Minimalist Travel Camera Essentials | Ultimate Travel Vlog Gear Review

Minimalist Travel Camera Essentials | Ultimate Travel Vlog Gear Review

What is up everybody? Welcome back to Vagabrothers. I’m Alex. I’m Marko, and in this video we’ll be sharing with you our ideal travel filmmaking kit to help you capture the best moments of your trip without weighing you down. If you’re new to the channel, we are the Vagabrothers.. We’re your go- to guides all things travel here on YouTube from gear hauls like this one to money-saving travel hacks and vlogs from all around the world. For the last five years we’ve traveled to over 50 countries, and I think by now we’ve got it down.. a small lightweight kit that you can carry on to an airplane. We’ve picked the absolute minimalist essentials for travel vlogging. These are pieces of kit that maximize production quality and versatility while minimizing cost and weight. So let’s get into it. One of the most common packing questions we get is, “Do you need to bring a computer?” If you’re planning to edit vlogs from the road, you probably can’t get around it, but if you’re going on a shorter trip or if you’re just using your computer to download footage then thankfully you can leave your laptop at home, thanks to a game changing piece of kit called the GNARBOX. GNARBOX is a portable backup and editing system that works with any camera, and is pretty much indestructible. It takes the place of your laptop by allowing you to backup your footage, edit it and even share it to social media right from your smartphone. We actually reached out to GNARBOX and asked them to partner with us on this video because we could instantly see how their technology could help us simplify our kit on trips that require us to be super minimalist, such as motorcycle trips, multi-day off-the-grid adventures, or just short backpacking trips where you just don’t feel like lugging around an expensive, fragile heavy computer. Here’s how it works: the GNARBOX has card readers for both standard and mini SD cards. It has 256 Gigabytes of internal storage plus two USB ports to plug in external hard drives. The GNARBOX connects to your phone by Wi-Fi and allows you to backup high-quality video files at 4K and raw photos at speeds of up to 4 gigabytes per second. Everything is managed through your phone via the GNARBOX App, which has some incredible editing functions that let you smash pretty technical edits in just a matter of seconds. You can easily trim clips, color correct and add music to cut together a quick highlight reel before tackling the full edit back home. You don’t need internet or wi-fi so you can use the GNARBOX when you’re off the grid. Plus up to 4 users can connect to it at once, allowing collaboration and let’s be real we all know that collaboration is the key to success. The GNARBOX can handle whatever you throw at it: iPhone, Android, GoPro, DSLR, drone it doesn’t matter. We hope that you guys will enjoy this product as much as we do because honestly, it’s going to simplify your kit, a lot. We’re super stoked to have discovered this product, and we hope that you guys out there enjoy it as much as we do. Moving on. Let’s talk about the most important decision you’ll have to make: Picking your camera Specifically choosing between an action cam, a point-and-shoot camera and a DSLR, which allows you to swap out different lenses for different situations. If somebody asked me to recommend one single camera to travel vlog on, it would be the Sony RX100 V. It’s a small point-and-shoot camera. It’s tiny. It literally fits in the pocket of this jacket, and yet it is an extremely powerful camera. It captures footage at 4k, shoots 20.1 megapixel photos and has slo-mo at up to 960 frames a second. The lens equivalency on this point-and-shoot camera Is basically a 24 to 70 millimeter lens at a 35 millimeter frame. That’s full-frame. The latest RX100 V retails at around $1000, but the RX 100 IV, the previous model, which in all honesty Is very similar to the RX 100 V and is an extremely capable camera in its own right, retails for around $300 cheaper. Now if you’re a Canon person, consider the G7X, which retails for around $700. It’s a beautiful camera. It has great internal stabilization, but it doesn’t really have the slow-mo capabilities of the Sony version, which is why we prefer the RX100 V. Every travel vlogging kit needs to have an action cam, specifically a GoPro. We started off vlogging everything on a Hero 1, back in the day, and we’ve seen it evolve all the way to the Hero 6, which just came out. No matter which model you choose, you need an action cam to film underwater shots, action sports, or just to mount outside your car with a suction cup. For the budget-conscious, the Hero 4 is still a great camera. It records with 4K. It can be found used online for under $200. The Hero Session Is a stripped down version of the GoPro that only costs 150 bucks, but it only records in 1080, not 4k. But the big technological leap happened with the Hero 5 and Hero 6, both of which have touchscreens and can shoot in linear mode which removes the fisheye look of the GoPro. Most importantly the five and the six are compatible with the Karma Grip. This is GoPro’s in-house camera stabilizer. Both cameras have really good in-camera stabilization, but the Karma Grip is another level. It’s so smooth you can run with it, and looks fine. And don’t forget any action cam is useless without mounts so you need to have a bunch of sticky mounts, even a suction cup head mount, maybe even a chest mount. These are all going to give you different angles depending on what sort of activities you’re capturing. Now if you want to up your game to a more professional level, you should consider investing in a DSLR. We shoot on Sonys. We have been shooting on Sonys for the last four years, and we absolutely love their cameras. We have a Sony A7-R2, a Sony A7-S2, and a Sony A-9 now. All of them are extremely capable cameras, but we use them for different purposes. The Sony Alpha series tends to retail at a higher price bracket, but we do this for a living, so for us it’s worth it. But when we first started travel vlogging, we shot on A $500 camera known as the