Top 10 Youtuber Camera Equipment on Amazon

Top 10 Youtuber Camera Equipment on Amazon

Top 10 Youtuber Camera Equipment on Amazon

I get asked about photography equipment a lot, so today I’m sharing the best top 10 Youtuber camera equipment for beginners in 2023. As you know, I’ve been blogging since 2008 and my equipment has changed a lot over the past 15 years. I’ve bought almost everything that I use from Amazon. I take advantage of my Amazon Prime 2-day free shipping!

These are all the products that I personally use for blogging and Youtube right now. I originally wrote this post in 2017, so I figured it was past due for it to be updated to 2023!

Purchased by me.

Top 10 Youtuber Equipment for Beginners Video

Watch the video on YouTube for Closed Captioning in English!

My Current Youtube Camera Equipment Set Up

Cordelia's Current Desk Setup

I have a small desk with 2 Ikea Alex desk drawers for the base. The LED side/back-fill lights flank my desk, while the ring light is wall mounted in front of my desk to minimize the amount of space it takes up.

Take advantage of as much natural light as possible!  This gorgeous large window dominates my office and I use it to my advantage. I have two giant brush holders, 2 different mirrors, a lip pencil cup and an eye pencil cup. A tour of my office is coming once I can rearrange it. I need to get the queen size bed out of my office and into my spare room.

Makeup Brush Holders

Cordelia's blue and purple swirled makeup brush holders

I found these awesome purple and blue swirly makeup brush holders on etsy!  I prefer a larger style of brush holder these days!

My Current Blogger Product Set Up

Cordelia's Blogger Product Shots

This is where I do most of my product shots. It’s on top of a black table/dog crate in my art room in front of tall sliding glass doors that take advantage of lots of natural light. I also pull in my LED side/back-fill lights to help light items for product shots.

I love the little Disney Villains Poison Apple planter that I often keep in my shots.

Top 10 Youtuber Camera Equipment

1. Canon 80D DSLR Camera or iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Canon 80D DSLR Camera

Dave was the one who convinced me to upgrade to the Canon 80D DSLR Camera from the Canon Rebel T3i. The Canon 80D is the ultimate in Youtuber camera equipment because it can do it all:  videos, self-portraits, product shots, just about everything you need. The other camera I considered when I was researching for my upgrade was the Canon 6D, which is also very nice.

As I mention in my video, if you have one of the newer iPhones you can start with an iPhone or high-quality smart phone camera. If you’re going to use a smartphone, make sure you get something like this Popsocket Stand to hold your phone while recording.

A wireless remote is essential with a DSLR, as is the SanDisk 128gb micro sd card.

2. Neewer Dimmable Ring Light with Stand

My Ring Light mounted to the wall

My exact ring light isn’t available on Amazon, but this one is pretty close. I use the Stellar Ring Light with half mirror & a camera mount in the center. It’s also dimmable.

3. Blue Yeti Nano Microphone

My Blue Yeti Nano Microphone on my desk

I now use the Blue Yeti Nano Microphone with an Apple Lightning to USB3 Adapter. This allows me to connect the microphone to my iPhone 12 Pro Max or my iPad.

You can use Dropbox or Rode Reporter app to record your sound. Be sure to clap clearly at the beginning to make it easier for you to synchronize your video and audio tracks.

4. Bi-Color LED Lights 2-pack

Backfill Lights Flanking My Desk

I use these lights as backfill and side lights, as well as for product shot lighting. You can see them flanking my desk in the photo above.

5. Video Editing Software

If you’re new, start with something free like Adobe Premiere Rush or Affinity. I believe the iPhone comes with some default video editing software too. I use Adobe Premiere Pro, which is expensive.

6. Photo Editing Software

I use both Adobe Photoshop Pro and PicMonkey. I prefer PicMonkey for most things, but Photoshop is better at adjusting levels, saturation, and saving for optimized file size.

7. Optimize Your Youtube Presence

TubeBuddy for YouTube

I highly recommend using TubeBuddy to enhance your Youtube Presence. It helps with seo keyword research, analytics and content strategy. I learned about it in a very expensive YouTube course that I took a few years ago.

