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Millions of people around the world share vlogs – from travel to cooking to make-up tutorials – and get paid for doing it. Image Credit: Pexels/Kampus Production

Do you have a YouTube channel, or do you share your daily experiences on Instagram Stories? Vlogging or video blogging is modern-day journaling with a public audience. Millions of people around the world share their interests on social media – from travel to cooking to make-up tutorials – and get paid for doing it. If you are interested in vlogging, and want to create an experience this summer that will catch people’s attention, there are a few items you’ll need to make memorable online content. We’ve put together a list to get you started, with various price ranges and options. Get it as early as tomorrow with Amazon Prime, so that you’re ready to hit record!

1. Best Camera: Canon EOS 2000D DSLR Camera

Pros

  • Decent 24-megapixal sensor
  • Huge choice of lenses
  • Affordable beginner DSLR
  • Built-in social media sharing capability

Cons

  • Only 1080p video, not 4K
  • Slow 3fps burst mode

The old photography adage goes: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” While most people turn to smartphones when vlogging, there are certain things that cameras undoubtedly do better – low-light image quality and close-up macro photography are still significantly better with DSLR cameras. You can achieve this with the Canon EOS 2000D, which also has a much-needed social media sharing functionality through its Canon Camera Connect app, and the capability of remote shooting, so you can be in front of the camera. With its large 24-megapixel sensor, you can create background blurs for cinematic experiences, and use its ISO range of 10 to 6400 to get stunning images even at night.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh91 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh150.

2. Best Action Camera: GoPro HERO9 Black 

Pros

  • 5K video provides excellent detail
  • Front display is handy for vlogging
  • Improved battery life
  • Excellent software features

Cons

  • Unresponsive touchscreen
  • No 4K/120p mode

If action videos are your forte, the GoPro is a great way to get steady, crisp picture quality in 5K resolution – the camera maintains details even when you move around or zoom in. With a 23.6-mexapixel sensor, the compact camera is a powerhouse. The GoPro is waterproof, and has in-built image stabilisation (the most advanced HyperSmooth technology from GoPro so far). The fact that the camera allows you to live stream in 1080p on social media, and allows you to save your footage to an SD card to edit later, makes it the ideal action camera for vloggers. See other action cameras.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh75 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh95.

Bonus: Buy it with 0% installments and pay Dh108.25 for 12 months with select banks.

3. Best Smartphone Gimbal: DJI OM 4 Handheld 3-Axis Smartphone Gimbal Stabiliser

Pros

  • Foldable for easy storage
  • Gesture to remotely click selfies
  • Tracks objects
  • 15-hour battery life
  • Tripod included
  • Multiple filming features

Cons

  • Better optimised for iPhones, according to reviews

If you’re happy with your smartphone (like an Apple iPhone 13, with its incredible camera) for all your vlogs, skip the DSLR and invest in a handheld gimbal for better quality productions. Attach your phone to it quickly with the magnetic phone clamp, and film smoothly, on the go. The DJI OM 4 has a fun ‘Hitchcock effect’ button – a creative zoom shot that provides a Hollywood feel with minimal effort. Its remote-control capability allows you to take photos hands-free, and its ActiveTrack 3.0 upgrade recognises faces with higher accuracy, ensuring your smartphone camera’s focus never wavers. See other smartphone gimbals.

Bonus: Buy with 0% installments and pay Dh49.14 for 12 months with select banks.

4. Best Tripod: Pritzker Womdee Flexible Tripod

Pros

  • Rotates 360 degrees
  • Suitable for smartphones, DSLRs and action cameras
  • Comes with a wireless remote shutter
  • Durable and waterproof

Cons

  • Some reviewers say it is not very stable

Whether it’s a digital camera you’re using, or a smartphone, this flexible tripod is a great addition to your vlogging kit. With rubber grip legs, the tripod can be set up in any way you want – on the ground, at an incline, or with its legs wrapped around a railing or tree branch. Apart from the phone clip, the tripod has adapters to connect your GoPro or digital/DSLR camera. It can also be used as a tablet stand – talk about versatility!

5. Best Ring Light: AccLoo 10-inch Selfie Ring Light with Extendable Tripod Stand

Pros

  • Dimmable light with 10 brightness levels
  • Three lighting modes
  • Adjustable tripod height from 15 to 50 inches
  • Comes with a Bluetooth remote
  • Easy to power up

Cons

  • Some reviewers say the tripod is flimsy

Getting the right amount of light into your shot when you’re trying to do a make-up tutorial can be difficult when indoors. The AccLoo Selfie Ring Light solves this problem with its 3 colour lighting modes – white, warm white and warm yellow – and 10 brightness levels. The tripod stand has a quick release flip lock on each leg, so you can bring it down as low as 40cm or as high as 128cm. Pan, tilt or move the tripod head easily and switch from horizontal to vertical whenever you need to. It’s compatible with most smartphones in the market.

6. Best On-Camera Microphone: PowerDeWise Unidirectional Video Microphone

Pros

  • Works with both smartphones and DSLR cameras
  • Small tripod included
  • Minimises wind and noise
  • One-year manufacturer warranty provided

Cons

  • Reviewers say sound does not amplify, as expected

Hollywood filmmaker George Lucas once said: “Sound is half the experience in seeing a film.” We won’t argue with the creator of Star Wars. With a simple mount and phone holder, this unidirectional mic clips on right to your DSLR camera or smartphone, leaving your hands free to gesture or interact with things while you film. The mic has a furry windscreen with foam that helps minimise wind and noise when filming outdoors. It even has a miniature tripod that you can set down on tables or desks for interviews or when demonstrating a new recipe in the kitchen.

Warranty: The manufacturer provides a 1-year warranty.

7. Best USB Microphone: Blue Yeti Nano Premium USB Mic, Shadow Grey

Pros

  • Crisp, clear audio quality
  • Low-latency headphone jack monitoring
  • Dual-mic patterns
  • Compact

Cons

  • Expensive

If your vlogging style is from your desk or while live streaming video games, the Blue Yeti USB mic would be more suitable. Great for both beginners and pros, the Yeti provides crystal clear audio, while retaining the warmth of your natural tone of voice. You can choose between two polar patterns: cardioid or omnidirectional. This defines how much of the signal will be picked up by the mic from different directions, helping you to eliminate unwanted sounds or to adjust between your voice and the room’s sound. The mic is compact and can stay out of the way of your shot, while catching every new emotion in your voice.

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