The PERFECT 4K Vlog Camera for YouTube Videos in 2022

Omar shares his favorite 4K vlogging setup for YouTube Videos****** Check out the Sony A 7C Full Frame Mirrorless Camera HERE ➡️ (Amazon)

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📒 Show Notes 📒

1️⃣ Sony A 7C Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (Amazon)

2️⃣ Lens Setup for Vlogs
Sony Zeis 16-35mm Lens ➡️ (Amazon)
K&F Variable ND Filter ➡️ (Amazon)
UURig ND FIlter Adapter ➡️

3️⃣ Sony ECM-B1M Mic (B&H)

4️⃣ Sony Wireless Bluetooth Shooting Grip (Amazon)

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0:00 Intro
0:47 Best Camera for YouTube Vlogs
3:28 Best Lens for YouTube Vlogs
7:33 Best Mic for Vlogging
9:26 Best Selfie Stick for Vlogs

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In this video, Omar shares his favorite vlogging camera setup for 4K professional vlogs.

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— Yo, what up y’all it’s Omar.

Oh, I just hit my shin.


And this guy just turned
on his leaf blower.

That’s gas powered.


If you’re looking to create
a vlog set up this year,

really two things that you
need to look out for is

number one, convenience in your setup

and stabilization in your setup.

And that’s why in this video,

I’ll be breaking down my super
crispy 4k vlog set up that

checks all the boxes.

And I’m going to give you the
why on why I selected certain

things based off of
convenience and stabilization.

So let’s get into it. You
got an express report.

Hey, what is up?

It’s Omar with Think Media
and this channel is all about

helping you grow on YouTube.

And we share, we do that
by sharing the best tips

and tools on how to do so.

And if you’re interested in
that, be sure to subscribe.

Let’s start off with
the body that I’m using,

which is the Sony A7C.

Now the Sony A7C at the
time of shooting this video,

and as far as I know is the smallest,

full frame camera that you can buy.

Which when it comes to
convenience is amazing.

And so at a very small package,

you can produce very high quality videos.

And maybe you’re asking,
«Omar, why does it matter?

Like, why don’t I just go
with a crop sensor camera,

maybe like the A6400 or the A6600».

And I’ll talk about some
more of those reasons,

but for full frame versus crop,

I think a couple of things that
I would want you to know is

number one, is that full frame cameras

give you more of a blurrier
background at lower apertures.

And so a crop sensor camera at F4,

won’t give you that much
of a blurry background,

but a full frame sensor
at F4 will give you a nice

blurry background.

And so that’s one reason.

The second reason I would
say, is low light performance.

You know, when it comes to vlogging,

you don’t know what circumstances
you may find yourself in,

or you just want to capture
everything no matter where you

are indoors outdoors, daytime, nighttime,

having a camera that
performs better in low light.

And it gives you more of a cleaner image

at higher ISOs is key.

And therefore the Sony A7C
being a full frame camera,

Will do so.

Now some key features that
the Sony A7C has that I think,

you know, hits the feature list

when it comes to vlogging is number one,

it has a flip out screen,

which is super nice to be
able to see yourself and frame

your shot as needed,

making sure you’re getting
whatever you’re pointing at

or whatever, as well as
being able to monitor

your audio levels.

Because you know,

you could see your audio
levels on the screen,

which is super nice.

The next thing I love about
this camera is that it has

incredible auto focus and so
it actually tracks your eye.

And so you never have to worry about

if I am in focus or not.

And you know,

you can learn the various
different focus settings

that Sony offers, but all that to say,

just to know that it’s tracking
your eyeball and you can

even see it in the LCD
screen is super clutch.

And just one less thing
that I have to worry about

while I’m filming vlogs.

The camera has great battery life.

So you don’t have to worry
about swapping out batteries

like the older Sony’s do.

I like how they have a record button

on the top of the camera itself.

And then ultimately it just
shoots incredible 4k video at 24

and 30 frames a second,
which I absolutely love.

Now I talked about convenience.

Let’s talk about stabilization,

which is the fact that this camera has

in-body image stabilization.

This is one of the biggest reasons

why I would select this camera
to do high quality vlogs,

because it has actual hardware
inside of the camera that

will keep your shot more steady.

And as you know, I’m holding
the camera with my arm.

You’re not getting any jitter
and shake like a lot of other

cameras that don’t have
in-body image stabilization.

Other cameras, even Sony cameras have

what is called ‘Active steady shot’.

