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The Best Home Studio Gear of 2021

So, we asked all the filmmakers here at Moment to choose their absolute favorite product for their at-home studio and tell you what they love about it.

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The Best Home Studio Gear of 2020

This piece is all about our must-have gear for an indoor home studio. If you film at home (or want to start while you’re ordered to stay at home), we have some recommendations for some of the best gear to get the job done. So, we asked all the filmmakers here at Moment to choose their absolute favorite product for their at-home studio and tell you what they love about it. Below is that curation:

At A Glance…

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To Know:

This is the most affordable, easiest-to-use gimbal out of the box. The Osmo 3 is all about the single-button shooting experience. Press, shoot, and the DJI app will take care of the rest. It’s point-and-shoot camera simplicity with modern gimbal functionality. This means you can make your footage look cinematic with the click of a button, just throw your phone in the gimbal and immediately start shooting. This gimbal has also made huge strides in portability. What it lacks in payload capacity, it more than makes up for with ease of use, portability, and price. The Osmo Mobile 3 makes buttery professional clips the most accessible they have ever been, and we are here for it.

What We Love:

1. Affordable:

The Osmo 3 is among the cheapest gimbals on the market.

2. DJI Name:

You get DJI quality and the brand's intuitive app to control gimbal.

3. Easy to Use:

One-button shooting, simple controls, and designed for portrait and landscape shooting.

The Details:

Brand: DJI

Price: $119.00

Product Type: Gimbal

Best For: Plug-and-play ease, occasional videographers, and anyone who loves DJI products.

Shop Osmo Mobile 3

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To Know:

Peak Design spent two years designing this tripod and it shows. It packs down into the size of a water bottle. This is true for both the Aluminum and Carbon models, as well, two similarly designed photography tools made with different materials. For years, traditional tripods have suffered a critical flaw: needless bulk and wasted space, the result of a spatially inefficient design. By redesigning the tripod from the ground up, Peak created the world’s most portable travel tripod—one that packs to the diameter of two 32oz Nalgenes —without sacrificing height, stability, or load capacity.

What We Love:

1. Super Compact

It folds down to fit into the water bottle compartment on your bag.

2. Precise

Multiple leg adjustments to range from super high to as low as the ground.

3. Packs It On

20lb weight capacity, optimized for use with full-frame DSLR + telephoto lens.

The Details:

Brand: Peak Design

Price: $349.95 - $599.95

Product Type: Tripod

Best For: Travelers in need of something light to pack for all-day shoots in mild to harsh conditions.

Shop Peak Design Travel Tripod

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To Know:

The Rode VideoMic NTG gives on-the-go vloggers, run-and-gun filmmakers, voiceover artists, and podcasters the sound of the highly regarded NTG shotguns in a convenient camera-mount mic that requires no additional adapters to work with cameras, smartphones, tablets, portable recorders, and USB-equipped computers. With quality gain control, there’s substantial options premiered on the back of the mic with a metal knob. It has a high pass filter, a high frequency boost, and a safety channel - which records it on both the left and right sides of the microphone, but can save either one if the other goes out.

What We Love:

1. Flexible and Functional

With focused directivity, continuously variable gain, digitally switched tone controls, the NTG provides transparent sonic performance and immensely flexible functionality.

2. You Make It Into What You Want

Thanks to its aerospace-grade aluminum housing, the VideoMic NTG is durable, compact, and lightweight, making it equally at home atop a camera or on a boompole.

3. Hecka Good Battery Life

The 30+ hours of battery life and rechargeable recording time makes for a perfect go-to mic setup enjoyed by all kinds of filmmakers and podcasters on Youtube.

The Details:

Brand: Rode

Price: $249.00

Product Type: Microphone

Best For: YouTube vloggers, home videos, and interview setups

Shop RODE VideoMic NTG

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To Know:

This lens is what a full-frame fisheye because it allows you to use the full image sensor on the latest camera phones, like the iPhone 11, with no dark corners or vignetting. This means you get a crisp image edge to edge, using 15% more of the image sensor than Moment’s Fisheye 15mm. This lens is also sharper than ultra wide, especially on the edges. This is due to the additional elements of bi-aspheric glass, an all new optical design, and the fact that the lens mounts over the built-in wide lens letting in 25% more light on top of a higher resolution camera. Best of all, it works in Night mode when an ultra wide lens does not. This is, no doubt, the widest and sharpest lens you can shoot on a phone.

What We Love:

1. The Widest It Gets

The look of the lens is super vast, with a 170 degree field of view, producing a 30% wider image than the 120 degrees you will find on ultra wide phones lenses.

2. Night Mode Is Better

Because you’re unable to use the ultra wide lens on the iPhone 11 in Night Mode, you can mount the FIsheye 14mm over the native wide lens in Night Mode for a sharp image that would otherwise be impossible to get.

3. Tack Sharp

Due to the full framed sensor, this means you’ll get a crisp image edge to edge using 15% more of the image sensor than the Fisheye 15mm.

The Details:

Brand: Moment

Price: $119.99

Lens Type: Fisheye

Devices: iPhone, Pixel, Samsung, One Plus

Best For: Fun portraits, in-action shots, architecture, and fast action.

Shop Fisheye 14mm

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To Know:

RODE’s VideoMicro is a tight, compact microphone made to make your audio sounds crisp and clear. RODE is known for excellent go-to audio gear, and this one of a fan favorite amongst many people who want a high quality product at a fair price. As a directional microphone, the VideoMicro reduces distracting peripheral sounds and focuses on the audio in front of the camera.

What We Love:

1. We Love RODE

It’s by RODE — the best in the business. It incorporates a high-quality cardioid condenser microphone capsule for great quality audio recordings when used with a wide range of cameras.

2. It’s Directional

Its pickup is more forgiving than RØDE’s other on-camera microphones, providing a more natural sound when recording indoors.

3. Fair Price Point

Lastly, you get all of this professional quality at one low price.

The Details:

Brand: Rode

Price: $59.00

Product Type: Microphone

Best For: People who need a directional on-camera mic that focuses on what’s in front of the lens.

Shop RODE VideoMicro

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To Know:

Everyone needs lighting in their home for studio photography and filmmaking, whether that be a big box or something small like the Apurture’s MC. There’s a simple side interface which features an easy on and off button. It’s so easy, even your grandma can toggle it. With a range from 3200 Kelvin to 6500 Daylight, you can actually match the white balance on the light to the white balance on your camera; this makes for an even transparency between both devices. It also features an intensity slider ranging from at 1% to 100%, giving you full jurisdiction.

What We Love:

1. Easy To Use

It’s simple; seriously, anybody can use this like a professional. It’s thin and light, making it easy to fit inside a pant pocket or jean jacket.

2. Includes HSI

The MC is Aputure’s first light to include full Hue, Saturation, & Intensity (HSI) color control with 360° of hue and 100 levels of saturation adjustment.

3. Great For Skins Tones

It works beautifully with various skin tones and types to assure neutral light surfaces under any resource or condition.

The Details:

Brand: Apurture

Price: $90.00

Product Type: Portable Light

Best For: Those who want palm-sized studio lighting wherever they go.

Shop Apurture MC Mobile Light

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How We Tested

Our filmmakers love a good comparison. They gathered a well-rounded list of home studio gear from least to most expensive across different brands to test all of them against the same blanket of circumstances. We found all of them to hold up nicely against one another, each owning a specific set of qualities that are particular to its individualistic self. Every item are all uniquely awesome and serves their own set of needs. Lights are a must, microphones help, and a gimbal is essential. We loved this test and can’t wait to bring you more.

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