When it comes to vlogging, Casey Neistat has always said that the story you tell is more important than the camera gear you use to tell it. His one simple rule is to use the best camera you have at your disposal. In his 3+ years as a vlogger, Casey has filmed with many different cameras – from DSLRs and mirrorless cameras to point-and-shoots, action cameras, 360-degree cameras, smartphones and drones. He was loyal to Canon cameras, switched to Sony, tried Panasonic, and has now gone back to Canon.
Casey likes to use a combination of camera setups to produce an equal number of handheld shots, locked-off shots and wide establishing shots for each vlog. The camera equipment he uses is sometimes listed in the vlog’s description box but it’s not always complete or up-to-date and has been missing from the 368 vlogs. If you’re curious about what equipment is used by one of YouTube’s most popular vloggers, we’ve compiled a detailed list of Casey Neistat’s current vlogging camera gear.
Casey Neistat’s 368 Vlog Camera Setup
This is the big camera you see Casey holding with a bendable mini-tripod. It’s the main vlogging camera that he uses to film handheld shots which allow the viewer to feel the spontaneity and urgency of whatever is taking place. This vlog camera setup has a total cost of about $4200 which includes both lenses. The camera body, main lens, mic, and tripod have a combined weight of around 4lbs or around 5lbs with the other lens.
Casey Neistat’s previous main vlogging camera was a Panasonic Lumix GH5 which he used to film in 4K. At the end of 2017, Casey switched his main camera to the Canon 6D Mark II DSLR and reduced the vlog’s resolution to 1080p. The main reason for the switch was to make more cinematic videos with sharper focus, shallower depth of field, better color science and better dynamic range. The Canon 6D Mark II features a 26.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 Image Processor and an optical viewfinder with a 45-point all cross-type AF system. The 3″ touch screen flips out to be front-facing which is a must-have for Casey to see what he’s recording and select the focus point.
Casey has also been using a Canon 1DX Mark II DSLR (see below) as a vlogging camera and as the main studio camera.
This ultra wide angle zoom lens has been Casey’s main vlogging lens from back when he filmed with Canon 70D and 80D DSLR cameras. The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens has image stabilization and is a really great value as it’s about half the cost of the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens that Casey has also used but not as frequently. EF-S lenses are not meant to be used with a full-frame camera like the 6D Mark II and will not fit without an adapter or DIY modification. It’s unclear if Casey is using an extension tube to attach the lens to the camera or a if he’s removed the rubber gasket to make it fit.
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Casey also uses a second ultra wide angle zoom lens to vlog with. The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens has been discontinued by Canon as newer Mark II and Mark III versions have since been released. The main difference between this lens and the Mark II lens, which Casey uses as a studio lens, is the change in optical design from 14 elements in 10 groups to 16 elements in 12 groups. It is also slightly lighter than the Mark II. Neither of these lenses have image stabilization.
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An external shotgun microphone is mounted to the top of Casey Neistat’s Canon 6D Mark II and Canon 1DX Mark II cameras to record audio for the vlog. The lightweight and compact Rode VideoMic Pro+ condenser microphone captures professional broadcast-quality audio. The supercardioid pickup pattern records audio from the front of the mic while reducing unwanted sounds from the sides and rear. Vibrations and mechanical noise are isolated with the integrated Rycote Lyre suspension system. The mic is powered with a single litium-ion rechargeable battery (included), 2 x AA batteries or Micro USB. Casey previously used the older Rode VideoMic Pro microphone.
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Casey’s main vlogging camera is always attached to a portable bendy tripod that acts as a selfie stick. Casey is using the JOBY GorillaPod 5K which can securely hold DSLR camera setups of up to 11lbs. The flexible legs can be used a standard mini tripod, wrapped around objects or used as a hand grip. The rubberized feet can grip most surfaces including uneven terrain. The 5K Kit includes a ballhead mount that provides more precise control of the composition of the shot. It has 360° pan and ±90° tilt knobs with a bubble level for fine tuning and smooth-panning video. The Arca-Swiss style quick-release plate allows for instant set up. The previous version of this tripod was called the JOBY GorillaPod Focus.
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Casey Neistat’s 368 Studio Camera Setup
This is the camera Casey uses to film handsfree inside his NYC studio. These locked-off shots allow the viewer to forget about the camera and focus on what Casey is saying and his surrounding environment. The camera is mounted on a tripod for easy movement and quick setup at different locations in the studio. The total cost of Casey’s studio camera setup is around $8500.
