Casey Neistat is, without a doubt, one of the most famous YouTubers right now, thanks to his inspirational, interesting and funny video content. However, maybe the biggest reason why Casey Neistat stands out from the crowd is that he makes his videos look great.
The combination of concise, intuitive editing, hip beats and proper gear is what raises his video to the next level. And while each one of these points would be worth exploring, in this article I’ll be focusing on Casey Neistat’s camera equipment.
How many cameras does Casey Neistat own?
One of the challenges with writing this article was that Casey has owned dozens of cameras! He is also regularly changing things up and trying new things - so, really, it’s difficult to keep track of what he’s using. That’s why, instead of trying to list every camera he has ever owned here, we will take a look at his favorite cameras of the present and the recent past and see what they’re good for.
What does Casey look for in a camera?
While Casey Neistat owns a lot of cameras, he seems to have specific preferences that one wouldn’t necessarily expect. For example, he often uses cheaper cameras instead of his more expensive high-end cameras. As far as brands are concerned, he mainly uses Canon and Sony cameras.
One thing that seems pretty important to Casey, is that his camera has a flip screen. As he explains below, the reason why is wearing glasses in all of his videos is that he is constantly looking at the screen and doesn’t want to annoy his audience with it.
But enough theory - let’s get to it:
Which cameras does Case Neistat use?
Sony RX100 V
The Sony RX100 V is one of Casey’s newest cameras. He has used its older sibling, the IV, before, however, the V offers improved image quality and a super fast autofocus (0.05 sec). That’s really convenient for the action-heavy vlogs Casey does. The Sony RX100 V is able to shoot in 4K and comes with a 24-70mm lens. Unfortunately, this camera doesn’t have a touch screen - however, the good news is, that it can flip up to 180°. While It might be a little pricier than other compact cameras, it is definitely one of the most high-end and capable ones on the market right now.
GoPro Hero5 Black
If you know Casey, you know he’s always in action. The GoPro Hero5 Black is a super portable action camera that shoots up to 4K30. It offers decent sound quality, image stablization and can even understand your voice commands. It is also one of the most affordable 4K cameras on the market. If the GoPro Hero5 Black sounds interesting to you, I have written a more detailed GoPro review here.
Also, check out Casey’s comparison of the different GoPro models:
Canon G7 X
The Canon G7 X is the standard camera of many vloggers. Its small size and sharp image make it the perfect companion for carrying it around. It comes with a flip-up touchscreen LCD and a built-in ND filter, which is an important feature for shooting outside. Maybe the biggest disadvantage of the Canon G7 X is its poor battery life, which can make long shooting days difficult. Lately, Casey hasn’t been using this camera very much and has relied more on other small cameras.
Sony a7S II
The Sony a7S II is Casey Neistat’s main studio camera and one of the best full frame DSLRs on the market right now. It is able to shoot in 4K and can record up to 120fps at 1080p. The image quality on this camera is just amazing, which is why it’s the go-to camera for many YouTubers nowadays. However, there are two big drawbacks: The screen can’t be flipped out and doesn’t react to touch either. Annoying! If you can live without a touch or flip screen, this is an excellent choice, though.
Canon EOS 80D
The Canon EOS 80D has become Casey Neistat’s main vlogging camera. In fact, he has called it his “all time favorite vlogging camera”. You might be wondering why he’s not using a smaller camera for his vlog-style videos. The main reason is that he prefers a camera with a flip and touchscreen for vlogging. The Canon EOS 80D also offers a very fast autofocus, which is ideal for shooting videos. A downside of this camera is that it doesn’t record in 4K. If you want to use the 80D for vlogging, be aware, that you will also need an external microphone to capture quality sound.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Casey calls his Canon EOS 5D Mark III an “expensive camera I don’t use enough”. That sums it up for the most part. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is indeed one of the most high-end DSLRs out there. In fact, plenty of indie filmmakers use the Mark III to shoot their films. The reason for that is that its footage is beautiful, especially compared to other DSLRs. However, the Mark III does neither have a flipscreen nor a touchscreen. That and it’s bigger size makes it pretty inconvenient for YouTubers like Casey Neistat.
When it comes to Casey’s camera setup, there’s one thing I don’t want to forget to mention: His lenses. While compact cameras have a built-in lens, DSLRs don’t. They often come with a kit lens - however, these are usually not very suited for shooting vlogs. In fact, if you bought a Canon DSLR with a kit lens and started shooting, you’d find that your video doesn’t look anything like a Casey Neistat vlog.
Usually, Casey uses wide angle lenses. The reason for that might be that these are the easiest do deal with when vlogging. Their autofcous is less obvious and you have to worry less about framing issues - you’ll always be fully in the picture!
So, which lenses has Casey used extensively?
Sony SEL1018 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
This super wide-angle lens is a great choice for Sony cameras. The maximum aperture is F4, and the minimum focus distance is 0.82ft (25cm). The built-in image stabilization can help you make shaky shots a lot smoother, which is great for any vlogger who wants to take his camera off the tripod. The circular aperture makes focusing extra smooth.
Canon EF-S 10-18mm
This wide-angle Canon lens has the same focal length as the Sony lens above. With a minimum focus distance of 0.72ft (22cm), you’d have to get pretty close to the camera to get blurry. The Canon EF-S 10-18mm works on Canon crop sensor cameras like EOS 80D. With a maximum aperture of 4.5 it doesn’t let quite as much light in as the EF-S 10-22, however, it comes at a much more competitive price.
Canon EF-S 10-22mm
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm is a high-end wide-angle lens with excellent image quality. It comes with a maxium aperture of f/3.5-4.5 and a minimum focus distance of 0.79ft (24cm). The fast and perfectly silent autofocus is great for shooting videos with a lot of movement. The biggest drawback is that many beginning YouTubers will not be able to afford a lens of this caliber.
You have more questions about Casey Neistat’s vlogging setup? Let us know in the comments. This article will be updated reguarly in order to keep up with his setup.