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Advice to Reviewers: Gear

Earlier this week I finally got around to answering poor Nick’s email asking for advice on tech reviewing, and improving his tech channel on YouTube, specifically. A few of you commented on my video asking what gear I use, and for more information on how to get review products and such direct from the companies who make them.

The answer to the second question is tricky, but I’ll give it a shot in another video. As for the first part, my gear setup? Here’s a partial tour of my office with some thoughts on my camera and computer setup. If you don’t feel like watching the entire (long) video, here’s the spoiler: Don’t worry about the gear! Just get started!

Seriously, if you want to make videos just find a camera and start making them. Use a webcam, use the camera on your cell phone, or use a pocket camcorder like a Flip (while you can still find them). Fancier camcorders and DSLRs are great, but you don’t need to spend a lot of time and money on gear just to get started. The important thing is to start making content (videos, photos, written posts) and see how you like doing it, and how people respond to it. Spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on gear only to decide two weeks later that you don’t really like making videos is going to leave you feeling broke and lousy. Making videos with cheap equipment, finding out you like it, working to get better at it, and then deciding it’s worth the money to upgrade your camera is a far better way to go.

Trust me, I’ve been down both roads.

Have questions on gear, or want to share your recommendations and tips for making tech videos? Let’s hear ’em!


Noah Kravitz

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