I have been doing youtube for a few years, on and off, but lately I have been getting more serious. The following is the current gear I use as of Feb, 7th, 2016. Simply click the image of the product to view it on amazon.
I started Youtube, basically filming whatever I could use, and one day I got a Nikon D3100, not for youtube, just for photography. However I saw the quality DSLRs provided for video, so I got into making Youtube videos as well. I eventually noticed the shortcomings of the D3100, such as no rotating screen and no mic support. That is why I upgraded to the D5500. I use both the Camera and he Kit lens from time to time, if I’m not using the other lens mentioned.
Nikon D5500 DX-format Digital SLR w/ 18-55mm VR II Kit (Black)
Once I started to master my DSLR, I soon noticed that the camera does not make the picture of video, but in most cases the lens. The advantage to this 1.8 Fstop lens is that I can record videos in super low light if needed. Also the 1.8fstop means I can make super crisp blurred backgrounds. However, one downside is that it is 35MM, which means its not as wide as I would like for certain situations. If I am recording a smartphone from arms length, some times my arms are not long enough. That is when I go back to the 18mm option on my kit lens.
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
When this lens does not focus as close as I want I use a Macro Lens, which is here:
Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
Manfrotto is known in the Tech Community as being a quality maker of video equipment. That is why I went for this tripod when buying one. It is an intro tripod with some basic video panning ability. Certainly I could produce more steady video if I had a dedicated video head. But this works for now. I certainly will be upgrading to a video head for more crispy, steady video.
Manfrotto MKCOMPACTADV-BK Compact Advanced Tripod with 3-Way Head (Black)
For lighting, its super simple. I just use these umbrella lights. They don’t output the brightest lighting, but the color is nice and prevents that nasty yellow hue you see from regular bulbs. I typically have another lamp on in my room, and will have some Phillips Hue bulbs on in the background to compliment the shot.
Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit by LimoStudio LMS103
The Blue Snowball is a tried and true Youtube Microphone. It has USB, so you know the quality is going to be the best. Its simply plug and play and you are good to go. The Yeti is a better microphone, but I just have not seen the need to upgrade to it yet.
Blue Microphones Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone, Cardioid
The Logitech 920 is another tried and true product that a lot of youtubers use. The two best features is that it is 1080p, and it actually has autofocus. If you pair it with good lighting, this can actually provide some really good video. The audio is not good at all, so you are going to want to pair it with a microphone. A lot of Gaming You tubers use this when first starting out. I will use this if I’m doing a Tutorial, such as shooting a how to root your phone video.
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, 1080p Widescreen Video Calling and Recording
For editing, I proudly use Adobe Premier elements 13, along with Photoshop elements 13 if I need to edit any thumbnails. I started using Windows Movie Maker, but I ran into some limitations, such as not allowing to edit in B-Roll over my voice. So this is working nicely. I am kind of reaching the limitations of this software, so I do see myself upgrading to the Premier Pro soon. I do also proudly want to state I paid for this software, and did not pirate it. I feel that because I am using it to make youtube videos, I should morally be spending money on it. And shame on any Youtuber that has tormented their software and using it for their financial gain.