This is my camera gear and equipment that i use to create content for my blog and YouTube channel.
Sony FDR-AX700 4K HDR
My main camera is now the Sony FDR-AX700, replacing the Sony α6000 (which now serves as a backup camera). The camcorder features 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor and 29.0 mm wide-angle Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens. Although i don’t shoot in 4K, the AX700 is capable of 4K 30 fps.
GoPro Hero 7 Black
The GoPro Hero 7 Black replaces the SJCAM i used to borrow from a friend. The Hero 7 Black became an instant hit for its ‘HyperSmooth’ stabilization, which makes carrying a gimbal unnecessary. The camera also features a touchscreen display, voice control, and is capable of shooting in 4K 60 fps as well.
I bought the α6000 as a replacement for the Panasonic DMC-FZ300. I absolutely love this mirrorless camera for the footage it produces and its fast Hybrid Autofocus. The large APS-C sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels results in crispy videos which is a pleasure to work with. It comes with 16-50 mm kit lens with OSS. However, the camera itself doesn’t come with in-body stabilization and the footage becomes completely unusable without a gimbal or a handheld stabilizer. You’ve to be extra careful with your movements. The display is only tiltable and doesn’t flip-out completely, which is another thing that i don’t like about this camera.
The battery life isn’t great and charging takes a lot of time, which is why i have couple of extra batteries too.
This tiny camera i bought a long time ago, now acts as a secondary camera for mounting in the car. Tiny as it may be, but serves the purpose.
Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i)
This was my first ever camera. The EOS 550D or Rebel T2i came with 18-55 mm kit lens. I also own two more lenses and an Osaka filter. Although the 550D came to the market almost a decade ago, its still my “first choice” when it comes to taking photos.
Sony Xperia XZs
When it comes to smartphones, I’ve always used the Xperias. My current phone is the Xperia XZs which comes with SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stablization). Although it is only software based, it does a good job of stabilizing the footage in most cases. When i’m not carrying any of the above cameras, the XZs does the job for me. As the cliché goes, “the best camera is the one in your pocket”. The phone is capable of shooting in 4K 30 fps as well. Other things that i like in this phone is its elegant design and the stereo speakers. However, the XZs occasionally drops frames while shooting.
While it does feel premium in hands with the original SCSG20 leather flip-case, those large bezels look a bit outdated in today’s world of bezel-less smartphones.
The ATR2100 is a great affordable mic for recording voiceovers. The audio is crisp and clear, and free from any sort of noise and distortion.
Flyfims Flyboy-III handheld stabilizer
This thing can be very uncomfortable to use because of the resulting weight when the camera is mounted, especially for vlogging styles. Requires patience and practise to set up and use, else the footage becomes wobbly. More uncomfortable if you’re travelling as you need to carry this in a case of its own. Not recommended if you’re looking for something that is “run and gun”.
Pyle Pro PDWM96 Lavalier Wireless Microphone
If i ever had to use a wireless microphone, i’m equipped with this Pyle Pro PDWM96.
As for editing, i currently use a desktop which also has a Sony monitor. I use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the footage.