Video Gear Guide, Ideas for Video Enthusiasts

Do you have a video producer or photographer in mind for a gift, or need to point someone who’ll be buying in the right direction? We’ve complied the best range of unique gifts to give (and to get get). To make it easy, we’ve arranged the items to cover a range of budgets covering inexpensive gifts to the priciest of options.

Video Gear Gift GuideGifts for All Budgets

Video Equipment More than $100 Video Equipment Between $50-$100 Video Equipment Gifts Under $20 Video Equipment Gifts Under $10

Gifts range between $10, many of the stocking stuffers are ideal for last-minute grabs – meaningful presents. Budget scopes range up to $20, to $50 and more.  There’ll be the perfect gift for anyone here, take a peek:

Hottest Items: Cameras, Computers & Memory!

Panasonic Lumix GH4, 4K Video and Stills Camera – $1060 USD

Panasonic Lumix GH4 CameraThis is the *it* camera for bang for the buck. 5/5 ratings. It films in glorious 4K to SD memory cards – easy. A new 16 Megapixel sensor delivers 4k video at UHD (3840×2160 at 23.98, 24, 25 or 29.97fps) or Cinema 4k (4096×2160 at 24fps) and all at 100Mbit/s. In addition, it films 1080P HD as well.

This is it. A true professional’s camera with cinematic video output

A total of twenty-two interchangeable LUMIX G digital lenses offers a multitude of creative options, including HD lenses that allow for silent, high performance AF control suitable for video recording. Various expansion options are available including an external flash, shotgun microphones, a battery grip, and more. Of course, as with all Micro Four Thirds cameras, almost the entire world of manual lenses is available for use on the GH4 with a suitable optional adapter. read reviews online…

Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder – $1500 USD

sony-4k-camcorder-camera-01This is the camcorder 4K option. Sony FDR-AX100 Full HD Camcorder brings 4K Ultra HD video to the palm of your hand, delivering resolution four times that of Full HD. Media is recorded to SD or Memory Stick Duo memory cards. The 1″ Exmor R CMOS sensor is approximately 8x larger than that of typical camcorders, allowing you to capture cinematic images with shallow depth-of-field for defocused backgrounds. The camcorder features a wide-angle Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom plus 24x Clear Image digital zoom. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode delivers smooth video, and 3-Way-Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother results.

The FDR-AX100 is a versatile camcorder that lets you capture 4K Ultra HD 3840×2160 video at 24 and 30 fps. You can also record Full HD 1920×1080 video in XAVC S, AVCHD, or web-optimized MP4, as well as take high-quality 20 MP still images. read reviews online…

iPad Mini 4, 64 GB Storage and WiFi – $420 USD

ipad-mini-4Powerful enough to edit 4K video shot on the iPhone 6S, this 64GB iPad mini 4 from Apple has a smaller form factor than its big brother, the iPad Air 2. The iPad mini 4 is just 6.1mm thin and weighs 0.65 lb. Its smaller form factor makes it easier to hold in one hand. This iPad mini comes in a space gray finish.

The tablet’s 7.9″ Retina Display features a native resolution of 2048 x 1536, showing up to 3.1 million pixels at 326 ppi. The Retina Display’s capacitive touchscreen lets you utilize all the multi-touch gestures of iOS 9.

The mini 4 features Apple’s A8 processor with their 2nd Generation 64-bit architecture, allowing for more robust and powerful apps like iMovie for 4K video editing. Also, the A8 chip supports Metal, a more efficient technology that enables the iPad mini to render detailed graphics and visual effects. read reviews online…

Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Aluminium 3-Section Tripod Kit – $420 USD

manfrotto-tripod-standard-kit-01We love Manfrotto, and we can easily recommend this tripod and head kit. The key feature of the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Aluminum Tripod is its 90° center column mechanism, which allows the column to be extended vertically as normal, or horizontally to open up a wide range of framing and shooting possibilities; this makes the 055XPRO3 an extremely versatile tripod, suitable for a wide range of photography and video applications.

