CURRENT FILMING GEAR
MAIN CAMERA - CANON R6
Half way through our first year of travel we realised, that we don’t take enough pictures, because we used our only camera (listed below) for constant filming. The only pictures we took were on our phones or one or two snaps in between filming. Since we do love to have great pictures as a memory and a second creative outlet on our channel, we realised we need a second camera. This is how we got this beauty in Panama. And since then it has been our main filming camera every day. Sascha killed a savings plan to be able to afford it, but we think it was worth the craziness. It’s a tool that we will be able to grow into for years to come.
SECONDARY CAMERA - CANON EOS 6D MARK II
We used this camera for the first half of year 1 to film our vlogs. Sascha got it years before we started full time travel. Now we use it for all our photos on the channel. It’s a really great camera.
ACTION CAMERA - GO PRO HERO 11
In many situations you might need an action cam. From extreme sports to everything that might take place involving water, dirt and fast movements.
Normal cameras and iPhones are too big, unwieldy, and valuable to be filming with while riding a motorbike, bungee jumping or running around during Holi in India. The DJI osmo we have is already a bit older and has a problem with the data management. It happened quite often that we were filming something and the file was broken. So we bought a new action camera during black Friday sales in the States. We chose the GoPro Hero 11 because it’s still the best versatile and multi-function action cam you want. This little camera is waterproof, has excellent stabilisation, and is rugged enough to survive a fall.
Drone - DJI MIni 2
Let’s face it: drone footage makes everything more cinematic and cool. We love drone footage, everyone does! Where ever we have the chance to fly the drone we do. Sadly it’s not possible everywhere, but we try our best for you. The DJI Mini is lightweight and gives you, due to the light weight and current regulations, in most countries over the world the chance to fly a drone. Heavier drones need more licenses or are forbidden at all. So this is a great option for travellers.
Rode VideoMic Pro+/Rode Wireless Go II
99% of the time, we’re using the Rode VideoMic Pro+. It captures great audio, is reliable and the battery lasts for ages. We wouldn’t wanna miss it.
The wireless lavalier mics are mainly for situations where we simply can’t have the big Rode mic. Think scooter rides and walking around in very crowded places
Plus our favourite use case: Especially in famous sights and places where no microphones are allowed, this is the way to go to have great audio anyway. Nobody will suspect this to be a microphone, just have it in the pockets.
They’re great at picking up our voices, but not much of the environment. Sometimes we even use both mic setups to get crystal clear voices, but also the environment sounds on a second audio track.
Rollei C5i Tripod/ Joby GorillaPod 5K
Initially, we started with a DJI RSC2 gimbal. Every Camera Tech-YouTuber seems to use these for cinematic footage and Sascha thought he needed this way before we started vlogging. So we already had it, when we made the decision to start full time travel. This thing was way too heavy and way to attention drawing while traveling and filming. I would not recommend it to any full-time travel YouTuber. If you’re just going on a safe trip to shoot cinematic shake-free footage for a client. This is the way to go. But travel vlogging in 100 countries around the world is not the best use case for this thing. If you really want a gimbal there are smaller and lighter options on the market.
When we came back home after our first 6 month of traveling to start Vanlife Europe I bought the Joby Gorillapod 5K and luckily Sascha left the gimbal home ever since. They are pretty ubiquitous in general for on-the-go recording, durable and versitle. You can use it as a stand down tripod, you can mount your camera literally everywhere and it helps get a wider shot of you while walking.
Iphones - 12Pro/ 13Mini
Sometimes you don’t have all the other cameras at hand or you need to act fast to film something happening around you and don’t have the time to grab your big cameras. That’s when we stick to Casey Neistat’s rule: The best camera is the one you have at hand. So some footage from our videos is filmed with iPhones. And if you want to start vlogging you can do so by using your phone. You don’t need a big camera or a lot of equipment to start what you want to start. 🙂
Editing & Data storage
LAPTOP MADDY - 13” APPLE MACBOOK PRO M1
The best laptops around for editing video. It’s capable of smoothly editing footage and exporting a video in a reasonable amount of time. Of course we would even upgrade to a new M2 14”, if we can afford it in the future, but to be honest this one is already doing an amazing job and will do so the next years.
LAPTOP SASCHA - 13” APPLE MACBOOK AIR M1
We got this for a decent price at Costco, because Sascha’s old MacBook was just not doing it anymore and was not suited for editing all day all week. It was a budget solution that works pretty good. If we would have the money in the future we would go for another MacBook Pro, since this will allow us to edit even faster and more efficient.
Bose Quiet Comfort QC35 I + II
To edit the sound of videos it is best to edit with wired, noise canceling head phones to make sure the audio is top notch and clear, not too loud, not too silent. Sascha got the first generation back in the days and Maddy bought some a few year later. There is even a newer generation out now, but the old ones are still great and working. We can highly recomment getting them. They also come in handy if you’re sleeping in a lound environment or for all sorts of transpositions to make it more enjoyable audio wise.
We use Seagate Expansion 5TB 2.5 Zoll, 3.0 USB hard drives. They’re fast, at 300mb/s, and have a good reputation.
We always have two of them to mirror the data of one. So two hard drives, the same data. This makes data loss less probable. If one is broken, we have the data on a second one to restore it. It already happened once, we like this stategy and can recommend it to anyone with fear of data loss.
We would love to use SSDs for short term data storage, since they’re water & dust resistant, very fast, and take up far less space than a traditional HDD. But they are waaaaayyy more expensive and for the amount of data we have we could buy a car for that sum.
If you can afford it we recommend SSDs for short-term storage of video projects and HDD for long term storage. Every tech guy in your trusted tech shop will be able to tell you why.
The big Tech list
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