You can spend hours searching different cameras and accessories. Save time by using this list as a cheatsheet. It's what we use and suggest our clients use. Plus if you ever have questions we're here to help.
Smart Phone Shooting Equipment
Zhiyun Smooth-Q Handheld Gimbal
Use your smartphone like a pro. This gimbal makes it easy to shoot while keeping a stable image and even includes a portable charging feature.
Fotopro 12" Flexible Tripod
This durable and flexible tripod can come in handy in a variety of shooting situations. The remote control option also allows you to control the shooting from a distance.
AmazonBasics 60" Tripod
This tripod is great for your more traditional shoots. While it is compatible with most smartphones, you'll need an adapter to make it work perfectly.
Rode VideoMic Shotgun Microphone
This shotgun microphone is great for capturing audio from two or more subjects as well as ambient noise. With a well-trusted brand like Rode, you can't go wrong.
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Microphone
Want to use a shotgun microphone with your iPhone without using an adapter? This microphone is for you! It plugs directly into the lightning port. Perfect for capturing audio from multiple subjects or your surroundings.
Comica Mini Shotgun Microphone
For those on more of a budget, this shotgun microphone could be just what you need. It even clamps to your phone to ensure steady use. Whether you're shooting a group of people indoors or an outdoor activity, this microphone will do the trick.
MAONO Multi-Use Lavalier Microphone
With a 3.5mm jack, this lavalier microphone can be used with your smartphone or even a camera. The 19' cable makes it easy to with your phone while your single subject is at a distance.
Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone
This microphone is made specifically for use with your smartphone. The Kevlar-enforced cable and trusted Rode brand makes for a very sturdy and reliable microphone.
BOYA Lavalier Microphone
You can use this microphone with your smartphone or DSLR camera. With a 20' cable, you can use this microphone for a variety of shots and distances while capturing beautiful sound.
With the advancements in smartphone and mirrorless cameras it's harder to find a middle-ground camera package. You either need to pick up a starter DSLR camera or go with more advanced smartphone filming.
Panasonic Lumix GH4
Previous year's model which makes this camera at a great price-point for those wanting to get started filming semi-professionally. This camera captures beautiful footage but does require a bit of knowledge to get started. You'll also need to purchase a lens which can add to the price quite a bit. Probably the best one to start with is the companion Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm. Other accessories listed above and below will work with the GH4.
Google Pixel 3
Currently getting rave reviews, the Pixel 3 may have the best camera for a smartphone. Instead of purchasing a point-and-shoot camera, many of our clients will upgrade to the latest smartphone and provide their old phone to the office, or purchase a brand new phone like the Pixel 3.
Moment Lens Kit
The guys at Moment have really created some amazing tools for those wanting to take their smartphone filming and photography to the next level. If you choose to go with an advanced smartphone then pick up a case, a lens kit and the Moment app and you're media will never be the same.
These are the tools we use to film with our client projects. It's not what you'd find in Hollywood but we feel it looks pretty darn good and our clients agree.
Panasonic Lumix GH5
The latest 4K camera from Panasonic that features excellent stabilization almost eliminating the need for a gimbal. It has many other enhancements which make this camera a great investment.
Panasonic Lumix Vario 12-35mm f2.8
The 5-axis stabilization with the image stabilization in the 12-35mm mark 2 are a perfect combination for filming in just about all circumstances.
This can get a bit technical but with a speedbooster you basically allow the Panasonic GH5 to connect with larger lenses as well as increase the amount of light entering the sensor. Trust us, this really helps plus lets you use our other favorite lens: Sigma 18-35mm.
Grabbing great audio without having to clip a lav mic on your subject is easy with the Rode VideoMicPro. The quality is really high and the audio get's recorded with your video.
Rode NTG4 Plus
There are many options for boom mics but we love the NTG4. Great clarity and easy to use.
Quite honestly there are many options for tripods even within the Manfrotto lineup. You can't go wrong with these options.
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art Lens
This professional lens doesn't break the bank but provides great color & sharpness. Perhaps the best part is that it offers a 1.8 aperture constantly even though it's a zoom lens. You footage will look great and have nice creamy blurred backgrounds. In order to use this lens you need the speedbooster.
Zhiyun Crane 2, 3-Axis Gimbal
Even though the GH5 offers great stabilization we'll still use the Crane 2 especially if you choose to go with the GH5s instead of the GH5.
Neewer LED Video Light Kit
You don't need this exact light kit but any similar kits will do the job. LED lights are light weight, bi-colored, and often battery powered. This kit also includes barn doors to better direct your light and stands.
Atamos Shogun Monitor & Recorder
To take full advantage of the quality of the GH5 you'll need an external recorder. The Atamos Shogun offers not only a bright monitor to easily see what you're recording but the ability to record Pro Res 422 in 10 bit.