CAMERAS

Below are few ideas that you can use for the camera requirements of self-taping. Starting with the most basic and inexpensive, to something a little more advanced. 

Mobile Phone

This one's easy. Most of us will have a smartphone with a decent camera. There's nothing easier that setting up a mobile phone, turning on the camera and recording your self tape

PROS

  • Easy to set up

  • Always on hand

  • Portable

  • You can edit on the phone

CONS

  • Fixed focal length

  • Resolution can suffer

  • Harder to colour grade if needed

  • Audio quality can suffer if using phone's microphone

DSLR Cameras

CANON 200D - £315

Image credit: Canon

If you're able to invest a little bit of cash towards a better camera, you could have a look at something like the Canon 200D

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B1B265L/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_5i0EEbW58N5MP

It's likely, during some of your tapes that you'll be moving around a littler or back and forth moving slightly towards and away from the camera. For this you'll need something that is able to track you as you move and keep you in focus. 

Any Canon camera that has 'Dual Pixel Autofocus' will be able to do this for you. 

This camera also comes with a lens ranging from 18 -55mm, so you can easily adjust the framing depending on your environment.

PROS

  • Superior image quality

  • Interchangeable lenses

  • Brilliant auto focus

CONS

  • More expensive

  • No flip screen to see yourself

  • Less portable

  • You might hear the motors of the lens focusing without an external mic

CANON 80D -  from £729

Stepping up the game in the DSLR world is the  Canon 80D or 90D - £729

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WCVZRM2/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_6x0EEbQKH1JDG

Image credit: Canon

This camera is more expensive and gives you more recording options to chose from as well as having a flip-out screen that you can rotate. This is a great option to be able to check yourself in frame before you record. It also has  'Dual Pixel Autofocus'

This camera doesn't always come with a lens, so it's worth shopping around and seeing what you can get - a 35mm lens like the one in the link below should be the perfect combination

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PVJSZJP/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_qB0EEb8ACN892

PROS

  • Superior image quality

  • Interchangeable lenses

  • Brilliant auto focus

  • Flip out screen

  • More recording options and framerates

CONS

  • More expensive than other DSLR options

  • Less portable

  • You might hear the motors of the lens focusing without an external mic