How to Get Started Vlogging on a Budget

Are you ready to step in front of the camera and start Vlogging!!  Awesome, we have generated a quick list of some items you can use to get you started in no time!!

Vloggers today are held to a higher standard and the best of the best are obviously using some seriously expensive equipment to shoot great footage.  You maybe asking yourself, how can I start vlogging if I don’t have the same amount of cash or equipment as these YouTube rockstars?

But there is no reason to let that intimidate you.  Believe it or some of the greatest content on YouTube was captured with a smart phone or a basic point-and-shoot camera.  Here are some products you need to take a hard look at when you jump into vlogging.

Cameras

Canon Powershot S110

This tiny little camera is packed with all kind of goodies from Canon.  Just in case you didn’t know Canon is one of the world’s top producers of photography equipment and many professional photographers only use Canon gear.

What makes the Powershot S110 so good?  The S110 shoots in 1080p HD with 5x Optical zoom and comes standard with a 24mm wide angle lens.  Try finding that on some other budget friendly point-and-shoot cameras.  Also it has been geared more toward video with the ability to shoot high-speed movies at 240fps.

Current Street price is around $270.00

Sony Bloggie Live

If you don’t want to drop that much cash on the Canon, then the Sony Bloggie Live is the next best option.  Unlike the Canon the Bloggie Live has built in Wi-Fi so you can stream video to your vlog live if you wanted too.  The Bloggie Live records video in 1080p HD an easy setup makes this a no-nonsense choice for your go to Vlogging camera.

Nikon Coolpix S6600BK

The Nikon Coolpix S6600BK has a flip out LCD screen that lets you adjust the screen in a variety of angles, makes it super easy to make changes on the fly so you don’t have to keep reshooting video after video.  This feature is typically only found on cameras that are in the above $500 price range.

The S6600BK also has what Nikon has coined “Gesture control”.  Gesture control uses your hand movements to operate shutter and zoom control from a distance, how cool is that!!  Try finding that on another budget friendly Vlogging camera.

The Nikon Coolpix comes standard with all the features you would need, Wi-Fi, shooting modes, and even a couple added special effects.

Current street price is around $200.00

Tripods

72-inch Tripod

Definitely make sure you grab a tripod.  I don’t care who you are, you can’t keep the camera still enough to produce the professional quality of video you want for your Vlog.  Besides you can get a basic tripod from amazon for around $20 bux. A tripod for your Canon, Sony Bloggie Live, or Nikon Camera is a must.  If you are looking for something a little more robust, check out this guide for the best Vlogging Tripods under $150.

Lighting

Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox

Don’t forget about lighting.  Have you ever tried shoot a video with the sun pointed directly at your back while holding the camera in selfie mode?  Notice how your face is always dark and the video turns out like junk.  That has all to do with lighting.  Check out this post for some more tips on using natural light in your videos.

But if no natural light is available for your videos, you will need some special lighting to assist you to make sure your video is visible.  Softboxes are cheap and a simple way to add subtle light to your videos.

Editing Software – $14.99 and up

We have covered all the gear you will need to getting started vlogging on a budget.  Now lets look at editing software.  You will want to make sure you’re the final product gets edited to perfection.  If you already have an Apple Macbook you are in luck, you can download iMovie for only $14.99 and it is pretty simple to use.

If you don’t have a MacBook here are some other options.  Adobe offers Creative Cloud, which has Adobe Premiere Pro available to use for editing, if you are a student chances are you can get a student discount too.  Or you can look into using Final Cut Pro, but it is pretty expensive to get when first starting out.