Recommended YouTube equipment for beginners 2020

Some of the most common questions I get is, which tools and equipment I use or recommend for YouTube.
I have spend a lot of time researchingv equipment I'd like to share that knowledge here.
I have compiled a list with tools for you that I will update regularly.

Best YouTube / Vlogging Cameras 2020

Important for Vlogging cameras:
  • good auto focus
  • lightweight (if you vlog out of your hand)
  • backflip screen - a screen that you can turn 180 degrees to film and see yourself
  • external microphone connection (built-in microphones are bad)
  • Most cameras come without lenses
  • Buy an extra battery (one battery can charge while you film with the other)
  • DSLR is only useful for taking pictures
± $850 Canon EOS M6 Mark II Mirrorless 4K vlogging camera
flipscreen - can't see screen with hot shoe mic
external microphone connection
± $1200 Canon EOS 90d DSLR 4K vlogging camera
external microphone connection
More about cameras in my article about YouTube cameras 2020


A lavalier or directional microphone is probably the best choice.
± $80 Rode smartLav+ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone This TRRS microphone is intended to use on phones, you need a TRRS female to TRS male converter to connect it to your camera.
The sound quality is great for the price BUT SUPER LOUDDDDDDD which makes the signal distort when volume level left unchanged in camera.
I have this mic and am very happy with it.
Mic on Amazon


Continuous Softbox Lighting
± $40 MOUNTDOG 1350W Photography Continuous Softbox Lighting Kit 20"X28" Great lighting kit.
This is a rebrand of my Bresser BR2240 which I'm very happy with.
You need at least 2 (preferably 3) lights to light your set properly.
Price on Amazon

Video editing software

± $300 Davinci resolve Great user interface and workflow.
However it has stability and performance issues.
± $300 p/y Premiere Pro One of the most used software products for YouTube on the market.
± $300 Final Cut pro [NOT RECOMMENDED] The worst video editing software on the market.
Incredibly unstable and enforces an illogic workflow.
Editing with Final Cut Pro takes at least twice as long as any other software on the market.

Computer for video editing

CPU Intel Core i7 latest generation (optimal price/performance ratio)
CPU cores 4 min (more recommended)
Memory 8GB min. (recommended: 16GB or 32GB)
Storage 1 TB SSD
Graphics card / GPU  Good graphics card with a lot of memory
Screen 17" min. (27" or larger preferred)
Keyboard Backlit
Mouse Side scroll / horizontal scroll