It’s hard to understate just how popular vlogging is in Australia.
According to one study from 2019, Australia has 15 million unique YouTube subscribers—that’s nearly 60% of the entire population.
Part of the reason for this popularity is due to just how easy it is for literally anyone to pick up their phone and start recording a video.
However, the popularity of vlogging also makes it competitive. Viewers today expect high-quality video and audio recording, even from people who are doing all of the recording and video editing themselves.
If you’re looking to stand out as a vlogger and really grow your audience, it may be time to invest in some new equipment. Here are some of our most popular products for vloggers:
Vlogging Kits: The all-in-one solution
We’ll get into all of the best vlogging cameras and accessories in the rest of this article, but if you’re looking for an easy solution, you may want to consider our Shape VIPHO Vipho Vlogging Kit. (If you use an iPad instead of an iPhone, we have a Vlogging Kit for iPads here.) This package basically turns your existing iPhone into a professional vlogging setup. It includes:
- A clamp designed specifically for iPhones
- An adjustable, portable tripod
- A mounted mini-LED light
- A high-quality mounted microphone
We highly recommend this kit for anyone who wants a quick and easy way to upgrade the quality of their vlogging.
Choosing the best vlogging camera
While a smartphone may work well for up-and-coming vloggers, as your audience grows, you’ll want to invest in a higher-quality camera to really stand out.
When shopping around for the best vlogging camera, there are a few things you want to consider:
- The video resolution (higher resolution means higher quality)
- The built-in microphone quality
- The lens options for the camera
- The storage options for the camera
- The weight/size of the camera
We find that customers who come to us for vlogging equipment often find the Lumix brand of cameras to be the best option.Vloggers also like the Panasonic Lumix BGH1, a box-style cinema camera that offers professional-grade footage quality in a compact, lightweight, extremely transportable model.
How to find the best vlogging microphones
Audio quality is just as important as visual quality when it comes to vlogging. This is especially true if you plan to use your vlogging audio for other purposes, like a podcast.
It’s true that many of the best vlogging cameras out there are already half decent internally. But sometimes you may need to capture multiple subjects when conducting an interview. Or you may find that you get better quality directional audio capture with a mounted microphone instead.
For example, check out our RODE on-camera shotgun microphone, a lightweight, high-quality microphone that makes it easy to capture sound no matter where you are.
For a wireless option, we recommend the Wireless Go II, also from RODE. This compact microphone offers a dual-channel receiver, allowing you to record two sound sources at once.
For other options, check out our full list of professional-grade microphones.
Getting the lighting right for your vlog setup
Lighting is notoriously one of the hardest parts of shooting video. While natural light certainly can look good on camera, it’s not always reliable, and can make your footage look washed out or underlit.
Overhead lighting and floor lamps also won’t cut it if you’re going for a professional look—these lights can cast odd shadows or orange-yellow hues, which definitely don’t look professional.
LED lighting can make a huge difference, and fortunately, there are quite a few affordable, lightweight options to choose from. Check out our Fomex FLB50 Flexible LED Light Kit, which gives you maximum control over the lighting of your video content.
Keep your vlogging camera steady with these accessories
You don’t have to be a vlogger for very long before you realise that holding your camera selfie-style is not going to work if you’re going for a high-quality look.
Not only is it clumsy, especially if you want to use your hands while you record, but it often results in blurry, jumpy footage that will turn off viewers who are expecting quality.
You may want to consider purchasing a camera cage, which will not only protect your camera but prevent it from tilting or rotating unnecessarily. One of our best-sellers is the Shape GH5THC Panasonic Gh5 Cage.
If you’re using your smartphone or a tablet for recording your content, then a gimbal or clamp will certainly make it easier to capture steady video. One of our most affordable lightweight options is the Moza Mini C gimbal.
Recording and live streaming your vlogs
Having the best vlogging camera and microphone will help you capture quality footage. But reviewing that footage, and editing it or live streaming it, is also a necessary part of the vlogging job.
That’s why many professional vloggers invest in a monitor for their camera, like the Atmos Ninja V. Having one of these touchscreen displays mounted to your vlogging camera will make it much easier to assess the quality of video you are capturing in real time.
If you’re one of the many vloggers who live streams using multiple cameras, then a hardware streaming engine like the Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro can give you more control and upgrade the quality of your live footage.
