Imagine you’re browsing YouTube when you come across a vlog. You see the vlogger has lots of views and subscribers, and the idea hits you – you say to yourself, “I could do this!”. Unfortunately, you remember the only recording camera you have is your iPad – but is this enough? Maybe, maybe not. It all depends on what you want to do within your vlog.
Tech guru and vlogger Chris Pirillo of Lockergnome has two different types of vlogs. He has his TLDR (The LockerGnome Daily Report) type of vlog, in which he sits at his home office and simply records himself talking and discussing various tech topics. He also has his personal blog, in which he talks about his personal life, and sometimes records outside or while moving.
The type of hardware required for these two types of blogs are completely different. For the first, in which you’re stationary, perhaps the iPad could work. You would have to have a stand to keep the iPad upright and pointed towards you which would capture the video, and make sure the background noise is quiet. The built in microphone on the iPad isn’t horrible, although you could definitely get something better. Audio wise, I prefer the Blue Snowball microphone, it’s what I use on all my YouTube videos now a days, and it will be what I use on my vlogs in the future.
If you plan on doing a lot of movement within your vlogs, the iPad won’t be your best choice. Not only does it look really weird in public, but the camera will be shaky and slightly blurry – not something your viewers want to see. Ideally, you’d invest in something similar to the Canon PowerShot S110, which delivers both HD audio and video. The camera lens is also a bit wider than the iPad, allowing you to record wider areas, and it has built in stabilization tools to help you while in motion.
So in short, yes, the iPad can be used for vlogging, but there are much better options available. If you’re serious about vlogging, it’s better to invest a high quality camera.
Have you ever vlogged with the iPad? If so, link us to your channel! We’d like to see how it worked out for you.