Casey Neistat Camera Gear and Setup


Casey Neistat's Vlogs have been gaining a lot of popularity lately because of his great cinematography skills and a lot of people are wondering what type of camera setup is he using to make his videos look so good. So the following article is like what I see as the recipe for creating these videos. Plus I will explain how Casey makes his vlogs and most important what gear he uses to capture some of the most exciting moments of his life.

Brief History:   Casey started vlogging in March of 2015 where typical daily vlogs looked like individuals carrying point-and-shoot cameras and sort of documenting their day. There was a much smaller genre back then and it was pretty hard to get used to this type of process. But he found this genre fascinating and I think what influenced me the most is the idea of using your life as a narrative for a daily series.

Casey Neistat YouTube Channel: 

Watching Casey's video you understand that every episode looks like a separate movie and that's what I like most. The foundational principle that he applies to almost every vlog is the unique story. Plus with every good story there is rule of Three-Act Narrative Structure (Set-Up, Conflict and Resolution)  which is the core of all his videos and that's what really makes his channel so original.

Casey Neistat

Casey Neistat

Filmmaker, Vlogger


Gear Doesn't Matter, Story is King...

Casey Neistat Camera Equipment

When It comes to hardware Casey has one simple rule and that is always to use the very Best Vlogging Camera which is at his disposal. Currently, he is shooting all his videos in 4K and his favorite camera so far is Panasonic Lumix GH5. So the first thing we're going to do is run through all cameras that he owns and then dig into some of the specifics about the things you need to know  how to best use this setup.

  • Panasonic GH5
  • Sony A7S II
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon 5D Mark IV
  • Canon G7x Mark II
  • Sony DSC-RX100
  • Sony Alpha A6500
Sony A6000

Sony was always known for its Alpha series camera line and the A6500 is not an exception. The new camera is now equipped with 5-axis in-body image stabilization, 4K video recording, and 24.2MP -Exmor sensor. All these features make A6500 the best compact mirrorless camera for youtube vlogs. 

However depending on the situation, especially when he is running in the morning Casey prefers to use his cell phone to record the video. Plus he keeps a point-and-shoot camera or GoPro in his backpack in case If he doesn't have the big camera with him, because the point-and-shoot is a little bit more dynamic than just the cell phone.

  • GoPro Hero5
  • GoPro Hero5 Session
  •  Galaxy S8+
  • iPhone 7 
  • Samsung Gear 360
Hero5 Black

The GoPro Hero 5 black edition is GoPro's flagship action camera. Some of its new features include a waterproof design with no external housing, hands-free voice control, digital image stabilization and a built-in touch screen display. The Hero 5 has the same frame rate and resolution as a Hero 4, but with a new processor and optics it can take 4k video up to 30 frames per second and 240 frames per second at 720p.

So not to hold any certain kind of hardware it's what he has access to. Plus it's always crucial in the cinematography to hold the camera steady because no one wants to watch super shaky footage as it hurts your brain and is very hard to see what's going on the screen. It's not pleasurable for the editor as well to put it together if it's not stable shot and in most cases such file go straight in the trash.

casey neistat camera lens

If you're going to vlog with a DSLR then you are probably going to have to learn how to choose a lens as well. So in order to help new youtube vloggers I've got a couple of recommendations for you.

One of the most fun things about shooting on a DSLR is being able to change your lens to get a different kind of shots. For example, a wider angle lens gives you a wider field of view, which makes it great for landscapes. A macro lens, on the other hand, can take really detailed close-ups. So you can get pretty creative with lenses by experimenting with different models in different situations.

  • Panasonic Lumix G 7-14mm
  • Sony SEL1018 10-18mm
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm
  • Canon EF-S10-22mm

Introduced in March of 2009 and offering a full-frame equivalent field of view of 7 to 14 millimeters this lens is more than wide enough for nearly all wide-angle applications. The lens itself is made out of a really nice grade of plastic and the lens mount is made out of metal. Plus its lightweight and kind of stubby compared to the lenses that you'd mount to a traditional DSLR. 

casey neistat microphone

It's easy to record audio from your camera but I highly recommend investing in a microphone to get better sound quality. There is nothing worse than having to listen to bad audio especially if the video content is good. So here's my list of top mics that will help you record great audio and those are also ones which Casey uses on his vlogs. 

