8 Tips For The Ultimate Canon M50 Vlog Setup!

Since its release, the Canon m50 has gone from strength to strength within the vlogging community and although its price tag places it between the beginner and intermediate price ranges, its sales continue to grow exponentially. Many people who have previously used the Canon G7X for their vlogging needs have upgraded and not recommend people go straight to the m50.

Due to this, we keep seeing people reaching out and asking about camera accessories that they can purchase to add to their vlogging set up. We all know that vlogging is a competitive space in this day and age and implementing some tips and tricks or using accessories to improve your video quality can help you stand out from your competition and help your channel grow.

Due to this, we have decided to publish what we feel are the 8 best things you can do to improve your Canon m50 vlog setup. There is no need to do them all as some are more important to specific vlogging niches but have a quick look through them and implement the ones that you think are most important.

Learn The Basics

We know that this is a basic one to start with but we have lost count of the number of people that we see reaching out for advice on Vlogging when they don’t even understand the basics. Although throwing money into vlogging to improve your image quality can help, it can quickly turn into a total waste if your video quality is poor.

The video above is a decent starting point on what you are able to do to help improve your vlogging set up and help get you up to speed. So many people try to blag it and work it out along the way but there is so much free content out there on how you can get better at vlogging in this day and age that to us, it is a no brainer to spend a few hours geeking upon it.

That said though, if you do want to massively up your vlogging game, you can sign up for the free Skillshare trial and enroll in one of the best vlogging courses available to help improve your vlogging skillset without spending a cent.

Invest In A Decent Vlogging Lens

Although the kit lenses on the Canon m50 are a pretty solid starting point, a quick way to both improve your image quality as well as the versatility of your m50 is to invest in a better lens. Although what lens you should be looking to update to is up for debate depending on the niche you are planning to vlog in.

The Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) is considered to be one of the better vlogging camera lenses on the market right now for the m50 but it is a little pricey if you are just getting started. Due to this, the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) is usually one of the first upgrades that people purchase for their m50 when it comes to vlogging lenses.

The video below offers some excellent insight into the three main lenses for the m50 as well as shows you a number of examples. It is less than ten minutes in length and is definatley worth watching in our opinion.

Up Your Audio Quality

One of the main things that people new to vlogging seem to forget is that their video and image quality is only part of the battle. The quality of their audio track is often overlooked and can be a big let down. Although the onboard microphone on the m50 is decent, picking up a decent external microphone can make all the difference.

If you are one of our regular readers, you may have already read our article on the best Rode mic for the Canon m50. In that article, we recommend the Rode Video Micro to our readers. Since publishing that article, there have been a number of supply issues with the Video Micro resulting in some vendors more than doubling the price tag trying to capitalize on the situation.

Due to this, we would now recommend that you consider the Rode Video Mic Go (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for your m50 until the video micro supply issues are over and the price returns to normal. The video mic go comes in at a very similar price point to where the video micro should be and offers the same quality only in a larger size. If you don’t mind the larger size of the microphone, then it can be a better overall microphone anyway.

Invest In A Gimbal

If you are vlogging in a niche where you are planning to be moving while recording then a gimbal is an excellent investment as it helps to provide you with some much-needed image stabilization for your vlogging. This results in some very smooth video footage when you are moving and helping to improve your overall video quality.

We would highly recommend that you check out this article when it comes to gimbals for your Canon m50 as it goes into great depth covering the three best gimbals on the market for the camera.

It offers you plenty of payload capacity to support the weight of your Canon m50 with a bunch of accessories mounted on it as well as has a pretty low price tag for a gimbal of this quality. The video below offers some great sample footage that was recorded using the Canon m50 and the Zhiyun Crane V2  giving you an idea of what the combo can achieve.

Keep A Set Of Spare Batteries

Although a set of spare batteries for your m50 is always a good idea when vlogging in something like the travel niche they are pretty much essential bits of kit. Sometimes you may be out and about and unable to recharge your kit so an additional set of batteries for your camera ensure that you can keep vlogging until you are able to recharge your gear.

Again, we have a dedicated article on what we feel are the best batteries for the Canon m50 but to save you time, we would recommend that you use the BM Premium LP-E12 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) battery pack. They have an excellent reputation within the community and offer a great battery life considering they are a budget-friendly third party brand of batteries.

Get A Hold Of A Suitable Selfie Stick

I’m guessing you already know how useful a selfie stick can be when vlogging but many people still think selfie sticks are too flimsy to support the weight of heavier cameras. Although this is true for the vast majority of sticks out there, the Fugetek FT-568 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) has been specifically designed to be able to support the weight of your camera.

There are already a bunch of people using the stick with DSLR cameras that are heavier than your Canon m50 without having issues. The Fugetek FT-568 is also very cheap and can make an excellent addition to your vlogging kit to help you get the footage you want with your m50.

Make Sure Your Settings Are On Point

Your camera settings are definatley one of the areas where everyone has their own individual opinion and preference on how their camera should be set up to get the best quality out of it. The specific niche that you are working in is going to play a large part of the ideal settings for your camera but the video above is a great starting point that offers a great base that you can customize from.

Pick Up Some Form Of Tripod

A tripod is an essential bit of kit when it comes to vlogging, it provides you with image stabilization for pretty much any vlogging niche that you can thing of and there are some deals to be had. Our regular readers will know that we are massive fans of the Zomei Z818 (Click here to check for product prices and availability).

We really do feel that it is without a doubt one of the best tripods available right now due to its low price tag, excellent performance, great build quality, ease of use, and monopod functionality. It offers pretty much everything a vlogger could ever want in one product! It also came out on top in our article on what we felt the best tripod for the Canon m50 was.

That said, some niches can get away with using a mini tripod like a Gorillapod, we also have an article on what we feel the best Gorillapod is for the Canon m50 that can help you if you want to take this route.

Wrapping It All Up

That brings our Canon m50 vlog setup article to a close, we hope that you have found it helpful and that some of our suggestions help you to scale your YouTube channel in the future.