Best Camera for YouTube Videos? DSLR vs Camcorder vs Point and Shoot vs Webcam!

– Webcams, point and shoots, smart phones, mirrorless, DSLR’s, there
are a lot of different camera options out there,
but which one is the best one for video creation and for YouTube? In this video we’re gonna
take a look at the advantages and the disadvantages of
each, plus my recommendations on which is the best one for you. Hi, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. We release a ton of content
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button and all the links to everything we mention in this video, you can find linked in
the description below. So let’s jump into it. Now there’s a ton of options
out there when it comes to cameras, ranging from
webcams and smartphones, point and shoots, mirrorless, DSLR, and if you’re running a YouTube channel or just starting out and trying
to make the right choice, it can be pretty overwhelming. But before we get into the comparison, my first response to
any question like this, “What is the best camera for X?,” is always the camera
that you already have. No matter what you’re doing, get out there and get started with what you have. Whether it is your webcam, or your smart phone, it doesn’t matter. Don’t let gear be an excuse
for you not hitting your goals, as it is for a lot of people. So with that out of the way, this video is for those of you who are ready to take the next step and start investing in the next level. To help you decide which type of camera is best for your YouTube videos. And make sure you stick around to the end ’cause we’ll show you a great resource for understanding your
primary camera settings. And how to use them to
maximize your results. So when you’re trying to work
out the best camera for you, there’s really two things
that you need to look at. The first is, obviously, the price. You need to get something
that you can afford. And the second thing
is the style of videos that you want to create,
whether it’s course content, whether it’s a vlog,
whether it’s just talking to camera like I am here now. Those are the two real
determining factors as for which camera is going to be
best suited for your needs. Once you know where you’re at
with your price or budget and you know the types of videos
that you’re wanting to create, then you can look at the quality
and the ease of use of the different cameras and the
portability as well, if it’s applicable for the types
of videos you’re creating. So the first options you’ve
got in regards to cameras are webcams and the biggest
benefits of webcams are they’re cheap and they’re
extremely easy to use. These days you can pick
up a really high quality webcam, something that records
1080p, like the Logitech C920 or C922 for under the $80
price point so it’s just crazy what you’re able to do with these cameras. I’ve actually done a video
comparing the Logitech C920 to the C922 and I’ll put
a link up in the cards now if you can, do check that out. One of the other standout
features of using your webcam to create your videos
is that the file sizes are typically much
smaller than most cameras and also the files are much easier to edit because the files are
actually already saved on your computer, so
there’s no need to worry about SD cards or external storage and to copy all the files
off to your computer. You’re recording directly
to your computer, so that speeds up the entire work flow. When it comes to mounting
options and positioning the webcams, a lot of
them will either clip directly onto your computer screen or onto your laptop screen
or most of them these days will also have a tripod
thread on the bottom meaning that you’ve gotten
a heap more mounting options because you’ve got that standard thread meaning that you can hook
your webcam up and connect it to your tripod so you can then use it for standing or sitting when
you’re creating your videos. If you’re not gonna be using
a webcam to create your videos then typically they’re
not as good as a camera or even your smart phone would
be in lower light situations so you may need some extra lights. We do have a video on
portable lighting options. You can check that out, but just be aware that you will need additional lighting. You also might wanna look
at some extra software or download the software
that comes with your webcam, depending on which one you
go with, to kick your camera into manual mode, meaning that
you can lock down exposure, lock down the brightness adjustments, lock down your white
balance so that your color is not gonna change while you’re filming and also lock down the
focus point as well. So if you’re going with
something like the Logitech C920 or C922, Logitech now
has software on both Mac and Windows, which lets you
lock all those settings down or you can use a piece of
software like Eyeglasses if you’re on Mac to help you do that with whatever webcam you’re using. The other really important
thing that you need to know if you’re looking at webcams is to make sure that the
quality of the webcam that you’re getting will support 1080p. I don’t think anyone should
be creating videos these days in 720p, so the quality of
the videos, I think they need to really be at 1080 and that’s where something like the Logitech
C920 and C922 stand out. Now there are some full K webcams available yet like Logitech Brio. I have got one and I have
been playing around with it, but I don’t think it’s there just yet, and as such I’m back
using the Logitech C922 as my primary webcam. So they are on the way,
definitely something to keep an eye out for and it’s
something that we will keep you updated on this
channel, but I don’t think you need to jump to a
full K webcam just yet. The downsides then of
using a webcam to record your videos are that