Combined with the the Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head is a lightweight head with a wider platform for mirrorless camera bodies which has a sliding plate which travels to balance the latest interchangeable lens cameras. The entry-level 500 ensures smooth shots and fine control with up to 5kg (11lbs) of equipment. It’s the most compact head in our successful Bridging TechnologyTM range and it replaces the Manfrotto 701HDV video head. read reviews online…

Apple Macbook Pro 15″ and Touch Bar, 2.6Ghz Processor – $2399 USD

The video editor on the go workstation, coupled with a powerful i7 Intel processor and the new Touch Bar (perfect for use with Final Cut Pro X). When you pack over 5 million pixels into a 15.4-inch display, the results are positively stunning. The pixel density is so high, your eyes can’t discern individual pixels. Images take on a new level of realism and text is pin sharp. And with a 2880-by-1800 resolution, you can see more of your high-resolution images onscreen with pixel-for-pixel accuracy. So your best ideas can become your best work.

This Intel Core i7 processor features dedicated Graphics Processor, the Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB memory, which accelerates processor- and graphics-intensive tasks. This is a great laptop to work with, for the advanced or novice, video enthusiast. read reviews online…

512 GB SD Memory Card, SanDisk Extreme PRO – $340 USD

512-gb-sd-memory-cardThis is a massive card. 512 GB, this dream SD memory card will last for years. 4K and beyond.

With write speeds up to 90 MB/s and recording at the UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) rating, this most powerful, highest capacity UHS-I SD memory card enables your DSLR, advanced digital or HD video camera to deliver high resolution, real-world color and stutter-free video.

Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s ensure that your data moves fast for a more efficient post-production workflow. read reviews online…

Apple Mac Pro Workstation Computer, 4-Core Xeon Processor – $2800 USD

apple-mac-pro-desktop-computerThe basis for the most powerful home-studio video production workstation money can buy. This is the 4-core model – they range up to 12-cores if you wish – and up to $12,000! But, money well spent. In addition to a minimum of 4-cores, these also come standard with dual graphics cards, very fast flash storage, large amounts of ram, and external connectivity via USB 3 and Thunderbolt.

You’ll be able to connect to the Internet with fast-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The Mac Pro also supports a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks as well. The Mac Pro also features built-in Bluetooth 4.0, which allows you to connect wireless headphones, keyboard, mice and other compatible peripherals without a hassle. Incredible machine. read reviews online…

Gifts Between $300 and $100

Audio-Technica AT875 Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone – $170 USD

audio-technica-shotgun-microphone-01Does your video creator already own a lavalier microphone? Great. Now they probably could use a high-quality “shotgun style” microphone! Here is the Audio-Technica AT875R. It’s is designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) on location audio. This is Audio-Technica’ s shortest shotgun microphone, it mounts conveniently on a DLSR or camcorder without adding noticeable heft.

This high-performance microphone offers a narrow acceptance angle of line + gradient design. It also features smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality and excellent off-axis rejection of sound arriving from the sides and rear of mic. Check out what others have to say: read reviews online…

256 GB SD Memory Card, Lexar Professional – $125 USD

256-gb-sd-memory-cardIn the case of memory and storage, bigger is always better. Lexar Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards let you quickly capture and transfer high-quality photos and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, with a read transfer speed up to 1000x (150MB/s). The cards leverage UHS-II technology (UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)) for high-speed performance.

Speedy. This memory card is fast – future proofed for higher end video production codecs with 4K and beyond! This dramatically accelerates workflow from start to finish, so you can save time and get back to the business of photography. It might be tiny, but it’s ‘big’. Great card purchase! read reviews online…

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones – $160 USD

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Monitor HeadphonesKnow someone who’d like some truly fancy headphones? As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Very nice.

The ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio and video pros. read reviews online…

ProAm DSLR Camera Crane Jib – $249  USD

ProAm DSLR Crane JibTo cater to the budding cinematographer, this jib creates truly elegant shots. Built for modern smaller camcorders and mirrorless cameras (with rails and matte boxes weighing up to 6.5lbs), the ProAM Crane is a single bar crane that provides shots from an ant’s point of view up to 8 feet high. Tilt up and down for truly elegant shots. [Editor’s note: this piece of gear adds so much class to any shot – well worth it – it SHOULD be more expensive than it is!]

Sweeping vista shots of panoramas and sporting events have never been easier or more dramatic. Nothing compares to the sweeping shots obtainable with the CobraCrane I. read reviews online…

Gifts Between $100 and $50

Clapboard Film Slate, Acrylic Dry Erase with Color Sticks – $36 USD

flim-clapper-slatePractical, as well as fun, this dry-erase acrylic filmmaker slate adds a great touch of professionalism to any production.

Not just a fun prop, this production slate features standard color sticks to provide the proper visual and audio cues for syncing video properly as well as useful for color calibration in post production.

Help your filmmaker in mind look the part and act the part.

No video creator would turn this thoughtful gift down. read reviews online…

iPad Air Tripod Mount – $20 USD

ipad-tripod-mountIdeal for iPad Mini or 7″ tablet users on the go, the Square Jellyfish Tablet Tripod Mount is portable and easy to use. It can be mounted quickly to any tripod with a universal screw mount.

The Tablet Tripod Mount allows a tablet to be positioned vertically or horizontally and can be rotated from one position to the other in seconds.

The arms “spring together” and tension holds a tablet securely in place. The Tablet Tripod Mount can accommodate virtually any 7″ tablet like the iPad Mini with or without a case from 3 1/2 to 5 3/4 inches wide. read reviews online…

DSLR Camera and Lens Bag – $45 USD

DSLR Backpack and Lens KitThis snazzy looking bag holds a mirrorless camera as large as a full-frame Canon, or as small as a Lumix G body. Lenses fit easily inside, and best of all, this bag claims to be waterproof!

While we can never suggest you test this claim, this bag’s water resistance is likely confidence inducing enough to purchase!

Two internal mesh pockets provide space to hold extra batteries, memory cards, USB hubs, lens cleaners and the the like. read reviews online…

Senal SMH-500 Closed-Back Professional Monitor Headphones – $50 USD

SMH-500 Professional Studio HeadphonesThese headphones allegedly provide far better sound than their relatively low-price implies as they are knock-offs of far more expensive popular Sony studio headphones. The collapsible design, single wire 3-foot cord along with a twist lock 10-foot extension further provide value for the low price.

The padded over-ear design reduces fatigue and make these headphones an excellent choice for commercial video production, home studio, broadcast and live on-location monitoring. Again, for the low price, you simply cannot go wrong! read reviews online…

2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Western Digital Hard Drive – $75 USD

wd-external-usb-harddriveAvailable in four attractive colors and storage capacities ranging from 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB capacities, the Western Digital Passport portable hard drives offer flexible backup options, 256-bit hardware-based data encryption and a three-year limited warranty.

My Passport Ultra features USB 3.0 compatibility, which means 5 Gb/s transfer speed (3X faster than USB 2.0) and you can power up your My Passport Ultra without carrying a bulky power cord and plug – perfect for video production on the go. At just half an inch thin (12.8mm), this drive is sleek and fast with plenty of capacity for your important digital content. read reviews online…

Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum Tripod – $70 USD

Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum TripodThe Compact Action is the best choice for owners of entry level DSLRs with standard kit lenses who are on the move with their film making. The simple ergonomic joystick head with scroll-wheel locking mechanism is very intuitive and easy-to-use. Its comfortable grip allows you to capture smooth movies and great images with little effort.

The innovative circular quick release plate is perfect for effortless camera attachment by hand without any need for coins or screwdrivers.

