What Camera does Markiplier Use?
Updated: March 23, 2017
Mark Edward Fischbach, popularly known as 'Markiplier', is a YouTube personality and an international superstar. He was born in an army family in Honolulu, Hawaii. After his birth, his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was pursuing biomedical engineering, but dropped that course to build up his YouTube channel. He started creating videos on YouTube in 2012. He mostly created let’s play type of videos, but his style of playing and the reaction from the game was different from the rest of the gamers at that time.
His style is very aggressive, he yells, screams and even curses on screen; which many people won’t be able to pull off. He started getting traction quickly, and in 2015 his channel crossed 10 million subscribers. Today his channel has over 16 million subscribers and 6 billion views.
It’s 22nd most subscribed channel on YouTube. One of the main reasons to his enormous success is the personal flavor he added to his gaming videos.
What Camera Does Markiplier Use?
1. Canon 70D
This is one of the best vlogging cameras out there. Markiplier uses this camera to shoot his vlogs. It has a 20MP sensor which can record up to 1080p at 30fps. The overall image quality and video quality is really good. Actually, Canon focuses more on the video aspect of their DSLR’s than the rest of the market. That’s the reason, you would find most of the vloggers using some kind of Canon camera for creating their videos.
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Canon 70D In Detail:
It has a 3” flipping touch screen with a 1.040k pixels display. A touch screen is a must in a DSLR, because without it you might get intimidated with all the features of the camera and it’s not a pleasant experience to change settings with those outdated scrolls and buttons. You can set the focus with a tap while shooting videos, things like this comes handy with a touch screen.
Flipping screen is one of the most required features of vloggers all over the world. It can immensely increase your productivity as a vlogger. You can set the frame instantly and even monitor the focus continuously throughout your video.
It has built in Wi-Fi with NFC. These days Wi-Fi is common across all the devices we use on a regular basis, be it our smartphone, laptops, televisions, etc. Having Wi-Fi in our camera gives us the ability to connect it with all our devices. You can easily transfer your files to your laptop wirelessly, you can watch your videos on your TV instantly and you can even control your camera with your smartphone.
The battery life of this camera is really good. It lasts up to 920 shots per full charge. You can easily take this camera out for a day in a heartbeat without even thinking about the battery life. The construction of the camera is water and dust resistant. This does not at all means that you can shoot underwater videos in any sort of extreme situations. You can shoot videos in mild rain, soft winds and in situations like these your camera won’t get affected.
The audio quality of your vlogs is more important than the video itself. Here you can use this camera’s external microphone jack to upgrade the audio quality to the next level. Most of the vloggers are using external microphones as the audio from the internal microphone is not that good. The face detection and the auto focus technology of this camera is insanely accurate and fast at the same time, quite a rare combination to find.
But on the flip side it does have a couple of downsides. The main downside of this camera is its heavy weight, at 755 grams it’s not comfortable to hold for long hours. If you are going to vlog, then you will have often want to shoot videos throughout the day. You won’t be able to pull those type of shoots with this camera comfortably. But if you are going to use this camera in your home or office setup, and create videos while the camera is sitting on the tripod then this might be the best vlogging camera for you. It's not a very cheap vlogging camera, but it is definitely worth the investment.
The other downside of this camera is that it can’t record videos in 4k. 4k is an emerging technology and is wildly popular. You can easily stand out on YouTube simply by uploading videos in 4k and gain traction pretty quickly. The same thing happened in the last decade, many YouTubers gained traction using the Full HD video format when YouTube added the Full HD feature in 2009. At that time the majority of the videos were either in 720p or 360p, people literally searched for videos specifically in HD. It’s the same story all over again, now people are searching for videos specifically in 4k.
Overall it is a really good vlogging camera. It has almost all the features you require to create great quality videos like Markiplier. If you are going to record videos in a studio on a tripod, then this is a really good choice. Though many YouTubers are even using this camera for their daily vlogging but it’s not comfortable to hold a heavy camera throughout your day. Hence it’s recommended more for the indoor content creators.
2. Logitech C920
This is the webcam which Markiplier uses on a regular basis to record his game commentaries. It is a really good webcam for recording your reactions, whether you are in to gaming, movies, etc. it will work just perfectly for you. It can record up to 1080p at 30fps and it has a 15MP lens. It is compatible with windows 7,8 and 10, partly with the Mac OS.
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Logitech C920 In Detail:
Webcams are mostly used by vloggers for creating software tutorials, game commentaries, reaction videos, etc. If you fit in any of these categories, then you should definitely think of using a webcam to shoot your videos. Basically if you need to share your screen on the majority of your videos then using a webcam is a far better option than the normal cameras.
Because when you are using the DSLR or a compact camera you would have to stich your screen recording and the video recording every time ensuring that both of these videos are in a perfect sync. That would not be a practical way, and using a webcam will make your life so much easy.
The Logitech C920 is a really good webcam for vloggers as it can record in full HD which is the golden standard for creating YouTube videos these days. One of the best features of this camera is its H.264 compression technology. The camera encodes the video itself without using any resources from your computer. This is a major feature for gaming vloggers, as a webcam without the H.264 compression technology will use your computer’s resources. This can at time slower the games you are playing.
This webcam can tilt, move and zoom in any direction you want. This is a very basic and essential feature for vloggers. Most of the webcams in the market can tilt and zoom but not many can move in any direction. It is quite a handy feature, as it allows you to change your siting position. It comes with a 2-year limited hardware warranty.
On the flip side the audio quality of the inbuilt microphone on this webcam is just terrible. You would for sure have to use a dedicated microphone. And most of the YouTuber’s tend to use a portable USB microphone to record these type of videos. You can create a really good setup using this webcam and a good USB microphone.
The zoom functionality of this camera is also terrible. When you zoom in the video quality takes a dive deep and it’s just not watchable. Though, zooming in is not required for most of the vloggers as nobody would want to watch your face up close. So, the terrible zoom is not that big of a deal.
- Full HD recording
- H.264 Compression technology
- Tilt, move and zoom
- Terrible audio quality
Overall this is a really good webcam. If you are creating reaction type of videos, then this camera can be a really good choice for you. Markiplier is using this webcam on a regular basis to create his iconic let’s play video series.
The two cameras used by Markiplier are the Canon 70D and Logitech C920. In just 5 years he has become an international sensation. He has gained 16 million subscribers using these cameras. So if you are an aspiring vlogger then it is a great place to start your vlogging journey with these cameras.