Perhaps the most common question that famous vloggers like PewDiePie, Casey Neistat, Markiplier, RowanAtwood get is: "What camera do YouTubers use?"
Everyone wants to know what camera and equipment popular YouTubers are using for their channel so that we can become a successful YouTuber ourselves.
That is probably because we all want the best for our own channels, and we trust that these people know what they are doing.
Below are the preferred YouTube cameras, and the other important YouTube equipment for some of the most famous, and successful people on the web. Some are vloggers, some are gamers, but all of them are killing it on YouTube.
There are some major trends when it comes to what camera famous YouTubers are using. It seems like certain cameras are widely regarded as the most popular and trustworthy.
Famous YouTuber Camera & Equipment Trends
YouTuber Cameras & Equipment
Subscribers: 8.1 Million
Bio: Casey Neistat famously dropped out of high school, and never attended any formal filming education, and yet his videos are among the most appealing, and popular content on all of YouTube.
Casey Neistat Camera
Casey Neistat creates engaging vlogs which have captivated millions with his creativity, and no BS demeanor. He is a massive camera enthusiast, and owns several, which he has shown off many times in videos.
The one that he seems to keep coming back to is the Canon 70D - in fact in this video he claims it is the best camera that money can buy and says he has owned at least 5-6 of them by now.
For a smaller, easier vlogging experience when he is on the go (which he is a lot), Casey uses the Canon G7 X ii.
Subscribers: 12 Million
Style: Beauty, Fashion, Makeup
Bio: Zoe Elizabeth Sugg has been charming audiences online for many years now - in fact she started as far back as 2009 and has been growing her audience since. Viewers trust her cheerful personality, openness with her audience, and practical tutorials & advice for both makeup and fasion.
Like many YouTubers, Zoella relies on a couple of go to cameras. Whle she confesses that she is not a camera or lighting expert, her videos do look fantastic, and she seems to have made a couple of familiar and safe choices.
Her main camera which she trusts to film her HD makeup tutorials is the Canon 70D. The lighting is also important, and she has mentioned a coupel of times that she uses Manfrotto ligthing after recently moving away from her old PhotoSEL lights.
She also does lots of vlogging on the move with her G7X Mark ii which as we've mentioned is perhaps the most popular vlogging camera on YouTube
Photo cred: Wikipedia
Subscribers: 18 Million
Bio: Mark Edward Fischbach is one of the richest and most successful YouTubers in the world. His most popular content are 'Let's Play' style videos where he streams himself while playing a wide variety of video games.
As a Gaming YouTuber, Markiplier doesn't need to go to crazy when it comes to his camera. Like fellow YouTube phenom, PewDiePie, Markiplier has often used the Logitech HD ProWebCam C920 for his streaming. Logitech is often the top choice for gaming YouTube channels because they make great webcams specifically for streaming.
He also uses a super high powered Sony a7 RII for some of his vlogging which is very good quality, but also very expensive for YouTubers getting started.
He us usually seen wearing Sennheiser head phones, and his microphone is beleived to be part of the Sure Microphone line.
Subscribers: 16 Million
Bio: Irish YouTuber Sean William McLoughlin (Jacksepticeye) has been building his YouTube following since 2012. Making a name for himself with high energy gaming videos and impressions, Jackseptic eye's camera set-up today is very high powered, though he has also shared his recommendatinos for people starting out.
Jacksepticeye has worked his way up to a super high power YouTube setup, though he didn't start with all of those gadgets.
For example, he relied for a long time on a Logitech webcam for his streaming, and only recently upgraded to the Sony a7RII. Though he loves that camera, he recommends that beginners start with simpler cameras that aren't such a huge investment.
He also uses a high end microphone (the Neumann U 87 Ai) but like many other YouTubers, started with a perfactly adequate Snowball microphone which is considered a top YouTube Mic.
He shows off his full current day set up here. Notice that he emphasizes that you don't need to start off with fancy stuff. He and others agree that staying in your budget with a cheap vlog camera or camcorder for YouTube filming is still good for beginners.
Subscribers: 8 Million
Style: Beauty & DIY
Bio: California Girl MyLifeAsEva (Eva Marisol Gutowski) has become a beloved YouTube star providing vlogs, beauty tips, and DIY ideas for a dedicated army of subscribers.
