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  • Timothy Pankovas

    April 6, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Hi all,

    After seeing some of the videos that my 3 year old likes watching on YouTube I became interested in starting my own channel but need some advice on what kind of camera might be the best one to start off with.

    So a few points about the channel I’m thinking of creating and what kind of camera I will need:

    • The channel would basically be playing with toys & opening toys from just behind the camera, meaning it would need to record from close range – so all the recording would be happening from less than half a meter away.
    • It would need to be decent quality, such that it can be viewed on a smart TV by the family without feeling low quality.
    • It would need to be compatible with a shotgun mic so I can isolate the sounds right in front of the camera – I have a bus lane right outside my window which will make things difficult if I don’t get the right kind of mic.
    • Compatibility with different lenses could be a plus if you guys think that might help boost the professionalism of the footage.
    • I would prefer not to spend more than a hundred / couple hundred dollars at most on the camera itself as I will also need a tripod and sound equipment, but I appreciate advice on all models regardless of cost so I can see if I think it might be worth it.
    • Live streaming / portability / night vision / long range zoom will not be required.
    • Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  • Craig Seeman

    April 6, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Maybe Canon EOS M100

    Recently discontinued by it’s an OK entry-level camera. If it works with Canon virtual webcam software you should be able to use it with free streaming software like OBS.

  • Michael Gissing

    April 7, 2021 at 5:32 am

    Shotgun microphones are almost omni in the low frequency area so you will still hear the bus. I would check out the DJI Pocket 2 Creator combo. It’s pretty amazing for the price and includes a radio mic which is likely a better option. Auto focus and you can use your smart phone as a viewfinder/ screen. It has a selfie mode, is a stabilizer so works really well hand held. Has a thread for a tripod. My partner got one recently and the features for self Vlogging are impressive as is the image quality. And if the YouTube venture doesn’t develop, you have a cracking good camera system for home movies that fits into your pocket and runs for hours on the rechargeable battery.

    Check out Potato Jet. His Youtube channel talks alot about all sorts of cameras including Vlog cameras. he’s reviewed the DJI plus a whole lot more through to higher end gear.

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