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.