BEST CAMERAS for YouTube TRAVEL Videos & Photography



Here is the BEST camera gear for travel video and photography. From budget to professional we cover the best cameras for YouTube!

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Our YouTube channel is three years old now. This whole time we’ve been creating travel and adventure videos with our budget camera, a Sony a6000. But now our channel has grown to a point that we’re able to invest in new professional quality camera gear!

Since we shoot primarily “run-and-gun” style videos, meaning unplanned moving shots, we desperately needed our primary camera to have image stabilization. Enter our newest camera – the Panasonic Lumix G9. This beast of a mirrorless camera touts 6.5 stops of in body image stabilization as well as digital image stabilization capability on top of that!

We paired this new camera with a 14-140mm Panasonic lens since this range will “do it all”. This focal length is wide enough for selfie style video but can be zoomed in 10x for far off subjects such as wildlife. I maintain that this camera/lens combo is perfect for on the go YouTubers such as ourselves.

On top of that we’ve upgraded our audio quality with a Rode VideoMic Pro which sits atop our Lumix G9. However, with all these upgrades we’re still not done with our Sony a6000. Due to it being an interchangeable lens camera and having better low light capabilities than our Lumix G9, we purchased a large 1.4 aperture lens to pair with the a6000 for incredible night sky photography.

We have much more gear that we show in the video, check it out for our full lineup that is perfect for travel and adventure videos/photography!

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46 thoughts on “BEST CAMERAS for YouTube TRAVEL Videos & Photography

  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Very good review of your photographic equipment. I especially liked how you compared the two cameras with live action presentation. Thank you.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Great video! Subscribing and looking forward to watching more of your content! Continued success to your channel!

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Hey David, have you by any chance checked out the Nikon P1000 Super Zoom camera. It would be about $700 new and it has incredible 125X zoom. I know you would be giving up some quality but like you said Youtube compresses everything anyway. I'm thinking about one but I've got to convince the better half to let me spend $700 on my first good camera. That maybe a tall order. Keep the good stuff coming.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Thanks for this, I've been trying to narrow down what image stable camera to get for my videos. Great info here. Question, do you use a polarizing filter at all?

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Hey guys, so proud of you. Watched you from day one. You are definitely doing things right. Looking forward to hitting the road shortly and maybe even meeting you. Thanks so much for your excellent content!

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Loved this video, I’m looking for a mirrorless camera and you answered a lot of the questions I had.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Now that you have your upgraded camera equipment, you're going to have to up your game and start providing your viewers more drama, special effects and action scenes. It's all well and good to show us those cute bunny moments or cat yawns, dog close ups. But after three years we want more.
    Have your dog, cats and rabbits sneak out at night while your sleeping and terrorize neighbouring campers only to play the innocents come the morning. Just a suggestion.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Please update us on how you're managing thru Covid19!!!!!!!! What's the RV streets sayin????

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Are you concerned about keeping public lands open if so please read to the end my concern started when I watched a video by simply rving call OMG what about the fire it clearly shows them Gathering firewood in the California desert near Salton Sea it is habitat for a lot of desert Critters including the endangered kangaroo rat I have lived in California for 65 years and have seen them closed down so much public land because of people abusing it they are telling their 3000 viewers that it's okay I have watched enough of your videos to believe that you love the land as I do so please watch the video let me know what you think let them know what you think respectfully oil bag mark

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    I LOVE that statement "how you shoot it and your content" good to let people know high cost items doesn't = success.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Thank you for the recommendations. I have loved your videos for over a year, and as we prepare to get on the road ourselves, I have been considering appropriate (for beginners) and affordable camera equipment.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    I'm also a full-time RVer. Been trying to contact you but can't get a response. I don't do any social media. What are the alternate methods?
    Mark

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Hey David & Jeni & Sweetie what plans do you have and any thoughts you have since the virus outbreak? Thanks!

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    David Thank You for showing all your camera gear & your drone .

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    I am aware your video was on camera's, however, I have a question on coupling and uncoupling the ball and trailer I was recently told that frequently it can be difficult to hook-up or un-hook. Especially on uneven ground. What's you experience?

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    I really enjoy the episodes you two make for us all. But, it about your stories and not the video quality for me. My bandwidth isn’t great so I usually can’t stream anything above 360-480p. Thanks and eep up the great work!

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Thanks for the info, as usual, very well done. Q- what software are you using for editing and creating the final product.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    when you switched camera definitely audio is better on the new, less wind noise too. great video.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    David, the image (even on the new camera) looked very soft in this video – especially the zoomed in shots. You didn't look particularly sharp or detailed. Any idea why? (I watched at 1080p.)

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Was the optical image stabilization enabled on the Sony lens when you did the side by side?

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    I enjoy your videos, something that I may have missed and probably gets asked a lot: what software do you use for your video editing?

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    As another person pointed out, the Sony made you sound as if you were in a tin can. Also, the video quality of the new Lumix camera is far superior, as it cuts out the noise and balances the light in the image and colouration. With the Sony, while it was giving off a clear enough image quality, it didn't seem to be softening the sun exposure and washed David out a bit. Not quite overexposed, but near enough. The background was also not only blurry (I know it was focusing on David, so the background was out of focus), but grainy, whereas the Lumix smoothed it all out. Good choice!

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    We have that Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 lens. It is an excellent lens for night photography, though having a wider angle might be better to capture sky vistas.

    You will not be disappointed with that lens.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    First off. Love all of your videos, from the quality of the footage and always the content. Well done! I was watching this video on my TV with a Yamaha sound bar and noticed a difference in audio with the Sony and Lumix. I switched over to my laptop, plugged in some Sony MDR-7506 headphones and WOW! The audio on the Lumix sounded awesome and the Sony sounded like you were in a tin can. Blew me away. I also wanted to note that Wirecutter also recommended the Sony a6000 series as the best all around vlogging cameras. Keep up the good work.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Thanks for showing your equipment. Phones have come a long way, but cameras still have options that phones don’t have. We don’t have anything fancy, besides the drone, but hoping one day after a lot of research we will find our favorite camera.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    I see a difference between the Panasonic and the Sony. The Panasonic is better! Awesome video. Thanks guys!

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    You mentioned that YouTube does video compression that results in quality degradation…. so I'm thinking that I may as well record in HEVC format which my phone can record in and it will cut upload time as well as storage in half.

    I guess that if anyone has any thoughts on this, they will reply.

    YouTube has supported HEVC for 3 or 4 years. But if you download the videos you'll have to convert them to other formats to view. I suppose that could also be a deterrent to make it a greater hassle for redistribution?

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    that would be the sony a6100, the 10-18mm oss lens, the Deity V-Mic D3 Super Cardioid Directional Condenser Shotgun Microphone, and the Feiyu AK2000S Standard Gimbal Kit for Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras .

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    I should get a real camera. I made all my YouTube videos (about 35) with a Eula …except my thermal night videos. The thermal were done with my Pulsar Helion. I did a half dozen …or so… rv tips and mods vids with my Samsung Note 9 phone because the Eula finally died.

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Content is king..
    Amen!

    Just like in real estate it's location location location

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