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English [Auto] In this lesson I'm going to be going over my camera recommendations now before I get started. There's a couple of things to keep in mind. One is like I mentioned earlier camera manufacturers are coming out with new models of cameras at all times. So by the time I launched this course and by the time that you're watching this video there's probably going to be new models and new versions of all the cameras that I recommend. But typically these camera manufacturers all have like a certain line of camera and they're all very similar. So for example you might have the basic entry level DSL our camera for canon and they come out with a new version of that camera every three or four years whatever sort of model you have. Just look and see if there's a newer version before you purchase and when you're looking at the specific models the next thing is that you might be asking what camera brand is going to be best for you. And I honestly believe that any brand is going to have a great camera for video production for YouTube. There are some specific things that you need to consider and it's going to make some cameras better than others. Those things include the resolution option so if you can shoot in Fort K or just in regular 10 ADP in the future this might be outdated and everyone is shooting for AK but right now not everyone is. So some people might be shooting AK in the future who knows where it's going to go and the option similar to that usually comes with options for recording in slow motion. So if you're shooting sports action more creative films you might want those options as well. Another thing is it has a flip out screen that articulates and rotates towards the person in front of the camera. This is important for vlog style or talking head video. If you're speaking to the camera directly autofocus. Another big thing if you are doing vlog style videos especially if you don't have that rotating screen. But even so it's a lot. It's really hard to see if you're perfectly in focus when you are doing sort of a blog style video. And so having great autofocus is a great idea. Microphone inputs. Most cameras will have a microphone input so that you can plug in an external microphone that gets better audio. But some cameras don't. Sometimes you need an adapter or even for like a phone for example not all. Not all microphones will work plugging directly into the mike. Jack that is in this phone. So that's one thing to consider as well. Size and weight. So are you going to be traveling. Is it just going to be static in a studio. This is something to consider. And then the cost of lenses and accessories. So this is sort of another sort of thing about brand. So if you already have canon a Canon camera and a bunch of Canon lenses for example and you're thinking about upgrading it might not be worth it to switch over to Sony for example because you're going to have to re purchase the lenses that you you want or you need for your video. So there's lots of things to consider with purchasing a camera and at the end of the day I truly believe any camera is going to be great. We're going to be going over the budget sort of style of camera. We're going to be moving up into more of a hobbyist which is sort of a mid-range camera and then more into the professional grade. So let's get started and jump right into. I'm gonna be using a b h photo video which is the store that I purchased my gear from. You can purchase this all from Amazon all sorts of places. The very first camera I would recommend you looking at using is your smartphone. If you have a modern smartphone it probably shoots great HD or even for K quality video you can do selfie mode so that you can see yourself great for blogging and you can even plug in some types of external microphones to get better audio if you want to take it to the next level if you're more at sort of a stay a desk setup and you're doing talking head videos or you're doing screen cast videos and you want video as well if you're doing live streaming using a web cam is a great option. So the webcams that I've used in the past include the Logitech seen 920 pro camera. It's only 50 bucks now. I think I bought it several years ago five 10 years ago and it was 75 but it still shoots great high quality HD footage. And while you might be saying well I want a camera that can shoot for K video if you're doing web cam footage this all this will also depend on if your computer can even record for K video from a web cam which not not many can. And then also if you are doing something like live streaming can your internet speed handle for K footage. So that's just something to consider. There is a four K camera from Logitech that a lot of people do recommend the Logitech Breo Web cam so I would recommend either of these the C 920 or the Breo. So that's the Web cam that I would recommend taking it a step up. I think having a muralist or a DSL our camera is your next level for improving your video quality. What does that mean while a DSL are and Marilyn's camera are cameras that have interchangeable lenses meaning you can take the lens off switch it for another lens and that really allows you to be more creative with your footage. It also will have that more film like aesthetic which a lot of people like. It allows you to get those blurry backgrounds that shallow depth of field. These are things that a lot of filmmakers are striving for and even just 10 years ago was really hard to do on a low budget but now any buddy with a DSL LA or Miller's camera can get that with with whatever they're shooting on. So the entry level Canon Rebel series is what I would recommend if you are just getting started out the T7 eye is the sort of the lowest or the latest model of this rebel series. Right now it's eight hundred dollars so anything a hundred dollars or less I would consider sort of entry level DSL are now Nikon Sony Panasonic they're all going to have similar cameras in this budget and they're all going to do very