Beginner YouTube Equipment

When you’re ready to say “action” and step into the world of YouTube, having the right tools can make all the difference.

Just like a painter needs a brush and a builder needs a hammer, a YouTuber needs equipment that can help turn ideas into videos that people love to watch. Starting a YouTube channel is exciting, but it can feel a little overwhelming when it comes to the gear you might need.

In my article, I’ll take you through the essential tools every newbie YouTuber should think about.

We’ll talk about choosing a camera that matches your needs and won’t break the bank, why good audio can be as important as the visual, how proper lighting can set the mood, the role of tripods and stabilization for those smooth shots, what to look for in editing software, and even some extra accessories that might give your videos that extra edge.

Whether you’re planning to be the next big gamer, a DIY craft wizard, or want to share your travels, you’ll come away with a good understanding of the beginner equipment that can help you start your YouTube journey. Let’s dive into how to assemble your YouTube starter kit!

Key Takeaways

  • Finding the right camera for your YouTube journey doesn’t have to be costly, and even smartphones can be a great start.
  • Microphones vastly improve video quality; a poor video with good sound is often more watchable than a great video with poor sound.
  • Lighting sets the mood of your video and doesn’t have to be expensive—natural light or a simple ring light might do the trick.
  • Tripods and stabilization devices are essential for smooth, professional-looking footage, especially for action shots or vlogging.
  • Basic editing software can elevate your content, and there are free and budget-friendly options that are user-friendly for beginners.

Choosing Your Camera

Picking out a camera can feel like the most daunting part of starting a YouTube channel. The good news is that you don’t have to spend lots of money to get started.

When considering a camera, think about what kind of videos you’ll be making. If it’s mostly talking to the camera, something as simple as your smartphone could do the job well, especially since many new phones have excellent video quality.

For more action or if you want to step up the quality, you might look at compact camerasDSLRs, or mirrorless cameras, which offer more features and better quality.

Remember, the best camera is the one that you can afford and know how to use; there’s no point in getting a fancy camera if it’s too complicated or stays in the box. Start simple, learn the basics, and upgrade when you feel limited by your gear.

Sound Matters: Microphones

We can all agree that watching a video with bad sound can be annoying. Your audience might forgive a slightly out-of-focus shot, but poor audio is a quick way to lose viewers.

So, investing in a good microphone is just as important as choosing a camera. There are a few types to consider. If you’re going to be right in front of the camera, a lapel mic can be clipped to your clothing for clear audio.

For more flexibility, you might want a shotgun mic that mounts on top of your camera and picks up sound in the direction it’s pointing. And if you’re sitting at a desk, perhaps a USB microphone that sits on your desk would be perfect.

The idea is to pick something that will capture your voice clearly without all the background noise so your audience can hear every word you’re saying.

Lighting is Key

Good lighting can be the difference between a video that looks okay and one that looks amazing. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive either. You could start with natural light by simply setting up in front of a window.

But if you’re filming at night or need more consistent light, a basic ring light or some softbox lights can give your videos a professional look without costing too much.

The key is to have the light in front of you, lighting up your face, so you’re clear and bright. Play around with different setups to see what looks best for the mood you’re trying to set.

Remember, having enough light is important because it helps the camera work better and makes your videos look cleaner.

Tripods and Stabilization

If your camera is all shaky, it can make your videos tough to watch. This is where tripods and stabilization gear come into play. For most videos, a simple tripod is enough to keep your camera steady.

It doesn’t have to be an expensive one; just something strong enough to hold your camera still. If you’re moving around or vlogging, a handheld stabilizer or a gimbal can help keep your footage smooth on the go.

For phones, there are even specific phone gimbals that are smaller and lighter but do a great job. Remember, people usually like to watch videos that don’t make them feel dizzy, so stability is a big plus.

Editing Software Choices

Once you’ve captured all your great footage and audio, it’s time to put it all together. This is where editing software comes in.

If you’re just starting out, you might not need the fanciest software out there. Many computers come with free editing software like iMovie for Macs or Windows Video Editor.

These can be quite easy to use and are good for simple cuts and edits. If you’re ready for more features, there are more advanced programs like Adobe Premiere Elements or DaVinci Resolve, which has a free version.

Look for software that lets you cut and splice footage, add music, and maybe some effects. But remember, the goal is to tell your story well, not to get lost in complicated software. Keep it simple and learn as you go.

Extras That Make a Difference

Finally, let’s talk about some additional accessories that might seem small but can really up your YouTube game. Things like your memory cards, batteries, and maybe a backdrop can make your life a lot easier and also improve your videos.

Having extra memory cards means you won’t run out of space when filming, and extra batteries ensure you don’t run out of power at the worst possible time.

A clean and simple backdrop can make your videos look more professional by removing distractions from behind you. Sometimes, a good set of headphones is useful for checking your audio.

These little things might not seem like much, but they help keep your focus on creating content rather than dealing with small annoyances that can pop up.


In summary, starting a YouTube channel is an exciting venture, and having the right equipment can set you on the path to success.

We’ve discussed the importance of getting a camera that fits both your budget and your content style, the critical role of good audio with the right microphone, how effective lighting can enhance your videos, the necessity of tripods and stabilization for clear, smooth footage, and the editing software that can help you stitch your story together.

But let’s not forget the extras like memory cards, batteries, and backdrops, which, although small, could greatly enhance your YouTube experience.

Remember, the best equipment is what works best for you. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive or the most advanced; it just has to help you share your stories, talents, and ideas with the world.

So go ahead, start with what you have, learn as you go, and don’t be afraid to upgrade when the time is right. Your YouTube journey is just beginning, and with the right tools in hand, you’re ready to create, inspire, and perhaps even change the game. Happy filming!


  • Janine Swart

    Legal Advisor & Social Media Manager
    In 2011, I achieved admission as an attorney to the Western Cape High Court of South Africa, signaling the initiation of my fulfilling legal journey. Since then, my diverse professional roles immersed me in the intricacies of civil, labour, and criminal law, fostering a well-rounded understanding of various legal domains. Even before my formal admission, my exposure to criminal and labour law laid the foundation for my eventual specialization. Throughout my career, I have remained dedicated to the principles of justice, fairness, and equity, shaping my approach to legal practice. While I hold a special affinity for labour law, my openness to exploring positions in other legal fields underscores my eagerness to expand my expertise and contribute to the legal community in diverse capacities. Beyond my legal practice, I have found a unique intersection between law and modern communication through social media management for law firms. Leveraging my legal background, I bring a distinctive perspective to enhance a law firm’s social media presence. Recognizing the pivotal role of effective communication in the legal realm, I apply my knowledge to curate content that not only engages but also educates and informs the audience. My blend of academic knowledge, practical experience, and commitment to ethical standards positions me as a formidable force in the legal arena. As I continue to evolve professionally, I remain steadfast in my pursuit of a legal career that not only positively impacts individuals and society but also enhances a law firm’s digital footprint through strategic social media management. My social media management skills include: - Facebook Marketing - Instagram Marketing - YouTube Marketing - LinkedIn Marketing - Social Media Marketing