And then there’s like a super-duper crop,

which is, I dunno, something
they take into consideration,

but all that to say the fact
that this camera has IBIS,

it’s the convenience factor
and the stabilization factor.

Now let’s talk about the lens.

And when it comes to
talking about this lens,

it’s more about a setup
than it is just the lens.

I’ll make sure I’ll post links
to everything down in the

description below.

Especially if you want
to check updated pricing

or even used deals.

A lot of the things that I’m
talking about in this video,

aren’t brand new.

And so you could smack a deal
on Amazon or BNH or something,

but be sure to check out the links down

in the description below.

But with that being said,

the lens that I’m using

is the Sony Zeiss 16-35
millimeter F4 lens.

Now, one reason that I
actually like using this lens,

although it’s F4 is
because it’s an F4 lens.

It is a little bit lighter
than its G master predecessor,

which is a lot more heavier,

even though it’s at 2.8 and which is fine.

Like, I mean, if you’re
loving the blurriness,

then you’re, you’re loving this setup.

And then it also has optical steady shot,

which is something that the G masters

don’t necessarily have.

And so optical steady shot
like IBIS is hardware that is

built into the lens that will
bring some more stabilization.

Now, when you pair IBIS

with a lens with optical steady shot,

you get incredible smooth footage.

And so when we’re talking stabilization,

this lens is kind of what you need.

You need a lens with optical steady shot.

And if you’re looking
for a lens to vlog with,

maybe already have a camera,

be sure to look for a lens
that does have some sort of

stabilization technology
in it so that you have more

smoother vlog footage.

Another reason why I love this lens

is the focal range 16-35

because at 16, I’m getting
a nice and super wide shot,

which is what most
people want for vlogging.

And you know, when you’re
right in front of the camera,

it still looks like, like I’m literally,

like my hand is literally
like the distance between the

camera and me, but it makes
it look like I’m super far,

but with 35 you can zoom in
and get more dynamic shots.

If you want to get, you know,

like those crispy shots for maybe

B roll sequences or something.

And just to show you here’s 16,

and then I’m just going to zoom it in.

And you could see that
once you start zooming in

because of the compression,

you’re getting a lot
more blurry background.

And I forgot to mention when I
was talking about the body of

the camera is that it also
has a mode called Crop Mode.

And so you actually can turn
this camera into a crop sensor

camera, and you’re kind of
getting two focal links.

So instead of 35, it’ll be like a 50

instead of 16, it’ll be like a 24.

It’s kind of cool that you’ll
have the versatility in that

arena, but the lens by itself is great.

However, the reason why
this looks so good outside

is because I have an ND filter.

If you don’t know what an ND filter is,

it’s essentially sunglasses for your lens.

So I can keep my aperture at F4,

although I’m out in the sun
and maintain my settings,

be sure to stick around
to the end of this video.

Cause I’ll talk about my
settings in camera for the best

auto settings for vlogging.

So you never have to worry
about adjusting anything really,

but having to screw on
and off your ND filter

is not all that convenient.

And this guy just turned
on his leaf blower,

that’s gas powered.

And so let’s go somewhere
else and get some quiet.

(smooth music)

Man, what timing?

Hey, anyway,

ND filters would be a pain if
you had to just screw it on

and off every time, you know,

you were out going outside or something.

But I found this super cool,

a neat thing that actually
keeps the MD filter on.

It has a hinge that opens up
this makes it super convenient

and you can just keep it on the lens.

And so when you’re going outside,

you can just close it on top
of the lens and get that nice

blurry background, whether
you’re outside or inside.

And really what’s actually
amazing is the ND filter is the

only thing that I need to
adjust to get my settings right.

And so I just moved the ND
filter when I’m outdoors or in a

bright area to when it
says F4 on my aperture,

and then I’m ready to go.

I don’t have to touch the
camera or anything like that.

Just touch the lens.

And then you’re good, which is super cool.

And so now I actually want
to go into the office,

talk about the other accessories,

like the mic and my vlog stick.

And so let’s just shoot over to my office

so we can talk about those.

(smooth music)

We in the studio.

Just my office, not really a studio.

The mic that I use is

the Sony ECMB1M

this is a terrible name for a microphone,

but it’s a phenomenal microphone.

This is a Sony mic that actually
gives you the ability to

put it onto your Sony camera
or the A7C and without cables.

Yes, I said, without cables,

it’ll transmit audio into the camera.

And so we’re talking convenience,

cue the meme that goes, WOW!

