If you keep up with YouTube vlogs, and you haven’t been living underneath a rock for the last few years, you probably already know what the Casey Neistat vlog Equipment is. This YouTube personality is also a filmmaker, vlogger, and co-founder of Beme (once a social media company). On February 17, 2010, history was made when Neistat uploaded his first YouTube video about when and when not to use the emergency brake cord on NYC subway train cars from there, he began to gain his reputation as a fantastic YouTuber with videos ranging from building iPhone docks to inspirational speeches. He then moved onto daily vlogging, starting with his first vlog on March 24, 2015.
- 1 Cameras
- 2 Lenses
- 3 Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
- 4 Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens
- 5 Microphones
- 6 Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mounted Condenser Microphone
- 7 Tripods and Accessories
- 8 Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Flexible Tripod
- 9 Drones
- 10 Various
Casey’s Daily Vlogs
Casey’s first daily vlog was “The Vice President, Outer Space and the Baby”. Rather than being a daily journal, Casey’s vlogs are more of a forum. Because he became so busy with vlogging (he reached 300 vlogs on January 19, 2016), Casey no longer makes any feature-length films. These vlogs also treat you to such things as him weaving in and out of traffic around the streets of New York on one of his Boosted boards, or doing a mail time segment in his super cool studio which he sometimes showcases in his videos. What makes Casey’s vlogs so special is that they really make you feel like you know him on a personal level. He shows you so much of his day to day life, including his friends, family and exercise routines. It is easy to see why they are so popular, because he is just being himself, and that self is a really interesting, kind and friendly guy.
While Casey Neistat vlog Equipment is important to him, he understands that it can only aid him to an extent. It is the story and how it is told that is important. In fact, Casey has been quoted as saying, “Gear doesn’t matter. Only the story matters.” He says that if you have a great story, you don’t always necessarily need to have the best gear. This is very true, as many of the vloggers that I watch, including Casey, once you are immersed in their story, the quality of the video really doesn’t occur to you.
Even though Casey does have some pretty impressive gear, he also uses a camera that costs less than $100. Every piece of gear, even low-end, has its purpose, and Casey seems to have a darned good purpose for every piece of gear that he uses. This again backs up his theory of it’s the story that matters, not the equipment that you are using.
Today, we are going to take a look at the gear that Casey uses to create his popular YouTube videos. Some of it is fairly high-end, while other pieces cost under $100 (and he uses this cheaper gear regularly).
So, let’s get into it and see what type of stuff he uses.
The Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera comes with an 18-135mm STM lens that is great for close-up shots. It has a 19-point, cross-type AF system that lets you focus quickly even while you are in live view and video.
(great for zipping through traffic on a boosted board).
You can shoot up to seven frames per second, and view everything through a three-inch, articulating touch panel LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots. As many of you Casey fans will know, a flip screen on a camera is absolutely vital for his vlogs, as it makes it much easier to see what you are recording when you are talking straight to the camera.
This camera has a built-in flash that includes an integrated speedlite transmitter and hot shoe for an external flash. The intelligent viewfinder has an electronic overlay, and there is a built-in stereo microphone as well as an external microphone terminal.
The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 V is a 20.1MP digital still camera that is touted to have the “world’s fastest hybrid AF system” and the “world’s most AF points on a compact camera” and for those of you who don’t know, AF stands for Auto Focus.
Sony also claims that it has the “world’s fastest continuous shooting speed”. You can take awesome 4K videos with direct pixel readout and no pixel binding, and extract 8MP stills from your videos to use as insert shots. All of your video can be stored on the media card as separate files.
This is a nice little compact camera, but is also pretty powerful at the same time. It can be slipped in a pocket, bag or whatever whilst you are on the go, and can pull it out whenever those cool moments perfect for your vlog and start shooting straight away. This is one of the main reasons why Casey Neistat uses this camera, as it is great for capturing real, raw footage.
The Canon G7 X 9546B001 PowerShot digital camera has a 1.0-inch, 20.2 MP high-sensitivity CMOS sensor that works in combination with the DIGIC 6 image processor.
This camera is completely selfie-ready, and you can shoot from multiple angles thanks to the multi-angle 3.0-inch touch panel LCD. The rotating LCD screen is going to be a reoccurring theme here, as I said earlier, he can’t stand cameras without these as you are unable to see what you are shooting when you are facing the camera.
Casey loves shooting awesome 1080p/60p full HD videos at up to 60 frames per second, as he often states proudly that his videos are now at this standard.
