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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 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. Most of this gear is currently discounted in the White Friday Sale. Get it as early as tomorrow with Amazon Prime, so that you’re ready to hit record!

Canon EOS 2000D DSLR Camera 

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 24.1-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 Dh75 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh105.

Bonus: Buy it with 0% installments and pay Dh116.58 for 12 months with select banks.

GoPro HERO9 Black - Waterproof Action Camera 

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 new 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.

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.

DJI OM 4 Handheld 3-Axis Smartphone Gimbal Stabiliser 

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.

Pritzker Womdee Flexible Tripod 

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!

AccLoo 10-inch Selfie Ring Light with Extendable Tripod Stand 

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.

Unidirectional Video Microphone 

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 seller offers a 1-year warranty

Blue Yeti Nano Premium USB Mic 

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. It’s compact and can stay out of the way of your shot, while catching every new emotion in your voice.

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