8. Enhancing Your Filming

PIVO Camera Crew for filming

Many of you are one person shows, like I am. I do it all from filming to editing to content strategy, etc and it’s a lot of work! PIVO is like having a camera crew at home with it. It auto focuses on you while you shoot action shots or movement. I’m looking forward to using PIVO to film my next fashion video.

9. Choose Your Editing Device

If you’re going the affordable budget route and using a smart phone, you should be able to find a video editing software app to use on your phone. However, if you’re like me and know that you love making videos, I recommend getting a high-quality computer to do that. I use a custom Origin laptop.

10. Make Your Videos Accessible Closed Captioning and Transcription Services

Make your videos accessible to more people! Use for closed captioning services. I trust to do closed captioning for my videos and it frees up my time from transcribing them myself.

11. (BONUS) Level-Up Your Presentation

Teleprompter that works with a tablet

Add a more polished touch to your videos by using a teleprompter. This one is like the one I own, which hooks up to my iPad to display the text.

These are my picks for the best Youtuber camera equipment for beginners. If you’re trying to decide where to start in this list, I would absolutely recommend getting lights first.

What do you recommend as the best Youtuber Camera Equipment for beginners?

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  1. Thanks love, I just came back to this post, it is SO helpful! Thanks for the Adobe info, I’m noting that down right now..seeing your workspace really helps. My cellphone has been what I’ve been doing everything with, I’m going to be able to upgrade to the S7(Samsung) but even with the new updates on the S6 you actually can do a lot-the photo editing is really good, and the so the lighting will be a great help, but having a plan for everything (so I can get a wishlist together!) is super helpful…getting the tripod(I actually saw a product on Beautylish that’s kind of a lighting and mini tripod in one…I chatted with some Adobe agents too and told them what I was interested in. Anyway, you’re awesome…

  2. Hello Courtney I Hope You are Doing Well Today! Wow, I Had No Idea Just How Much Goes into Making Good Quality Videos! I Don’t Have a Personal Blog or Anything but I Have Started Thinking About Starting One, I Want to Do One About Makeup & One About Cooking Because I Love Cooking Almost as Much as I Love Makeup! I Don’t Have Any Fancy Cameras or Anything But Even if I Did I Wouldn’t Even Know Where to Begin Because it Really is Something That You Have to Invest in and With My Bad Chronic Pain & Depression I Don’t Know if I Can Handle Running a Blog Right Now Because I Know it Takes a Lot of Work and Devotion! Well Maybe One Day I Will Be Able to Do Some of the Things That I Have Always Wanted to Do! Thanks Again for Sharing This Part of Your Life With Us, it’s Nice to See What Goes On Behind the Scenes! Have a Great Day Courtney! – Jana

  3. This is so helpful, thanks lady! I just pulled the trigger on a new Canon 80D, actually, as well as an add-on monitor. And I’ve been thinking about a ring light etc; it’s like you knew! *grin* (I’m a daylight-for-photos girl, but it’s a bit limiting, especially when I live in a place that doesn’t always get good light through the windows.)

    Thanks again! xo

  4. Hi! I currently have the T3i but it doesn’t autofocus while filming which makes close up swatches and showing products I talk about hard. Also seems to stop filming every 15 mins? Did you run into this? What was your work-around?

    1. This is why I stopped using the T3i for video. It can’t autofocus while filming and you’re prone to going out of focus if you move at all. I use the Canon G7x and the Canon 80D for filming now. The G7X is excellent with auto focus.

  5. Amazing setup, thank you for sharing with us!! Great inspiration.

  6. Thank you for sharing your setup! I always need extra lights during fall and winter months, and I always buy my upgrades on Amazon.

  7. This is such a great and helpful post! I love that you show us your little film area! So fun to peek behind the scenes!

  8. I’ve been thinking of investing in a new camera, maybe not the 80D but the 70D, though all the Canon cameras are worth it to me

  9. I love that you use the mic for volume on your videos. I can’t tell you how many videos I can’t hear but yours are always great for me. I wish I’d seen the Cannon G7 when I was looking for a camera. It’s so hit or miss without suggestions like yours.

    1. I would love that, Eugenia-your photo and video are both always really beautiful!

  10. Wow, it’s so amazing to see your set up! The way you shoot the products and yourself, I always pictured you in a huge empty space. Very well done, and so informative

    1. Hi Megan! I use Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 for videos and Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.

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