You might be wondering what cameras famous YouTube users like Michel Phan, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (PewDiePie) and many others use for their channels so as to produce those clear HD videos. Well, cameras vary depending on brand, function, and quality or price range. High quality cameras always mean a great amount of money you will have to part with. You may still find out that there are affordable camcorders which can still produce high definition images. Some YouTubers, especially the starters may use phone cameras or web camcorders to film YouTube images.
Here are the best cameras used by famous YouTubers;
Nikon D7000 16.2 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera
Nikon D7000 is what you need in your cinematography and filming of the YouTube videos. The images taken by the camera have stunning details, sharp resolution and smooth tonal gradation. The camera features DX-format CMOS image sensor, EXPEED 2 image processing engine, wide ISO range, active D-lighting, Full HD 1080p, 2016p RGB sensor and twin SD card slots.
Nikon D7000 has CMOS image sensor with 16.2 megapixels, hence delivering a greater resolution for your videos and even images. The ISO range from 100 to 6400 but can be expanded up to 25600. The ISO enables you to adjust between wider ranges of lighting backgrounds, i.e. bright outdoors, low-lit rooms or sunsets. Noise reduction has gone to a new level, with sharper images than before. The high speed processing engine makes it possible to shoot even though the high ISO reduction may be activated.
With this camera, you can capture Full HD 1080p movie. There is fulltime autofocus and exposure mode with manual exposure too. The manual exposure locks in the exposure value when shooting scenes whose contrast values vary, i.e. when panning from a brighter background to a darker one. The recorded video can be edited to a better quality with the video editing functions. The camera incorporates a built-in monaural and external microphone jack for high quality stereo sound recordings.
D7000 has twin SD card slots. It is possible to record on both cards simultaneously, creating duplicates or recording sequential. You can also designate one SD card with the highest memory to use during the movie recording. The camera supports SDXC cards of up to 64 GB.
Other pros of Nikon D7000 are; wider area coverage with variety of AF modes of 9, 21 or 39, 3-inch VGA LCD, 170 degree viewing angle for great image previewing, built-in flash compatible with Nikon Creative lighting system and a full coverage view finder .
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera
This camera is ideal for capturing those HD videos for your YouTube channel. At least, the famous YouTubers, Tanner Fox, has owned it too. Canon T3i features 18-55 mm IS type II autofocus lens, DIGIC 4 image processor, 18 megapixel CMOS image sensor, Full HD video recording, 3-inch LCD monitor, wireless flash photography and live view shooting.
The 18.0 megapixel sensor gives the image a sharp resolution, tonal range, high clarity and best quality image. The Canon DIGIC 4 processor enhances speed of the camera thus increasing its performance. Canon T3i has ISO ranging between 100-6400 which is expandable to 12800. This means that you can comfortably shoot from bright to dark backgrounds and still get amazing results. More so, the ISO ensures improved noise reduction.
Your video clips and movies are shot in Full HD with an expanded recording of up to 1920 x 1080. T3i offers a manual exposure control, movie digital zoom and snapshot features which will enhance the video shooting options. An image can be magnified up to 10 times without affecting its HD quality. Short captured video clips automatically combine into one video file, ready to be shared. The camera has flexible storage, compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Eye-Fi SD cards are also supported for high speed transfer of images. Captured images can be shared online or directly viewed on the HDTV using the HDMI port on the camera.
Other features of canon T3i include manual and auto focus, in-camera editing, interchangeable lenses, movie recording start/stop button and 3.7 frames per second on continuous shooting.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera
Canon 5D Mark III has been designed to capture high resolution images and Full HD movies. The camera features 61 point AF, wide range of ISO, 22.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5+ image processor, manual and auto focus, and Multiple Exposure. The ISO is 100-25600, thus suitable enough for all lighting. You can shoot indoors, outdoors, landscapes, in the studio and so much more scenes.
5D Mark III comes with EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM autofocus lens from canon. The lens is zoom wide angle and portrait-length telephoto.
Canon EOS 70D Video Creator
Canon 70D will actually change the way you shoot your images and videos. It is the recent camera used by Tanner fox for his channel. Zoella too uses it. The camera features autofocus technology, live view video capture, DIGIC 5+ image processor, dual pixel CMOS AF, touch screen 3-ich LCD monitor, built-in Wi-Fi technology and extended ISO range.
Canon 70D may be purchased with 18-135 mm lens but is still compatible with over 103 canon lenses. The autofocus technology allows live view video capture just as is the case of camcorders. The dual pixel CMOS AF, which has been professionally engineered to be compatible with several canon EF lenses, gives an accurate autofocus and speed during still image capture in live view. The DIGIC 5+ processor allows 7.0 frames per second of continuous shooting. The ISO range of 100-12800, expandable to 25600, supports shooting on variety of lighting conditions.
Upon purchase of EOS 70D, you get a full video creator kit for shooting your clips, movies or films. There is a RODE VideoMic GO directional microphone for picking up audio before it while at the same time minimizing on the surrounding or background noise. The VideoMic GO is mounted on the camera’s hotshoe, ready for shooting-like a camcorder.
EOS 70D has a built-in Wi-Fi technology to enable easy sharing of captured moments. You can easily shoot and operate the exposure settings such as that of ISO, aperture or shutter using the EOS Remote app. The app is downloadable on android and iOS devices. Images may then be directly transferred to the smartphone.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera
T5i features 18.0 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor, ISO range of 100 to 12800 and 5.0 frames per second on continuous shooting.
The APS-C sensor together with the Canon DIGIC 5 image processor ensures high quality image with a greater resolution and fast action capture. The ISO is expandable to 25600 in H mode, so that you may comfortably shoot from bright light outdoors to dark and dim rooms, without sacrificing the quality of the image.
