Good & cheap gear for travel videos

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Here is more details on the gear I use to make my videos!

Many of you asked me what gear I use. Here it is! This is only a description of the gear I use and I don’t mean to say I have the best gear for travel videos. Any gear is fine as long as it’s easy to carry around and you feel comfortable with it 🙂

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Don’t go to Algeria

For my film Don’t go to Algeria, I used a Sony camera for the first time: the Sony Alpha 6300
It actually had been a while since I had wanted to go from Canon to Sony. Mainly because Sony makes very compact mirrorless cameras, which is essential for travel filmmaking. You don’t want to waste too much energy carrying your gear or holding your camera when you film, especially if you add a gimbal to it… The other good things about Sony A6300 is the fact that it shoots 4K and 100FPS. This helped me get more creative in my edit, playing with time remapping and scale. Lastly, Sony cameras are the best in low light. Conclusion: it is a great camera and I decided to sell my 70D after this trip.

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I also used my Canon 600D with Magic Lantern plugin for timelapses and hyperlapses. I am not used to shooting pictures with a mirrorless yet 🙂 And the good thing is my 600D is quite old so I am not afraid of leaving it outside for a long time.

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Vancouver & Whistler

Have a look at my post “Best tools for mobile filmmaking”

2 weeks in Kyrgyzstan, Relax you’re in Finland, 6 days in Norway & Christmas holidays in Croatia

Avec numéros

1) A Canon EOS 600D that I bought in Sept. 2012 ► €800
2) Lenses: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
and a Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
that I bought in Nov. 2013 and Feb. 2015 ► €80+€300
3) A FLYCAM 3000 Handheld Video Stabilizer (cheap Indian version of the Glidecam but still does the job so it offers good value for money) that I got for Christmas 2014 ► €170
4) A P&C Video Shoulder Rig Kit FOR DSLR camera (very handy for travellers as it can be configured to address your needs), bought in Feb. 2015 ► €300
5) A Zoom H1 Handy Recorder (cheap, light and easy to carry around but I really recommend to buy the bundle with accessories, especially the windscreen), bought in June ► €100
6) A Pro-TG14 tripod, bought in Dec. 2014 ► €40
7) A Lowepro 350 AW DSLR Video Fastpack (Black), bought in Feb. 2015 ► €100
8) A Canon EOS 70D bought in Oct. 2015 -> €700 (Yes it was a very good deal 🙂 )
9) A DJI Phantom 3 Professional offered by my friends and family in Jan. 2016 ► 1,5K

So, as you can see, I’ve been using quite cheap gear. If I add all the numbers, I’ve spent approximately €2,7K (+1,5K for the drone) in 3 years.

A lot of tools are not essential and I think you can create some really nice videos with a low budget! So don’t wait to be able to buy a Canon 5D or a Red Epic to produce content, get out there with your amateur DSLR, your Smartphone and focus on the storytelling!