That wraps up our list of recommended products for vloggers. As you continue to produce high-quality video content, remember that John Barry Sales is here to help you grow.
Shape VITAB Vitab Vlogging Kit For IpadThe SHAPE VITAB vlogging telescopic tripod grip with ball head works as a stable holder or an ergonomic grip. Designed with ¼-20 knob screw for mounting the grip to your tablet. The flexible mini ball head rotates 360° and supports vertical and landscape shooting. Together, this telescopic tripod/ball head combo allows you to vlog and share experiences, thoughts, and ideas with an audience.Aluminum tablet tripod mount with cold shoe (TATM)Mount an iPad, Surface Pro, or other compatible tablet onto a tripod or slider with the Aluminum Tablet Tripod Mount with Cold Shoe from SHAPE. Designed to fit most tablets, the CNC-machined aluminum mount features a 1/4″-20 threaded hole in back that allows for vertical mounting, while an Arca-type quick release plate lets you use the mount with a tripod ball head. For direct mounting to a tripod, a 1/4″-20 screw is also on the bottom of the mount. A cold shoe on top of the mount lets you attach a microphone, LED light, or other compatible accessories. Back and side tablet holders covered with rubber pads are designed to protect your device from scratches. A rear screw system helps to lock your mounted tablet in place. Fits a variety of tablets, including the iPad mini, iPad 4, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and Surface Pro. Top section features a cold shoe, handy for mounting a microphone, LED light, GoPro, top handle, Magic Arm, or other accessories.Mini LED Video LightThe Mini LED Video Light technology makes the light softer, lither, and with not dazzling. The light is designed with a male cold shoe to be mounted on top of the tablet clamp. Charging time is 2 hours Maximum brightness output up to 120 minutes Minimum brightness output up to 300 minutes. An essential of 49 LED beads with High Color Rendering Index 5500K Color Temperature Shows the Beauty of Natural Light Weight: 90 g Material: ABS Power: 6 W Charging port: Type-c Lithium battery large capacity: 2000 mAh Color temperature: 5500±200 Dimension: 7.5 cm*6 cm*2.3 cmVideo microphoneThe microphone is designed with a metal body and a shock mount to minimize the noise of unwanted vibrations. Also, the cardioid recording pattern minimize the noise interference of non-subject. No battery required. Sensor: Electret Condensor Microphone Polar Patter: Cardioid Frequency Range: 100Hz~20kHz Signal to Noise Ratio: 70 dB Sensitivity: -38.0 dB (F=1KHZ, S.P.L = 1 Pa 0 dB = 1 V/Pa) Power: No battery required Output: 3.5mm TRS Dimension (mm): 20 x 70 mm Weight: 66 g$ 200.00View Product
Shape VIPHO Vipho Vlogging Kit For IphoneThe vlogging telescopic tripod grip with ball head VIPHO works as a stable holder or an ergonomic grip. Designed with ¼-20 knob screw for mounting the grip to your smartphone. The flexible mini ball head rotates 360° and supports vertical and landscape shooting. Together, the telescopic tripod, the ball head and the smartphone clamp combo allow you to vlog and share experiences, thoughts, and ideas with an audience.Friction swivel and tilt smartphone aluminum clamp (SPST)This device is perfect for the manipulation and use of your smartphone with your camera. The clamp is compatible with smartphones 2.5 to 3.5″ wide and is built using lightweight and robust aluminum. The female cold shoe, designed on top of the clamp, let you mount your LED video light, microphone or any other light camera accessories. The bottom of the device can be cold shoe mounted and the thumbscrew system strongly fix the device to your camera rig. The swivel mechanism of the device lets you tilt your accessory, up and down, for an optimal rig configuration to be locked in place with an HEX key. Mini LED Video LightThe Mini LED Video Light technology makes the light softer, lither, and with not dazzling. The light is designed with a male cold shoe to be mounted on top of the smartphone clamp. Charging time is 2 hours Maximum brightness output up to 120 minutes Minimum brightness output up to 300 minutes. An essential of 49 LED beads with High Color Rendering Index 5500K Color Temperature Shows the Beauty of Natural Light Weight: 90 g Material: ABS Power: 6 W Charging port: Type-c Lithium battery large capacity: 2000 mAh Color temperature: 5500±200 Dimension: 7.5 cm*6 cm*2.3 cmVideo microphoneThe microphone is designed with a metal body and a shock mount to minimize the noise of unwanted vibrations. Also, the cardioid recording pattern minimize the noise interference of non-subjects. No battery required. Sensor: Electret Condensor Microphone Polar Patter: Cardioid Frequency Range: 100Hz~20kHz Signal to Noise Ratio: 70 dB Sensitivity: -38.0 dB (F=1KHZ, S.P.L = 1 Pa 0 dB = 1 V/Pa) Power: No battery required Output: 3.5 mm TRS Dimension (mm): 20 x 70 mm Weight: 66 g$ 186.00View Product
