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…
This is Sam Kolder Camera:
Source: PURA VIDA! - The Costa Rica Vlog - 2:28 - YouTube
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:
Source: 36 Hours in Santorini - 5:19 - YouTube
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:
Source: PURA VIDA! - The Costa Rica Vlog - 5:04 - YouTube
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:
Source: KOLD - DJI INSPIRE 2 - 0:19 - YouTube
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:
Source: PURA VIDA! - The Costa Rica Vlog - 1:47 - YouTube
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):
Source: KOLD - Canon 80D Review - 1:31 - YouTube
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
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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