angle lens. With the wide angle and flip screen, you can easily take pictures of yourself.

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The pros of the Sony camera in a nutshell: 4K, Full HD at 120 fps, autofocus with eye recognition, mic jack (but no headphones), very manageable for a system camera.

  • Alpha a6500 Body Fast 32GB SD Kit (24.20MP, 11FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • Alpha a6500 Body Fast 32GB SD Kit (24.20MP, 11FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • Alpha a6500 Body Fast 32GB SD Kit (24.20MP, 11FPS, Wi-Fi)
Sony Alpha a6500 Body Fast 32GB SD Kit (24.20MP, 11FPS, Wi-Fi)

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The Panasonic GH5 also features an excellent video mode. The highlights: 4K at 50/60 fps, 4:2:2 internal recording with 10-bit colour depth, very high bit rate (400 mbit/s), headphone and mic jack.

  • Lumix DC-GH5 Kit (12 - 60 mm, 20.30MP, 12FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • Lumix DC-GH5 Kit (12 - 60 mm, 20.30MP, 12FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • Lumix DC-GH5 Kit (12 - 60 mm, 20.30MP, 12FPS, Wi-Fi)
CHF 1754.–
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Kit (12 - 60 mm, 20.30MP, 12FPS, Wi-Fi)
The GH5 impresses with a moveable 20 megapixel four-thirds sensor, 225 AF measuring fields and 60 fps at 4K.
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Certain compact cameras are a simple and manageable alternative to a system camera.

  • PowerShot G7 X Mark II (24 - 100 mm, 20MP, 6.50FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • PowerShot G7 X Mark II (24 - 100 mm, 20MP, 6.50FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • PowerShot G7 X Mark II (24 - 100 mm, 20MP, 6.50FPS, Wi-Fi)
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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (24 - 100 mm, 20MP, 6.50FPS, Wi-Fi)
With 20 MPixel 1"-CMOS sensor and the new Digic 7 image processor, the G7X Mark II offers the same creativity as when taking pictures and recording HD movies with DSLR.
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  • Cyber-shot DSC RX100 V Fast 32 GB SD Kit (20.10MP, 24FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • Cyber-shot DSC RX100 V Fast 32 GB SD Kit (20.10MP, 24FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • Cyber-shot DSC RX100 V Fast 32 GB SD Kit (20.10MP, 24FPS, Wi-Fi)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 V Fast 32 GB SD Kit (20.10MP, 24FPS, Wi-Fi)
In a bundle with a very fast Sony 32GB SD card. Perfect for blogging!

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  • Lumix DMC LX15 (8.80 - 26.40 mm, 20.10MP, 11FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • Lumix DMC LX15 (8.80 - 26.40 mm, 20.10MP, 11FPS, Wi-Fi)
  • Lumix DMC LX15 (8.80 - 26.40 mm, 20.10MP, 11FPS, Wi-Fi)
Showroom
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Panasonic Lumix DMC LX15 (8.80 - 26.40 mm, 20.10MP, 11FPS, Wi-Fi)
Premium compact camera with Leica lens and 1-inch sensor for best image quality. 4K videos are particularly successful thanks to the foldable display.
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Tripod

A tripod has two functions: On the one hand, it stabilises the camera for sturdy, shake-free recordings. What’s even more important when you’re Vlogging: There’s no way of positioning your camera (i.e. filming yourself) properly without a tripod.

  • GorillaPod Rig
  • GorillaPod Rig
  • GorillaPod Rig
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Joby GorillaPod Rig
The rig turns the Joby 5K (included in this kit) into the ultimate Vlogging Kit. Easily attach LED lights, action cameras or microphones directly to your Joby Rig.
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  • Pixi Evo (Aluminium)
  • Pixi Evo (Aluminium)
  • Pixi Evo (Aluminium)
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Manfrotto Pixi Evo (Aluminium)
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Stativ Compact Advanced (Aluminium)
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Manfrotto Stativ Compact Advanced (Aluminium)
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Lighting, mic and other accessories

  • VideoMic Pro R + Deadcat VMPR Bundle (Mono)
  • VideoMic Pro R + Deadcat VMPR Bundle (Mono)
  • VideoMic Pro R + Deadcat VMPR Bundle (Mono)
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RØDE VideoMic Pro R + Deadcat VMPR Bundle (Mono)
Bundle including VMPR Deadcat furry wind cover
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  • Crane Plus (Single-lens reflex camera, System camera)
  • Crane Plus (Single-lens reflex camera, System camera)
  • Crane Plus (Single-lens reflex camera, System camera)
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Zhiyun Crane Plus (Single-lens reflex camera, System camera)
3-axis stabilised gimbal with APP control for DSLR or DSLM cameras weighing up to max. 2,5 kg.
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  • Extreme Pro microSD A1 DUO (64GB, Class 10)
  • Extreme Pro microSD A1 DUO (64GB, Class 10)
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Sandisk Extreme Pro microSD A1 DUO (64GB, Class 10)
In DuoPack for large shoots or video shoots.

