I’m Caleb, and I have over four years of photography experience. I’ve gotten to know what to look for in a camera, and in this article, I’ll break down all the cameras used by NELK to record their videos.
If you’re interested in knowing the cameras behind their infamous pranks, as well as the lenses and microphone they use when recording, keep on reading.
What Vlogging Camera does NELK Use?
The primary vlogging camera NELK uses is the Sony a7 III. The a7 III is one of the most popular vlogging cameras for YouTubers, and it’s not surprising that NELK uses it, as it’s one of the easier “professional” cameras to use.
It’s not the best camera on the market for any specific task, but it can do several things well. The most relevant feature for YouTubers is probably its ability to record in 4K resolution at 30fps.
The camera also has 5-axis stabilization in-body, which means you can keep your pictures from coming out shaky without relying on lens-based stabilization.
Additionally, Sony claims that the a7 III has a wide autofocus area covering 93% of the frame. This should make getting and keeping the subject in focus easier, even during moving shots.
When it comes to taking still photos, the a7 III can shoot in bursts of up to 10fps.
What Vlogging Lens does NELK Use?
Having the right lens can be just as important as having the right camera, and NELK uses a specific type of lens to record their videos. They use a Sony SAL18135 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens, which allows them to film pranks without standing too close to the subject.
Perhaps the most notable feature of this lens is the Smooth Autofocus Motor, which allows for focusing without any distracting noises.
This obviously matters when recording vlogs and cutting out unnecessary background noise, but other users might find the feature useful for different reasons. For example, a nature photographer might want to avoid scaring some birds with noise.
Also, the lens makes use of extra-low dispersion glass to make sure the final image looks just as good even when the lens is zoomed in.
What Other Cameras does NELK Use?
Another camera NELK uses is the Canon 90D. It looks like NELK used this one more before getting their Sony a7 III, but the 90D is still plenty capable as a model.
The 90D has a 32.5-megapixel sensor, which is actually more megapixels than the a7 III. It can record in 4K at 30fps or in standard HD at 120fps. Similar to the a7 III, it can shoot continuous stills in bursts of up to 10fps.
It also comes with a high-quality 45-point autofocus system and a feature designed to track faces. Both of these things serve a useful purpose in the vlogging world, where a lot of the footage will center on people and their faces.
It’s worth noting that, while the 90D has similar specs to the a7 III in some areas, it doesn’t have the in-body stabilization that the a7 III does. If you’re not using a lens with stabilization of its own, this can be a major drawback.
What GoPro does NELK Use?
NELK uses the GoPro HERO8 for some shots. The main advantage of this camera is obviously its versatility and durability, and this specific model is a bit cheaper to get these days now that the HERO9 and HERO10 are out.
The HERO8 isn’t the latest model from GoPro, but it does share many of the same features as the models to come out after it. It can record in regular HD or 4K at 60fps, and it has a stabilization system.
The GoPro is also waterproof for up to 33 feet and has a wind noise reduction system to improve the audio quality during fast-moving shots.
It also works with various GoPro attachments, further adding to the inherent versatility.
What Microphone does NELK Use?
NELK uses the Rode VideoMic Pro+ shotgun microphone to capture the sound in their videos.
The microphone is pricier than some of Rode’s budget offerings but comes with an improved feature set compared to those cheaper models.
One feature that’s especially useful for vloggers is the use of filtering to cut out low-frequency noise such as traffic in the background while keeping everything else.
It can also do the reverse, boosting high frequencies to make sure things like voices stand out.
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Who Is The Cameraman For NELK?
The main cameraman for NELK is Austin Ermes, also known as Ausgod. He’s worked with the channel since at least 2017, providing creative direction and acting as their top videographer.
How Is NELK So Rich?
NELK doesn’t make its money from YouTube ads, as they’ve been demonetized because of some of their pranks. As a result, they bring in all their income through merchandise and other non-YouTube ventures.
What Does NELK Stand For?
NELK stands for Nick, Elliot, Lucas, and Kyle– the four friends who founded the channel.
If you want to make videos like NELK, you should consider using the Sony a7 III. However, the Canon 90D and GoPro HERO8 are also options, as all of these have been used by NELK in their recording process.
Any thoughts or comments? Are you looking for advice on whether you should buy one of these cameras? If so, let us know in the comments.