MY VLOGGING SETUP 2019: Camera Gear For Travel & Food Videos


– Hi there. If you are new here, my name is TJ. I’m a travel and food vlogger, and this is my vlogging setup. I’m filming this in
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All right. Let’s talk gear. Number one, this vlogging
setup is for people who wanna create higher-quality videos. Number two, if you’re looking
for a more compact setup, you can check out my older
video for minimalist travelers, and number three, you do not, do not, do not, do not have to
buy this entire setup. This is just what I use, and hopefully you guys
can get some good ideas. I will be offering cheaper
and free alternatives throughout the video, because I know that this can get very, very expensive. All my money goes into
video making or food. That is why I have worn the same outfit in many, many videos.
(TJ laughs) Wassup, mm. Okay, let’s talk camera. (jazzy instrumental music) My camera is the Sony A6500. It’s light and small,
two very important things when filming on the go,
especially when you’re traveling. Video quality is great. It’s got 4K, 120 frames per
second for sexy slow motion, and you get a range of
lenses to swap in and out of. Also, a microphone port for better audio. It’s much better audio than
the smaller vlogging cameras, such as the Sony RX or Canon G7 X. I had this one for about three years. It’s pretty much broken. Check out this big hole
to Narnia on it, ha. If we wanna talk camera
terms, 24 megapixels, it’s cropped, which
means it’s a step smaller than the full-frame, and it
has great image resolution. For the price, the size, and the quality, I just found this camera unbeatable. However, a camera can’t be that perfect, because this one doesn’t
have a flip screen. Why? So I can’t call it the
perfect vlogging camera, but it is a great camera. So, to combat the fact that
it doesn’t have a flip screen, I did buy a monitor. This is the Sony monitor. This was great for my recent
vlogging series where I was filming alone and needed to
see how I looked in the shots. But, I don’t love having this monitor. This one didn’t even come
with a battery in the box. I’ve heard good things
about SmallHD monitors, but they are I think $500, and that’s 500 McDonald’s one-dollar cheeseburgers, yeah. So a free way to see
yourself is just to connect your camera through your
phone through Bluetooth. The only problem with this is
sometimes it’s a little bit laggy, so it’s not as
real-time as you want it. Another way to effortlessly vlog is to have a lens, a wide angle lens. Getting a super wide angle lens is something you wanna do in vlogging because you can get a lot
of that background goody. The one I purchased is
the Sony 10 to 18mm. PS, I recommend a great lens for half the price at
the end of this video. I love this lens so much. It is so wide and autofocuses well. I love the zoom in and
out effects when vlogging. The only thing that hurts
about this lens is the price. But, when I’m walking in a rush, just need to pick up the camera
to vlog, having this wide angle lens ensures I will be
in the shot no matter what. (jazzy instrumental music) I used to the JOBY GorillaPod a lot. This is what it looks like. But JOBY came out with a new
line called the TelePods, and what I love about the
TelePods is that it’s a tripod, so you can see it on things,
and it’s also a selfie stick. So the Asian in me is
screaming, oh my gosh, oh. (TJ laughs) Because I’m a food vlogger, I often have a table setup in front of me. So I set the TelePod
on a chair or a table, and then I extend it to
kind of get the best angle. It’s basically a portable setup. It’s so much lighter
than carrying a tripod, although if you’re interested
in the tripod I use for proper gigs, I’ll also
link it in the description. Audio. Audio is very, very important, and good audio is difficult
to get when vlogging. People will tolerate shaky
footage and blurry footage, but they usually will hate bad audio. While we can’t get
perfect audio every time, there’s a couple of ways you can ensure that you get better quality. I used to use a Zoom H1 with a lavalier. It’s a great external
