Filming Equipment

With so much competition on YouTube, high-quality content is essential to standing out. Choosing equipment that’s suited to your niche, your experience, and the style of video you make is the first place to start. In this section of our YouTube guide, we’ll cover all the equipment you need to create a successful channel. We’ll discuss some of the best cameras and microphones for YouTubers, and share our top tips for setting up a home recording studio.

Once you’ve selected the right equipment and started filming, you’ll need to choose a video editing software to bring it all together. At this point, many YouTubers will rely on software-specific video templates to streamline and speed up the editing process. Browse the extensive library of video templates on Envato Elements, all of which are accessible with a monthly or annual subscription.

What Equipment Do I Need For a YouTube Channel?

From cameras to microphones, lighting kits, and editing software, explore all the equipment you need for your channel.


First and foremost, every YouTuber needs a camera. While more experienced YouTubers may own top-of-the-range cameras, there’s no need to spend a fortune when you’re starting out—any camera that can record high-quality footage (at least 1080p) is suitable. It’s also worth considering a camera lens to ensure you can get the footage you need. For example, if you’re a vlogger shooting selfie-style videos, you may want a wider lens or full frame camera to fit yourself in frame.


Poor sound quality is incredibly obvious and can turn even the most well-shot 4K video into a disaster. While most cameras come with in-built microphones, an external USB, lavalier or shotgun mic is preferable as you’ll capture better quality sound and have more control over background noise. If your budget doesn’t allow for external audio recording, shooting in a room with lots of soft furniture and carpet will improve your sound quality.


Lighting makes a world of difference in video. Whether you choose to use natural light, invest in a professional LED video light, or create your own DIY lighting kit, the right lighting can improve the quality of your footage and result in a more professional-looking video. While color correction, levels, and exposure adjustments can be done in post-production, it’s much easier to start with well-lit footage.


Many YouTubers start out recording with their smartphones. When shooting on a smartphone it’s best to use manual settings as auto settings can cause focus issues. Stabilization and recording capability in low light or high contrast situations may also be an issue, but a smartphone is a great starting point. It’s also an essential tool for creating supplementary content like stories, shorts, and posts.


While there’s a time and a place for a shaky camera, it’s not always the right fit! YouTubers rely on tripods to capture steady, high-quality footage and be hands-free while on camera. Tripods are essential for recording both in studio and on location and come in various options—from full standing to tabletop. They can also be used to hold microphones and lighting kits.

The final piece of the puzzle. Video editing software allows you to collate your footage and create an engaging YouTube video. Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro are generally the most popular choices among YouTubers, while Blackmagic’s studio-quality DaVinci Resolve is a completely free option for those on a tight budget. Regardless of your software choice, video templates can help to speed up and streamline editing.

How to Shoot Like a Pro

Ready, set, record! Learn how to shoot like a pro in this series from Envato Tuts+. In these step-by-step guides you’ll learn how to get started with video recording, how to choose a subject, common pitfalls to avoid in filming, how to choose the perfect shot for a cinematic look, and much more.

Follow along as our expert videographers share insider tips, tricks, and advice for shooting the best footage possible—whether you’re out in the field or your home studio. At the end of the series, you can put your skills to the test with these
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Audio Essentials for Solo Video Producers

Recording great audio can be a challenge—especially when your film crew is limited to yourself! Before you start solo recording and producing, it can be beneficial to explore a website like Envato Tuts+ and complete a few online courses to learn some basic audio essentials. This will help to ensure your YouTube content is engaging and memorable.

This course,
Audio Essentials for Solo Producers, is particularly well-suited to YouTubers. In it, you’ll learn everything you need to record sound as a solo video operator, from gear and rigging and mic technique to on-camera recording basics. By the end of this course, you’ll know how to record great audio without losing focus on what’s happening around you—or the picture in front of you.

How to Build a YouTube Home Recording Studio

If you’re ready to take your YouTube channel to the next level, it might be time to build a home recording studio. The steps below will help you get started.

1. Come up with a plan

Before you start installing lights or hanging backdrops, take some time to plan your YouTube studio. Think about what props you might need, how you’ll frame your shot and where you will position your filming equipment.

2. Acoustics are essential

While cutting out every bit of background noise is likely impossible in a home studio, you might be able to add acoustic treatment. This could be in the form of carpet, foam panels, and bass straps, which will drastically improve the sound quality of your videos.

3. Consider lighting

Quality lighting is essential for every YouTuber. Whether you’re investing in a professional-quality lighting kit, creating a DIY lighting system, or relying on natural light, it’s important that you consider your options carefully.

4. Add your equipment

A good camera and microphone are likely already part of your recording setup. No matter what type of filming equipment you have, consider the best place to position it in your studio—ideally, you don’t want to move your kit around every time you make a new video.

5. Finetune where needed

Once you’ve created your YouTube home recording studio, record a few videos to see how it flows. Finetune where needed to ensure your studio is a comfortable and positive space for work.

6. Continue tweaking

Your studio will likely evolve over time. As you discover new and exciting ideas from competitors, influencers and fellow YouTubers, you may like to tweak the design, layout and inclusions to improve your workflow.

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Best Cameras for YouTube

Unfortunately, there’s no one “best” camera for YouTube. The best camera for your YouTube channel will depend greatly on the type of video you’re making, your recording environment, and your filming experience and skillset.

YouTubers creating action-packed outdoor sports videos will generally choose a different camera to those recording vlogs in a YouTube studio.