Panasonic Lumix BGH1Seen a better price elsewhere? Request a price match here! Panasonic have released their first box-style cinema camera, the Lumix BGH1 DC-BGH1GC Digital Single Mirrorless Camera, which is equipped with an impressive feature set perfect for professional cinematographers and videographers. The small cube design makes it an extremely functional product, allowing for use in limited or tight spaces, the connection of accessories for camera control, as well as featuring fittings to attach accessories such as cages, gimbals and handles.Versatile OperationThe light and compact design of this camera makes it extremely versatile and flexible. By using a Micro Four Thirds System mount, the camera takes advantage of the impressive interchangeable lens range. Additionally, its operation expands to being mounted on drones, IP remote control, direct live streaming and more.As a means of achieving unlimited video recording, the BGH1 is equipped with a new heat dispersion structure, making it an ideal camera for lengthy shoots, like documentaries or interviews.Pro-level Video QualityEquipped with a 10.2 megapixel Live MOS Sensor with Dual Native ISO technology along with Panasonic’s Venus Engine, you can except to effortlessly capture crystal clear footage. With the ability to shoot 4:2:0 10-bit C4K/4K 60p / 50p internal video, the results are going to be incredibly sharp and clean. On top of this, the camera boasts an improved Deep Learning autofocus algorithm that provides a higher level of accuracy when detecting subjects such as humans, human faces and rapidly moving animals. The camera will continue to track a subject even if they are not facing the camera, allowing for greater flexibility when shooting.The sensor can control a dual-base ISO setting, which dramatically reduces noise and provides a higher quality image. This allows you to expand your creativity and shoot in low-light situations without having to worry about a diminished quality video.Simultaneous SDI/HDMI OutputTo cater to the variety of needs of video production, the camera is fitted with an SDI terminal that can be simultaneously used with HDMI output. Remote control via USB or LAN ensures you have compromised production flexibility when it comes to remote or drone mounting shooting, multi-camera productions or live stream broadcasts.Does not include battery or charger$ 3,099.00View Product
RODE Light-weight on-camera shotgun microphone – integrated cable with 3.5mm jack – ‘plug-in’ pwrVideoMic GO Light-weight on-camera shotgun mic, integrated cable with 3.5mm jackHigh quality directional microphoneNo battery requiredIntegrated Rycote® Lyre® shock mountingOur lightest mic at only 73gRugged reinforced ABS constructionWindshield included3.5mm mini-jack outputIntegrated cold-shoe mount with 3/8” thread$ 99.00View Product
Rode Wireless GO II 2-Person Compact Digital Wireless Microphone System / Recorder – BlackThe Wireless GO IIThe world’s smallest and first truly wireless microphone has been reborn. The Wireless GO II is an ultra-compact and extremely versatile wireless microphone system consisting of a dual channel receiver and two transmitters. The transmitters act as a clip-on microphone, featuring a high-quality in-built microphone for completely wireless operation, or they can be used as a beltpack with an external lavalier, delivering crystal-clear audio for any content creation application. The Wireless GO II boasts a range of powerful new features, including universal compatibility with cameras, mobile devices and computers, extended range (200m line of sight) and improved transmission stability, on-board recording capabilities, and much more. This is next generation wireless audio. Key Features of the Wireless GO II:• Dual channel wireless microphone system for recording two sound sources simultaneously• Series IV 2.4GHz digital transmission, 128-bit encryption – crystal-clear audio at up to 200m (line of sight), optimised for extremely stable operation in dense RF environments• 3.5mm TRS analog output, USB-C and iOS digital output – universal compatibility with cameras, mobile devices and computers• Mono or stereo recording modes – record each channel separately or combine them for ultimate flexibility in post-production• On-board recording capability – record up to 24 hours of audio direct to each transmitter• Safety channel, flexible gain control – three-stage pad, expandable to 10-stage pad• Complete control over all features and functions via RØDE Central app• In-built rechargeable lithium-ion batteries – up to 7 hours battery life• Designed and made in RØDE’s precision manufacturing facilities in Australia$ 398.99View Product
