If you want to get started shooting video, you can always use your phone. But if you want to get a little more serious, what’s the next place to go? To find out, we asked Sara Dietschy, who’s posted close to 400 tech videos, documentaries, and more to her YouTube channel over the past few years, including quite a few videos giving advice on what gear to buy.
Dietschy is a fan of Sony’s cameras and said that a good first step up would be Sony’s RX100 V point-and-shoot, which offers great slow-mo footage and records 4K. But the point-and-shoot isn’t flexible when it comes to audio, so after that, you might want to move to something closer to her own rig: an A7S II with a Rode VideoMic Pro. You could also take a look at Panasonic’s GH5, which is popular with filmmakers but may have some drawbacks for vloggers.
Check out the video above to hear Dietschy’s thoughts on some of 2018’s most popular cameras and her breakdown of the differences between Sony’s great, but kind of confusing full-frame mirrorless lineup, including the A7S II, A7R III, and A7 III. And if after all that, you still want to stick with your phone, there are always add-on lenses to help you do more with the camera you’ve already got.