Updated on Oct 2020
Starting January, it will be 2 years since I started my blog and YouTube channel. Time flies!
Below are the types of equipment I use and as my journey continues, so will this list. Hope it is of use for you guys! Thanks for reading :D.
Panasonic Lumix G (DMC- G85M) – This is my latest/favourite camera I have ever had! It shoots 4k video quality and has dual video stabilization, one in the body and the other in the lens. The battery life is superb, and is waterproof too. Also, this camera is really excellent for taking pictures. The low-light setting is good too. The last pro and a key factor in purchasing this camera was it auto focusing as my last camera would not focus properly. All my recent vlogs/pictures are shot using this camera!
Canon EOS REBEL T3i – this is our first DSLR camera that we used and gotta say it’s pretty good. Shoots 1080p, takes amazing photos especially on RAW setting and the battery life is great too. Just has a problem with auto focusing when shooting videos.
Big shout-out to my wonderful sister, Rashma, (her Instagram) who gave us this camera for free :o!!
iPhone XR (128gb) – This is a great phone and you’d be surprised by the pictures and videos it can take. It can shoot 4k videos!! Crazy right? Has 128 gb depending on model, which is ample storage to keep your pictures and videos. Check out my full review here! https://eatplaytravelca.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/the-iphone-xr/
GoPro Hero 7 – I got this for my birthday! It’s pretty fun to use. I use this more as a secondary camera and use my Panasonic camera as the primary. The GoPro shoot 2.7k videos with super smooth stabilization, it can shoot 4k but won’t be as stable. It also takes photos too. The GoPro in my opinion is really great for adventurous activities like hiking, swimming and kayaking and what not. You can also attach it to your windshield and record your views when you go on a road trip, super cool. Although, make sure to buy the GoPro accessories for that. Will go to more detail below!
Drone- DJI Spark (Fly-more Combo) – I got the DJI Spark combo edition on sale for around $730 CAD with taxes. Gotta say its pretty awesome! It comes with two batteries, a remote controller that you hook up your phone with, extra propellers for your drone, propeller guards and more. Don’t forget to get an extended warranty for your DJI in case of accidental damage, you get two replacements for a fee.
DJI is a Chinese based company and is one of the most well-known drone manufactures in its field. DJI has built an outstanding drone and their software that goes with it is next level. This drone shoots max 1080p videos and takes pictures too. Just be sure to know your country’s regulations when flying drones. In Canada as of June 2019, you must get a drone license and register your drone too. Have to say this is a little too extra, plus the license exam is very difficult. They expect you to know about aviation and flight theory and more. You need 65% or more to pass. The total cost for the registration and license is $15 CAD. Here is a link with more information of how to get licensed and registered.
There are lots of videos of how to operate you drone on Youtube!
SD card, 128 gb – Buying an SD card with lots of space is crucial and does not cost much nowadays. You can get one for $30 CAD on Amazon.ca. Especially shooting RAW images and making lots of videos takes up lots of space.
MacBook Pro 16-inch (2019) – This new MacBook pro is pretty expensive but an overall beast. Has 64 gb ram, 1 tb ssd, an integrated and dedicated graphics card and an intel i9 8-core processor. That’s crazy for a laptop and of its size and weight. Perfect for traveling. This machine can edit 4k videos no problem and the extra storage does come in handy. The funny thing was when I first go the 16-inch MacBook Pro, I got a lower specs one. It came with: 32gb ram, 500 gb ssd and 6-core processor, sadly it was laggy when editing 4k and was overheating. I returned it in a week and got the higher specs one. If you want to save money, you can always build your own computer. But many love Apple and its software. The iMac Pro is so awesome, but too expensive, I think like $8000 CAD, lol no thanks, unless I get rich 🤣.
Also, a great place to buy Apple products at a cheaper price is by buying them certified pre-owned by Apple itself. You save a couple of hundred bucks and it’s worth it! It comes with a one year warranty, fully inspected by Apple, and you can even extend your warranty to 3 years. It is like buying the new thing. Check it out, NOT an affiliation link —-> https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/refurbished
On my other YouTube channel, I made an unboxing video/review –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tv_I8mcR2k
Final Cut Pro – As professional as the name sounds, this video editing software is a beast. Even the movie Eat, Pray, Love used this software and many more movies. I first began editing my videos using iMovie, but I wanted something more powerful. This was the answer. You can get a free trail just to see if you like it and buy it later on. I think its around $400 CAD. https://www.apple.com/ca/final-cut-pro/ (NOT affiliation link)
Also, I wanted to put out that you can buy Final Cut Pro and a bunch of other Apple softwares in their back to school sale. The sale usually happens every summer and you can get around 5 Apple softwares including Final Cut Pro for $200 CAD. You also get a discount on Apple Care, accessories and free AirPods and more, all with a purchase of an Apple laptop, computer or iPad. That’s probably the best time to buy an Apple computer and you don’t have to be in school to get the discount. If it doesn’t work, you can use your friend’s or family member’s school email!
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC – This is by far the best software to use to fix up your images. Sometimes, I take images that turn out too dark or that special touch is missing. Photoshop Lightroom is what adds that special touch. https://www.adobe.com/ca/products/photoshop-lightroom-classic.html (NOT affiliation link).
Joby Camera Tripod – I have seen a lot of vloggers use this. Great grip for holding camera, can also be used as a mini stand and very sturdy and well made.
Rode Camera Mic – I have seen a lot of vloggers use this as well. Its pretty awesome, great sound recording and light weight.
GoPro Accessories Kit – Try not to buy the GoPro accessories from their website, it’s too expensive. Instead, I got mine from Amazon and it was only $40 CAD and came with everything you needed like the essential stuff, and overkill loll. Comes in a suitcase, you can’t go wrong. Plus, the only extra thing you might need is a waterproof case that is used for going scuba-diving. However, the original case that comes with the GoPro is waterproof up to 10m, I tried it for a swim and worked great.
Here a non-affiliation link- https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01171X0UW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 – you can thank me later :p
Portable Camera Light – A portable camera light does come in handy especially when you are out in the evening. Using your cellphone flash is good too but you can buy a small portable light on Amazon and it should be much brighter.
2 TB External Hard Drive – I got mine from the Dell.ca website. Just search around for the best deal. Mine was at a great price, has fast uploading speeds, and has tons and tons of space. What more can you ask for :p
Power Outlet – This is a must for travelling especially with hotel rooms that only have one outlet. You can pick one up almost anywhere.
Wireless Headphone – I find these to be pretty nice. Light weight, durable, great audio and good battery life. You can even use it in the gym or for your runs. https://www.gunitbrands.com/products/on-ear-wireless-sport (NOT affiliation link)
Neewer Camera Bag – It is crucial to carry a camera bag with you especially when traveling. It makes things much easier for you and all your camera equipment is in one location and organized. This bag, I got as a gift and for the price, what more can you ask for! It has many compartments and is very durable.
Thanks! Hope you enjoyed and found this useful!