As a daily vlogger, Casey Neistat has used and abused a lot of camera gear, replacing some cameras and lenses several times over. He has not been afraid to try a completely new camera or leave one brand for another. And when it comes to Canon vs Sony, Casey says he has no preference but favors cameras with a front-facing screen.
Casey’s former cameras never seem to be completely retired. They make occasional appearances in his videos and are used for other projects. All oevf Casey’s old vlogging cameras and lenses are listed below. For his current setup, check out our list of Casey Neistat’s vlogging camera gear.
Casey Neistat’s Previous Vlogging Cameras & Lenses
Casey’s main vlogging camera setup has typically been a large DSLR or mirrorless camera attached to a bendy GorillaPod tripod (used as a selfie stick) with an external shotgun microphone. There have been several different variations of this setup over the years. All of the cameras and lenses included below were previously used by Casey to vlog with. They are listed in chronological order with approximate date ranges for when they were used.
April 2017 to December 2017
This is the last vlog camera Casey used before switching to the Canon 6D Mark II. He believes the Panasonic Lumix GH5 mirrorless camera was designed with YouTubers in mind. It’s lighter and more compact than a DSLR. Casey loves the stabilized chip, front-facing screen, and two SD memory card slots. It has great 4K recording, good battery life and good enough full autofocus. His dislikes include the poor low-light performance, location of the display button (near thumb) and issues with the on screen recording indicator (too small and covered by menu).
The main lens Casey used with the GH5 camera was a Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4 Lens. As this lens is used with a micro four thirds camera, it is equivalent to a 14-28mm lens on a full-frame camera. It has a minimum aperture of f/22. A lens hood is also included.
March 2017 to April 2017
Casey loved the Sony Alpha a6500 mirrorless camera which he switched to from the Canon 80D DSLR to film in 4K. Compared to the Panasonic Lumix GH5, the cheaper and smaller Sony a6500 takes a better image, has better focus and better low light performance. In good to average shooting conditions, Casey says the image quality is nearly indistinguishable to the far more expensive Sony a7S II camera. The deal breaker for Casey was the lack of a front-facing screen as he simply hates vlogging without being able to see himself.
Source: Minor Studio Accident
Casey used this metal bodied super wide angle zoom lens with the Sony Alpha a6500 camera. The Sony 10-18mm zoom lens has a maximum and minimum aperture of f/4 and f/22, respectively. Optical image stabilization is built into the lens and is very quiet. Designed for use with APS-C cameras, the Sony 10-18mm lens provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 15-27mm. Casey has also used the Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE f/4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens.
March 2016 to March 2017
A majority of the vlogs were filmed using a Canon 70D DSLR camera and its successor, the Canon 80D. Casey was actually the first person to receive an early version of the Canon 80D DSLR which takes a better picture and has better focus than the 70D. He used it for a month but encountered some reliability issues with the audio and the record button turning the screen off and on. These issues were enough to make him switch back to the 70D in April 2016. He eventually returned to the 80D and later said it was his all-time favorite vlogging camera. Casey went through 11 different 80D cameras while vlogging.
Of the two wide angle lenses Casey has used with Canon cameras, the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens is the more expensive one. Although he used this lens less frequently than the other, he still went through several of them. It’s a compact and light weight ultra-wide zoom lens that uses an inner focusing system which keeps the length of the lens constant when zoomed. The cheaper Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens was and is his main daily vlogging lens.
March 2015 to March 2017?
Casey’s original main vlogging camera was a Canon 70D DSLR. It was his workhorse camera for the first year of the daily vlogs. The 70D’s front-facing screen is the reason why Casey cannot vlog without one. Even after upgrading to the 80D, Casey went back and forth between the two cameras. It’s not entirely clear exactly when he stopped using the 70D to vlog with.
Source: NEW VLOGGING CAMERA
Casey has had a 5D Mark IV DSLR for quite some time but only used it as a vlogging camera occasionally. He admitted that he wasn’t using it enough and decided to use it for his Twitch streams instead. Check out Casey’s full list of Twitch Streaming Gear.
