Best cameras for teaching yoga onlineApr 18, 2022
Every day a yoga teacher asks me what camera I use to teach yoga online.
When I started producing yoga videos in 2020, I had a background as a singer and a recording musician, so I already knew a bit about audio gear. I didn't know much about cameras, but I was fortunate to marry a photographer and a gear geek. Konrad and I have spent an unreasonable amount of money on cameras and lenses and a ridiculous amount of time watching YouTube camera reviews.
Before you read more, if you don't have a good mic yet for teaching online, then I strongly recommend you do not start with camera. Audio is king, and a good mic will have much more influence on your audio quality. Consider checking out this list of the best mics for online yoga teachers.
When choosing a camera, the easiest choice is either the camera that you already have on your phone, or the webcam that's on your laptop or computer. These won't be as good as a separate camera or camcorder, but many successful online yoga teachers started with what they have, and build up from there.
Here's the list of choices, in order of price:
Most laptop webcams are minimal quality, but they will do the job. If you choose to buy a webcam, I recommend the Logitech C920x ($59.99) which is Full HD. You can pay more for the Logitch Brio ($162) and get 4K but I really don't recommend it for most yoga teachers. Yoga videos are long, and 4K quality means the file sizes are huge and will fill your hard drive quickly. If you're serious about getting professional quality, don't use a webcam.
Most yoga teachers with an upgraded smartphone have an excellent camera available in their pocket. For picture quality alone, your phone is likely to be a better choice than any webcam. Be sure to mount your smartphone using a tripod like my favorite, the GorillaPod Stand ($22.99).
For higher quality the camera I use is the Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera ($798) which is perfect for vlogging (aka self-videoing) with a self-facing viewer. I use it for all my livestreams and Zoom classes, since it also acts as a webcam.
When I want the highest professional quality I use Konrad's camera. It's major overkill for most yoga teachers' needs, but it sure makes things looks good. It's the Sony A7R4 mirrorles camera ($3,498) with a 16-35mm wide-angle zoom lens ($2,098).
What Yoga with Adriene Uses
With over 11 million followers on YouTube, Adriene Mishler and her producer Chris Sharpe use two cameras including the pricey Canon EOS C-200 and the more affordable Sony RX100 ($998, 24-70mm lens included).
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