Mylifeaseva spends most of her YouTube videos in her home studio using good lighting and a tripod. In older videos she mentions a Canon T4i, but she is now believed to be using the more high powered 70D.
Eva is also well known for her Instagram account and photography. She has mentioned that she is a big fan of PicMonkey for Instagram and creating great YouTube channel art.
She credits her appealing video thumbnails as an important part of her YouTube success.
Subscribers: 57 Million
Style: Gaming & Comedy
Bio: Notoriously the wealthiest YouTuber of all time with the largest number of subscribers, PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) of Sweden has not relied on premium equipment to reach his status, and has some good recommendations for cheap equipment to get you started.
Despite his wealth, PewDiePie's true success comes from his enduring mission to play games and hang out with his 'bros' on YouTube. When he talks about succeeding on YouTube, people listen.
While we can probably assume that he is using higher end equipment himself at least some of the time, he recommends the affordable Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 as a good camera for YouTube gamers, and a Rode microphone.
While not the absolute cheapest camera and microphone, these are perfect mid-tier recommendations that will make you look and sound every bit as good as you need to.
Here is some of PewDiePie's advice on how to get started on YouTube:
Subscribers: 3.5 Million
Bio: McJuggerNuggets (Jesse Tyler Ridgeway) is best known for his high volume of vlogs (as high as 2-3 new uploads per day at one point) that often star his family who he lovingly (?) refers to as psychos.
McJuggerNuts is an entertainer as much as he is a vlogger. His infamous "Psycho Series" regularly depicts his father destroying things, and his family getting angry at eachother. He gained noteriety because these videos were so amusing to watch, and he had the presense of mind to keep his camera with him at all times.
His camera choices are familiar based on others on this list. The 70D is his goto camera that he is now using in more scripted videos, though he is also beleived to use the Powershot G7 X Mark II for vlogging.
Subscribers: 13 Million
Style: Vlog & Comedy
Bio: RomanAtwood is a successful vlogger with over 13 Million subscribers who has been diligently vlogging on YouTube since 2009. He regularly posts about his life, his family, and has had hugely successful prank videos rack up 10s of millions of views.
Roman Atwood is a very consistent vlogger who takes his cameras literally everywhere he goes. He isn't known for having professional level, cinematic quality to his vlogs, but his engaging personality, adorable family, and variety of activities have helped him to build a huge following.
Since Roman is usually on the move he opts for two small, and easily transportable vlog cameras. The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II is a goto camera for vloggers, but he also uses the Sony Cybershot RX100 IV.
The two are similar cameras - like Canon's Powershot, the Sony Cybershot is easy to transport, and and takes quality videos, though it comes at a slightly higher price point.
Channel: Jake Paul
Subscribers: 11 Million
Bio: Both Jake and his brother Logan Paul have taken YouTube by storm as vloggers and entertainers. They film their content in many locations, and so rely on their vlogging cameras heavily to capture content in every scenario imagineable.
Jake Paul Camera
When you have over 11 million subscribers, a ton of money and are consantly on the move vlogging, it isn't surprising if you are using some top of the line equipement
That is why Jake is believed to have been using the Sonly Alpha a7S, and has likely upgraded to the Mark II since it came out. This is a very high end vlogging camera that produces great video but is out of many beginners budgets.
Jake also captures some great content with his GoPro which can naturally go wherever it needs to. Some people just starting out don't want to pay for the latest GoPro, so they instead opt for a good alternative.
Subscribers: 10 Million
Style: Vlogs, Comedy, Fitness
Bio: fouseyTube (Yousef Erakat) is a YouTuber with a few differnet chanels and audiences. His fouseyTube is also known for his good humored skits & prank videos. He also has a fitness channel, a famimly oriented channel, and a large following in the Middle Eastern community.
FouseyTUBE is a true YouTube entrepreneur, with multiple channels catering to multiple differnet markets. He has earned great money in his YouTube career, and has invested some of that money into one of the best (and most expensive) vlogging cameras on the market - the Sony a7S Mark II.
Unfortunately this mirrorless camera is out of most people's budget, but it is everything that a vlogger could hopef for - small, great video, beautiful pictures, flip screen, and excellent image stabilization.
Since he us usually away from his home studio, fouseyTUBE also uses a Rode Video Mic to capture good audio when he is vlogging.