Fomex FLB50 Flexible LED Light KitFomex FLB50 Flexible LED Light KitWith the FL-B50, Fomex has developed a cost-effective bi-colour LED panel light. Due to its flexible shape it can be installed in vehicles or cabins with little space. For the colour temperature there are two modes: warm artificial light with 3.200 K and daylight with 5.600K. The brightness can be filigree adjusted via the rotary control.$ 790.00View Product
Shape GH5THC Panasonic Gh5 Cage Top HandlePanasonic GH5 cage (GH5CAGE)The Panasonic GH5 cage from SHAPE is a formfitting, lightweight, robust cage built and designed to protect the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 camera. It wraps securely around the camera body, preventing unwanted rotation while providing an abundance of 1/4?-20 and 3/8?-16 threads for accessories. The camera is fixed to the cage by a 1/4?-20 screw under the unit; and the position is secured with the back and sides of the cage, so it will not move forward when equipped with a heavy lens. The cage provides quick and easy access to the lens release button, battery door, and memory card. It features an open access on top for mounting accessories onto the GH5âs electronic hot shoe. A second built-in shoe on the side offers an additional accessory mounting point. The cage for the Panasonic GH5 is designed to be compatible with the full-size HDMI cable protector lock on the side, to secure the use of your HDMI 4K cable. Also, the baseplate section of the cage is designed with a removable MetabonesÂ® Support Bracket. When there is no MetabonesÂ® adapter, the Â¼-20 screw is captive so you donât have to remove it from the cage and simply slide the bracket from under the cage.Top handle cold shoe DSLR (DTH1)The SHAPE Top Handle Cold Shoe for DSLR Camera is CNC machined from aluminum and features a wooden finger grip made from Canadian maple. The handle mounts onto the shoe of your camera or cage and can be inserted to face forward or rearward. It incorporates a total of (15) 1/4?-20 threaded mounting holes with ARRI anti-twist mounting threads along the length of the handle and (2) cold shoe mounts, one at the front of the handle and one at the back. There is also (1) EVF mount bracket to attach our 15 mm rod clamp (15CTH) or our Push-button arm View Finder Bracket (C2VVF, EVVF).**CAMERA NOT INCLUDED**$ 464.00View Product
Moza Mini C (Phone model)Moza Mini C (Phone model)The gimbal offers a maximum payload of 5.2 oz. The built-in tracking technology in the MOZA Assistant App allows the Mini-C stabilizer to automatically keep the camera lens centered in human face at all times. No matter how fast the object moves, it will follow alongside with accuracy.$ 349.99View Product
Atomos Ninja VAtomos Ninja V1920 x 1080 Touchscreen Display10-Bit Exterior Viewable Monitor4K HDMI Input1000 cd/m² BrightnessAtomHDR Mode with 10-Stop Dynamic Range10-Bit 4:2:2 ProRes & DNxHR EncodingRecords to Mini SSDsSupports a Variety of Log FormatsSingle Sony L-Series Battery Slot$ 1,078.99View Product
Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini ProThe Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro includes all the features found in ATEM Mini, plus more!You get recording direct to USB flash disks in H.264 plus direct streaming via the Ethernet to YouTube Live and more.There’s also a multiview with 4 cameras, media, preview and program plus status of recording, streaming and audio.The Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro model has a built in hardware streaming engine for live streaming via its built in Ethernet connection.That means you can live stream to YouTube, Facebook and Twitch in better quality, without dropped frames and with much simpler settings.Just select the streaming service and enter the streaming key! There are palettes in ATEM Software Control for streaming setup and status, plus streaming status is also displayed in the multiview.Choose any software you like, such as Open Broadcaster for live streaming, or Skype for Powerpoint presentations. ATEM Mini works with software and platforms such as Open Broadcaster, XSplit Broadcaster, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Skype, Zoom, Twitch, Periscope, Livestream, Wirecast and more!$ 789.00View Product