Production Tips: Finding the right camera

In this series we’ve discussed the importance of lighting, chatted about the various tools available to enhance your audio recording and now, without further ado – it’s time to finish the holy trinity and discuss the camera.

Often you’ll see comments on videos like “What camera did you use?” or “What was this shot on?” and for people like Casey Neistat, FunForLouis, Ben Brown and others, it’s become common practice to list their gear in their video’s description to help fend off the rabid camera-junkies.

It goes without saying, having a camera is pretty crucial to the video making process. However, it’s worth noting that you don’t need the absolute best camera on the market to get started. What you absolutely need is need good content, a quality story, and something interesting to share. So let’s look at some options.

Your phone

Do you see a common trend on these gear lists? It’s funny how your phone keeps popping up, huh? Well, that’s because your phone is truly an awesome tool! Most phones today have cameras that shoot in 1080p or 4K and many of them have great options for time-lapse and slow-motion shooting. You can even purchase some cheap lenses for your camera, a Bluetooth remote, and a light tripod or grip to take it to the next level.


Gamers, I’m looking at you! Webcams are great for anyone who sits down at the same setting day in and day out and needs a reliable camera that will continue to record through their all-night, virtual adventures. These require an extremely minimal setup and plug directly into your computer to record or stream live.

Here are some good options we recommend:

Pocket cameras

These compact cameras are really great for on-the-go vlogging because of their slim size. This makes it really easy for you to shoot video without lugging around a huge camera and be able to capture more freely. These are also great options for anyone who’s new to vlogging and still has the on-camera jitters. Trust me, staring into a massive DSLR while surrounded by a large group of people watching you vlog at Disneyland can be a little intimidating.

Check these grab-and-go camera options:


If you’re looking to get more serious about your videos and also want the ability to shoot high quality photos, then this is the setup for you. With this option you get a massive arsenal of various lenses, each with their own unique look and feel to amp up your video! Now, with DSLRs there can be a bit of a learning curve, especially if you’re wanting to move into manual settings and stray away from auto-focusing your lens – so be sure to give this thing a few test drives before you try to make your masterpiece. Also DSLRs can be heavy, so if you’re using this for daily vlogging, I highly suggest you get a strong grip or bendable gorillapod to help keep your shots steady.

These are some of the most solid DSLRs around:

Action Cams

Alright adrenaline junkies – here’s your camera. Action cameras are extremely small and are capable of withstanding a beating, so strap them on your skateboard, surfboard, car, bike, dog – whatever and have at it!

Ready. Set. Record:

These are just a few options! When it comes to cameras, you can start getting into some insane possibilities but let’s be honest – you don’t really need to be vlogging with a RED camera.

Let us know if you’re enjoying our Production Tips series and be sure to show us your camera setup by tweeting us a picture at @FullscreenNet!