Canon Rebel T3I We took that little bad boy all around the world, and it never failed us. The Canon Rebel series… I think they have a T6 by now is an extremely capable DSLR. It’s a great entry level camera, and if you’re just starting off and you don’t have a huge budget to invest into camera equipment, the Rebel line is a great option for you. No matter how great your camera is, it’s all for nothing if the shots are shaky. That’s why stabilization is so important. If you get a point-and-shoot, we recommend the Joby Gorillapod micro tripod. This costs about 10 bucks. It folds up to nothing. It’s flush with the bottom of the camera, and it allows you to get some really great shots. Now if you get a DSLR camera, it’s going to be heavy so you need to have something more substantial. Your first option is the Gorilla Pod. Anyone you’ll see in Casey Neistat vlog knows that the Gorilla Pod is no secret. But it’s a great lightweight way to get a tripod stabilized shot that doesn’t take up any room in your backpack. Furthermore you can bend the legs so you can grip onto all sorts of weird structures. It’s extremely, extremely versatile. Just make sure you get one that’s big enough to carry the weight of your camera with lenses. They come in various sizes, so if you have a bigger DSLR with a bigger lens, make sure you get the big size of the Gorilla Pod. A Gorilla Pod is a great DIY setup, but if you want to get really cinematic shots like tilts and pans, you do need a proper tripod. We have been using the Pro Master XC 525 for the last four years, and it’s great. We switched out the head that came with it with a 3-Way video head so that we could pan and tilt a lot better. But this tripod really has everything you need and doesn’t weigh that much. You can break it down to nothing. You can use one of the legs as a monopod, if you prefer to film that way, and it’s just really durable. One of the most overlooked aspects of filmmaking is sound, and if you have a beautiful film, but your sound sucks, sorry to break it to you, nobody’s going to watch your film. Professional videographers will swear by a Lavalier microphone, and these are great pieces of kit. But if you’re just getting started and you’re not trying to invest a lot of money and you’re not trying to spend tons of time re-linking audio files, then we recommend you get a Shotgun Microphone. We have been using the Sennheiser MKE 400 for quite a while now. It is an extremely capable, small compact Shotgun microphone, and it has never failed us. If you get a little Dead Cat as they call it, which Is basically a wind muff and you slide it on top of the Sennheiser, you are good to go. Moving on…….drones. As we all know the advent of cheap transportable consumer drones has revolutionized travel filming. There are tons of different drone companies out there, but we’ve Stuck by DJI. We started off with the Inspire One. We use the Phantom, Phantom Pro, and now the Mavic. For us the Mavic is the obvious choice, even though the Inspire One and the Phantom can get better shots. The difference is really marginal. The Mavic is small enough to fit in your day bag, which means you can hike it in to insane spots that you would never be able to bring a bigger drone. Very importantly, do not forget storage. We’re talking about SD cards and hard drives. We recommend that you get one 128 Gigabyte SDXC card that’s capable of writing 4k video and honestly, you’re not going to fill that card up, only in very rare situations where you shoot over 128 Gigabytes on one card in a day and especially if you’re shooting over multiple cameras, you’re not going to fill those cards up so it’s a good solution. If you get one of those for each one of your cameras, they make them in both regular SD and mini SD then you should be good for a full day of shooting. Plus if you’re ever in a pinch and you run out of storage on your external hard drive, you could use one of those 128 Gigabyte cards for overflow storage. Store all of your SD cards in a waterproof, shockproof Pelican case, which you can, also use when you’re doing your file import to help you organize what you’ve captured and what you have not. Stay organized by backing up all of your footage onto your external hard drive at the end of a day of shooting. Label all of your files and your photos by camera and by date, and you’re well on your way to being an organized person. When we travel, we like to use the Lacie 4 terabyte drive. It’s a solid-state hard drive which means it doesn’t have any spinning parts, which is great when you’re traveling because the inevitable bumps of the road might make a hard drive fail. The Lacie is almost failure proof, and it will be if you set it up as a Raid 1 configuration, which basically double backs up within the same jive. Last but not least, do not forget your charging equipment. These days most cameras are powered by Micro USB cords and you can sometimes get around bringing a full battery charger if you bring enough cords Also bring A USB-C Cord, which Is what power is the new GoPro cameras as well as a charger for your phone. It’s really smart to bring a multi-Port charger, which usually can fit three or four different cords and then plug straight in the wall. That saves you a huge amount of kit. Lastly you charge the GNARBOX using a USB 3 cord, which is the same way you use for your hard drives. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a portable battery pack, which you can use to charge anything that dies during the day. Of course bring some spare batteries for your cameras as, well as triple-A, batteries for the Shotgun Mic. Well that’s it – our essential travel filmmaking kit. If you’re a vlogger, a filmmaker, please share your equipment down there in the comments section so everybody can learn from each other. Also put some requests for future videos. We’ll try to address that in the coming months. If you found this video useful, give it a thumbs- up, share with your friends and subscribe to Vagabrothers if you have not already. And don’t forget to turn on notifications so you get a heads up when we publish a new video. In the meantime remember stay curious, keep exploring, and we will see you on the road. Peace.

