While he didn’t invent the vlogging format, Casey originated a style that has arguably left the biggest impact on the genre out of anyone, and inspired countless copycats.
Out of all the YouTubers we’ve ever researched, his passion for the cinematic arts runs the deepest, as does the list of cameras in his arsenal. So what camera does Casey Neistat use to make the most creative vlogs on the internet? The short answer is all of them, but we did our best to put together a complete list of all of Caseys favorite cameras.
Creating this list was both easier, and more difficult than most others. We saved a lot of time because Casey is transparent enough to list out all his equipment in his video descriptions, and often reviews the gear he uses. However, the library of equipment he has used over the years is absolutely massive, so it still took quite some time. Let’s get right into the list!
Note: We can say for certain is that at this point he definitely sticks to higher end cameras. You won’t find Casey shooting with a Sony A6000.
What Camera Does Casey Neistat Use Today?
With his successful business ventures supplementing his YouTube revenue, Casey can now afford to vlog with any camera he wants, so these options are his definitive favorites. We’ve broken it down into two categories: DSLR, and Compact/Mirrorless.
What DSLRs Does Casey Neistat Use?
Most recently, at the beginning of 2018 he made the switch to the lower-end Canon 6D, abandoning shooting in 4k in favor of several other factors. He decided that the 6D was the best camera to bring a more cinematic aesthetic to his vlogs with better auto focus, depth of field, and a superior color science.
Like we just mentioned, prior to this his main camera was the Panasonic LUMIX GH5. This camera was chosen based on his desire to shoot 4k with a relatively portable body, and a screen that flips out and allows him to frame up while he’s shooting.
Back when Casey was producing daily vlogs for nearly two years, he almost exclusively shot his videos with the Canon EOS 80D, and its previous iteration, the Canon EOS 70D. These were by far his favorite cameras of all time, and throughout the daily vlog, he reportedly destroyed a total of eleven camera bodies.
According to him, the 70D and 80D are the perfect vlogging cameras – and they’re very popular among other YouTubers as well.
The favorite camera of Casey’s close friend Peter Mckinnon, the Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II is also used by Casey on occasion. Despite this camera having the most expensive and highest quality on this list, Casey has said that he could never use it as his main vlogging camera because it is way too large.
Peter enjoys it because his work is equal parts videography and photography. This combined with the super long battery life means he only needs to bring one camera everywhere he goes rather than two.
What Compact And Mirrorless Cameras Does Casey Neistat Use?
Very recently Casey uploaded a full video shot solely with the Sony RX100 VI. As you can see from the rest of this list, he primarily shoots everything with either a DSLR, or mirrorless full frame camera. However, in the video below he actually praises the RX100 VI as the absolute best point and shoot camera ever made.
He heavily praises its ability to shoot up to 240FPS, as well as the ability of the lens to shoot anywhere between 24mm-200mm. He thinks it’s definitely the best in it’s class considering the size, but that it’s a little overpriced for what you’re getting.
The Sony A7s II, a favorite among vloggers was purchased by Casey towards the beginning of 2017. He was very satisfied with the image quality, but was very disappointed in the lack of a fold-out touch screen. You can listen to him compare it to the Canon cameras he loves so much in the video below.
Personally we’re huge fans of the A7s II, and it is the camera we use to produce all of our videos. The low light quality is excellent, and if you have an external monitor to help you frame up, the video quality is unmatched by all but the most expensive cameras on this list.
Like pretty much every other YouTuber to ever exist, Casey Neistat will occasionally mix in GoPro Hero footage to get shots that would be otherwise impossible. However, his strong sense of direction as a filmmaker means that he very seldom relies on these shots. They’re much less cinematic, and he already uses really small cameras for the most part anyways.
Fun Fact: Casey actually employs several GoPros throughout his studio as surveillance tools.
For awhile, when Casey was still shooting everything in 4k, he used multiple Sony A7R IIs. His main talking-head camera was an A7R II on a tripod, hooked up to a cage that allowed him to attach a microphone, light, and a front-facing monitor that we discussed is a must for him earlier in this article.
You can see his March 2017 A7R II setup in the video below, along with the rest of his studio tour.
Way back when, like most other YouTubers, he shot a lot of his vlogs on his Canon G7x – a relatively cheap camera that looked absolutely stunning considering its size and age.
Pretty much every YouTuber we’ve reviewed has one of these in their arsenal, and we strongly recommend it for anyone looking for a portable beginners vlogging camera.
And finally, for a good period of time Casey shot his movies with the Sony Alpha A6500. This also started around the period in which he tried to shoot everything in 4k. He loved the picture but was frustrated with the lack of a front-facing screen, and prefers the color profile of canon cameras. He did however praise it for having quality that rivals the A7s ii in lit shooting situations.
The most important lesson you can take away from learning about Casey’s cameras is that there are dozens of excellent options out there for everybody, and it’s important you play around with them to find out what works for you.
Casey’s life is absolutely dedicated to making “movies”, and he’s used just about every camera you could ever imagine. This list is longer than anyone we’ve ever put together. It is critical that you understand that he managed to create his massive audience without any of these cameras.
Put your content first and figure out how to be really creative, then once you feel like you can stay committed to the platform, invest in any one of these great cameras.
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