recorder, but it was annoying, because it doesn’t clip to
you, and bumping into it means hitting this part, which
broke a lot of my lavaliers. I upgraded to this Tascam. It comes with its own
microphone with a condenser. It’s so compact and has never
failed in capturing my voice, even with loud music and
chatter in the background. This is a huge investment, though, for people who really want
that sweet nectar of audio. You can also just get
an on-camera microphone. This is best if you’re vlogging on the go. This is the Rode VideoMicro. It’s powerful. It plugs right into your
camera, battery-free, and it’s so small. VideoMicro is supposed to come with a poof so that when the wind
blows, you don’t hear that sound, but I lost mine. One thing to know about this
microphone that is great is if you just use your iPhone to vlog, which you totally can,
you just need to make sure to get a different connector. So I’ll link it all in the description, but this one has a gray tip,
and that’s for the iPhone, and this one, you can
connect to the camera. Cheaper alternative two. Get a lavalier for your phone. They cost around $20. You can plug it into your phone when you’re recording with your camera. Because the lavalier
is just closer to you, the audio will be clearer
than from the audio in-camera that’s two,
three feet away from you. You just need to sync the
audio in post-production, and I have an editing tutorial coming out, so I’ll show you guys
how to do that in that. My full Transformers-looking setup with everything looks like this. One thing I didn’t mention because it’s not necessary unless you get everything is the small rig
cage you see right here. This allows me to attach the monitor and have space on the side
to attach a microphone. My everyday go-to setup when I don’t need all of that looks like this. I have super small hands, so
the equipment looks really big, but trust me when I say this is quite the compact setup for most people. Again, you don’t need the whole thing. Let me suggest to you
guys some combinations. If you already have a
smaller vlogging camera like Sony RX or G7 X, the
biggest problem is the audio, so you can just get the Tascam, or you can just get a
lavalier with your iPhone for situations where you need clear audio. If you have a nice camera
but no flip screen to vlog, get an app that connects the screen to your phone, or a wide-angle lens. The Sigma 60mm f/1.4 is
half the price of the Sony, and the quality is truly sickening, bruh. There you go, you guys. That is my vlogging setup. I’m really saving up and
hoping to get a new Sony. I think they just came out with a new one. But in general, for all my videos, I love using the Sony A6500. Even the videos where
someone is filming me, that’s usually also filmed on the A6500. I hope this gave you guys some good ideas on what to use for your
own vlogging setup. You know, you can really get creative. You can go cheap on some things and just invest in something better. You don’t have to get
everything high-quality. We just gotta learn to
make it work, you know? Thank you guys so much for tuning in to my vlogging setup for 2019. Please be sure to give
this video a big thumbs up. Oh, one more thing before we go. If you guys are really
interested in vlogging and starting your own YouTube channel or growing your own
YouTube channel, I do have a travel vlogging course
called Viewing to Vlogging. It doesn’t focus on
cinematics, which, good thing Skillshare is sponsoring
this video, because you guys can actually get a lot
of good cinematic classes there for like, $10 a month. Well, it’s free right now. My class focuses a lot on the branding and marketing aspects of it, and then the business part of having
your own YouTube channel. If you guys are interested
in learning more, be sure to check out the description, because it has a link to the course, and it has a free training for you. All right, time to go. My stomach has been growling this entire video.
(TJ laughs) I hope the microphone didn’t catch it. But I will see you guys next time. Thumbs up this video. Thank you so much again
for watching, and bye-bye! (jazzy instrumental music)

