The Best Camera For Making YouTube Videos – UPDATED Pt. 2

by Steven Washer on December 15, 2015

So we’re currently in a 3-part series on the best cameras for making your YouTube videos.

In part 1 we selected the best camera hardware to get started building your tribe.

This time we’re broadening our horizons to look at the choices for the Aspirant.

If you’re ready to take things to the next level, now’s the time to edge a little closer to the diving board!

Of course it’s not just about camera. It’s about what makes the camera work the way you want it to.

But enough preamble. Set aside a few minutes now, sit back, relax, and enjoy part 2!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Kris Kern December 15, 2015 at 11:51 am

Hi Steve. I already have a Rhode lav mike with adapter cable to plug straight into phone but just wanted to know how the sound compares with the mikes you’ve discussed please?


Steven Washer December 15, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Very similar. The Rode Smartlav Plus is a MUCH better product than the original. But surprisingly, it is no better than the ones I demonstrated.


Mel Hardman December 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Enjoying your camera reviews, Steve. I’m sure you’re helping many. Look forward to your next one… on camcorders, etc.

BTW…. how’s your e-mini trading coming? Let me share my results this morning—- 12/15.
It was very unusual….an early Christmas from the stock market. I’ll send you an email with an
attachment— the screen grab picture of my chart …that I capture each morning as my trading
record for the day.

Merry Christmas to you and yours…..



Steven Washer December 15, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Merry Christmas, Mel. Hope all your losses are little ones. 🙂


David Forer December 15, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for the content, As always your videos are easy to watch (your presence) and educational. I look forward to the third one because I just got an early Christmas present, the nikon D3300 DLSR. Looking forward to using it and pretty excited that it has an external mic plug in. I already had bought the external mic on amazon from a video of yours a while ago. Thanks again


Steven Washer December 15, 2015 at 5:05 pm

That’s a pretty hot camera, David. Of course the raw mic input is of little help unless you are able to squash the AGC circuitry. There are workarounds for that. I think that will be covered in the next video. 🙂


Stephen Byrne December 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Thank you so much for making this video: I loved it – it was very interesting and engaging.


Steven Washer December 15, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Thank you and you’re welcome. 🙂


Patricia December 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Great video! a little too fast for me to get in all of the information.
Will listen again.


Steven Washer December 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Thanks, Patricia. I agree it was fast, but it was getting long, so I thought well, I guess that’s why we have pause buttons. 🙂


Rex December 15, 2015 at 11:48 pm

Great content, as always, Steve.
Your opinion matters.
So how do you think the Droid Turbo 2 compares to the phones you reviewed?
It touted its camera and screen to be high end (although I know it’s a little older now.)


Steve December 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

Hi Rex, the Droid was probably one of the best of its time, but because it is not capable of 4K I could not recommend it at this time. Plus at around $1000 it does not seem as economical as some of the newer phones.


Peter December 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

Excellent work man. Sending to a novice who was thinking of buying a separate video camera vs. using his Samsung.


Edward December 18, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Always fascinated with your videos. They’re among the best on the net, and almost always totally informative. I’d like to offer one comment about the speed of your delivery, and it’s a problem pretty common among a lot of both educational and sales videos these days: lack of pacing. By that I mean it seems everybody wants to trundle through their content at a merciless rapid-fire clip, hardly (sometimes never) taking a pause for a breath. If you study cinema theory, you’ll learn that a good presentation needs to go through cycles, excitement, climax and denouement. In other words, every so often you gotta pause to let the viewer catch up and digest what he’s experienced, and reset for the next chunk of information…

That’s why we have paragraphs in written works, to break up the delivery.

In cinema, back in the beginning this was done was through inter-titles; later, use of momentary establishing shots to “reset” the viewer’s focus. Today it’s more subtle, thru things such as long shots, short musical interludes, and other techniques that take things down a notch or two to prepare for the next sequence. It’s kind of like taking a pause to sip a cup of coffee during your delivery, giving the viewer a chance to think about what he’s been hearing, before plunging into the next bit.

One of the most annoying things I encounter are those breathless commercials where the editor displays incompetence in mashng together sentences without a natural pause; it just drives my adrenaline levels right through the ceiling and I have to hit “pause” or mute the thing. So…… that might be something you’d like to think about and incorporate both into your lessons and your promotional pieces.


Steven Washer December 20, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Great lesson, Edward. I don’t think there’s anything to add to that one! 🙂


Edward December 18, 2015 at 12:35 pm

BTW, your re-direct to comes up with a blank page


Steven Washer December 20, 2015 at 3:50 pm

I think it’s been fixed now, thanks.


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