Should I use a DSLR or camcorder for Youtube?

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  1. footballfan993

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    Hey everyone, so I've always been pretty interested in having/starting a YouTube channel. The channel that I would have would be full of tech reviews, so it would include shots of products, phones, tablets, computers, etc, as well as shots of myself.

    The question that I have is should I use a DSLR (which I already have, a Canon Rebel T5) or buy a dedicated camcorder to shoot my YouTube videos? What are your thoughts? what equipment do you suggest I have?

    Thank You.


     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Either will work, but at least make sure it can record 1080p.
     
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    compur Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Since this is a film photography forum I would recommend that you use a Super 8 movie camera.
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    I have a Nikon p7800 for that. A small sensor with deep dof for what I need it for'. And the flippy screen was important for my use too.
     
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    And don't forget the lighting you'll need.
     
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    Use what you have. no sense in wasting money if you don't need.
     
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    invest in audio gear! a good mic is just as important as the camera if not more so!
     
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    im confused I was thinking this
    Forums>DSLR Video>DSLR Video Discussion is the right forum to ask about NON FILM cameras. maybe im wrong though!
     
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    Your thread was originally posted in the film photo forum and it was then moved to the correct forum
     
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    The choice of which camera to use to shoot video depends much more on what is being shot and how than the release destination. For example, if you're going to shoot a vlog like CaseyNeistat (he shoots with a small DSLR and light weight lens), you'd want to avoid the big/heavy. I think he did a video about how he shoots. If you're going to do a talking head, just about anything would work, and lighting and sound become more important. If your shoot involves zooming, DSLRs are all hobbled with manual zoom only, so a real video camera would be a better choice. If you need lots of different lenses in your kit, then the DSLR wins.

    I've shot video with everything from a phone and GoPro to DSLR to huge shoulder-mounted Pro cameras. Each has their place, but the end release has less impact on the choice of camera these days than the shoot itself.
     
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