Casey Neistat’s Old Studio Camera Setup
All of the handsfree shots in Casey’s studio were filmed with a dedicated studio camera. This camera setup was used from January 2017 to April 2018 before Casey switched to using a Canon 1DX Mark II DSLR. The camera was mounted to a tripod with a cage rig and external microphone, light and video monitor attachments. The total cost of Casey’s previous studio camera setup is just under $7000.
Previous Studio Camera
The Sony a7S II is a full-frame mirrorless camera capable of recording 4K at 30fps or 1080p at 120fps. It is excellent in low light conditions. Casey’s main beef with the Sony a7S II was that the screen is not a touchscreen especially for such an expensive camera. Also, the screen is not front-facing which is why Casey uses an external video monitor.
Previous Studio Lens
The main lens Casey used for studio shots was a Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens. It’s a zoom lens designed for use with full-frame cameras like the Sony a7S II. It uses a Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor (DDSSM) for quiet and precise focusing which is ideal for video. The lens is sealed for dust and moisture resistance.
This external shotgun microphone was mounted to the camera cage rig to record audio in the studio. The Shure VP83 LensHopper condenser microphone has a compact design and records professional, high definition audio. The VP83 uses a highly directional super cardioid/lobar polar pattern. A shock mounting system minimizes vibrations. Battery life is 130 hours with a single AA alkaline battery. In the past, Casey also used this microphone with his main vlogging camera setup.
The Sony a7S II camera was always mounted to a Manfrotto Carbon Fiber tripod. This 4-section Manfrotto tripod has minimum height of about 3.5 inches and a maximum height of about 67 inches with the center column fully extended. It can hold a maximum payload of 19.8lbs. The quick power locks provide better stiffness and stability than classic locking levers and can be operated with one finger. An Easy Link connection allows attachment of an accessory like a light.
The Manfrotto tripod head has a pan fluid drag system. The built-in counterbalance system and ball-bearing drag offer precise and smooth operation. The wider and longer top plate provides extra stability.
Camera Cage Rig
Casey used a cage rig to hold the Sony a7S II studio camera and its attachments including the microphone, video monitor and light. The Ikan Tilta ES-T17 cage rig is designed to fit Sony a7 series cameras. It is built out of a single piece of aluminum.
The Sony a7S II does not have a front-facing screen which is a must for Casey to see what he’s filming in real-time as he vlogs. This 7-inch screen is connected to the camera via HDMI cable and attached to the cage rig via a Manfrotto 244MICRO-AR Micro Arm. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 720. Casey still uses this monitor with the Canon 1DX camera.
This LED light gave Casey a powerful and consistent light source when filming in his studio. It provides perfect color rendition and no color casting. It can be powered by AC adapter (included) or by L-Type lithium ion battery (80min battery life).
Previous Everyday Carry Cameras
A small point-and-shoot camera is something that Casey keeps on him at all times, either in a backpack or hip case. The Sony RX100 Mark V is a small yet powerful camera that has excellent video quality. It’s a popular vlogging camera that many other vloggers use as their main camera. The RX100 Mark V can record slow motion video in 4K and has a flip-up screen so Casey can see what he’s recording. It does not have an external microphone input or interchangeable lenses.
Source: it’s a BIG DEAL!!
Before upgrading to a Sony RX100 Mark V, he used a Canon PowerShot G7 X which he still highly recommends. It has incredible low light performance. The main reason why Casey switched cameras is because the G7 X does not record in 4K.
Previous Action Camera
Casey has gone through a ton of action cameras. The GoPro HERO5 Black can film in 1080p at 120fps or 4K at 30fps. The HERO 5 Black has a touchscreen, voice control, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, and is waterproof to 33ft without a housing. Image stabilization is available for some but not all resolutions and frame rates. Casey also uses his older GoPros as security/surveillance cameras at his studio.
Source: THE ULTIMATE GOPRO
The DJI Mavic Air was released in early 2018 and quickly became his favorite drone he’s ever used. It’s foldable design is much more portable than his previous favorite drone, the DJI Mavic Pro. In a side-by-side comparison of video quality, Casey thinks the untrained eye would be unable to tell the difference between the Mavic Air and a bigger, more expensive drone. The DJI Mavic Air has a 3-axis gimbal camera that records in 1080p at 120fps as well as 4K. Maximum flight time is 21 minutes. A carrying case and remote controller are included.