The lens is f/1.8(W) – f/2.8(T), with a 4.2X optical zoom and a nine-blade iris diaphragm. This camera also has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, so you can share photos and videos quickly and easily which is great for when you are on the go.
The Samsung Gear 360 Degree Cam Spherical Camera SM-C200 is for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 6, S7, and S7 Edge. You will be able to get amazing, high-res images up to 30MP, as well as video in 360-degrees. You can stitch 360 footage and trim it so you end up with a perfect video, and then share it directly from your Galaxy smartphone. This camera can be used on its own, or by using your Galaxy smartphone as a remote.
Casey manages to capture some absolutely stunning 360 degree footage using this cool little camera as you can see HERE
The Ricoh Theta S is a 360-degree spherical panorama camera that also lets you take spherical videos up to 25 minutes long, and they are supported by YouTube.
There is a live-view function on the mobile device, meaning you don’t need a computer to transfer images and videos right to your device. This camera shoots full HD video at 30 frames per second. It has a twin-lens, folded-optical system, so you can easily view and share your images and videos. There is a large image sensor, which the lens has been optimized for, so you get extremely sharp images.
I have personally used this camera, and think it is brilliant. The close up picture it captures is absolutely fantastic, although personally I wouldn’t try and get any long distance footage whilst using it.
The GoPro HERO5 gives you awesome 4K video, along with 12MP photos.
This is a camera made for vloggers on the go like Casey, and it is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters) without any housing. Preview, edit, playback, and change shots right on the camera.
The audio is crisp and clear. This GoPro camera is easy to use, and you have the option to use one button or voice control. You can use the GoPro Plus cloud account to edit and share your photos easily through your mobile device, and edit videos using the GoPro editing app, Quik.
The Sony SEL1018 10-18mm wide-angle zoom lens is ideal for most types of shooting. It has a minimum focal length of 10mm (35mm equivalent is 15mm), and a minimum focus distance of 0.82 feet (0.25 meters). You can be sure that you are not going to get blurred images, even with hand-held shooting, thanks to the built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.
This is a lens that Casey can use when he is trying to capture beautiful landscapes. This is a super wide-angle lens that is great for close-up shots of scenes that are off in the distance, like time lapses for example. You’ll struggle to find a Casey Neistat video without one of these pieces of footage in them.
The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.72 feet (0.22 meters). It has a stepping motor, which lets Casey enjoy shooting without any noise.
This is a small lens, but it is big in features. It has a four-group optical zoom system, as well as a large-diameter element, an aspherical lens element, a UD lens element, and the lens is coated for high contrast, high resolution, and minimum glare.
The optical image stabilizer ensures that your images and videos will be free of blurriness due to camera shake. This camera lets you enjoy continuous auto focus when you are recording video, which helps when you are on the move like Casey often is.
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR lens for EOS Digital SLR’s is a lens of choice for Casey.
It offers amazing auto focus capabilities, as well as speed, and you have the option to use full-time manual focus simply by turning the focus ring. You can get as close to 9.5 inches away from your subject, so you can get up close and personal with your subjects.
This lens is quite light and small, which is unusual for an ultra-wide zoom lens. It also comes with a one-year warranty, perfect for any of you vloggers out there who like to take the guerrilla approach to shooting videos.
Casey can’t always rely on the built-in microphones in smartphones and cameras, so he uses the Rode VMGO Video Mic GO.
This lightweight, on-camera microphone was created specifically to be used with iOS devices and smartphones (not compatible with the iPhone 7). But as you can see in the picture above, it also works seamlessly with point and shoot cameras too.
It hooks up to the iPhone TRRS microphone/headphone socket, and then it is ready to use. It operates with a 9V battery, and it is compact and lightweight. This microphone has a tight pickup, so it picks up sound that is directly in front of it and minimizes other unwanted sounds.
The Shure VP83 LensHopper microphone offers complete low-end response, so you can be sure of always having quality, professional results with each recording.
This is a directional microphone that reduces sounds that are not directly in its path, focusing on the subject for a clear recording.
Casey doesn’t worry about vibrations, because this microphone has an integrated Rycote Lyre shock mounting system. This helps to isolate the microphone from mechanical noise and vibrations. This has been created specifically for this microphone. Included is one AA alkaline battery, which will give you 125 hours of microphone time.
Tripods and Accessories
The JOBY GorillaPod Ballhead X is an attachment that will work with any tripod. It makes it possible to get so many more angles than you would usually get with a typical tripod on it’s own.