  • Rode VideoMic Pro
  • Shure VP83 LensHopper
  • Sennheiser MKE 440
Sennheiser MKE 440

The Sennheiser MKE 440 is a compact stereo shotgun microphone for cameras with an external microphone input. This device gives an amazing sound for your videos, so it's perfect for youtube vlogging. Plus MKE 440 features built-in elastic suspension, as well as wind protection and the build quality is exceptionally good. 

casey neistat tripod

If you are interested in making videos whether you do it for fun or to market your business the camera tripod is a must-have for your filming equipment. Because this piece of equipment can dramatically improve your videos. Sometimes in order to get good quality content, you have to spend a lot of money, but with camera gimbals and tripods you can achieve pretty amazing results even if you are on a budget.

I still think this is the most important tool that can simply change the way your videos look. Plus the build quality of those products is fantastic, with a very interesting design enabling the best security for your cameras in any situation. So tripod is a must-have for a filmmaker as it can make your content incredibly unique.

  • JOBY GorillaPod
  • JOBY GorillaPod Ballhead X
JOBY GorillaPod

JOBY Gorillapod is very strong, durable and lightweight tripod, with rubberized foot grips. The following device enables vloggers to capture professional looking videos and some perfect time-lapses. Plus it's easy to use and will secure cameras up to 6.6lbs, making the impossible shot possible.

Note: I always found it kind of hard to watch non-stop shaky camera vlogs so it always important to have an equal amount of handheld locked off camera shot and then establishing shot so it enables viewers to feel more like they are also involved in the scenes. That way people forget about the camera for a second and focus on what the person is talking. Moreover, the handheld shots enable you to sort of feel the spontaneity and the urgency that is taking place in your daily life.

casey neistat Drone

One thing that you should remind yourself on daily basis as vlogger is that using timelapse and drone footage only works if it's serving a greater purpose and for me, it serves two purposes one is transitional when you are doing something completely different thing and you need some footage to fill the gap, or to get from one scene or one aspect of the story to the next. The other place where it works is to show the audience sort of a broader image of where you are and what's taking place around you. For example, when Casey is in the hotel, or on a cool beach he always uses drone footage to capture beautiful scenery of the environment. However, if that kind of ambitious beautiful cinematography doesn't have a relationship with the narrative it feels out of place and it gets boring very fast.

  • DJI Phantom 4
  • Parrot Bebop 2
  • AirDog
  • DJI Mavic Pro
  • DJI Spark
  • GoPro Karma
GoPro Karma

GoPro Karma captures amazingly smooth footage in the air, plus the camera can be used separately to shoot handheld or body mounted videos. The most important thing about the product is that it's super lightweight and the image stabilization works perfectly in any situation. 

Now there is a lot more depth and complexity to it than just filming the drone footage or being positive in front of a camera. The reality is that people will not believe in you if you are not honest and by this, I mean creating the content which represents real you, not just the amazing nature scenery shot in 4K.

Post-Production Gear ​​​​& Accessories

Making a Casey Neistat video technically takes more than just having the same camera or lens, there is much more than that. Here I decided to include all the famous gear and accessories which are the stylistic building blocks of Casey's YouTube vlog. Including his computer, Boasted Board, Custome Sunglasses and etc...

  • Macbook Pro
  • Final Cut Pro 
  • casey neistat glasses
  • Boosted Board 2
Boosted Board 2

Boosted Board 2 is an electric skateboard which allows you to travel with the incredible speed of up to 22 mph. Plus the new generation is light enough to carry anywhere and powerful enough to go everywhere. With an extended battery life, it's now possible to cover more than 12 miles on a single charge. So if you are looking for a skateboard which is designed to withstand the demands of daily riding over the rough urban terrain, than you should definitely try this incredible device.

how to vlog like casey neistat !

Probably the most important thing succeeding whether it's in the vlog in the YouTube or in the creative space at all is to be real. You have to have your own thing so if you follow this guide perfectly and you make a perfect Casey video you will have failed before you begun because people don't want to see your Casey vlog. They want to see your vlogs, they want to see what you can bring to the table. My favorite thing in the world is seeing how YouTubers are able to show their own style and ideas by making something that's uniquely theirs. Those are the YouTubers that really succeed, so the most important rule is to be original and that whole recipe that I just outlined for you is only one tiny part which you have to add as you develop your skills.

I hope that this serves the good sort of introduction into some of the thinking that Casey Neistat has.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.


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