Similarly, entry-level or beginner YouTubers might look for a camera with more auto functionality, while creators with more experience might opt for something with manual settings. Explore some of the best cameras for different applications below.
Best Cameras for YouTube

Best Cameras for Vloggers

A mirrorless camera designed specifically for vloggers. Despite its compact size, the Sony ZV-10 shoots high-definition 4K video and features a number of impressive functions including background blurring, real-time tracking, and Eye AF.
Marketed as “the ultimate vlogging camera,” the Panasonic Lumix G100 is packed with features. With a compact design, flip-out screen for selfie videos, and vertical video recording options, it’s a great all-inclusive choice for YouTube vloggers.
Perfect for hand shooting, the Fujifilm X-S10 features a comfortable grip and sensor-based image stabilization. This DSLR-style mirrorless camera can capture 4K video and features a flip-out screen and mic sockets for optimizing audio with the use of external microphones.

Best Cameras for Gamers

Livestream with ease, using the Panasonic GH5 Mark II. This impressive mirrorless camera allows gamers to stream to YouTube in 1080p (with an external capture card) through the built-in Lumix Sync app. Other features include image stabilization and a flip screen.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective option to get started on YouTube, the Elegato Facecam may be right for you. Optimized for indoor use, this high-quality webcam features a simple plug and play design that allows you to record in 1080p.
Create gaming videos with ease thanks to the Sony Alpha 7 III. With live streaming capability (using an external capture card), background blurring options, in-built image stabilization, and an impressive performance in low lighting, this camera is a great option for gamers.

Best Cameras for On-The-Go

GoPro’s latest release is more refined than its predecessors, making it an excellent camera choice for thrill-seeking YouTubers. With impressive stabilization capabilities, a hydrophobic lens cover, and Slow-Mo features, Hero 10 is perfect for recording in the wild.
Packed with features, this impressive camera from Blackmagic–the makers of DaVinci Resolve–allows users to capture cinema-quality footage. Designed for experienced filmmakers, the BMPCC 6K Pro features built-in ND filters and an adjustable screen.
One of the most capable compact cameras on the market, the DJI Pocket 2 is perfect for solo video creators. With face-tracking technology, autofocus, and a three-axis gimbal, this all-in-one camera is one of the most cost-effective and easy-to-use options on the market.

Best Microphones for YouTube

Best Microphones for YouTube
Looking for the best microphone for YouTube? You may not want to hear this, but unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to choosing a microphone. Your choice will depend on the type of videos you create, where you record them, and of course, your budget.

Some microphones are designed specifically for recording on location and include special features to cut out background noise. Others are better suited for in-studio recording or voice overs and might sit on a stand, rather than clip onto your clothing or be held by hand.

Keep reading to explore a few of the best microphones for particular channels and environments.

Best Microphones for Music Channels

A premium quality microphone, the Shure SM7B is well suited to experienced creators and professional musicians. This microphone performs best in studio environments and features excellent shielding against background noise and electromagnetic hums.
This industry-standard condenser microphone features a low self-noise level of only 5dBA making it perfect for recording vocals, guitars, and percussion. With a shock mount, pop filter, and dust cover, it’s a great choice for any music studio.
If you’re looking to invest in YouTube as a career, the Neumann TLM 102 may be for you. This microphone isn’t cheap but comes with a host of special features, such as a large diaphragm condenser capsule, that make it a worthy investment for serious YouTubers.

Best Microphones for the Studio

Perfect for entry-level or beginner YouTubers, the HyperX SoloCast features a simple plug-and-play design. While it doesn’t have any of the special features you would expect from top-of-the-range mics, it’s a great, cost-effective option for simple audio recording.
A studio-quality condenser mic that won’t set you back thousands! The Audio Technica AT2020 is great for voiceovers, gaming, livestreamings, and vlogging—it can even be used for recording vocals and instruments if you’re dabbling in the world of music.
Perfect for hand shooting, the Fujifilm X-S10 features a large comfortable grip and sensor-based image stabilization. This DSLR-style mirrorless camera can capture 4K video and features a flip-out screen and mic sockets for optimizing audio.

Best Microphones for On-The-Go

A compact and professional mic, the Rode VideoMic Pro can be clipped onto your camera for recording on the go. With a lightweight design and shock mounting to minimize unwanted background noise, this mic is a top-quality option for recording in the field.
A cost-effective microphone, perfect for amateur short films, vlogging, interviews and broadcast packages. The PowerDeWise Livalier Lapel mic clips onto your clothing so you can take it anywhere—simply plug it into your smartphone and start recording!
A compact option with a wireless receiver, the Saramonic Blink 500 is easy to use and won’t weigh you down on the road. Designed to clip on clothing or the underside of your camera and integrate seamlessly with your phone, this mic is a great professional option.

How to Get Started on YouTube

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YouTube Equipment FAQs

Most commonly, YouTubers edit with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro or Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve. For those new to editing, Final Cut Pro has a user-friendly interface and offers a 90-day free trial. Premiere Pro, however, is a widely used, popular editing tool that offers everything a video editor would need and integrates seamlessly with other software within the Adobe Suite, including After Effects, which is most often used for motion graphics. Finally, DaVinci Resolve is completely free and offers a professional editing experience. Explore more video editing software on Envato Elements. 

Gamers need a high-quality camera and microphone so viewers can see facial expressions as YouTubers play and clearly hear any audio. This helps build a rapport with audience members and attract new subscribers.

The type of camera YouTubers use will depend on the type of videos they’re making—so a gamer may use a different camera to someone who’s reviewing camping equipment, while a chef may use a different camera to a vlogger. 

Your choice of camera will also depend on your skillset. For example, beginner YouTubers with limited video-making experience may be better suited to a camera with more auto functionality, while a highly experienced videographer may opt for a more advanced camera.

At the very least you’ll need a camera with a microphone. Depending on your goals and budget, you can start a YouTube channel with just a smartphone, but if you’re looking to compete on the platform and profit from your channel, you’ll need a video camera, microphone, and lighting setup. 

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