Updated: Jul 7
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Most Daddy vloggers start out with an interest in capturing their children's development and family day-to-day lifestyle. With YouTube the opportunity to share your life and events with family, friends or maybe even perfect strangers has become increasingly popular and quite lucrative as well.
One of the Daddy Vlogger pioneers has got to be American Shay Carl Butler who started out in the old days YouTubers weren't even a thing yet. Shay Carl has 5 kids and together with his wife they've captured everyday life almost on a daily basis on their YouTube channel Shaytards. Their popularity has grown over the years to a point where they attracted 5 million subscribers. Shay started Maker Studios along with other YouTuber friends which was sold to The Walt Disney Company for $500 million on March 24, 2014. Shay Carl has a personal estimated wealth of $25 million.
Jonathan Saccone Joly
Across the pond in the U.K, Jonathan Saccone Joly, aged 39, won Celebrity Dad of the Year in 2019 beating the likes of Prince William in popularity. Anthony has 4 children and over 1.9 million subscribers on his YouTube channel called Sacconjoly's. He has been vlogging his family life since 2010 and captured their ups and downs sharing everything with the public.
Life in the public eye has come with tremendous reward and Anthony's personal wealth is estimated to be $1.8 million.
Whether you're just wanting to capture family memories, child's birth or first day at school or perhaps dabble in YouTube vlogging and supplement your family income with some ad revenue or sponsorships. One thing's for sure - you're going to need the right gear.
BEST DADDY VLOGGER TECH
DaDiDeal has compiled a list of Essential Daddy Vlogging Gear that all top vloggers are using:
BUDGET VLOG CAMERAS
Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [G7 X Mark II]
Just about every vlogger has used this camera. Super light, reliable and affordable. The 1.0-inch, 20.1 MP* CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 Image Processor fuel a powerful camera while the lens features a bright aperture value of f/1.8–2.8 is perfect for vlogging and allows good lighting in most conditions. The Optical Zoom of 4.2x (24mm–100mm) is useful but travel vloggers may need a larger zoom. The high-resolution, 3.0” LCD monitor tilts up 180° and down 45°. The built-in stablizer is excellent & very important when vlogging on the move. This is a FullHD camera not a 4K. Canon has released the Mark III 4K this year but until firmware changes & reviews improve DaDiDeal will not recommend it.
DaDiDeal Insider Info ////// As great as this little camera is we found that after 2 years of use small dust particles entered the lens area visible when filming in sunlight. The camera's design does not warrant the cost of getting the dust removed. As great as these cameras are they do not have a particularly long lifespan for a daily vlogger, especially if taken outdoors
Panasonic LUMIX G7 4K
DSLR Digital Camera, with LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm MEGA O.I.S. Lens, 16 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera, with a 3-Inch LCD which flips and rotates so you can see yourself as you vlog. More & more vloggers are filming in 4K which is 4X times the number of pixels than Full HD video, ensuring you capture every detail.
The Panasonic Image App connects by Wi-Fi to the camera and gives control over various functions via a smartphone or tablet device which come in handy if your filming alone.
Canon EOS 70D
The Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm STM Lens is a vlogging staple and considered a medium cost camera. The Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus is great for fast pace vlogging where you don't need to worry about focusing the camera yourself as it tracks your face as you move. The Vari-angle LCD monitor allows the vlogger to flip the screen into various positions & reverse. The camera’s exposure settings, such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO, focus, and shutter can be operated wirelessly using an iOS or Android smartphone App. Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
DaDiDeal Insider Info ////// This is an all-round great camera and at the cost which includes the 18-55mm lens an excellent option for all daddy vloggers. Vloggers may want to purchase the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens which is more suited to vlogging. This camera requires stablization when moving as the built-in stabilizer on the lens is not powerful.
Sony a7R II
This Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless camera comes with interchangeable Sony 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 FE OSS lens. The Sony Alpha a7IIK has an in-body 5-axis image stabilization optimized for 42.4MP full-frame (35mm), 4K movie recording. This makes it perfect for vlogging & great for daddies doing some travel vlogging. The in-built stabilization. Subject tracking in the Auto Focus has been improved in this model. The camera makes use of the E-Mount lenses with many “movie-friendly” features.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
Favored by famous vlogger Casey Neistat the EOS 5D Mark IV camera can record DCI standard 4K (Motion JPEG) videos at up to 30 fps. Full HD video shooting at up to 60p plus HD at frame rates as high as 120p, ideal for smooth slow-motion video. Featuring an ISO range of 100–32000 (expandable to 50–102400). 3.2" Touch Panel LCD display with focus points that can easily be selected during operation. DaDiDeal recommends using the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens for vlogging.
