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Up front, when I hear the words ‘YouTube’, I don’t think ‘professional’. I also don’t believe you’re going to get a professional kit for under $3k. Professional rigs give you much more control over your image and sound. That extra control costs money. The cameras mentioned by the other members are good choices, but they neglected to mention the accessories needed to accompany your camera. Extended power batteries are the more expensive types. You’re also going to need camera support, a good bag to protect your investment and the type of recording media for multiple long takes if you’re not using tape 16GB or better flash media can get pricey depending on what format the camera uses. Also, does your camera have built-in ND lenses? If not, you’re going to have to purchase them and good ones that won’t interfere with your image because of aberrations in the glass or pigment ain’t cheap either. If you’re looking for a DSLR, then the accessory expense can easily blow your budget just by getting one decent lens.

You might want to get a lower-end prosumer rig to cut down on the amount of incidentals you’ll need. You’ll still get a quality image that will hold up after YouTube’s compression codec mangles it and you’ll have something useful if you decide to distribute on DVD or Blu-Ray should you choose.

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