100 thoughts on “Minimalist Travel Camera Essentials | Ultimate Travel Vlog Gear Review

  1. I was trying to find the SONY RX1001V at 300$ less than the V but realized that they go for almost the same price 🙁 . Still a really great video. Thank you for sharing xx

  2. Right now, I'm using a Canon Rebel XTI and a Nikon Coolpix. I'm just starting off the travel vlogging thing while in school full time, so I don't really have a lot of available funds to throw around. I'm also utilizing my phone for better video than my point and shoot.

    I've been watching a lot of your "list" videos. I've added a few pieces of hardware to my wishlist, so thanks for that!!

  3. The Sony A7 is great camera, though by definition a MIRRORLESS camera like the A7 is not a DSLR (digital single-lens REFLEX) camera. Makes me question the accuracy of the rest of your recomandations.

  4. I got the Sony RX100 V before my current trip and it was a great purchase! I also have the GoPro Hero 5 and Karma Grip. Hero 5 is great but not seeing the screen when using the grip is super annoying. I might elect for a different Gimbal when I get home

  5. Hey guys, Great content! How do you all pack it all? We are planning to backpack with Osprey Farpoint 70 but squeezing it all in the daypack seems limited. Whats a good recommendation to crack this nut? I have a camera backpack but just seems like too many bags at this point.

  6. Vega brothers, your sound in this ep is not that amazing. Were you using the shotgun mic in this one or onboard mic on Sony rx100?

  7. Great information! We are amateur vloggers just about to head to Europe for 3 weeks and want to make sure we have all the gear we need!

  8. Going to be backpacking through Europe end of May 2018. I have the mavic pro and would love to take it with me, but being a solo female traveler makes me a bit nervous. Would you recommend me leaving it home since I'll be by myself? Heard a lot of stories about theft, especially for solo travelers.

  9. Best travel backpacks that carry this kit, plus say other travel necessities (ie. sweaters, waterbotels, things you buy in a day)

  10. I’ve been looking for a video like this and I just stumbled upon this one! Great video and thank you for this new knowledge! 🙂

  11. I love your videos so much! I have a Canon 100D for now, because I am not wealthy enough to get something better and I mostly do photos only, but I think with a okay-ish microphone, I could also start vlogging. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  12. I came across your review of camera bags, and ended up watching 5+ videos. Amazing content. Subscribed.

  13. Just wanted to quote: "In the meantime, remember: stay curious, keep exploring, and we will see you on the road! Peace…"

  14. I have a cannon 750D lens 18-55mm mic Rode and Manfrotto…my question what lens you recommend to me

  15. If only you were hal accurate with what you say… Sony Alphas are not DSLRs. The small cards are MICRO SD, not MINI SD. The Lacie hard drive is not a solid state. It has moving parts. Jeez, guys. Do your homework before you record a video…

  16. I made a playlist for my Bali Vlogs series. Some crazy edits in there of hiking a volcano, snapping a surfboard in half, crashing a motorbike and a whole bunch of 4K drone footage – check 'em out

  17. I'm getting back into photography again with all my traveling, this is an awesome video. I'm glad I stumbled across your guys stuff! Appreciate all the info, cheers and safe travels!