The T5i camera is bought with EF-S 18-55 mm IS 0.43X wide angle lens and 2.2X telephoto lens. There is a transcend 32 GB SDHC memory card, 8-inch tripod, canon camera case, shutter release remote control, 4 piece filter kit, 5 piece camera and lens cleaning kit and slave flash.
Nikon D5300 Digital SLR Camera
With 60 frames per second video recording, Nikon D5300 is what you need to perfect your YouTube videos. The camera features 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processor, built-in Wi-Fi, vari-angle LCD monitor, GPS technology and Full HD 1080p movie.
The GPS technology enables you to tag along the location of the shooting, so you may share it with friends. The quality of the images, resolution and tonal gradation are up to standard, thanks to the 24.2 MP sensor and high speed image processor.
Create beautiful YouTube videos with Nikon D3300. The camera features 24.2 megapixel CMOS DX-format sensor, 11 AF points with 3D tracking, 5 frames per second on continuous shooting, wide range ISO of 100-12800, 1080p full HD video, 3-inch LCD monitor with 921,000 dots, Wi-Fi technology and EXPEED 4 processor.
The ISO is expandable to 25,600. This makes it able to shoot from brighter scenes to even darker rooms. When shooting videos, you get a full HD 1080p with a range of frames per second such as 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24. The high definition technology ensures recording of great sound, vibrant colors, detailed images, special effects and blurred backgrounds. The EXPEED 4 processor increases the shooting speed of up to 5 frames per second and still creates high resolution images or snapshots.
D3300 supports storage on SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. The Wi-Fi technology with WU-1a wireless adapter enables easy sharing of the captured videos or images on a compatible smartphone, which may act as a remote monitor for the camera. You can also play it on your HDTV with the HDMI input or upload it directly to YouTube, vlog site or any other video site.
Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder
If you are a serious YouTuber, then Canon XA30 camcorder is for you. PewDiePie uses it for his channel. The camera offers professional, refined and best performance on shooting everything you would like to. It is great for movie, film or event recordings.
The camcorder features a canon 20X HD optical zoom lens, HD CMOS image sensor with incredible low-light performance, 8-blade circular aperture design, full HD 1920 x 1080 video capture, 3.5-inch OLED screen, built-in Wi-Fi technology, dual SD card slots and wide DR Gamma which helps capture of range of colors and high tonal gradation, exactly as you see with the naked eye. The recording option is in both AVCHD and web-ready MP4 Codecs and supports creative animation and special movie effects. The processing speed is 1200 times the normal speed. With the versatile 26.8 to 576mm zoom lens and a minimum object distance of 60cm, you can actually shoot both near and far scenes. The zoom speed can be set as a constant or either as normal, slow or fast. Unlike most camcorders, this one is very portable, so you can comfortably move around with when capturing your ideal moments, events, landscapes or movie productions.
XA30 has a dual band Wi-Fi technology for easy sharing and FTP transfer capability of transferring files to cloud based storage for efficient back-ups. There is a free canon movie Uploader application, compatible with iOS devices, which allows sharing of the captured media. Another option of transfer is by wirelessly connecting the camera to Wi-Fi enabled TVs or computers. The various inputs and outputs of XA30 are HDMI, composite video output, USB port, XLR audio input, headphone jack and remote control terminal.
The double slot memory card option allows simultaneous recording, as a mode of back up. In most cases, when one SD card is full, the camcorder automatically switches the recording to the other one.
Sony α7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens
Sony α7 has been used by Casey Neistat, a YouTube personality. The camera features 23.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, 4 frames per second on continuous shooting, auto ISO 100 to 6400 (expandable to 25,600), full HD 1080p video in AVCHD and MP4 codecs, 3-inch tiltable LCD monitor with 921,600 dots, ½ inch XGA OLED viewfinder with 2.4M dots, Wi-Fi technology, multi-interface shoe, dual card slot and both raw and JPEG shooting.
The α7 characterizes interchangeable lens compatible with Sony’s E-mount lens, G-series Sony’s lens and full frame lenses from Carl Zeiss. The camera not only supports Wi-Fi connectivity but also Near Field Communication (NFC) for convenient transfer of images to smartphones. Your smartphone device can act as a remote control, allowing and controlling shutter release. You can still control the captured video in the camera from your PC using a USB cable or remote camera control software. The recorded images and videos can be viewed to a compatible 4K TV via the HDMI or Wi-Fi.
With BIONZ X image processing engine, α7 achieves high speed processing capabilities; with incredible detailed images, richer tonal gradations and high resolution still images or videos processed in real time. Full HD videos (1920 x 1080) are produced in uncompressed format even when transferred via HDMI output. Video shooting allows up to 60 frame rates per second.
Sony HD Video Recording HDRCX405 Handycam Camcorder
Sony HD video recording camcorder features full HD 1920 x 1080 video, AVCHD and MP4 Codecs, ExmorR CMOS sensor, clear image zoom, 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS lens and 2.7 inch LCD display screen.
This full HD 60p quality camcorder lets you capture amazing images even in low light. The Carl Zeiss wide angle lens gets you close to the scene with a 27x zoom capability. The ExmorR CMOS sensor ensures that the camera has low light sensitivity by maximizing the light gathering area per pixel; producing clear images with reduced grain. The 2.7 inch LCD display lets you have a glimpse of the sharp, brightly colored vivid images and enables you change the camera settings suitable for a particular scene.
With about 7 picture effects for your videos and still images, you can enhance the appearance, emphasize certain points or add a significant expression on your captured shots. Sony HD camcorder gives you a dual recording in both AVCHD and MP4 formats. The built-in USB port allows easy transfer of files to your PC and also charging of the camcorder.