In addition, the Regulating Dial, together with the round quick release plate allows you to perfectly adjust every camera to the tripod thereby enhancing its stability. read reviews online…

128 GB SD Memory Card, Lexar Professional – $50 USD

128-gb-sd-memory-cardThis Lexar Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards let you quickly capture and transfer high-quality photos and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, with a read transfer speed up to 1000x (150MB/s). With video files continually increasing, this memory card offers confidence for any film maker as they’ll not have to worry about filling up their storage as quickly any longer.

The cards leverage UHS-II technology (UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)) for high-speed performance. This dramatically accelerates workflow from start to finish, so you can save time and get back to the business of video production. read reviews online…

olloclip 4-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6/6 Plus and 6s/6s Plus – $80 USD

olloclip-4-in-1-lens-kitThe award-winning 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s Plus delivers the most versatile and premium mobile lens experience in a compact, easy-to-use design. It features four advanced optic quick-change lenses (Fisheye, Wide-Angle, Macro 10x & 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce!

Newly added feature, the pocket-sized, award-winning design now works on both front and rear-facing cameras; so you can let your photos and selfies run wild. Perfect gift for the 4K filmmakers with the iPhone 6S!

In addition, the Olloclip setup comes with 3 wearable pendants because the best camera is the one that’s always with you. read reviews online…

16 GB Kit of Computer Memory DDR3 RAM – $95 USD

computer-memory-ram-sticksMore memory is better. A video creator can always use more memory. This gift is a 16GB kit consisting of (2) 8GB DDR3 modules that operates at speeds up to 1600 MT/s and has a CL9 latency with extended timings of 9-9-9-24. Geek speak for, it’s fast. And inexpensive!

This kit is primed for performance and is non-ECC. It conforms to the industry standard UDIMM layout of 240 pins and is compatible with computers that take DDR3 UDIMM memory. Check with your gift-receiver to first check which RAM memory their computer uses before purchasing memory so that you’re certain to get the correct sticks. read reviews online…

Gifts $20 and Under

Embroidered ‘Director’ Hat – $15 USD

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So, your person of interest has “the” role, or is about to. Or believe they should. Close enough. It’s time of the designated ‘Director’ cap!

This classic baseball-sale cap is a surefire way to impress.

“Director.” Nothing else like it. Oh, and at $15, far less expensive than the “Director’s Chair“.

Classy. Classic, and full of tongue-in-cheek pomp. read reviews online…

64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive – $30 USD

64-gb-usb-flash-drive-01This fancy-yet-rugged USB thumb drive stands out by its artistic expression of post-modern concept with the ring-shaped unibody exterior, glamorous zinc alloy casing and elegant color of titanium. Not just a looker, this USB flash drive is snappy.

Utilizing the latest tech, this drive uses SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface that enables the blazing-fast data transferring ability to meet the demands for high speed and real efficiency. No slouch for storage capacity at a huge 64GB, this allows the owner to take large files including 4K and HD videos with them with ease. read reviews online…

iTunes Gift Card – $27 USD

25-dollar-itunes-gift-cardWhen you give iTunes Gift Cards and iTunes Gifts to friends and family, they can choose whatever they want on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store and Mac App Store, or even use it toward an Apple Music membership.

iTunes Gift Cards are easy to give, and you can buy them from Apple and from thousands of other retailers in a range of denominations. And every card works in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store and Mac App Store, or toward an Apple Music membership — so your recipients can get exactly what they want. read reviews online…

Behringer HPS3000 Studio Headphones – $20 USD

berringer-studio-headphonesWhether the user is listening to a recorded clip, monitoring a live event, or just viewing a movie,  headphones are trusted to always fulfill a truly wide frequency response and high dynamic range. The HPS3000 headphones provide suitable performance for a price well within most budgets.

