Gear Used in Youtube Videos

I'm a financial advisor on youtube, but the gear used in my videos and podcasts can be used for any talking head videos or podcasts.  While you can start with a phone camera, I recommend starting with a small but dedicated setup.  The creative workflow is just so much easier with a dedicated rig.

I started making videos with a DSLR camera that I already had but have upgraded all of my gear over time.  Today I use the Sony a6400 as my primary camera and the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E.  I like the camera field of view because I can put the camera very close to me to reach out touch it without getting up.  I also have a tiny office, so the space savings is a big deal for me.

Primary Camera Sony a6400

Primary lens Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E

I use the Sony a6100 as my overhead camera because it's a little cheaper than the a6400.  When I wrote this, I can't even remember what the a6400 does better, but the price was the main reason for going with a different model.

Overhead Camera a6100

Overhead Lens

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

I only use this for syncing audio now, but it's still a good starter mic.  I also never sync audio anymore with my setup, but I still have it.

Main Camera Sync Audio Mic Rode Video Micro

Greatest podcast style mic. It will not disappoint.  It's amazing. Get it.

Shure SM7B Microphone

Most videos today are used with this mic setup.  It's clean and easy to use.

Sennheiser Pro Audio MKH416

A must if you have the Sure SM7B.

Cloud Microphones Cloud lifter for Sure SM7B RODE PSA 1

I own 3 of these boom arms now.  Enough said.  Get it.

RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm

It's a good starter light, but I have since upgraded.

Neewer Ring Light

Complete game changer.  The Aputure 120d ii is an excellent option used by tons of Youtubers.

Aputure 120d ii

The image without the mic is lit with the Aputure 120d II, and the one with the Sure SM7B mic is with my ring light.  Not taken on the same day, but as you can see, it's a world of difference.  It might not matter to some, but I like it better.







I like the look, but I'm not sure that chalk is the best way to go.  I tried high-end chalk and chalk markers, but it's a bit of a mess for my setup.

Chalkboard Paint


A must for any Youtuber.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio


I don't generally read off of teleprompters, but I still love this setup.  If I need to show a few numbers in front of me, this setup works.  It's small but valuable.

Lilliput A11 10.1" 4k Teleprompter Monitor

Glide Gear Teleprompter