  18. Love your content! It would mean the world if you checked out our latest adventure video and left your feedback 🙂

  19. Great video. Just a correction….All those "dslr" cameras you mentioned aren't dslr, but rather they are mirrorless. Except the canon t3i.

  20. This is great stuff! Thanks for sharing it! I would love to visit this place soon and vlog about it! Hope we could connect soon!

  21. Almost one year on and this is defs still one of the best Essentials videos out there. I'm not sure if i would personally invest in the Gnarbox though as I have a very light/thin laptop but i'm sure it would come in handy for some people!

  22. Dude I have all the gear, even better ones that they mentioned but still feel stuck. I don't know anybody that is into videos and filmmaking and only watching Youtube videos are not really taking me anywhere =( . Wish I could know what should be my next step (I traveled to over 40 countries, etc so getting out of my zone is not really a problem, just don't know how to make photography, etc my career).

  23. I’ve finally decided to start a YouTube channel however I need a little help figuring out what the difference between a DSLR camera and a point shoot camera is? & also what each one is best for.

  24. I think i am travelling lighter than you Guys !! with my dji Spark and canon 100d and to be honest on Youtube the quality is ok – check my last video

  25. Why do I keep on watching gear vids but cant really afford buying a proper gear or even a camera. Tho its satisfying to watch. In a weird way.Smh.

  26. Or just get a Yi4k+ for the price of Hero 4 to shoot [email protected] to your heart's content, amazon kit of 10 buck mounts and a vimble stabiliser for 100. Go pros ARE in fact OVERRATED. You can get Yi4k+ and a Yuneec Breeze drone for the price of GoPro6. Or get an action cam, a cheap non-camera oriented drone, rig a gimble for your action cam to the drone and voila – swimming, flying 4k.

  27. Great video fellas! Im a new channel and appreciate your content, always looking to get better and look forward to improving – best wishes on your continued success!

  28. First of all, the alpha series aren’t dslr. Secondly, most of your equipment cost “the voyage” itself.
    By the way, filming in 4K it’s not necessary. While in 2018, 80% of people still watch videos on 1080 Full hd. 4k platform is still expensive. So even for gopro, the hero 3 black can handle a trip. No need to rush and buy a hero 5/6 ….

  29. what camera you recommend to start vloge, I also want to do my video (footage) and also the photo with. I will use it mainly while traveling. thanks guys.

  30. Guys i really need your help! I need a vlogging camera and im really stuck between the canon g7x or the sony rx100 m4 And ive seen both on your minimalist page. What would u recommend!!! Please reply

  31. Talks about minimalism, comes up with the mirrorless A7 from Sony… This whole minimalism setup is just a joke for thousand of dollars…

  32. A cell phone will do almost everything most people need and more. Every time I have traveled with a DSLR or any camera that didn't fit it in my pocket it got about a day of use at most.

  33. just saw this video… im about to start vlogging, pretty excited…. was just wondering, what software do you guys for editing videos? recommendations for a newbie, best if its free..hehe..
    thanks guys
    Awesome video btw! cheers

  34. Now that the gopro hero 7 comes with the insanely great hypersmooth stabilzation, you don’t have to bring a gimbal anymore which saves even more space. I love the sony rx100 series, but i hope the next one(the rx100vii) finally gets an external mic jack! Then it’d be the perfect travel vlogging cam. Another thing i have added to my travel kit is the insta360 one x. Although not essential, it adds incredible 360 shooting to your kit and doesnt take up much room in your bag at all. Editing on an ipad pro with luma fusion takes up less space than a laptop when on the road too. ??

  35. Hi guys! What editing software would you recommend (windows 10 PC) for a guy like me who's tech savvy but a complete novice with video editing? Appreciate it!

  36. Who's using Canon M50 , Mavic Air here on your on the go equipment for Travel Vlogs?

    Let's collaborate, travel vlogger in the Philippines.

  37. Instead of taking the Gnarbox and a HDD, just go for the MY PASSPORT WIRELESS PRO, it does the same thing. It might nog be as rugged, but neither is de HDD you still brings along. So My tip, take enough memory cards, swapped those out and back them up on the My Passport. *Yes, this is been out for years by now, so this was availeble in 2017.

  38. Just to point out, none of the "DSLR" Cameras you mentioned are DSLRs, they're mirrorless Cameras with a DSLR-like body

  39. when rich, spoiled kids talk about minimalism 😀
    Still got a lot of love for you guys, but keep on making authentic videos with authentic content please 😉

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