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  • Ringleuchte, Ringlicht 75W (ring light)
  • Ringleuchte, Ringlicht 75W (ring light)
  • Ringleuchte, Ringlicht 75W (ring light)
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Walimex Ringleuchte, Ringlicht 75W (ring light)
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LED Videoleuchte Ultra Light DVL-192 (video light)
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DÖRR LED Videoleuchte Ultra Light DVL-192 (video light)
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  • X-Drop Hintergrund Kit
  • X-Drop Hintergrund Kit
  • X-Drop Hintergrund Kit
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Westcott X-Drop Hintergrund Kit
Very light background system with classic background in white for video and photography, ideal for travelling.
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  • Monitor VS-2 FineHD 7" (7")
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Aputure Monitor VS-2 FineHD 7" (7")
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  • Compact D-Lite RX One/One Kit (100W)
  • Compact D-Lite RX One/One Kit (100W)
  • Compact D-Lite RX One/One Kit (100W)
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Elinchrom Compact D-Lite RX One/One Kit (100W)
Studio flash set with 2 flash units, 2 softboxes, 2 tripods, carrying bag and more. Ideal for portraits & product photography.

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  • Luis (Backpack)
  • Luis (Backpack)
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Drones and action

Drones always make for an interesting change of perspective and add a bit of excitement to your video. The same applies to cameras that can be mounted in unusual places. The following gadgets could even be for you if you’re not planning on making action-packed Vlogs.

  • Mavic Pro Fly More Bundle (12MP, 4K)
  • Mavic Pro Fly More Bundle (12MP, 4K)
  • Mavic Pro Fly More Bundle (12MP, 4K)
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Dji Mavic Pro Fly More Bundle (12MP, 4K)
Pocket-sized drone that's easy to control. Up to 27 minutes of flight time, stabilised 4K videos, active sensing and avoiding of obstacles and many more functions that make your flying experience fun.
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  • Hero 6 Black (12MP, 60p, Grey)
  • Hero 6 Black (12MP, 60p, Grey)
  • Hero 6 Black (12MP, 60p, Grey)
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GoPro Hero 6 Black (12MP, 60p, Grey)
The Hero 6 Black automatically copies the latest footage from your camera to your phone and turns it into awesome QuikStories. With the latest GP1-Chip, next level video stabilisation and twice the power, looking good has never been so easy.
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  • Fusion (18MP, 30p, Grey)
  • Fusion (18MP, 30p, Grey)
  • Fusion (18MP, 30p, Grey)
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GoPro Fusion (18MP, 30p, Grey)
The fusion takes 360° videos and photos. It captures everything so you can choose the best shots later. Play your recordings in VR or use OverCapture to create traditional videos and photos that you can share directly with your smartphone.
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Cover picture: Peter McKinnon

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User Waschibubu

Guter Artikel, man findet recht viele Infos zu dem Thema in einem vergleichsweise kurzen Text.

Ich finde man sollte jedoch, wenn man schon einen relativ bekanntes YouTube Gesicht als Titelbild nimmt. diesem auch Credits dafür geben. -> Peter McKinnon

Have a nice day.

26.03.2018
User Waschibubu

#Konstruktivekritik

26.03.2018
User David Lee

Hi, der Hinweis war von Anfang an drin, mit Link aufs Video, aber man übersieht ihn halt leicht.

27.03.2018
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User ivobrown

Vielleicht könnte jemand einen Vlog über Nominativ und Akkusativ starten?

26.03.2018
User David Lee

Pro Tipp: Schlag mal das grammatikalische Geschlecht von «Blog» im Duden nach.

26.03.2018
User ivobrown

Nun gut, wenn man 'das Blog' tatsächlich verwenden möchte und argumentiert, dass 'Vlog' (nicht im Duden vorhanden) das (die) gleiche(n) grammatikalische(n) Geschlecht(er) hat wie 'Blog', dann konntest du dich nochmal retten. ;)

26.03.2018
User David Lee

Uff! *schweissvonderstirnabwisch*

26.03.2018
User Anonymous

Hää?

27.03.2018
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User luca.seematter

Ich empfehle eine Kompaktkamera wie die sony rx100 zum Starten, kauft nicht zu viel Equipmemt!

26.03.2018
User Anonymous

Ja, nicht zu viel Equipment, ihr werdet eh ziemlich schnell merken dass euer Vlog niemand anschaut :)

26.03.2018
User MakeAppsNotWar

Jop. Am besten man beginnt mit dem Handy, nimmt evtl. noch ein zweites mit, mit dem B-Roll filmt.
Dann gibt man kein Geld aus, für etwas was man vllt. nicht mag oder nicht konstant machen kann weil man keine Zuschauer hat

26.03.2018
User Greneey

Ich würde schon zu einer Sony a6000 greifen, da man zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt weitere Objektive anschaffen kann ;)

27.03.2018
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User MrDraxs

An sich wirklich guter Artikel. Jedoch werden hier viel zu viele Sachen angeboten. Smartphone, Selfie stick und mehr brauchts nicht! Nehmt euch kein Beispiel an den YouTube Videos. Die haben Hardware von über 10'000 Dollar bei sich stehen ;). Die Vlogs von den beiden Herren sind allerdings erste sahne

27.03.2018
User Malibukoko

A strobe kit (Elinchrom D-Lite RX One) in a video-centric top pick ? I was already feeling those blog articles were lacking substance, now i know for sure...

04.04.2018
User Denny Phan

Hey Malibukoko, thank you for your Feedback. That's a fair point and we've updated our promotion accordingly. Also we're open to suggestions ;)

And you are right this article is not primarily content driven but to showcase our current offers in the video production section. Luckily it's not the only content we offer. If you feel like digging deeper into the topic of videography have a look at this article:

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Have a good day!

05.04.2018
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