Are YouTube camera reviews putting camera stores like Wolf Camera and Ritz Camera in to Chapter 11?
It seems in the past year or so these type of camera review videos keep getting better and better. More time is put into them and more people are involved in making them, even some channels like DRTV have their own producer (Alamby Leung). This got me thinking, are YouTube camera review channels pushing camera stores like Wolf Camera and Ritz Camera in to Chapter 11?
When you go into a camera store and you talk to the guy behind the counter for advice, you don’t know if he is a pro and shoots tons of wedding each year or he knows nothing and takes pictures of his cat on his cell phone on the weekends. I think following people on YouTube you really get to know them, after a while you know what they are strong at and weak at as well.
All 4 of these channels are excellent, however I wanted to count them down so I wanted to tell you how I am ordering them. At first I thought of doing it by views or subscribers, but that sounded boring so I ordered them by my preference which it funner because I know I will have a lot of people disagreeing with me.
Ok let’s get to it!
Top 4 Camera Review Channels on YouTube
4. DigitalRev TV – Located out of Hong Kong, Kai Wong and Lok Cheung are the grand daddy of camera reviews, coming it at insane 96 million views and 381k subscribers. Kai calls himself “Asian dude with the British accent. They write scripts for each video and shoot them on the streets on Hong Kong. I’m amazed how fast they crank out videos, I know these videos take a lot of time. I’m one jealous how fast they get cameras, they seem to have review up fast than anyone. My favorite video is when they abuse the Canon 7D.
3. The Camera Store TV – Located out of Canada, Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake have over 6 million views and 26k subscribers. I really like their reviews, more down to earth and they usually have a lot more info packed in to each camera review compared to DigitalRev. Just recently the compared my Tamron 24-70 to the Canon 24-70 and did a great job with it. They tell you what they think. One of my favorites was their series on the Canon 5D Mark III vs. D800.
2. Philip Bloom Located out of England, Philip is probably one of the most professional on this list, but he only has 3 million views and 14k subscribers, if you head over to Vimeo his numbers I’m sure are much higher. I pretty much love all his comparisons he has done. My favorite is his review on the Canon 5D Mark III.
[Wait, no one from the United States?]
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1. Kevin Good – @KevinBGood (do a search for “Weapons of Mass Production” on YT to weed out the other Bammo videos) Located out of DC, Kevin Good and his crew are so awesome! Man are his videos so good and so funny. They pour a ton of time in to it, I know how long it takes me, they take much more time than I do. Their skits are so good and you can tell he is a really good photographer. Now he does have a team of people helping me, only Philip works on his own. Kevin and his team are really good a green screen work as well, the sway meter he did on the Canon Nikon comparison was brilliantly done. My favorite one from Kevin is the Canon 5D Mark III vs D800 with the meter.
Should I be on this best of the best list? Considering I made this list it is not my place to say. If you are curious I have close to 7 million views and 35k subs. My videos get watched over 350k a month, which just blows me away.
There is no way I can do every test, and that’s why I think it’s good you should watch all 4 of these channels, it’s good to see us all do the same test to see if we get similar results. Also you get an idea for what is important to them, for instance while Kai might be more interested in stills only, Philip is just looking at it from the video side.
[With everything there is good and bad, while I consider these the best there are some highly ranked channels that are not so good. Not to name names but some people on YouTube create tons of comparison videos that have never touched the actual cameras. That's just wrong, for all I know these guys just take pictures of his cat on the weekend.]
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