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YouTube Starter Kit For Beginners

Essential YouTube Starter Kit For Beginners [On A Budget]

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In this article, we’re going to explore the perfect YouTube starter kit. We’ll show you everything you need to get going.

Our guide includes everything from audio to lights and the all important options for a cheap YouTube camera (or something a bit fancier).

So you’re looking to start a YouTube channel right? You’ve got your ideas down, and you’re excited to begin. However, there’s one piece of the puzzle missing… How will you go about filming it?

Camera

cheap YouTube camera

So let’s get started at the very basics. Firstly, to film anything you’re going to need a camera, and a good one at that!

There are many options for expensive, mid-range and cheap YouTube cameras. The most important thing to consider before purchasing is the style of filming you want to make.

For example, if you’re doing daily vlogs you’ll need to consider things like camera weight for holding the camera in front of you. If you’re filming cinematic shots then you’ll be looking at a camera that allows you to change lenses.

Below is a guide to the best cameras on the market currently, to add to your YouTube starter kit. Also, check out our full article on budget blogging cameras.

Compact Cameras + DSLRs

A great camera to start with would be a cheap camera or a used older version of any of the models found below, which all range considerably in price.

The Sony G7X and Canon S120, for example, are pocket, point and shoot YouTube cameras which give ease to the user and ability to record quickly when out and about. They are also very lightweight.

The heavier model of cameras, for example, would be the Sony A7S IV, Panasonic GH5 and Canon 5D Mark IV. These require purchasing additional lenses, however, having the ability to shoot in slo-mo and in 4k makes these cameras the best on the market for filming.

Canon PowerShot S120 Digital...
Canon PowerShot Vlogging...
Blackmagic Design Pocket...
Panasonic LUMIX GH5M2, 20.3MP...
Sony Alpha 7 IV Full-frame...
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full...
Canon PowerShot S120 Digital...
Canon PowerShot Vlogging...
Blackmagic Design Pocket...
Panasonic LUMIX GH5M2, 20.3MP...
Sony Alpha 7 IV Full-frame...
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full...
$178.00
Price not available
$1,295.00
$1,397.99
Price not available
Price not available
Canon PowerShot S120 Digital...
Canon PowerShot S120 Digital...
$178.00
Canon PowerShot Vlogging...
Canon PowerShot Vlogging...
Price not available
Blackmagic Design Pocket...
Blackmagic Design Pocket...
$1,295.00
Panasonic LUMIX GH5M2, 20.3MP...
Panasonic LUMIX GH5M2, 20.3MP...
$1,397.99
Sony Alpha 7 IV Full-frame...
Sony Alpha 7 IV Full-frame...
Price not available
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full...
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full...
Price not available

Phones

Secondly, you might also like to consider using a phone as an option for a cheap YouTube camera. Obviously, nothing is better than the one in your pocket but if you have the budget to upgrade here are the best on the market currently.

Note: anything higher than an iPhone 6 model will shoot in 4K. 👍

Google Pixel 6 – 5G Android...
Apple iPhone 12 Pro, 128GB,...
OnePlus 10 Pro | 5G Android...
Huawei P50 Pro 256GB 8GB RAM...
SAMSUNG Galaxy S22 Ultra Cell...
Google Pixel 6 – 5G Android...
Apple iPhone 12 Pro, 128GB,...
OnePlus 10 Pro | 5G Android...
Huawei P50 Pro 256GB 8GB RAM...
SAMSUNG Galaxy S22 Ultra Cell...
$249.99
$617.00
$599.99
Price not available
$909.99
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Google Pixel 6 – 5G Android...
Google Pixel 6 – 5G Android...
$249.99
Apple iPhone 12 Pro, 128GB,...
Apple iPhone 12 Pro, 128GB,...
$617.00
OnePlus 10 Pro | 5G Android...
OnePlus 10 Pro | 5G Android...
$599.99
Huawei P50 Pro 256GB 8GB RAM...
Huawei P50 Pro 256GB 8GB RAM...
Price not available
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SAMSUNG Galaxy S22 Ultra Cell...
SAMSUNG Galaxy S22 Ultra Cell...
$909.99
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Tripods

Camera on tripod filming a waterfall

Next up on your list for equipment for YouTube is a stabilizer or tripod for your iPhone or camera. The time has come to leave balancing your equipment on a stack of books!

A professional stabilization method is essential for your YouTube starter kit, even if you are just using a cheap YouTube camera, to begin with. Here are some options below.

