Recently, I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a new YouTube channel with my wife. We haven’t pinpointed exactly what kind of video content to create yet, but it’ll probably be a mixture of family travel vlogs, street photography walks, reaction videos, and sharing perspectives on parenting.

I haven’t really taken YouTube seriously before because I’ve always been more of a blogger, but I think it’s difficult to build an audience nowadays without a video strategy. Whenever I dive into a new hobby, I have a tendency to get obsessed with what tools and gear to invest in. In the past, this personality trait of mine led to me spending way too much money on high-end cameras, headphones, and bicycles. Luckily, I still love photography, listening to music, and cycling, so it’s not such a big deal.

This time around, I wanted to take the opposite approach. Instead of buying the latest and greatest camera and lens combo, I decided to use my existing iPhone 13 Pro. On the accessories front, I picked up a Zhiyun Crane M2S gimbal, a few Moment lenses, and a DJI wireless microphone kit. In total, I spent around $800, which isn’t too bad for a decent video rig.

The camera system on the iPhone 13 Pro – decent hardware plus excellent computational augmentation – is pretty great, so I don’t feel like I’m missing too much. It’s definitely more than enough to get started with.

I’m going to start filming some stuff once I get back to Japan in a few weeks, so stay tuned for more information!