It doesn’t matter if you are going to shoot your vlogs horizontal or vertical, indoor or outdoor, this camera and microphone guarantee you the best possible vlogging setup under $1200. I am writing articles to save time for others which I have researched a lot, so this article should spare you a lot of time. If you still decide to make your own research and comparison, which I can understand, please let me give you three very expensive pieces of advice:
- Shooting vertical videos should be done in horizontal mode in 4K resolution at 16:9 and then be cut in FullHD to 9:16.
- A GoPro is not a suitable vlogging camera, it could take you a long time to find out why, save your time and money and just skip the GoPro.
- You really shouldn’t use a teleprompter, because you don’t need it and the audience will always notice something is weird and not natural. If you record scripted vertical videos, recording every sentence on its own and get a good video editor to make them exciting to watch (don’t forget to insert at the beginning of those videos a visual hook, a sound hook and a text hook, which works smoothly with your loop).
I invested a lot of money and time in this research, my YouTube Consultant too and my video editors also. Please be wiser than me and don’t waste your time further and just buy this vlogging equipment if you it fits your budget.
Best Vlogging Camera – Sony Alpha ZV-E10
Sony has some great vlogging cameras like the ZV1 Mark II, but it overheats in 4K. The Sony Alpha ZV-E10 is not overheating and brings the best package together with the SEL1650 lens (16-50mm F/3,5-5,6) for close video recording. It has also a rotating display, so you can actually preview what you are recording with this vlogging camera with an amazing image stabilizer.
Although the sound recording of this high quality vlogging camera is very good, you will need an additional microphone if you are recording in your studio.
Best Vlogging Mic – Shure SM7B
The most famous YouTubers like Joe Rogan use this microphone for a reason. They could buy much more expensive microphones, but they settle with exactly this one, because of its stunning quality and clean sound recording. It has more than 10.000 5-star reviews on Amazon. If you are doing a one-man-show, buy one, if you invite guests to your vlogs, get two.
You can use it as a standing microphone, but you are more flexible and secure by using a flexible arm, which you can mount onto your desk. Many people buy just any that they like, but the flexible arm is the most common item which is being replaced many times. Even Joe Rogan tried over 12 different out and stuck with the beautiful Rode PSA1+.
For the Shure SM7B to work, you will also need an audio interface. The Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen delivers you all you need. Don’t settle with the lower models, even if you will use only one microphone. This audio interface has additional hardware and has been recently updated, so it is not comparable to the other models, although they look very similar.
Now you just need a cable to connect the Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen audio interface with the Shure SM7B microphone. Use this one:
That’s it. If you buy those four items I can guarantee you that you will be satisfied with the result and will not want to replace any of those items, because you will have the perfect vlogging camera and mic in an amazing setup for a very affordable price. Don’t save money on the wrong side, hardware is as important as the content you are recording and the viewers are getting used to high quality video and audio, so don’t put your content at a risk you can avoid right now.
If you need additional light, I can recommend you the Godox SL150 W and the Godox QR-P70 softbox.