Now that you know what types of videos to make and have learned some best practices to make your videos stand out, you need to start making them! And to do that, you will need equipment and software.

This chapter explores camera options; ways to enhance the quality of your videos with microphones, better lighting, and lenses; and ways to stabilize your video camera. We'll also look at software--mobile apps for your smartphone video rig and editing software options.

Before we jump into equipment options, I should say this: there are thousands of options in today's video-making world. There's no way I can include everything here! I will include options I have used or that other video makers have recommended.

Camera Options

You can't make a video without a camera, so considering the options is a good place to start.


For starters, the camera in your pocket--your smart-phone--is a great option. Most of you reading this have one, and I'll guess you purchased it within the last three years. That means it has the capability to record quality videos.

I currently have an iPhone 6s--a slightly older phone that I will probably replace soon. That said, it is capable of creating 4K video, although I usually keep my settings at 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second (fps). That gives me a good video file that will work great on YouTube or Facebook and will also translate well to a larger screen. Android smartphones will also be able to make HD-quality videos.

Point-and-Shoot Cameras

If you want to upgrade from a smartphone, your next option is an automatic point-and-shoot camera. These are also known as compact cameras. Point-and-shoot cameras are usually pretty small. They also don't have detachable lenses. That said, they are versatile and work great for making videos as well as taking quality photos without much fuss. Cost-wise, they tend to be under $1,000.

Currently, two of the most recommended point-and-shoot cameras for creating video are:

* Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (see figure 4.1)

* Sony RX100 Mark V

Both of these cameras record HD-quality video. I own the Canon camera and can vouch for it. Although you can't attach an external microphone to the camera, the built-in microphone does an adequate job of capturing sound, especially when doing a talking-head type video. It also has a flip screen, so you can see what the camera is capturing. That way, you can make sure you are, in fact, aiming the camera at your head!

DSLR Cameras

An upgrade from a point-and-shoot camera is a DSLR camera. These can be pricey--and can continue costing money as you purchase more lenses and accessories. But they are also the modern standard for capturing photos and videos and are a great addition to anyone's video equipment arsenal.

All DSLR cameras will have a large variety of options for lenses and have attachable accessories like lighting or an external microphone. Canon and Nikon are the most popular DSLR cameras, and both do a great job at video.

Here are some examples of DSLR cameras that people tend to use for making video:

* Canon EOS Rebel T7i: This is a lower-priced camera. You can find one with a basic starter kit lens for around $750. This camera is good for those just learning to make videos and will quickly get you into the world of DSLR cameras.

* Canon EOS 80 D: This camera costs $200 to $300 more than the Rebel and has more options, including a 45-point autofocus system, and the body is weather resistant.

* Nikon D3400: Nikons tend to be less expensive than Canon cameras. This one will run you approximately $500 with a starter lens included.

* Nikon D7500: Like the Canon 80D, this more expensive Nikon camera has more features and a better body. It costs a little over $1,000 for a basic camera and lens.

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