You might already have an idea of what your favorite YouTuber is using to film their videos, but what about everyone else? Here are insights into the gear of 40 successful channels.
Gerald Undone has gathered a huge array of YouTubers together to list the gear that they use for shooting A-roll: the combination of camera, lens, mic, and lighting equipment that creates their talking-head shots.
Perhaps the stand-out camera on this list is, perhaps inevitably, the Sony a7S III. Released last year, the a7S III seemed set to become the YouTuber’s camera of choice, offering excellent flexibility, quality, and relative affordability in a compact package. Several YouTubers on this massive list own more than one.
There’s one other slightly under-the-radar piece of equipment that seems to be a popular choice: a filter that adds a touch of halation to the highlights to give a slightly less digital feel to the resulting footage. As well as blooming highlights, they soften hard edges and can even out skin tones, potentially reducing wrinkles. Popular choices include the Cinebloom filters from Moment, and the Black Pro-Mist filters from Tiffen.
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