Not just an action and sports cam. Vloggers started using GoPros after GoPro stabilization improved. Vlogger dads like The Bucket List Family use GoPro's very successfully in capturing their family travel adventures. The new HERO8 is a Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video and 12MP. 1080p Live Streaming function. 3 levels of stabilization. 4 lens variations. New quick-loading accessories like flashes, microphones and LCD screen.
USB Microphone, Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone
Plug and play USB recording microphone with 5.9-Foot USB Cable included. The stable tripod stand is convenient when you are doing voice overs or livestreams on YouTube. There is a volume knob on the unit itself so that you can adjust the volume to the desired level.
Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount
A directional microphone, the VideoMicro reduces distracting peripheral sounds and focusses on the audio in front of the camera. The Suspension structure composed of a rugged thermoplastic is effective at minimizing unwanted vibrations. There are cameras that do not support the VideoMicro so check compatibility before purchasing. The furry windshield is included in the kit.
Zoom ZH1 H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder
The H1 is small enough to fit in your pocket. Built-in 90˚ X/Y stereo microphone that records directly to microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32GB. Includes 2GB microSD. A Line/Headphones Output with a dedicated volume control so you can plug in headphones or interconnect the H1 with a DSLR. Built-in mounting joint for tripod mount and can shoe mount on top of a video or DSLR camera.
ESDDI 20"X28" Softbox Lighting Kit 800W Continuous Lighting
The kit comes as 2x20x28 inches soft boxes & 2x 85W 110V daylight CFL bulbs. Total output 800W, low operating with a life time of approx. 8000 hours. 210° adjustable lamp holder.
VILTROX Super Slim 3300K-5600K LED Video Light Panel
The Color Temperature: 3300K~5600K can be adjusted using the controls on the back. Continues light time of 2.4 hours. Super lightweight at 260g, easily portable and easy to fix by hot shoe. With ac adapter jack, you can use a wall adapter to power the Light continuously. A NP-F550 battery along with battery charger is included.
Neewer Ring Light Kit
The LED Ring Light has a 18"/48cm outer 55W 5500K Light. It comes with a Light Stand, white and orange color filter set, Ball Head Hot Shoe Adapter a Universal power adapter with US/EU Plug, Smart Phone holder and a carrying bag. Not just useful for Beauty vloggers but Daddy vloggers to as it adds 3 dimensionality to an image or video shoot.
GIMBALS & TRIPODS
Mini tripod for compact cameras with comfortable handgrip for daddy vloggers. Push-button mechanism enables you to position and lock the ball head. Rubber feet ensures slip-free. Universal 1/4" screw thread so compatible with most cameras. Add the Smartphone Clamp to fit your mobile device.
JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom
The GorillaPod's rubberized foot grips and bendable, flexible legs can hold cameras up to 6.6lbs. Ballhead with quick-release clip and bubble level. It is compatible with most cameras with its universal stainless steel 1/4 inch-20 tripod screw and included 3/8 inch adapter. Casey Neistat makes extensive use of tripods like this when he vlogs while using his electric skateboard in NYC.
Manfrotto Video Hybrid Kit with 502 Series Head
Both the tripod and head feature Link 3/8” connection system which allow for accessories and monitors to be attached. Safety Payload Weight: 15.43 lbs. Counterbalanced Weight: 4 kg.Min height 27.56 inch, maximum height 72.24 inch.
Lowepro Slingshot 102 DSLR Sling Camera Bag
LowePro has established itself as one of the top Photography & Film Gear bags in the industry. Photographers & Vloggers around the world swear by their quality.
The Slingshot 102 fits a DSLR with attached standard zoom lens, 1-2 extra lenses or a flash and accessories, a compact tripod or monopod with pockets for personal items. The built-in All Weather Cover is handy as well as the SlipLock attachment loops.
Adobe Premiere Pro
Video editing and production software | 12-month Subscription with auto-renewal, billed monthly, PC/Mac. I taught myself to use Premiere Pro by watching YouTube videos. It is a highly complex and powerful video editing software used by industry professionals from vloggers all the way up to Movie Editors. As a Daddy Vlogger you would only use a small % of it's features but with an Adobe Creative Cloud you do also receive Photoshop and a variety of other softwares that can make your vlogs look super professional.
Vlog Like a Boss: How to Kill It Online with Video Blogging
A complete guide to Vlogging by YouTuber, keynote speaker and author Amy Schmittauer. Don't waste weeks & months learning the hard way - start vlogging like a pro right from the get go.
Featured by YouTube on YouTube Creators, Amy shares essential must know information and practical hacks on how to get your vlogging channel up to standard and how to attract an audience in her engaging book.