Looking to purchase a camera for video work on YouTube

Hi Ozbargain,

I currently run a tech (engineering) channel on YouTube and am looking to upgrade my camera and setup in general to increase my production value.

Primarily, I'm looking to shoot video footage including B-roll via dolleys and stationary video on a tripod.

My budget is around $1500~ for a camera + lens (if necessary), ideally, I would like the camera to be able to hook onto a rode microphone and shoot in 4K30 but it's not a deal breaker.

Any recommendations on what sort of camera would suit my needs? I've seen the Canon M50 and M70 which look decent but would prefer to hear other's opinons.


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    I currently run a tech channel


    • +3

      I know a lot about PCs, software, networks etc yet wouldn't know where to start when purchasing a camera and lens.

      I see bargains for $1000+ cameras all the time and don't know if they are entry level or top tier. OP is just asking the photography community of OzB for their suggestions.

  • You could look into the SONY ZV-E10

  • Canon M6 Mark II

  • Check other youtubers doing similar things and buy what they use if you like the video quality. Assuming they has amazon affiliate links where you can find what they use

  • Don't even start thinking about a side-gig 😁

    • Looks like content is not going to be banned as such.
      They are just tightening the guidelines as to what is acceptable.
      School uniforms for example not acceptable
      Two people who are clearly consenting adults: acceptable

  • I'm in a similar boat but haven't made a purchase yet. From what I can tell:
    The M50 has been popular but is dated now. 4k is poor and they may be ending that series of lenses.
    The Sony ZV-E10 is coming out soon and is very similar to the A6400, with some (notable) improvements for creators. The biggest issues people seem to have are:
    - 4k is cropped above 24fps
    - Stabilisation is very poor and has a large crop
    - Significant rolling shutter effect.
    - No viewfinder

    If those aren't an issue for you though, it's a much more modern design (USB-C charging/connection, works as a webcam, bluetooth control) and has a broad range of compatible lenses.

    ZV-E10 for $1299 with a lens. The M50 can be had for a fair bit cheaper though.
    Other cameras to look at within the Sony line would be the ZV-1 and the rest of the A6xxx series.

  • Use a smartphone first … wait till u get a few thousand subs, before investing further.

  • The a6400 with the kit lens is great. I find it much better than the Canon 70D which I also have.

  • Either a Fuji X-T3 or Sony A6100

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