- So when it comes to picking out a camera for makingYouTube videos, you could go with a camcorder orlike a mirrorless or DSLR camera like this.
So what should you choose, and what are the prosand cons of each of them?I'm going to be talking about that in this video.
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Yannick asks, "Sean, you say to get a DSLR for better"quality over lower end video cameras.
"I've got a Canon Vixia,"which is a camcorder, "and I also have a Canon Rebel T3i"which is a DSLR.
"Which would you recommend for YouTube videos?"Thanks for the question Yannick.
So let's start with the camcorder.
Now this is a Canon Vixia that is pretty similarto your Canon Vixia, I'm sure.
And the great thing about camcorders is,number one, they're easy to use.
And so pretty much all you have to dois turn them on, put them in auto modeand point them at whatever you want to shoot.
And you don't have to worry about things beingin focus, it just pretty much works.
The second thing is, that everything stays in focus,which is kind of a pro, and in my opinion is also a con.
One of the challenges about a DSLR, and the awesomethings, is that you can get that blurry backgroundand that really incredible footage, but that also canbe bad if things are out of focus.
And so a pro of a camcorder is if you neededsomebody that's brand new to video and you wantedthem to be able to get the shot and not havethings be blurry or anything be wrong, a camcorderwould be a good way to go.
Another great benefit of camcorders is a lot of timesthey have microphone jacks, so that you can do externalaudio sources.
Not all DSLRs have those.
A lot of them have headphone jacks, as well.
And definitely not a lot of DSLRs have those.
So if you want to have an external mic and reallybe able to monitor your audio easily, then camcordersare another good thing to look at.
And then overall they can get pretty expensive,but they can be very affordable.
So if you're looking for a budget option forYouTube, camcorders are great to look at.
Something like the Canon Vixia, one of the R series,about $300.
If you bought some of the older models, you could begetting refurbished ones for around $100, $150and so that becomes extremely affordable,with a lot of features that are included in a camcorder.
Another pro is the long record time.
Camcorders are meant for video, so if you needed tofilm someone talking, a speech or something,and they were gonna do a seminar that was an hourof record time, or sometimes even longer,pretty much if you've got the space on an SD card,this can go for almost no record time limit.
And so that is nice.
But now let's talk about some of the cons.
The first one is they are typically not very wide.
Meaning, if you wanted to vlog with it or somethingand I held the camera right here, it's gonna beall up in your face.
Now you can get around that, and this is actuallya wide angle lens that can screw onto a camcorder.
Now there's a lot of these out there.
Some of them are kind of cheap, and you don't wantto cheap-out on those.
But that can help you get a little bit of a wider shotif you're using a camcorder.
The biggest con probably is theimage quality itself, though.
A lot of times, camcorders can't even come closeto the image that is produced by a DSLR.
And so that's something to consider.
If you just want some practical video,then a camcorder could be fine.
But if you do want to tell stories, get that blurrybackground effect, really get some dynamicreally high-end looking video, DSLRs are probablythe way to go.
And that's the last and biggest con, is youpretty much cannot get depth of field witha camcorder, which again, would mean like ifthe person is in focus and then the backgroundis really blurry or at night, you get what'scalled bouquet and the background has the coollight circles and that soft look to it.
All of that kind of stuff, you're gonna need aDSLR to get those kinds of effects.
Okay, but now let's talk about DSLRs.
For DSLRs, first there's the pros.
And the biggest one is that you have a big sensor,typically, in a DSLR.
A much larger sensor, which offers a lot of benefits.
The sensor size inside of a camcorder is a lot oftimes smaller.
And so the larger sensor does a couple things.
Number one, it's better in low light.
And so that's why the image a lot of times looksgood overall or looks a lot better, is that low lightperformance is far superior.
If you don't have a lighting kit, or anything going on,a big sensor helps that.
The second thing is the large sensor helps youget that bouquet, that nice blurry backgroundand then overall, too a bigger sensor just meansbetter video, better pictures, better color.
Pretty much better everything across the boardas it pertains to the image quality.
And that's why I love shooting on DSLRs so muchfor YouTube.
Another pro is that you get interchangeable lenses.
And this can also potentially be a con, dependingon your goals, because maybe you just want to be ableto zoom in, zoom out and have it all in one.
But the nice thing about interchangeable lensesis that you have endless storytelling possibilities.