And really produces
phenomenal audio quality.

And what I love about this
mic is how robust it is in the

fact that you can adjust your gain

with a step list gain knob.

So if you’re recording
too high or too low,

you can go ahead and
change it in real time,

as well as change the pickup pattern.

So if you want it to pick up
straight in front of the mic

and not around the mic off
to the side, you can do so,

or you can change it.

So it does pick up a more
generalized around it,

you know, audio pickup pattern.

And then there’s some more
adjustments that you can make if

it’s windy or what have you.

But all that to say, I did a audio test

while I was at the park during
the leaf blowers going on,

just so you can get an
idea of what it sounds like

with some noise around.

Here’s an audio test of the
Sony mic on top of the camera

with a plane flying over
me and a leaf blower

going on back there.

Like I started shooting
the rest of this video.

I was like, whatever
I’ll use as a mic test,

But just so you can get a good example

with a very noisy environment.

Like, I don’t want to
shoot a video right now,

but hypothetically speaking,

if you did have to just
shoot through loud noises,

this is how it would
sound on the Sony mic.

Pretty amazing mic,
especially for vlogging.

And if you didn’t know,

Sony actually makes a whole
bunch of these kinds of mics

that communicate with their
multi interface, hot shoe.

And I made a buyer’s guide video.

I’ll link that up at the end of the video,

as well as down in the description below.

But with that being said,

the shooting grip that
I want to talk about

is the wireless Sony grip.

Yes, this video is not sponsored by Sony,

but I’m telling you Sony
created this amazing ecosystem

where all their stuff works well together,

but this is a really
cool vlog stick that has,

it’s kind of like a mini tripod, you know,

for a tabletop or something
that has the ability to rotate,

to tilt and do all the things.

But more than that, it
has buttons on there

where you can program
them to do certain things,

you know, obviously the record button,

and then you have a custom
button that you can make it,

do whatever you want it to do.

And then there’s even a zoom rocker.

So if you want to set up, you know,

optical zoom or digital zoom
or whatever it’s called,

you can do that.

And this is super clutch.

Like if you’re vlogging,

you don’t even have to reach
over with your left hand.

You can just click with your
right hand or your left hand,

and you just get recording
and making your vlogs.

Probably the most convenient shooting grip

or vlog stick that you
can get for a camera.

Now, before I give you the total

of how much everything costs
that I mentioned in this video,

if you’ve gotten value already,

please let me know by hitting
that like button and let me

know down in the comments below,

who are some of your
favorite YouTube vloggers

that you love to watch?

You know, I actually,
when compiling this setup,

I thought of two in
particular, one is Matti.

I don’t know your last name,
Matti, but you’re tight.

And then the second is Peter McKinnon.

And they have been ones that
who really stand out with their

vlogs and it’s because
they use high-end gear.

And so some people might argue
that the gear doesn’t matter.

And I think that’s true to some extent,

but if you’re looking to stand
out, especially in such a,

what’s becoming more of a crowded thing,

I would encourage you
to make an investment.

And that’s what it is.

It’s an investment into
something that you don’t have to

constantly upgrade always.

So, but with that being said,

when you total all the things,

the Sony A7C, the Zeiss 16-35 lens,

the ND filter with the
little hinge, quick release,

the Sony mic, the vlog stick,

you’re coming in at around $3,250

here in the U.S at the time
of shooting this video.

And that is a retail price.

Oh my gosh, you know, put the scary emoji.

This is those retail prices.

So you could definitely shop
use on a lot of these things

and save some money
specifically the lens too,

because you can get the lens
super used on Amazon or even on

eBay or something like that.

That is the price of this setup.

And I hope you got some
value in how I even used it.

I used it outside, I’m in my office space.

And, you know, you can do
a lot of different things

with this setup.

And I didn’t mention things like

unlimited record limits on the camera,

the ability to use this
camera as a webcam,

if you wanted to level up
your live streams as well,

You can use this set up
for all kinds of things.

And that’s really what I
thought about when creating it,

was a versatile setup.

Now I did promise you earlier
in this video that I would

share my favorite vlog
settings for your camera.

And so if you actually want to check out

my favorite vlog setting, it’s automatic.

It’s, fail-proof, it’s pretty sweet.

Go ahead and click or tap the screen.

And if you want to check out
Nolan’s budget vlog setups,

maybe you got scared at this price point,

then go ahead and check that out.

But I can’t wait to see
you in a future video.


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