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Thinking of launching a vlog? You don’t need much to get started, especially if you already have a smartphone. When it comes to creating content, a smartphone is probably the most convenient way for beginners to get started, although action cameras, small digital cameras, and compact mirrorless cameras work just as well — and they won’t break the bank.
To help you get started on the road to content creation, we put together a list of vlogging kits to fit all kinds of budgets. Below, find a roundup of kits ranging from $30 to $750. For additional vlogging gear check out our picks for the best microphones for YouTubers, podcasting and live streaming, and best shotgun microphones.
For YouTube, podcasting and more, this iVlogger kit from Movo has everything you need to get started. The kit works with iPhone and Android phones, and features a shotgun microphone, an ultra-bright LED light, and an adjustable tripod with a 360-degree ball head mount and collapsible legs.
The Sunpak Ultimate Vlogging Kit only differs slightly from other options on the list in that it has a ring light included. The full kit contains a 14″ bicolor LED ring light, a mount, a BOYA microphone, and smartphone bar with two regular smartphone mounts, a mini ball head, and a four-section reverse-folding stand.
If you’re on a tight budget, the Neewer Smartphone Vlogging Kit is on sale for $28. It’s a decent choice for beginners that is designed for Android and iPhones. The kit comes with a microphone, smart phone rip with clip, furry wind shield, shock mount, and 3.5mm TRS and TRRS audio output cables.
The Rode Universal Vlogging Kit will work with any smartphone that has 3.5mm ports. The bundle pictured features a Rode VideoMicro ultracompact camera-mount shotgun microphone, an on-camera light (with a diffuser and filters), a tripod, and phone holder. Equipped with the Rode Vlogging Kit, your smartphone can transform into a portable and convenient production system that provides noteworthy sound and picture for your vlog.
If you can afford to include a camera, the Canon EOS Content Creator Kit is a solid investment in your vlogging career. The kit comes with an EOS M2000 camera, a 32 GB memory card, and the new Tripod Grip HG-100TBR, with a detachable Bluetooth remote.
The Panasonic Lumix G100 4K mirrorless camera is designed especially for vlogging. With superior performance and portability, the Lumix G100 lets you create smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K 24p/30p videos in 3840 x 2160 resolution and full HD videos at 60p. Besides the Lumix G100, this camera kit includes 12-32mm lenses, a camera battery, portable tripod, external charger, and gadget bag with a cleaning kit. If you prefer Sony to Canon and Panasonic cameras, try the Sony ZV-1 Compact Digital Vlogging Camera.