Camera Tripods

Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K...
Manfrotto Compact Action...
K&F Concept 62 inch DSLR...
Benro Slim Video Kit -...
Manfrotto Befree Advanced...
Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K...
Manfrotto Compact Action...
K&F Concept 62 inch DSLR...
Benro Slim Video Kit -...
Manfrotto Befree Advanced...
$38.42
Price not available
$84.99
$134.95
$198.49
-
Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K...
Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K...
$38.42
Manfrotto Compact Action...
Manfrotto Compact Action...
Price not available
-
K&F Concept 62 inch DSLR...
K&F Concept 62 inch DSLR...
$84.99
Benro Slim Video Kit -...
Benro Slim Video Kit -...
$134.95
Manfrotto Befree Advanced...
Manfrotto Befree Advanced...
$198.49

Phone Tripods

Phone Tripod, Flexible iPhone...
JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Mini: A...
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod Kit...
Adonit Photogrip (Black)...
Manfrotto TwistGrip Smartphone...
Phone Tripod, Flexible iPhone...
JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Mini: A...
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod Kit...
Adonit Photogrip (Black)...
Manfrotto TwistGrip Smartphone...
$15.99
$16.88
$34.99
Price not available
$54.88
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Phone Tripod, Flexible iPhone...
Phone Tripod, Flexible iPhone...
$15.99
JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Mini: A...
JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Mini: A...
$16.88
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod Kit...
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod Kit...
$34.99
Adonit Photogrip (Black)...
Adonit Photogrip (Black)...
Price not available
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Manfrotto TwistGrip Smartphone...
Manfrotto TwistGrip Smartphone...
$54.88
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For more options check out our article on the best video tripods.

Audio

audio mic setup for YouTube starter kit

Now it’s time to think about adding audio into the mix in your essential YouTube starter kit. You can always record directly into the camera device you are using but this is not always the best setup.

Ideally, you want to record your sound and visuals on separate channels, using the sound from your camera as a backup. This will allow you to have more control over your audio.

When considering audio for your YouTube starter kit to pair with a DSLR camera then you might want something a bit more powerful like an external recording device.

These devices are the perfect equipment for YouTube as Zoom H4N or a Zoom H6, have XLR inputs in order for you to connect, typically, an XLR shotgun microphone. This is also a good idea so you can have a backup recording if something were to go wrong.

Also if you’re using a phone then you can look at attaching a miniature shotgun mic or if you’re shooting interviews a basic lapel might be of more use.

Camera Audio

Deity V-Mic D3 Pro...
Rode VideoMic Pro R...
Sennheiser Professional MKE...
Audio-Technica AT8024...
Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
Deity V-Mic D3 Pro...
Rode VideoMic Pro R...
Sennheiser Professional MKE...
Audio-Technica AT8024...
Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
$79.00
$219.00
$199.95
$197.99
$299.99
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Deity V-Mic D3 Pro...
Deity V-Mic D3 Pro...
$79.00
Rode VideoMic Pro R...
Rode VideoMic Pro R...
$219.00
-
Sennheiser Professional MKE...
Sennheiser Professional MKE...
$199.95
Audio-Technica AT8024...
Audio-Technica AT8024...
$197.99
Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
$299.99

Phone Audio

Rode VideoMic Me Compact TRRS...
Rode Lavalier GO Professional...
Shure MV88 Portable iOS...
Rode IXY-L Stereo Microphone...
Rode Wireless GO II Single...
Rode VideoMic Me Compact TRRS...
Rode Lavalier GO Professional...
Shure MV88 Portable iOS...
Rode IXY-L Stereo Microphone...
Rode Wireless GO II Single...
$34.73
$75.00
$128.80
$149.00
$199.00
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Rode VideoMic Me Compact TRRS...
Rode VideoMic Me Compact TRRS...
$34.73
Rode Lavalier GO Professional...
Rode Lavalier GO Professional...
$75.00
Shure MV88 Portable iOS...
Shure MV88 Portable iOS...
$128.80
Rode IXY-L Stereo Microphone...
Rode IXY-L Stereo Microphone...
$149.00
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Rode Wireless GO II Single...
Rode Wireless GO II Single...
$199.00

Lighting

cheap YouTube camera light

Next up, it’s time to add lighting to your equipment for the YouTube checklist. Lighting is going to transform your videos and take your productions from zero to hero at the flick of a switch. It’s an essential item in your YouTube starter kit.

There is a big difference in the variations between different light sources. For example a lot of YouTube creators like softboxes or a diffused light source, as it gives them a nice natural soft glow to their skin. Natural sunlight or daylight is always the best source of light. However, if you’re shooting over a period of a few hours and don’t want the source of light to be seen to be changing, then a controlled environment is best.

Ideally having 3 light sources in your YouTube starter kit is ideal. A key light, fill light, and then a hair light, or a backlight. Also, think about the types of colored lights you have in your videos. Adding gels over lights or a neon light in the background will make your videos stand out even more!

Beauty creators or Tik Tokker’s on the other hand, love ring lights, as often the light comes with a phone holder, so it’s basically two items for the price of one and they are easily movable around a house or flat!

