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Karl Rock’s Camera and YouTube Equipment

A lot of people ask me what equipment I use to create my videos on YouTube. I’m a very minimal person. I try not to own much equipment or possessions in general. The more stuff I have, the more I have to lug around, it’s a pain.

I still use my first GoPro camera as my primary camera, and it’s what I’ve filmed most of my viral videos on – just the camera, no external microphone or anything else. In the beginning, I was even borrowing my friend’s computer to edit. I literally only had a GoPro.

My original GoPro Hero 5 Session

I tell you this because the equipment you use does not matter. I made viral videos with millions of views with just an idea, my GoPro, and a borrowed computer!

The story you’re telling is what matters the most! I’ve seen travel vloggers make stunningly beautiful vlogs… but there was no personality or story in the video, so they only had a few hundred views. A story is everything, not equipment.

Recently, I’ve begun to buy more equipment to increase the quality of my live streams and social media posts.

OM-D E-M5 with my Chai is Pakistan
Vlogging in the rain

YouTube Video Equipment

  • GoPro Hero5 Session
  • GoPro Hero8 Black
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III (My previous DSLR was Panasonic G85 Mirrorless)
  • Panasonic’s LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm
  • Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens
  • Samyang 7.5 mm Fisheye
  • Hoya ND & UV filters
  • DJI Mavic Mini
  • Rode VideoMic Pro & Dead Cat
  • Rode LavPro
  • Rode Wireless Go
  • Deity V-MIC D3 PRO
  • Zoom H1 Handy Recorder
  • Aputure AL-MX
  • Jobi Gorilla Pod 3
  • Manfrotto BeFree Aluminium Travel Tripod
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ Phone
  • Dell XPS 15
  • Sony WF-1000XM3 headphones
  • Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition
  • Transcend StoreJet 25H3P 2.5-inch 2TB external HD (I bought a shockproof HD when I dropped my first HD and lost all my data)

YouTube Live Stream Equipment

  • Panasonic G85 Mirrorless DSLR
  • Elgato Cam Link 4K for DSLR

By Karl Rock

Karl Rock is a Hindi speaking expat who left his career and life behind in New Zealand to take viewers behind the scenes of incredible India.

22 replies on “Karl Rock’s Camera and YouTube Equipment”

Hello Karl,
I love India. I spent a wonderful full year there in 1971, mainly on foot, wandering and living in the villages. I’m from the UK, and then with a UK passport there were no visa restrictions. I have been several times there since then but for shorter periods under the present visa restrictions caused by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980’s. Mainly for three month or three week periods.

I have a major yearning to spend my time there now on a much more permanent basis, but there really does not seem to get around the visa requirements. I would be very grateful for any advises.

Best wishes

Hello, karl I’m from Delhi i just want to meet you once please contact me i’m your biggest fan I watch your video evry day and whenever I feel low your video help me out to see my own city in different ways I just want to thank you. Please reply me back.
With love tanvee

Hi karl,
i follow u from a year. I know your video is pretty genuine, but plz dont make video on some scam and such things, its negatively impact my country’s image. I know such people meet in much places in most of countries, but i pretty sure you meet some good people too, make video on them. You also observe that scam video get millions of views than other what does it mean, people always want to know only negative part of country.
So plz avoide making video on such things, and make your as usual video of traveling. Good bye and namaste

I watched his scam videos and still came to India .. watching the videos don’t stop us tourist from coming it just makes us aware and helps us enjoy the country more

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