Stop going into the forest for the "vlog test" after you spend 80% of your review video talking about the camera you're reviewing into your $5000 Sony A7S setup with some big expensive lens.
Also, just stop going into the forest.
Who TF vlogs from a forest? No one.
People who vlog do stuff. As such, we want to see how a potential vlog camera performs in real-life situations:
How does it sound with ambient noise around? You know, like other human beings. Cars, wind noise.
Is the audio good natively on the camera?
Is the camera lightweight, reliable, durable and easy to use?
Does it have a wide angle as people who vlog don't care about having a "cinematic" blurry background. We're vlogging, not making a movie. We need a wide lens to make interesting and engaging videos.
Is the color science good right out of the camera? What does the 4k look like?
How about battery life?
Is the stabilization acceptable? No we're not going to mount a vlog camera on some complicated gimbal or oversized tripod. That defeats the point of having a small light camera.
It's just annoying to have camera review bros who don't vlog, give vlogging advice. It would be like having me, a guy who vlogs with a Sony X3000 review the Sony A7S.
Matti has gotten better at reviewing, but he still has an annoying tendency to talk too much about the camera he is reviewing into his expensive full frame setup instead of showing what it's like.
When he does show the camera, it's always short clips of him skateboarding or something pointless while doing a voice over.
For once, can he start making the whole entire video using the camera he's talking about?
Put down the A7S Matti and step away.
If you're reviewing the GoPro, use the GoPro to make the video.
A forest vlogger.
I appreciate him using the camera he's talking about and he does an excellent job at showing what the camera is like, but still he's in a forest.
No one vlogs from a forest.
His channel is excellent and quite helpful. Just come out of the forest.
Again, the forest. Come out of the forest and go to a place that has people.
The Everyday Dad is one of my favorite review channels, particularly for laptops, but for vlogging cameras, Gary does not get it. His vlog camera review videos are all him reading offs of specs and then the "vlogging test" is him wandering around the woods alone for a minute..
🚨 Forest vlogger alert 🚨
A drone channel making a review of a vlogging camera.
The point of a vlogging camera is to use something that is small, light, easy to get the shot and so forth. Attaching the Osmo Pocket to an iPhone makes no sense.
The iPhone is a great camera all by itself, the Osmo Pocket is a great camera all by itself too.
Just use them by themselves. Not this jumbled mess where you attach a wireless mic and the Osmo Pocket to your iPhone.
Try vlogging with that setup and you will see how impractical it is.
Yet another forest vlogger.
Great, next time I'm wandering around an empty park in Canada by myself in the middle of winter, I know what camera to get to record some sweet cinematic clips to make into a compilation of me walking around.
Also, the SL2 has NO stabilization. At the time, as someone who had the SL2 and used it to try and make vlogs with, I can say it was one of the worst choices for vlogging.
Justin would know that if he actually vlogged. But since he doesn't, he just assumes a big camera with a large fluffy microphone and a tripod is the ideal choice for on-the-go vloggers.
Below is my original comment from a few hears ago. Props to Justin for not deleting it.
I'm pretty opinionated on vlogging because as a then newbie I wasted a lot of money buying gear that I ultimately found unhelpful for actually vlogging:
Sidenote - I do regret, saying horrible. I should have said this is bad advice for anyone looking to vlog. Because, that's who the SL2 appeals to. Total beginners, not film makers and people who already know what they are doing.
The 50mm on a crop sensor lens is equivalent to an 80mm on a full frame. I still stand by this comment, total waste of money. 50mm on a full frame is great for pictures, but not vlogging, and an 80mm lens equivalent for capturing b-roll is just dumb.
In short, please stop doing "vlogging tests" from the forest. A little bit of forest action is fine if that's where you live. But vloggers, actual vloggers who do stuff; want an easy to use camera with a wide lens, high frame rate, great audio all that can get the shot, all in an easy to use form factor.
That's why the Osmo Action, GoPro and Sony X3000 are such popular choices. So when making a vlogging test for a camera, do it somewhere other than alone in the woods please.