Studio & Vlog Camera
Blaming the influence of fellow YouTuber Peter McKinnon, Casey felt the need to upgrade his main camera when he relaunched the vlog as 368. The Canon 1DX Mark II DSLR replaces a mirrorless Sony a7S II which had been used as a dedicated studio camera. This new studio camera is also splitting time with the 6D Mark II as the main vlogging camera. Casey was initially concerned about the extra weight and larger size of the 1DX when used as a handheld vlog camera – the 1DX, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens, Rode microphone and GorillaPod tripod weigh almost 7lbs. It remains to be seen if the 1DX will completely replace the 6D Mark II in future vlogs. A big advantage of the 1DX is its ability to shoot 1080p in slow motion (120fps). The one downside is the lack of a flip-out screen forcing Casey to use a tripod mounted video monitor to see himself when filming in the studio.
For studio shots, Casey’s main lens is the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM. It’s a high performance, ultra wide-angle lens that is also water resistant. The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM has excellent edge-to-edge image quality, fast and quiet autofocusing, and manual override to fine-tune the focus. When shooting wide, the circular aperture produces a natural background blur. Casey uses the original version of this lens with the 6D Mark II to vlog. He has complained about the extra weight of the Mark II lens; however, in reality it’s only 0.08lbs heavier than the original. Canon has released a newer Mark III version of this lens.
Casey has multiple Rode VideoMic Pro+ microphones which are used to capture audio both in the studio and with his main vlogging camera. See above for more details.
The Canon 1DX Mark II is mounted on a MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Roadtrip tripod. This tripod has five extendable leg sections and a center column which provides a height range of 15.4 inches to 61.6 inches. Included is a dual action ballhead with separate head and pan locks, a bubble level and an Arca-Swiss style quick release plate. The MeFOTO Classic Roadtrip tripod weighs only 3.6lbs and can carry a maximum load of 17.6lbs. The white color that Casey has appears to be an older model.
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To make up for the lack of a flip-out, front-facing screen on the Canon 1DX Mark II, Casey is using an external HD video monitor to see himself as he films. The monitor has a 7-inch screen and a resolution of 1280 x 720. It’s connected to the camera via HDMI cable and is attached to a small JOBY GorillaPod 1K tripod.
Everyday Carry Camera
Casey always keeps a point-and-shoot camera either on his hip or in his backpack to film when the big vlog camera is inconvenient, not appropriate or left at home. He says the new Sony RX100 Mark VI is the best point-and-shoot video camera ever made. It has a flip-up screen, can film in 4K and records impressive super slow motion (up to 960fps). The main difference between the Mark V and Mark VI is the new lens (24-200mm) which provides the versatility of a wide angle and a zoom lens. In a vlog filmed using the RX100 Mark VI (link below), Casey reviewed the camera and questioned if it is worth the expensive price tag. He noted that a Canon 80D DSLR, wide angle lens and zoom lens could be purchased together for slightly less than the RX100 Mark VI. It all comes down to the convenience factor and personal preference. Casey’s main complaint is the inability to use an external microphone.
Casey recently picked up the ultracompact Sony RX0 for situations and events where even a point-and-shoot camera is too much to carry. He prefers the RX0 to a cell phone camera claiming that it’s 10x better. Although the Sony RX0 is similar in size to a GoPro, it’s not considered an action camera. It’s also much more expensive than a GoPro. According to Casey, the video quality is stunning. The RX0 can shoot 1080p at 120fps as well as record in 4K. The main complaint is that it’s really hard to use but Casey wants to try it first.
There are times when only a tiny action camera is capable of getting the desired shot. The versatile GoPro HERO7 Black is another tool in Casey’s arsenal of cameras. He didn’t want to like it at first but it quickly won him over after testing it out at the waterpark. It can film in in 1080p at 240fps and 4k at 60fps. The HERO 7 Black has a touchscreen, voice control, GPS, improved audio performance, livestream capabilities, and is waterproof to 33ft without a housing. The biggest improvement over previous GoPros is the hypersmooth video stabilization which eliminates the need for a gimbal. According to GoPro, the HERO7 can be used as a main vlogging camera; however, Casey doesn’t think it’s worth the price for vloggers on a budget who should focus on buying other camera gear first. Still, he says it’s the best GoPro they’ve ever released and is a necessity for professional YouTubers.
Drone shots serve two purposes in Casey’s vlogs: transitions and to provide context of where he is. It would be safe to say that Casey has tested nearly every consumer drone available. His most recent test flights were with the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and the Mavic 2 Pro. Casey compares drones by looking at price vs quality. While the Mavic 2 Pro has an impressive camera with amazing dynamic range, it’s a little too expensive. The Mavic 2 Zoom has stellar image quality similar to the original Mavic drone, is cheaper than the Mavic 2 Pro, and has a zoom lens that Casey thinks is extraordinary. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is the closest to Casey’s price/quality sweet spot and is his new #1 favorite drone. It’s the drone he’ll take when he travels and has earned a permanent spot in his camera bag.