When you start to get into lenses, especially ifyou want to make films, tell stories, every lenshas a different vibe to it, a different feel to it.
And so you have pretty much, again, unlimitedcustomizability as it pertains to what yourshots will look like because of interchangeable lenses.
And speaking of customizability, another proof DLSRs is that you can adjust so manydifferent things.
A lot of the nuances, as far as what your imageand your video is gonna look like, a lot more,usually, than on a camcorder.
Now this again might be something that you don't wantbecause it comes with a little bit of a steeperlearning curve when it comes to a DSLR.
However, if you've ever seen my video of thebest settings, especially for Canon DSLRs,I'll link that up and I'll put a description below,because you can learn it, it's not too terriblyhard to learn.
It just takes a little while to get used to gettingall the settings right on a DSLR.
And then the other thing that's really phenomenalabout a DSLR is the fact that you also get to takegreat photos.
And so sometimes a lot of the camcorders do havea photo mode, but the images are not great.
They're not that dynamic.
And I really believe that every YouTuber should betaking a lot of photos, whether for thumbnails,whether for social media, whether just for anywhereelse you want to post them online.
And so you kinda get everything that you needin one package.
You don't need to buy a photo camera and a video camera.
You can shoot your video and your photos all in one.
So that's a huge pro.
Now as far as the cons go, DSLRs can be a little bitmore expensive.
To be honest, it's pretty comparable across the board,you can find budget and cheap cameras in everycategory, and you can go to high end in eithercategory, but definitely price is something to consider.
We mentioned the steeper learning curve, so that'ssomething that you might want to consider as far as a con.
And then lastly, is that a lot of times DSLRsdo have a record time limit.
And so that's something to look into.
How long can your camera record?We're shooting on a Canon 70D, and so at 30 minutes,the camera will stop recording.
Which again, if you're working on it, someone'sshooting for you, it's not necessarily a huge deal,but if you were doing a 50-minute talk or something,there is gonna be that gap that happens in the middleunless you have two angles or something like that.
So again it's something to consider.
If you want a continuous, very long video file,a camcorder might be something that you need.
And then as far as what DSLR is kind of in a similarprice range, the Canon SL1 is something to check out.
You have 1080p video, you get the interchangeablelenses, the great sensor, and you can pick one upwith the kit lens for around $400 U.
And so that comes pretty close to what yourinvestment would be in something like a Canon Vixia.
And then the final thought as it pertains to price,again it can be a con, because my biggestrecommendation for, if you're gonna create YouTube videos,is having a DSLR that has really good auto focus.
And so you could get like a Canon SL1 that's about$400 U.
refurbished, and you get a lens with it,and it's a great DSLR, but it doesn't have a flip screen,so you can't really see yourself.
Which I believe YouTubers kinda need.
And it also doesn't have great face trackingin auto focus.
So I would recommend investing into at leasta Canon T6i, which is gonna cost $750 U.
,somewhere around there, and it's gonna besimilar to this 60D here.
You're gonna have great auto focus, it'll track your face,so you can know you'll stay in focus.
You can see yourself on the flip screen,but in that case, again, you're talking aboutdouble the price of what like a Canon Vixia,one of the lower end ones would be, and again,you get the flip screen, you're gonna stayin focus the whole time because everything'sin focus, but now you're comparing the two differentimage qualities.
And so definitely things to be consideringas you're picking out your camera.
And so as far as my final thoughts, I recommendusing DSLRs and mirrorless cameras for YouTube the most.
I don't think the record limit matters, becausea lot of times you're shooting smaller clips,you're communicating like this, you're probablynot gonna talk for 50 minutes straight,and if you are, you can just restart it,you're gonna edit it later.
And the image quality and customizability is soincredible on a DSLR.
I remember when the DSLR revolution happenedback when the 5D Mark II came out, and the Canon 7Dthat was the first DSLR that I got.
And people were just blown away because they produceimages that are so much better than a camcorder,and so much more opportunities for storytellingwith lenses at really an affordable price.
And so that's why I lean towards DSLRs, mirrorlesscameras for making YouTube videos.
The one thing that we still use camcorders forand like for camcorders is basically seminars.
If you need to talk for 45 minutes, 50 minutes,you're filming a workshop, it's a lot more practicalto put one of these on a camcorder and just shootthe whole session and you're good to go.
And so I hope that helps you make a better decisionfor which camera you want to pick out going forwardto build your YouTube channel.
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