Camera Lights

Softbox Lighting Kit, skytex...
Aputure Amaran AL-F7 On Camera...
Aputure Amaran AL-MC RGBWW On...
Godox SL-60W 60W CRI95+ Qa>90...
Neewer 2 Packs Dimmable...
NEEWER 2 Pack Bi Color 660 LED...
Softbox Lighting Kit, skytex...
Aputure Amaran AL-F7 On Camera...
Aputure Amaran AL-MC RGBWW On...
Godox SL-60W 60W CRI95+ Qa>90...
Neewer 2 Packs Dimmable...
NEEWER 2 Pack Bi Color 660 LED...
$86.99
$99.00
$90.00
$139.00
$150.39
$209.99
Softbox Lighting Kit, skytex...
Softbox Lighting Kit, skytex...
$86.99
Aputure Amaran AL-F7 On Camera...
Aputure Amaran AL-F7 On Camera...
$99.00
Aputure Amaran AL-MC RGBWW On...
Aputure Amaran AL-MC RGBWW On...
$90.00
Godox SL-60W 60W CRI95+ Qa>90...
Godox SL-60W 60W CRI95+ Qa>90...
$139.00
Neewer 2 Packs Dimmable...
Neewer 2 Packs Dimmable...
$150.39
NEEWER 2 Pack Bi Color 660 LED...
NEEWER 2 Pack Bi Color 660 LED...
$209.99

Phone Lights

Rotolight LED Ring Light Kit...
JOBY Beamo, Mini LED Light for...
Lume Cube 12" Cordless Ring...
Neewer Ring Light Kit:18"/48cm...
Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 On-Camera...
Nanlite Halo 16 Bicolor 16in...
Rotolight LED Ring Light Kit...
JOBY Beamo, Mini LED Light for...
Lume Cube 12" Cordless Ring...
Neewer Ring Light Kit:18"/48cm...
Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 On-Camera...
Nanlite Halo 16 Bicolor 16in...
$69.00
Price not available
$119.99
$112.99
$120.79
$119.20
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Rotolight LED Ring Light Kit...
Rotolight LED Ring Light Kit...
$69.00
JOBY Beamo, Mini LED Light for...
JOBY Beamo, Mini LED Light for...
Price not available
Lume Cube 12" Cordless Ring...
Lume Cube 12" Cordless Ring...
$119.99
Neewer Ring Light Kit:18"/48cm...
Neewer Ring Light Kit:18"/48cm...
$112.99
Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 On-Camera...
Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 On-Camera...
$120.79
Nanlite Halo 16 Bicolor 16in...
Nanlite Halo 16 Bicolor 16in...
$119.20
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Backdrops

video background equipment for YouTube

Finally, it’s time to have fun with your YouTube starter kit and put your personal stamp on your productions!

How you style your set is entirely dependent on your surroundings and your style of content. There are, however, a few basic essentials that are useful to have.

Also, remember to keep the background in your videos simple without too many distractions. Point the camera away from videos so they’re not directly behind you and begin building your branded set!

Kate 6ft×9ft Solid Light Blue...
EMART Photo Video Studio...
Neewer 5x7ft/1.5x2m...
Neewer 8.5ft X 10ft/2.6M X 3M...
Kate 6ft×9ft Solid Light Blue...
EMART Photo Video Studio...
Neewer 5x7ft/1.5x2m...
Neewer 8.5ft X 10ft/2.6M X 3M...
$19.99
$49.99
$85.99
Price not available
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Kate 6ft×9ft Solid Light Blue...
Kate 6ft×9ft Solid Light Blue...
$19.99
EMART Photo Video Studio...
EMART Photo Video Studio...
$49.99
Neewer 5x7ft/1.5x2m...
Neewer 5x7ft/1.5x2m...
$85.99
Neewer 8.5ft X 10ft/2.6M X 3M...
Neewer 8.5ft X 10ft/2.6M X 3M...
Price not available
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Editing

Premiere Pro editing YouTube starter kit

The final thing you’ll need to consider for your YouTube starter kit is the software to edit on!

Although this might not technically count as equipment for YouTube, it’s a must in order to publish your content. There are many different video editing options out there for your budget.

Professional Editing SoftwareFree Editing SoftwareOnline Editing Apps
Adobe Premiere ProBlenderVEED
Final Cut ProiMovieInVideo
AvidDa Vinci Resolve 17
Windows Movie Maker
Fxhome

Wrapping Up – YouTube Starter Kit

To sum up, as with any recommendations for equipment for YouTube, the best way to make your decision is to get stuck in. By watching online reviews, talking to friends or peers who own the kit, or physically getting your hands on the product before you buy. Also, check out our discount codes section for money off equipment, music, and software.

So good luck with building your YouTube starter kit! Remember that creativity is what you make of things and no matter what your budget if you have the drive to succeed then that is what will carry you.

Rosie Turner
Rosie Turner
Comedy Writer, Digital Producer & Editor
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