Sam Kolder is a very passionate filmmaker/photographer that has been creating these 3-15 minutes YouTube videos filled with the most spectacular shots from all his travels around the world. If you want to see more of his work be sure to checkout his Instagram account and YouTube channel.

A useful tip: If you’re just getting started in the world of filmmaking and photography don’t get discouraged by the high costs of the camera gear Sam’s currently using, you can get started (as Sam did) with a much affordable camera like our Top DLSR for Starters (budget friendly) to start making videos like Sam Kolder.

Now lets get to what you’re here for…

Sam recently upgraded his main camera from the trusty Canon EOS-5D Mark III to the big, bold and very powerful Canon EOS-1DX Mark II.

This is Sam Kolder Camera:

Sam Kolder Camera

Source: PURA VIDA! - The Costa Rica Vlog - 2:28 - YouTube

Sam Kolder Camera

Canon EOS-1DX Mark II

Peak of camera performance and reliability

Shoots 4k at 60 frames per second, basically the best camera you can vlog with and probably the most expensive.

The Canon EOS-1DX Mark II has a full frame sensor well known for its incredible performance in low light conditions and very high frame rate. If you’re shooting 4K on Canon this will probably be your top choice, this bad boy is capable of shooting up to 60 fps in 4K and 120 fps in 1080p, with that many frames per second you can create the smoothest cinematic scene ever!.

This is a heavy camera and it’s quite big but all that is just a small sacrifice for such spectacular performance, the 1DX is without a doubt, on of the best DSLR cameras that Canon has to offer right now.

Now, it is indeed expensive equipment if you look at it from the “just a hobby” stand point, but for filmmakers like Sam Kolder who actively work with brands and tourism boards this is a pretty smart investment, actually you can charge for your services according to the value of the camera gear you shoot with.

And before the 1DX Sam Kolder’s main camera used to be the Canon 5D Mark III:

Sam Kolder Camera

Source: 36 Hours in Santorini - 5:19 - YouTube

Sam's 2nd Camera

 Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Excellent feature-packed full-frame DSLR

This is the one Sam Kolder used to shoot with. Captures stunning sharp images, low noise and very durable.

Oh! this one, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III this is the little sister of the 1DX with just a little less of everything but still an outstanding DSLR, amazing for photo and video. Has a Full frame CMOS sensor of 22.3MP capable of capturing an impressively high level of detail. However the Canon EOS 5D Mark III cannot shoot video in 4K, so if you plan on creating 4K content, then you should consider the newer model the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV but it will costs you quite a bit more.

But remember you shouldn’t be making underwater shots and risky POV cliff jumps with your big camera, for all that there’s a little hero working out there behind many of those risky scenes on Sam Kolder’s videos.

It is GoPro time!

These are Sam Kolder’s GoPros:

Sam Kolder GoPro Hero5 Black

Source: PURA VIDA! - The Costa Rica Vlog - 5:04 - YouTube

Sam Kolder's GoPro

GoPro Hero5 Black

A waterproof stunt double for your big camera

When conditions get too extreme but you 'just gonna send it' this can take the beat and still get the shot.

Sam Kolder uses a GoPro Hero5 Black which is a great action camera at a good price right now since the newer model has been released already. This little camera is capable of shooting video in 4K at 30 fps and up to 120 fps in 1080p, still a very durable camera as any other GoPro and now it’s waterproof without the need for a protective housing.

In Sam’s older videos we’ve spotted a couple other previous GoPro models like the Hero3+ and Hero4 which you can get quite cheaper these days and are still a good option for shooting in 720p and 1080p.

It’s drone’s time!

These are Sam Kolder’s Drones:

Sam Kolder Drone Inspire 2

Source: KOLD - DJI INSPIRE 2 - 0:19 - YouTube

Sam Kolder Drone

DJI Inspire 2 + Zenmuse X5S

An aluminium and carbon fibre flying beast

See it as a professional camera capable of flying, accelerating from 0 to 50mph in 4 seconds and going up to 67mph.

Sam Kolder has been using the DJI Inspire 2 + Zenmuse X5S since he did that video for DJI back in September of 2017. This is a serious flying machine capable of reaching very impressive speeds and altitudes, definitely designed for filmmakers rather than the average consumer. When equipped with the DJI Zenmuse X5S camera you’re able to shoot up to 5.2K at 30fps and 4K at 60fps stabilized by a 3-axis gimbal.

Before the DJI Inspire 2, Sam Kolder filmed with a couple of DJI Inspire 1 v2.0 which unfortunately crashed, one after the other. Both of these models (Inspire 1 and Inspire 2) once packed with all the accessories, can be a heavy load to travel with. For those cases when traveling light is the main priority Sam Kolder carries the much more portable DJI Mavic Pro.

This is Sam Kolder’s Portable Drone:

Sam Kolder Drone Mavic Pro

Source: PURA VIDA! - The Costa Rica Vlog - 1:47 - YouTube

Kold's Portable Drone

DJI Mavic Pro

Super portable but less image quality

The Mavic Pro is less expensive, much smaller, and has a lot of the same flying capabilities as the Phantom 4 Pro.

The DJI Mavic Pro is the perfect choice when you can’t travel with too much weight, fits with all its accessories in a little box that you can carry pretty much anywhere. Has the pretty much the same flying capabilities as the Phantom models but in a way more compact design, however the only downside that I see on the DJI Mavic Pro is that the camera and gimbal are not removable meaning you can’t just upgrade the camera later on.

And last but not least…

This is our Top DLSR for Starters (Budged Friendly):

Sam Kolder Camera Canon 80D

Source: KOLD - Canon 80D Review - 1:31 - YouTube

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Canon EOS 80D

A Perfect 'First DSLR'

Overall the best budget friendly DSLR out there right now. Fast autofocus, feature-rich and very versatile.

Actually Sam Kolder did a sort of video advertisement for this exact same camera, the Canon EOS 80D, which is for me the perfect camera to get started making videos, for YouTube, Instagram.. you name it. The 80D has an articulating a touch screen that rotates up to 270 degrees vertically and 175 degrees horizontally, so you would be able to see yourself while vlogging, also the autofocus system is just unbelievably good for a camera at this price range.

And that’s about it

For now..

This is just a quick overview on the cameras Sam Kolder has been using lately. We will be covering more of its gear (including lenses) on this post, so be sure to subscribe to our email list so you don’t miss a thing.

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