Making sleek, professional looking videos doesn’t necessarily mean spending top dollar, but it does mean being smart and spending money on the right equipment to get the best results.

Budding filmmakers and videographers don’t need to spend $25,000 on a top-of-the-line camera, three-point lighting kit, wireless microphones, and a bag full of lenses. All you need are these five essentials to get into video production in Sydney.


The Camera

Whether you are shooting marketing videos, amateur documentaries, or indie films, you need a camera. Most people think you need to spend a fortune on your camera, but the truth is, it doesn’t have to be flashy.

You can pick up a simple Canon Powershot for $300 and it will do the job. However, most videographers start with something a little more versatile, like a NikonD90 or Canon 550D. These are still available for under $700 and give a sleek, cinematic look.



The biggest giveaway that your film was low-budget is the jittery camera movements that come with using a hand-held camera. You can eliminate these by using a sturdy tripod with a fluid head for those smooth camera pan shots.


External Hard Drive and SD Cards

As a purely logistical factor, what do you do after you have filled two SD cards with footage but want to keep shooting? You need a portable hard drive you can dump all the footage onto for editing later, freeing up space on your SD cards, and allowing you to keep shooting.

This is why many videographers I know always travel with their laptops and external hard drive. In a minute they can have the footage off the cards and on the portable hard drive.



Depending on the kind of videos you are making, you may need a more specific lens, but everyone needs to invest in a good lens. A mistake many beginner filmmakers make is spending their entire budget on the camera, only to pair it with a cheap lens. As a result, the picture doesn’t look as good as it could be. But this isn’t because the camera is no good, it’s because the lens is.

Saving some money for a good-quality wide angle, standard, and zoom lens will allow you to take a wider variety of shots and ensure you are getting the most out of your camera. If you are filming sports or wildlife as your subject, it may also be worth investing in a telephoto lens to capture those moments most clearly.


A Microphone

Cameras come with their own built-in microphones for sound recording, however, these are often very basic. If you want to make professional sounding films as well as professional looking ones, it is worth getting an additional sound recorder.

The Zoom H1 recorder is the preferred microphone among beginning filmmakers. Those with a slightly larger budget might want to spring for the Zoom H4N.

These are the five pieces of kit that every videographer needs to shoot their film. Now all you need is a subject and a plan.