The first and most obvious thing you need in order to get started making YouTube videos is recording equipment. Unless you are planning to make videos exclusively using software, combining audio, still images, video that has already been filmed, or video that you have created with software, you will need a video recorder. There are four "levels" of equipment:
- Digital Camcorder
- Pocket Camera
- Webcam & Mic
Digital camcorders are specifically made for recording videos, and are the best choice for filming. New ones start around $150, but many are much pricier.
A digital pocket camera is your next best option. Some cameras, like the Nikon CoolPix series, have very good filming capabilities.
If you have a lower budget, you may already have recording options built-into your computer. Most laptops these days have built-in webcams and microphones, and this, together with recording software, is all that is needed to record videos from your computer.
Lastly, if none of these are an option, you can use your smartphone, but this is not the best option. The quality of videos taken with smartphones is usually low, and recording eats up battery life quickly.