The oval-shaped ear cups contain high-resolution cobalt capsules that deliver every nuance of real sound. The headphones also come with a 1/4″ TRS adapter for the 1/8″ TRS connector, making it compatible with everything from your smartphone to a Zoom H4N field recorder. read reviews online…

5-in-1 Light Reflector with Bag – Translucent, Silver, Gold, White and Black – $20 USD

Raya 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector DiscFor amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between, Westcott Basics Reflectors are the most cost-effective answer for convenient light control. Diffuse harsh sunlight, fill unwanted shadows, and add specularity to all of your portraits with one simple tool.

Constructed with a strong nylon, these reflectors are extremely lightweight, yet hold up over years of use. Each Basics Reflector folds to 1/3 its original sizes and comes standard with a travel bag. Simple and lightweight – great for video producers on the go. read reviews online…

Gifts $10 and Under

16oz Camera Lens Mug – $8 USD

mug-camera-lens-shapeYour favorite lover of “fine glass” (by this we mean lenses) and warm beverages will appreciate this to scale replica of a camera lens that serves it’s fun purpose well! What better way for a videographer to flaunt their true dedication and love to the image while staying happily hydrated.

This tastful stainless-steel thermos-style container, complete with lid with opening, will keep lattes warm and frappuccino’s cool. All the while acting as a fun conversation piece while on the go for the proud videographer. read reviews online…

Camera Bubble Level, Hot-Shoe Mount – $6 USD

hot-shoe-bubble-level-01This ultra-low profile bubble can stay on the camera indefinitely – perfect for the videographer on the move! Never have an out of alignment shot again!

This level bubble simply slides into the hot-shoe mount on top of any modern camcorder-style or mirrorless-style (DSLR) video camera.

In addition, the hot-shoe’s contacts on the top of the camera are protected from dirt, oil, and moisture with this bubble in place. read reviews online…

How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck – $8 USD

How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck BookA must-have for any novice video marketer as they begin on their journey into video, and a great gift for the intermediate video producer looking to add polish and really improve their videos.

A fun read, author and expert producer Steve Stockman’s wit and experience can be read and absorbed and applied with ease.

He doesn’t focus on equipment, so this book will work for anyone with any gear and thus the book won’t become outdated – the lessons are timeless! read reviews online…

Matte Black Gaffer’s Tape – $9 USD

matte-black-gaffers-tapeHaving a roll of matte black gaffer’s tape around for a video producer is synonymous with a seamstress owning a sharp pair of scissors; a must have. Gaffer’s tape, or ‘gaff tape’ is ordinary sticky-tape.

A heavy cotton pressure-sensitive tape with high-quality rubber adhesive won’t leave marks or damage object’s its taped too, and can easily be torn without scissors.

You won’t ever go wrong with this gift. As a present, make sure to give two rolls! read reviews online…

Nikon LensPen Lens Cleaner – $8 USD

lenspen-cleans-cleanerThis petite pen-style device easily fits in any kit or gear bag and acts as a simple optics and lens cleaning unit.

A delicate brush retracts into the tip of the lenspen when not in use.

Fits into a camera bag and can be easily used to remove fingerprints, dust and marks from lenses and lens glass filters on the go.

A must have gift for any traveling camera user. read reviews online…

Microfiber Cloth and Spray Kit for Lenses – $10 USD

microfiber-cloth-and-spray-lens-cleanerGreat buy, great gift. Lenses and lens filters need to stay clean for the best possible image.

Sure, the lenspen mentioned above is a great tool to have on the go, but to properly restore the sheen of a lens or filter; a high-quality microfiber cloth and spray are required.

This cloth and spray kit will last for years, and you can keep a bottle in different locations.

A great value present! read reviews online…

Belkin Standard 1/8″ Headphone Splitter – $3 USD

headphone-splitter-cable-adapterAny person who’s ever wanted to share audio with headphones has required one of these little devices at some point. This standard 3.5mm headphone jack splitter will let your filmmaker and a friend listen into the same audio while recording.

Belkin is a trusted name in manufacturing – spending the extra dollar is well worth it rather than having a cheaper splitter breaking when it’s needed most.

Do yourself a favor, and buy a headphone splitter for yourself too! read reviews online…