The Best Gear for Creating Your Next TikTok Video
This is the best gear for making your TikTok videos look cinematic and professional. Perfect for IG Reels videos, too!
Now that TikTok has been adopted by everyone from Gen Z to their Boomer arch-enemies, it’s the perfect time to find ways to ensure your TikTok video content stands out.
But how does one compete with a never-ending flow of dancing teenagers and grandparents who complain about dancing teenagers while also sharing ideas for a better cup of coffee?
Elevating your production value is one pretty simple way to increase your chances of finding an audience among the noise — and a gear upgrade is a simple way to elevate production value. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best phones, cameras, and production accessories for TikTok creators.
Best Smartphones for TikTok Videos
Any “Gear for TikTok” list has to start with smartphones, the camera of choice for many online content creators. Similar to DSLR and Mirrorless digital cameras, the quality of a smartphone camera still comes down to the same factors — sensor size and recording capabilities.
These specs are changing rapidly in a hyper-competitive market, so there’s not a lot of value in saying things like “You have to have 4K or 8K” or “You need at least a twelve megapixel sensor.” Instead, just look at the latest releases by some of the biggest brands, because that’s where you’ll find today’s best smartphone cameras.
Best Smartphone Video Attachments
If you want to make your fancy new phone even fancier and the content you create with it even shinier, get a couple of attachments. They’ll make your camera more versatile and increase the quality of your footage.
You’ve got plenty of options, including lens attachments that create different focal lengths, filters for shooting in bright sunlight, and tripods and gimbals for stabilization and movement.
Tripods and Gimbals
DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras
If you’re serious about your content, don’t sleep on traditional digital cameras, like DSLR and mirrorless. Just because you’re shooting TikTok videos that will be viewed on smartphones doesn’t mean you can’t use your trusty digital camera.
You’ll face two issues when shooting TikTok videos with a regular digital video camera. The first is downsampling. The second is simply deciding how you want to shoot your videos. After all, TikTok content is meant to be viewed vertically.
Both of these issues are addressed in this comprehensive article on creating vertical videos that breaks down everything you need to know about the process. However, since most of your videos will need to be heavily downgraded and cut down to fit TikTok’s video length and file size, it actually opens the door for you to either chase the latest, greatest resolutions or to embrace what you can afford and work with a popular prosumer camera.
Here are some recommendations for different camera types at different price points.
From here, you’re going to want to snag some production equipment that complements your camera. Be sure to keep an eye out for gear like tripods and gimbals that’ll allow you to flip your camera vertically.
TikTok Lighting Resources
TikTok, the big screen, phones, DSLRs — whatever. If you’re shooting video, lighting matters. While many TikTok creators employ the straightforward ring-light approach, there are plenty of other options, both from a smartphone attachment perspective, as well as what you’d traditionally use for digital video production.
If you want to dig deeper into how better lighting equipment leads to higher-quality digital video content, check out these resources:
- Video Gear: Quick and Easy 3-Point Lighting Bundles
- Free Practical Lighting Techniques for a Cinematic Look
Audio Gear for TikTok
It’s not just lighting. If you’re shooting video, audio matters, too. Again — TikTok, the big screen, phones, DSLRs — whatever.
Sure, if you’re creating TikTok content that’s set to music or making something that doesn’t require new, original audio, you might be okay without sound gear.
But, since audio quality isn’t usually a big concern for most content creators, this presents you with another opportunity to stand out. Crisp, clear sound is a thing of beauty. Here are some recommendations for attachable camera microphones:
Audio and Mics
And here are some resources that cover best practices for recording audio on traditional video production video sets.
- The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording Audio
- Affordable Field Recorders for Filmmakers
- Audio Tip: How to Get Good Sound on Every Budget
For more TikTok advice and further filmmaking insights, keep reading:
- The Rise of TikTok and What It Means for Digital Video Producers
- A Quick Guide to Showing Text Messages on Screen
- 7 Basic Editing Tips for Creating TikTok Videos on the Fly
- How to Export Videos in DaVinci Resolve – A Simple Breakdown
- 5 Secret Ingredients of Deliciously Engaging YouTube Cooking Videos
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