you’ll need a computer, so this really isn’t a portable solution unless you’re looking to take your laptop around everywhere you’re looking to film, so if you’re looking for portability, then webcam is probably not
gonna be the option for you. Also the built-in microphones
in webcams are never great unless you’re gonna be
sitting right up next to them in a room with no echo
and no background noise, which is probably the only
time it might be possible. I’d always recommend using
an external microphone, whether it’s a USB microphone
that you plug into your computer or whether it’s
a wired lapel or lavalier microphone that you could
also plug into your computer. And the other big thing
that you need to be aware of when you’re creating your
videos using your webcams is that depending on the
software you’re using to record the videos, you may end up with what’s called a variable bit rate. So there is a chance if
you’re recording your audio externally on something
like a Zoom recorder that your audio can drift
out of sync with the video because the video isn’t
locked to a fixed frame rate, so that’s something just to be aware of. When you’re then picking
the software to use to record your videos into your computer, it’ll come down to your
settings and what you’ve got available in there, but just be aware that wherever possible if you’re
recording with your webcam, I’d suggest that you record
your audio internally in your laptop as well, so
both the audio and the video are synced up at the same time. If you’re gonna be recording externally, and some webcams and some
software will give you a variable bit rate only, then you may
have some issues with the audio drifting out of sync with the video. All right, so those are the
pros and cons of using a webcam. Next up, we’re gonna take a
look at point and shoot cameras. Now, the first thing with
a point and shoot camera is that they’re gonna be better
quality than a webcam. Some of them have fantastic
quality and some of them will even do full K videos. The biggest benefit of a
point and shoot camera is that they are portable,
they’ll have interchangeable batteries, they’ve also got
expandable and removable storage, so most of them
will record on something like an SD card that you
can swap out our get really, really large ones so that
you’re able to record a heap of footage at once. Probably the biggest downside
when it comes to point and shoot cameras is the audio control and the audio inputs that you’ll have. Most point and shoot cameras, I say most because there are a few
exceptions to the rule, but most point and shoot
cameras won’t let you have external audio
capabilities, so the ability to plug in an external microphone So what this means is
you’ve either just gotta use the built-in microphone on
your point and shoot camera, which is never really
fantastic, or you’re going to be recording your audio
separate, in which case, you’re gonna need a
separate audio recorder and a microphone as well,
so then you’re editing process goes up a bit because
you have to synchronize the audio and the video in your editing, so this is all just things to be aware of. If you’re happy to do that,
and that’s how a lot of people still create their
videos, then that’s fine, or depending on the types of
videos that you’re creating, you might just be happy
with the built-in audio on the point and shoot
camera, in which case that’s the best choice for you. The only other really major thing that you need to be aware of
with point and shoot cameras is that some of them can
have a recording time limit. Some of them switch off after
five minutes of recording, some of them switch off
after 10 or 12 minutes, some of them don’t have a limit at all, so if you’re looking at
point and shoot cameras, then make sure you know
the recording limits for your specific camera. Okay, so that’s webcams,
that’s point and shoot cameras. Now we’re gonna take a look at video cameras or handicams, camcorders. So once again, you’ve got
a heap of options out there when it comes to these sorts of cameras, and a huge price range as well. Typically, these are gonna cost you more than a point and shoot camera,
but they’re going to be, in a lot of cases,
cheaper than what a DSLR or more professional camera would be. The biggest benefit of something like this is the ease of use. These cameras are so easy to use. Literally, in most
cases, you just flip open the LCD screen, the camera comes on and then you’ve just
got a big record button. You’ve got flexibility
of Zooming in and out, which you don’t have
that in a great capacity with a lot of point and shoot cameras. You’ve also typically
got more storage options. A lot of these cameras will
have a built-in hard drive, but they’ll also take
SD cards or some sort of memory cards to be
able to store your footage so you’ve got a heap of flexibility there. Now in regards to audio
options with these cameras, it really depends on
what end of the spectrum you’re looking at price wise. The cheaper ones normally
won’t have external audio input just the same as the
point and shoot cameras. Most of those, you’ll
be needing to either use the built-in microphone
or you’ll have to record your audio separately to
something like the Zoom recorder. Typically, though, the more
that you spend with video cameras and handicams, the more features that you’ll get in the camera. So the more that you spend,
you’re more likely to get something like XLR plugs,
which are professional audio plugs, which’ll
really open you up to having some great options with
your audio and being able to plug in professional microphones, professional wireless microphones and you can always get
an adapter from XLR back to 3.5 mm so that you can
really plug whatever type of microphone or wireless
system into your camera. The biggest benefit, though,
of these types of cameras is normally the record time. Based on the fact that these