It has an attached bubble level, so you can always make sure that it is level for perfect shots. It also has a quick release design, so you can easily transition and position the camera at pretty much any angle.
There is a locking adjustment knob that lets you lock the ballhead into place for stationary shots and videos. It is made of stainless steel and aluminum, so it is going to stand up to the regular wear and tear that one would put on a tripod.
The JOBY GorillaPod Hybrid flexible tripod is ideal for compact system and action cameras, and it even has a universal smartphone mount adapter. It can easily be used with the iPhone 7, 7+, 6, 6+, 5, 5S, 5C, HTC One, Galaxy S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, and S7. It has a ballhead so you can easily position the camera any way you need it. The bubble level ensures that your shots are going to be level, and there is a quick-release clip that lets you set up your camera instantly.
The DJI Phantom 5 Quadcopter is easy to control with auto takeoff and auto return home. It has GPS technology, and there is an app that lets you monitor and use the camera with ease.
The built-in camera lets you take 4K ultra HI video at 30 frames per second, or take 12MP photos. This drone has gimbal stabilization technology, something that you often have to pay an additional fee for.
You can use DJI director software, which has a built-in video editor, to add text, music, and more to create professional-quality YouTube videos. This is a firm favourite of Casey’s, as you can see in many of his videos he uses lots of drone footage to capture the beauty of his surroundings.
The DJI Mavic Pro is a drone that you can take pretty much anywhere, which is probably one of the reasons why it is in Casey’s arsenal.
It can be folded down small enough to store in a purse,backpack, pocket, whatever.. But it offers a lot in the way of features. This drone has the new OcySync transmission system. This lets you fly for up to 4.3 miles for up to 27 minutes. Some of the best features include ActiveTrack and TapFly, which let you create professional videos easily in true 4K HD.
Another cool feature is Obstacle Avoidance for flight safety, basically to stop you from crashing it into a lamppost the first time you take it out for a test run.
The GoPro Karma drone is ideal for any GoPro camera, I’m going to go out on a limb here as say thats probably due to them being made for each other.
You can get awesome footage while flying. It flies smoothly, so you don’t get any shaky footage, thanks to the Karma Stabilizer.
You can also use it handheld or body mounted. This drone even has its own case, so you can pack it up and go. Setting it up is easy. All you have to do is take it out of the bag, unfold it, put on the propellers, and you are ready to go. When you need to go handheld, simply remove the Karma Stabilizer and replace it with the Karma Grip, which is also included.
Here are some of the other items that Casey uses in his vlogs on a regular basis. They are all in this section because I can’t think of individual categories for them.. Enjoy!
This laptop really doesn’t need too much of an introduction, but I’ll give it one anyway. I use this one personally, and it is just a cut above every other computer I have ever used. I can’t ever see myself going back to a windows laptop.
The Apple MacBook Pro MLH32E/A is a 15.4-inch laptop that has the toucher feature at the top of the keyboard which is exclusive to the latest MacBooks. It boasts Intel HD graphics 530, as well as four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports.
This is faster and more powerful than its predecessors, but it is smaller and more lightweight. It has an awesome, colorful display, and the new customisable Touch Bar is a strip of glass that has been integrated right into the keyboard so you can access your favourite apps instantly when you need it. You can instantly see why this is Casey’s computer of choice. The mixture between simplicity and function makes it an absolute pleasure to use.
The GoPole GPSL-16 Scenelapse is a 360-degree, time-lapse device that can be used with the Hero GoPro camera.
It has a removable GoPro connection, and it is compatible with any GoPro Hero camera. This camera can rotate up to 360 degrees in one hour, for awesome panorama photographs and videos.
There is a ¼”-20 threaded insert, so it can easily be mounted to any tripod. There is also a Hi-Torque thumbscrew. This may not be an accessory you use all the time for YouTube videos, but it is pretty handy to have around when you need it.As an example, like when you’re shooting time-lapse clips. Which are a regular theme within Casey’s vlogs.
Casey Neistat vlog Equipment Conclusion
While it may seem like Casey uses a lot of gear, these are all things that are necessary if you want to create professional-quality vlogs. Remember, you don’t need to run out and get all of these things at once.
Start out with a good camera, a tripod, and a smartphone or computer, and you will be on your way to creating your own YouTube vlogging channel. Once you get up and running and start to develop your own style, that’s when you can start experimenting with different recording styles, cameras and drones just like Casey.