similar things. I'm going to say this one last time so I don't start to annoy you but brand doesn't matter. So you might be saying Well Phil's recommending the Canon Rebel T7 I any of the brands that have any sort of entry level DSL our camera is going to be great for you getting started out and a lot of these cameras don't have a lot of extra added bonus features so that really the decision is up to you and finding a good deal. If you want to take it sort of to the next level the canon the next level for cannons currently is the canon 80. D So this series went from the 60s the 70s DADT in the next year. So I think a 90s is coming out. This camera has a little bit better autofocus but really the quality of the video is going to be very similar to that of the rebel series. But this is a very popular camera for four YouTube hours. Now on other camera that I would recommend that a lot of YouTube is used which is great for beginners is the Panasonic G 7. This is a for K camera and Panasonic it is really great for video creators. So why say brand doesnt matter. Panasonic has done a great job putting in a lot of features that video creators want and their cameras and the G7 is a great starter camera for you moving up sort of to another tier. Sony has released a relatively recent mirror this camera that Sony a 7 3 so as you can see the budget kind of jumped from like 1000 over two thousand dollars for a camera. There's still cameras in between that are going to be great but this is sort of one of the most popular cameras at this time for video creators that want a full frame camera. I'm not going to go into all these details because I actually have a course called the video production boot camp where we go over all of the basics of video production if you're interested in this class is more meant to just give you the recommendations but basically a full frame camera has a bigger sensor and that bigger sensor will generally provide higher quality video especially in low light situations. So with the set for example the Canon Rebel camera or the ATV This is a cropped sensor meaning it's smaller and so the quality is not going to be as high as something like the a 7 3 which has a full frame sensor. This is a new camera autofocus is generally pretty good across the board most people will say Canon cameras have better auto focus. There's some people that complain about Sony skin tones but they're getting better but like his head before any of these cameras is going to be great. So this is kind of a next step up if you want to even jump up a little bit further for Sony the A7 ar 3 is a nother extra thousand dollars or so but it's going to have more features. The sensor is going to be a little bit better. You're gonna get some more features in video as well bumping it up. We have the canon one D X so this is at this time they're sort of highest and DSL our camera. You can see though it's starting to get a lot bigger compared to these other cameras. Now it's hard to tell on the on the computer but this camera is pretty big but some of my favorite YouTube is actually use this camera to do to do blogging which is pretty it's pretty large and it's pretty expensive. If you want to take it to the next level you kind of jump from what I've been showing you the mirror list DSL our style body cameras to a more professional cinema camera. One example is these so the can see one 100 mark 2. This is the camera that I'm actually using right now. This is a bigger camera. It's a little bit more expensive than a basic DSL. But you can see that it's actually cheaper than something like the canon one d x. This camera doesn't shoot for. There is a see 200 version and there's even see 303 see 500 version of this camera that are more expensive and have more options. But the C 100 version that I'm using right now is great because it has the great canon autofocus it has all the inputs that you would want as a filmmaker. So this is probably more for sort of an advanced video creator if you're doing more documentary or narrative style work. It's not for blogging it's great for talking head video where I'm set up in a studio and I just want a camera that setup all the time ready for me to start recording. But this is sort of that next level up and there are cameras like this from Sony there are Panasonic cameras like this and there are more that professional cinema style camera. So if you're curious about like what model what other camera models there are similar to the ones that I've mentioned just search for best Nikon camera for YouTube it is best muralist camera for YouTube. And you'll find a lot of recommendations online. And if you have specific questions please feel free to ask. But I am going to just tell you what I've experienced myself and I haven't used every single camera but hopefully this kind of gets you started with understanding what things you have to think about with cameras what features you like and what features you need and then really what your budget is you could spend thousands and thousands of dollars on equipment. But at some point spending more money isn't going to increase the quality of the video camera itself. And it's definitely not going to increase the quality of your YouTube video. Like I say you can create a great YouTube video with what's in your pocket your smartphone. So again stop the analysis paralysis. Just if you are in the search for a new camera purchase something. Test it out. You can even rent it. A lot of camera shops have rentals. There's Web sites like borrow lenses dot.com that allow you to rent cameras and you can test it out for a week or two and see if you like it. Watch YouTube videos to see what other people are using and recommending. But at the end of the day if you don't have a camera now and the longer you wait to purchase your camera it just means that you're wasting time and you're not making videos when you could be making videos. If you purchase that camera right now. All right. Thank you for watching this video and we'll see you in the next.