92 Replies to “MY VLOGGING SETUP 2019: Camera Gear For Travel & Food Videos

  1. Love the video TJ! It sort of an update on what’s best for vlogging nowadays and some alternative cheaper priced extras too! I’m still using my old canon G7X camera until now and still don’t have any complaints on that apart from … like you said … audio… thanks for the update 😘😘😘

  2. Sony A6400 just dropped for $900. Not really an upgrade over your A6500, it has a flip screen, but you lose the IBIS. 😕 You are in NYC, so maybe you can do a promo deal/sponsorship to do a review with either B&H or Adorama? Rumored A7000 should be real upgrade.

  3. What I do to sync audio is snap my fingers a few times. This gives a nice spike in the audio that's easy to sync. If it's off its so little it's hard to notice

  4. We have a few incidents that people will come in and grab and go. Are you ever afraid of someone just running off with your setup while doing a video?

  5. Awesome insight and we love how compact everything is. Thanks for sharing, TJ! One more question is what kind of bag are you using to keep all this? Just a normal backpack or do you have a special bag where everything fits seamlessly? Any recs?

  6. ABSOLUTELY agree on the audio. I'm relatively new to international travel so I watch a TON of travel videos and poor audio really sets the pros and amateurs apart… No idea why some of these people are even trying to make a vlog in 100mph winds with their setups. I've seen some otherwise great videos totally ruined by the horrible audio. Headphones/earbuds make it even worse. I've about been deafened a few times…haha
    I have super small hands so it makes the equipment seem really big… Great, now my wife with very small hands knows my little secret…😂
    I can't wait to see you back in Asia. Take care and safe travels! 👍✌

  7. Skillshare is great! You know whats also great? Cup of Tj course!! Bam 💥😋 – always sharing the best compact gear for travels – i think my right arm is so trained for 3kg weight now w the rode mic, sony camera, joby tripod, 16-35mm 🥵🥵

  8. Tuning in to TJ’s channel and listening to her describe her travel always makes a hectic day at work seem like a perfect time to go on vacation with TJ. LOL 😝😜🤪😜👌🏾👍🏽🤙👍🏻👏🤙🏽👍🏿

  9. I bought the Joby GripTight Telepod on your recommendation TJ, it's a great piece of kit 🙂 Thank you 🙂 Cheers, Don (Dons Shed and Xplor Overland)

  10. Thank you so much. I always ask, and you finally delivered. Now to come up with the money for new and better gear. 🙂

  11. Hi TJ I mentioned you in my instastory I found you cuz I love Taiwanese beef noodle soup and I love sesame noodles also. I have a mutual friend with Raina 😊

  12. I love you TJ! 😍 I really love your videos.. Give me some response pls then I'll be happy for the rest of my life! 😄😄😄 🇵🇭

  13. I always look forward to your videos. I'm about to launch my youtube channel too and hope you give a little like/subscribe to it. Thanks for sharing so much information. I hope to meet you someday!!!! You're absolutely amazing! Love from Dubai all the way!! xx

  14. This was a great video! My problem is; when I'm at a food market by myself and there is no seats or tables and I need 2 hands to eat and I can't vlog…. its a conundrum! D: D: D:

  15. video nice, ​my friends watching video:

    टॉम और दोस्तों के साथ रंग जानें, बच्चों के लिए वीडियो मजेदार जानवर, वीडियो शिक्षा रंग 2019

  16. That sony camera is perfect for you. I've seen people vlogging with full frame cameras like the Sony A7iii, but once you add in an assortment of lenses it gets so heavy ! I'm so lazy when I travel I can't even be bothered carrying around a selection of lenses – I just use the kit lens (I'm not making youtube videos though, just taking a few snapshots) Good audio is so important. I've seen youtubers go to great efforts to travel to far off locations – eat all sorts of crazy food etc, but they try to record audio in noisy streets or restaurants using the camera's built in mic. I can hardly hear what they are saying. Seriously youtubers, you are putting in so much work, please get your audio sorted.

  17. Great video! I always enjoy your behind the scenes videos 🙂 And also, Sony just released the a6400 with a flip up screen 😀

  18. Such great advice for new vloggers! We use the Sony Alpha a6500 and love it!! Id love to see more videos like this 🙂

  19. 2:44 $1 mcdonalds cheeseburger?!?!?, damn, is that how much they cost now.. i remember when it used to cost 39 cents not too long ago

  20. Hello TJ! I love your video so much. I have a question. When you are travelimg which laptop and editing program do you use? And Do you think 4K is required cause 4K requires high quality of laptop.

  21. Sweet setup! Thanks for the video. I'm getting myself the A7III which is bigger, but coming from full frame photography (which I want to carry on) it's too difficult to go back to smaller sensors. I'm just gonna have to muscle up 💪 and probably see how good my guesswork is without a monitor!

  22. BATTERIES BATTERIES BATTERIES????????? lithium ion batteries when traveling in 2019? whats your take?
    new tsa rules

  23. Did you ever consider the Canon M50? I love that tripod. I have the larger Zoom h4n from way back. I like the size of that Tascam unit you showed.

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