With the new year invariably comes a wish list of new items that I’d like to purchase myself for the coming year. In 2017, I really want to upgrade my camera collection – while I adore the cameras I already have, I have noticed that there are a few things missing from my repertoire that I definitely think are going to help me bring the best content to this blog and my Youtube channel in the coming 12 months.
The first thing I’d like to do is upgrade my vlogging camera. Currently I’m using the Sony A5000 and while I do love the camera I have found that the older it’s getting the slower and slightly more unreliable it’s becoming. I’ve had it for two years now and it has endured a lot of outings and been my faithful sidekick at numerable blogging events and several LFW seasons so it will always be a part of my collection, but I’ve decided that a Canon G7X is what I need to up the quality of my vlogs and take them to the next level. Secondly I’d love an action camera for holidays and outings (plus I’ve always wanted to buy the doggy harness and attach the camera to my dog for the day) – I’d had my eye on a GoPro for ages, but I’ve recently discovered the Freeflo 4k Action Camera which at £99 in the sale from Skatehut is a much more affordable alternative and still shoots in 4k, 1080P and more.
I take a huge amount of photos on my phone too, so I’d like to invest in some phone lenses to make those pictures better. There’s nothing I hate more than poor quality phone shots and I find them so frustrating when all I want to do is post a decent selfie on Instagram! I bought some cheap phone lenses to try from Primark last year, but two broke within days and the third was missing from the box so I can see these lens sets from Skatehut making their way into my collection very soon. Speaking of selfies, this phone ring light also needs to wing its way over to me pronto.
Finally, I really want to invest in some lighting for my Youtube videos. I think most bloggers and Youtubers lament the winter months for the lack of lighting and how tricky this makes our job/hobby, so this year I want to take a step to counteract this and buy my first lighting – my bedroom is quite yellow anyway thanks to my magnolia walls, so therefore having some soft box lighting like this that I’ve found on Amazon would be hugely helpful, however I do want a ring light as well to give myself that bit more control over how my videos look.
Are there any cameras or accessories that you want to get your hands on this year? Let me know in the comments below!
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This post is in collaboration with Skatehut but all opinions are my own.