I’ve got a really good Zoom setup that I am 100% happy with. It is a bit pricier, but it is future proofed. There’s a cheaper way to do it, but you get what you pay for.
I need a good setup because I teach on-line during COVID (and we have an MLS program on-line and are considering adding some permanent on-line JD courses). That, plus the fact that I do TV and paid speaking, and like everyone else, I think someday I might have a YouTube channel/video podcast, led me to this setup.
Here is what my full set up entails:
- Camera Sony A6600: $1398: https://amzn.to/2QARuYU
- Lens: $429 Sigma 56mm f/1.4 https://amzn.to/3hCyFRe
- Mic: $249. https://amzn.to/3hRmikt
- Lights: $349: https://amzn.to/2EJrPLa
- (Although I’ve since switched to a Philips Hue Lightstrip as primary light, affixed to the wall in a corner near my desk — this works depending on your room setup)
- Elgato Cam Link 4k card: $129.99 https://www.elgato.com
- Power Adapter Kit (for continuous power on camera): $39.99 https://amzn.to/3b82EOA
- Joby Gorilla Pod (as mic stand): $49.58: https://amzn.to/31BiDk
- I used the Gorilla Pod on my desk, but then I switched to a boom arm (after watching the video linked below)
- Tripod: $16.49: https://amzn.to/2YMM69
- HDMI to Mini HDMI: https://amzn.to/3hFf9Ds
TOTAL COST: $2671.03, (plus tax, so all in I was at about $2950).
You could spend less on the camera, and save $800 but you won’t be futureproofed. Off brand Cam Link cards are out now for $30. The Mic was a splurge (but with this mic you can put it on top of the DSLR and be mobile, plus it is powered. Here’s a video on the best Mic for YouTubers). The Gorilla Pod was also a splurge (but it is also useful for going mobile for Vlogging) so there’s probably another $200 to be saved there.
All in, you could probably do this for $1100 less than what I did. Maybe cheaper with more research (although this was pretty heavily researched against what the top YouTubers are doing right now).
If you want more options, Garry Tan’s Zoom setup tips are pretty good too.