This is the best gear to make your TikTok videos look cinematic and professional. Also perfect for IG Reels videos!
Now that TikTok has been adopted by everyone from Gen Z to their Boomer archenemies, it's the perfect time to start figuring out ways to make sure your TikTok video content stands out.
But how do you compete with an endless stream of dancing teenagers and grandparents complaining about dancing teenagers while sharing ideas for a better cup of coffee?
Increasing your production value is a pretty easy way of increasing your chances of finding an audience in the noise – and upgrading your equipment is an easy way to increase production value. With that in mind, let's take a look at the best phones, cameras, and production accessories for TikTok developers.
Best Smartphones for TikTok Videos
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Any Gear for TikTok list must 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 depends on the same factors – sensor size and recording capabilities.
These specifications change rapidly in a highly competitive market. So, saying things like "you must have 4K or 8K" or "you need at least a 12 megapixel sensor" isn't very valuable. Instead, just check out the latest versions of some of the biggest brands because this is where you will find the best smartphone cameras today.
Best smartphone video attachments
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If you want to make your fancy new phone even fancier and make the content you create with it even shinier, get some attachments. They make your camera more versatile and improve the quality of your footage.
You have numerous options, including lens attachments that produce different focal lengths, filters for shooting in bright sunlight, and tripods and gimbals for stabilization and movement.
Tripods and gimbals
DSLR and mirrorless cameras
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If you are serious about your content, you shouldn't sleep with traditional digital cameras like DSLR and mirrorless. Just because you are recording TikTok videos that are viewed on smartphones doesn't mean you can't use your trusted digital camera.
There are two issues when recording TikTok videos with a regular digital video camera. The first is downsampling. The second is simply to decide how you want to record your videos. After all, TikTok content should be displayed vertically.
Both of these problems are covered in this comprehensive article on how to make vertical videos, which lists everything you need to know about the process. However, since most of your videos need to be severely downgraded and trimmed to match TikTok's video length and file size, you can either keep track of the latest, greatest resolutions or focus on what you can afford and work with, a popular prosumer Camera.
Here are some recommendations for different types of cameras at different prices.
From here, you'll want to grab some production gadgets to compliment your camera. Look for equipment like tripods and gimbals that allow you to rotate your camera vertically.
TikTok lighting resources
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TikTok, the big screen, phones, DSLRs – whatever. When you record videos, lighting is important. While many TikTok developers take the straightforward ringlight approach, there are plenty of other options, both from a smartphone attachment point of view and what you traditionally use for digital video production.
If you want to take a closer look at how better lighting equipment translates into higher quality digital video content, check out the following resources:
Audio Gear for TikTok
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It's not just about lighting. When you record video, audio is also important. Again – TikTok, the big screen, phones, DSLRs – whatever.
If you're creating TikTok content tuned for music or something that doesn't require new original audio, you might be fine without sound gear.
Since audio quality is usually not a major concern for most content creators, this is another opportunity for you to stand out. Crisp, clear sound is something beautiful. Here are some recommendations for attachable camera microphones:
Audio and microphones
Below are some resources covering best practices for recording audio on traditional video production video sets.
Read on for more tips from TikTok and more insight into filmmaking:
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