normally have a built-in hard drive and that you can
use external memory cards like SD cards as well in
most of them, then you can actually record for huge amounts of time. So if you’re going to
record a presentation or some sort of conference or anything, you can record hours
at a time in most cases with a camera like this. Video quality wise, you’d
be able to get some really great looking videos, really sharp videos out of these cameras,
especially the higher end ones. These are also really good for any run-and-gun style filming. So maybe a vlog style
where you want to record something quick in one location, quickly go to the next location, the fact that these are so easy to turn on and to start recording
and that the auto focus is really, really good
on these sorts of cameras just makes them really easy to film with. Probably the two biggest
things that you won’t get with a camera like this,
the first in most cases, is interchangeable lenses,
so you won’t have a huge of lens options when it comes
to these sorts of cameras, which also means that you
also, depending on which one you get, in most cases,
you won’t be able to achieve a really blurry background
look or that sort of filmic look where you’re in
focus and the background is totally blurry, which
everyone seems to be after these days on YouTube. Now if that’s you and that’s
something you’re looking to achieve with your videos, then check out the video linked up here. We have done a video
on how to get that look and even using your smart phone as well, some different workarounds
and different settings you can use to help achieve that look with whatever camera you’re using. But typically the look that
you’ll get with these sorts of cameras isn’t where
the background is totally blurred out, it’s more where
everything is pretty much in focus, so I’d be in
focus and the background would probably be in focus as well. Moving on from there,
your next options are DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras. Now again, we’ve bundled two pretty big categories here together. So essentially these are
harder to use cameras, but they’ve also got a
lot more flexibility, so you can really dial
in a lot of the settings, you can really get some great control over the actual result or over the video that you’re gonna be producing, but there are some limitations as well. So the price range is
huge in this category. Once again, you can pick up
DSLR for around the $4-500 mark or you can spend much, much more. So it really comes down to
your budget here once again and the feature set definitely changes amongst the price bracket as well. There’s some really popular
DSLRs like the Canon 70D, Canon 80, like the Sony Alpha
series of DSLR and mirrorless cameras and also your
Panasonic, your GH4s, your GH5s. So as I said, there’s a
heap of different cameras that you can look at in
this sort of category, but what you’ll normally
find, though, is that most of these will have audio
input, most of them will have a 3.5 mm headphone jack,
microphone port, so you can plug in one or two microphones
with an adapter cable directly into your camera,
which makes it a bit easier for recording audio. The camera that I’m using right here now for this video is a Panasonic GH4. I’m just wearing a wired
lapel, you can hear, that’s taped up under my shirt and I’m recording audio
directly into the camera. When you’re picking a DSLR,
make sure you check out a heap of the reviews and work out what the battery life is gonna be like. Then work out how much
additional batteries are gonna cost if your
gonna be moving around and filming in different locations. Look at the different
audio options you’ve got for your specific camera and
look at what people are saying that’s good and bad about the camera so that you know what’s gonna
help fit your shooting style and what you’re looking to
achieve with your videos. I really like the Panasonic
range because the battery life is just insane, like
one battery will last me a full day of shooting. I like that I can just monitor, this, I’m watching here what I’m recording. I can see that I’m in focus, so this camera has wifi built in. So there’s a lot of additional
little features like that that make it easier for
you to create your videos in this area, in your DSLR
and in your mirrorless camera section, so if I was gonna
pick a camera right now and go out and buy one,
I’d be looking for wifi. That is a massive feature
that I use when I’m creating these videos, but depending
on the type of videos that you’re creating, that
might not make any difference or it might be something
you won’t actually use in your videos so it all
comes down to the type of videos your creating. It obviously comes down to your budget and how much you want to spend, but it also comes down to usability and what’s gonna be the easiest for you to create the videos so
that you can just focus on creating the videos and not
worry about the technology. So the key features, or
the key things you’ll get if you’re gonna be shooting
your videos with a DSLR is most of them do have
interchangeable lenses. Most of them also have
a larger sensor size meaning that you can get
that blurry background or that more filmic look in your videos if that’s what your after. It can also add to the cost,
though, because a lot of them you can buy at the DSLR
or the camera itself and then you’ve gotta
buy your lenses separate. So again, another budget issue. Most of these cameras, as I
said, will have audio input and audio monitoring so
that you can get your audio directly into the camera. These’ll also all take external
memory cards like SD cards but in some cases, if you
wanna be able to record at the highest quality
setting, so full K and maybe a really high bit rate, then
