13 Essential Tools for Effective DIY Camp Videos

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Marketing Summer Camp With Smart Videos

A simple DSLR video set up

Great summer camp videos are getting cheaper and easier to make.   It's about time!

Having been involved in camp visuals (as a photographer, a producer and a even, a long time ago, as a director/DP) I can tell you that there is amazing potential for camps to DIY video that just never existed before.

A number of members and camp clients have asked for some suggestions of the best budget equipment for a camp to make their own videos.  A lot of this was also included in our How To Podcast – Production Equipment List post from a few weeks ago but there are some specific additions for video production.

Go Camp Pro's Essential Video Equipment List

Video Cameras

  • 1. Canon EOS Rebel T3i (please note: DSLR cameras, generally, can only record 12 minutes of video before it stops and you must hit "record" again) - $550.31 USA, $693.47 Canada
  • 2. Go Pro Hero 4 (Silver or Black depending on budget.  Truthfully, Go Pro Hero 3's are GREAT cameras - check eBay. Just be sure it is a WiFi model) - $399.99 USA, $452.00 Canada

External Microphone for Video Cameras (such as the T3i)

Portable Microphones

  • 4. (2 x) Rode SmartLav+ - $79.00 USA, $112.00 Canada (lavalier microphone that records to any smartphone)
  • EDIT: 4.5 The Mighty Mic from Photojojo - $70 USD (shotgun microphone for smartphones).  *Thanks to Gabrielle Raill for sharing this as her Tool of the Week on the CampHacker Podcast!*

Tripod

Lighting

Essential Accessories

  • 10. GoPro mounting kits (too many options to choose. We recommend getting a tripod mount and a suction mount)
  • 11. SanDisk Extreme Plus 32GB SDHC UHS-1 Flash Memory Card (you need 1, hopefully 2 or 3, fast SD cards for the cameras) $37.79 USA, $65.00 Canada
  • 12. SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I 32GB Micro SDHC Card (for the GoPro) $22.99 USA, $81.32 Canada
  • 13. Anker® USB 3.0 4-Slot Card Reader with Built-in 0.4ft Cable (you need a card reader so that you can be downloading your videos while still being able be ready to shoot.  It's also WAY faster than downloading from the camera) $15.99 USA, $19.99 Canada

A note about Affiliate Links

A careful look will tell you that the links to the American Amazon Store are affiliate links - meaning someone gets a commission from Amazon on each sale.   At Go Camp Pro we are not set up to take affiliate commission but have chosen to support SCOPE - an organization that helps send kids to camp with the Amazon Smile program.

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