you may need the fastest cards, which are gonna cost
you some more money once again. There’s a couple of things
that you need to be aware of if you’re going to be looking
at a DSLR or mirrorless camera for your filming is most of them, the battery life isn’t
nearly as good as what you would find on a handicam or camcorder. So you wanna be prepared
and get extra batteries so cost that in when you’re weighing up which camera you want to buy, look at the price of
the external batteries, or extra batteries, as well. Typically, with these
sorts of cameras as well, you could have way more
settings and way more control over your video, which is
good, if you want to learn the settings and take
the time to get the most out of your camera. If you just turn the camera
on, you could be totally overwhelmed with all
the settings and control that you have and the auto
functions on your DSLR may not be what you’re after. Some of them have really good auto focus, some of them have absolutely
rubbish auto focus, so all of this comes into
play when you’re picking the DSLR that’s right for you. Look at all of these things. Look at the auto focus, look
at the lenses, look at the battery life, look at the
audio options you’ve got. There’s a bit more to consider
when you’re looking at a DSLR and also the
fact that in most cases, it’s going to be a bit
harder to use or a bit more of a learning curve. Once you actually know
it, it’s going to be easy, but it’s a big step up from
something like a handicam or a point and shoot camera. All right, so there’s a lot
of information in there. Let’s pull it all together
so that it’s a bit clearer as for which one is
gonna be right for you, and after that, I’m gonna
give you a link to an awesome resource to help you
understand the key settings that will get you great
results with any camera. So a webcam is gonna be
great if you don’t wanna be moving around, so you
just want to set up once in your home or your office,
you don’t want to spend a lot of money and you’ve
got external lights or lights that are gonna
help you light up your scene ’cause webcams typically
aren’t good in low light. But for ease of use, for set
up, for recording directly to your computer, so you don’t
need to worry about external storage, then a webcam
is going to be perfect. Also, if you’re looking
to do live streaming, then you’ve already got
all the gear you need then. A webcam is the easiest way
to go live from your computer. Point and shoot cameras
are fantastic if you wanna be moving around a lot
and something portable to carry with you without
all the bulk of a DSLR or mirrorless camera, something
with a big, bulky lens. So if you’re gonna be running
and moving around a lot, point and shoot cameras are great. They’ve got a huge price range. You can get cheap ones and you can get really expensive ones
so you need to look at what features you need in that camera. Most of them don’t have external audio, so you’ll need to either
record audio separate or you’ll have to put up
with the built-in audio or microphones that are in the camera, in which case, you need to
be aware of where you’re filming and background noise and wind and really just the locations
that you’re filming in to be able to get the best
audio out of those cameras. Camcorders or handicams or video cameras are probably the easiest cameras to use. In most cases, you just
flip open the screen, press record, and you’re away. You’ll get a lot longer
record time on these ’cause they’ll typically
have some sort of built-in storage capacity and you’ll
also have the benefit, in a lot of cases, of
having external storage, like SD cards as well. So these are really good if
you’re going to be filming and recording long videos
and large events even because you’ll have
that longer record time. The batteries are normally really good and will last you a huge amount of time and depending on which end
of the pricing bracket, scale, you’re at, you may
find audio to be difficult at the cheaper end, and
also the lenses and the look that you’ll be able to get from the camera at the cheaper end, but
obviously the higher up you go, the better the lenses,
the better low light and the better the
audio inputs you’ll have on your camera as well. And above that is DSLR
and mirrorless cameras, which are, in most cases, harder to use. They will have an auto
function, but really to get the best results out of these, you’ll wanna be kicking
them into manual mode, so it’s worth learning the settings and learning how to get the best out of the camera that you’ve got. Most of these will have a
3.5 mm microphone input jack so you can plug in microphones
and record synchronized audio to save you a bit of time later. Most of them will also
have interchangeable lenses so you can really get creative
with the different looks that you’re looking to achieve. Depending on which one
you go, battery life can be an issue, so it’s
worth doing a little bit of research around that, but really these cameras are suited
for getting a high quality, really polished video look,
something that’ll work really well indoors like I
am here or moving around, but typically these will
require a bit more set up in each location that you go to. But also these will probably
give you the highest quality recording or the
highest quality videos that you’ll be able to capture. Now that you’ve figured
out the best camera for your videos and for your budget, it’s important to
understand the key settings that can help you get the best results, no matter what camera you’ve chosen. Check out the video linked on the screen, which runs through the best settings that you need and how to set them. Don’t worry if you don’t have a DSLR. This provides a great
101 for the key settings that apply to all cameras. I’ll see you soon.

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