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nikki and jason wynn with travel camera setup

All Our Photo & Video Gear

We document our lifestyle to share with the world, so naturally, we get a lot of questions about the camera gear we use.

After ten years of full-time travel and documentation (gulp), we’re pretty picky about our gear.  But, our camera needs are directly tied to our shooting style and lifestyle.  Let me explain…

Filming & Photographing Boat Life

We’re adventure travelers who live on a floating tiny house (minimalist) who sail across oceans and travel to some of the most remote places on earth.  In other words, our needs are unique…but who’s aren’t?!?

We don’t consider ourselves cinematic videographers.  We’re documentarians.  We capture life as it happens (gorilla style) in-the-moment (not creating perfect moments).

The ongoing presence of water, sand, sun, and salt is an absolutely brutal environment.  Not to mention the wind, which is a never-ending audio nightmare.

From land to sea, our camera and editing gear needs to be rugged enough to survive the adventure, yet be compact enough to fit in our backpacks.

We buy the best gear we can afford, but not necessarily always the ‘best’ gear on the market.  After all, we’re not working for National Geographic (but maybe one day).

Ok, let’s dive into it.

Cameras

jason wynn holding sony camera

Sony a7iii

This full-frame camera is relatively small and yet so powerful. It takes beautiful photos, videos, and the autofocus is hard to beat.

jason wynn holding dji drone

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

We have the Mavic 2 Zoom (pictured) because the Pro was unavailable, both are great but the “Pro” is well…more Pro and is my top choice for a semi-compact drone.

PolarPro Vivid Mavic ND+PL Filters

If you’re filming outside in full sun and ND filter is a must. If you’re filming around water a Polarizer is a must. So the ND+PL is the perfect filter for our life at sea.

 

nikki wynn holding handy camera

Sony ax43

Our first ever handi-cam! It has an impressive zoom, gimbal-like stabilization and it’s painfully easy to use: Open the screen, point and record!

 

nikki wynn holding sony pocket camera

Sony rx100vii

Best pocket-sized point and shoot with A MIC JACK and affordable underwater housing.  It produces amazing quality video/photo for its size, has a lens that zooms super far and a flip-up screen so it’s easy to snap a selfie or vlog.

LENSES

Sony 24 f1.4 GM

A beautiful prime lens great for that added buttery bokeh, wide enough for landscapes and great low light lens (hello starry nights).

Sony 16-35 f2.8 GM

This lens allows us to get those wide-angle shots in small space (like our boat). It’s sharp all the way to the edges which sets it a notch above most wide-angle zooms.

Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM

This is the best overall lens. It’s what we have on the camera 70% of the time.

Filters

ND16+PL Filter 82mm

A must if you’re shooting outdoors in full-sun and near water. PolarPro is expensive but the glass is sharp, don’t go budget when you buy filters it can reduce the quality of an expensive lens like the ones recommended above.

Circular Polarizer

If it’s not full-sun I use a non-ND polarizer to cut the glare off water, glass, and punch up the sky. I love the look a good polarizer gives to an image.

Step-Up Ring 67-82

I like to buy the biggest filter possible and use step-up rings.  A bigger filter is better and multiple step-up rings are way more affordable than lots of filters.

 

Action Cameras

 

DJI Osmo Action

If I could only have one action camera, this would be it.  Stable, front & rear screen, and good cine color profile for video.

Sony rx0ii

Incredibly rugged, high-quality action camera. Not super-stabilized like the DJI Osmo. The biggest flaw is no continual autofocus.  We use this as our helm cam.

GoPro Hero 8

Always a solid action camera but not my favorite color profile.

Insta360

For those unique perspectives and hard to capture all in one frame shots.

 

Audio

 

Wynn Audio Gear

Sony ECM-B1M

The Absolute BEST shotgun microphone you can buy for run-and-gun filming. Seriously, it’s an amazing little mic (only if you use Sony cameras).

Zoom H6

Great for Voice Over…and if we ever start that Podcast this will be the brains of our system.

Rode VidMic Pro+ (Backup Mic)

The go-to shotgun mic for most vloggers, it’s a solid choice.

Sony ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone

Bags

jason wynn with photography backpack at beach

WANDRD PRVKE 21 Backpack 21L

This is our newest bag and is our go-to for outdoor adventures. Rugged, waterproof, rolltop, and comfortable.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L

This a smart-looking, well designed all-around backpack for photo/video, travel, as an overnight bag, or just touring around the city.

nikki wynn with ona camera bag

ONA Brixton Messenger Bag

Gender-neutral bag for when we don’t want to haul around a backpack.  Fits enough camera gear for the day plus a safe spot for the ipad.  Durable, water-resistant canvas, and I love the double pockets in the front.

Accessories

wynns action cameras

ColorChecker

High Speed Card Reader

High Speed SD Cards

Micro SD Cards

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Sony Z Battery (buy at least 2 extra)

For the a7iii

Sony NP Battery (buy at least 2 extra)

For the RX100

Ikan Onyx On-Camera LED Light

 

Tripods & Gimbal

Manfrotto befree Video Tripod

Gorillapod 3k Pro

You must buy the “PRO” version if you want it to last

Zhiyun-Tech Crane M2

RAM Mount Twist-Lock Suction

Monopod for Action Cameras

Splat Flexible Tripod

We were looking for an alternative to the Gorilla Pod and a way to capture underwater timelapse, then we found this little flexible tripod.  There are no moving parts like our Gorilla Pod, it’s just one solid flexi-bendy piece.

 

Wish List

Sony USB Card Hub

Peak Design Slide Lite

GNARBOX 2.0 SSD

Other Lenses I Like

Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G

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Sony FE 24-105mm f4 G OSS

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Affordable Vlogging Camera

I’ve shot with these cameras and lenses, but I don’t own them. If you want a compact, affordable alternative to the full-frame Sony a7 series you should check out the a6 series and lenses.  Gimbal sensor and stabilized lenses make it great for vlogging.

Sony a6600

Sony E 16-55mm f2.8 G

Sony E 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS

 

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Comments (11)

  • Kevin H

    We have two Sony Alpha 6000 camera’s and love them. Small and powerful and mirrorless. How do you like your DJI drone?

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  • Martin

    I like your videos and the quality as well. Which picture profile are you guys using on your sony camera?

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      • Martin

        Nikki, Do you use the standard PP10 with no modification? Do you prefer color mode 709 or BT.2020? How do you expose for HLG2? I have been following you guys for a while now (as well as Sailing La Vagabonde). I am familiar with Gerald Undone channel. Keep up the good work and keep posting new videos.

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  • Ron Parr

    What video editing software do y’all use?
    I have been using Pinnacle Studio 22/23, but it freezes up occasionally and gets this weird Gray Circle thing sometimes too. Anyway, we came by your channel from S1K a couple years ago as we are aviation YouTubers as well. No where near Steveo1Kinevo’s or yalls quality, but learning….
    Thanks…
    Ron & Janis Parr
    AKA: Parr 4 the Course
    Ps
    LOVED the dog hanging out during you’re recent video on monthly costs!!!

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    • Curious Minion

      They primarily use Adobe Premier Pro.
      Curious Minion

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  • Janet

    I’m looking to get a new computer and am wondering what you have in order to put together your videos, etc. We are sailing too but haven’t been doing much with the videoing, etc. but want to get with the program. Lol

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    • Curious Minion

      Hey Janet. Jason has what is basically a PC designed for gaming. That would get you upgraded graphics processing, more memory, & a few other goodies that result in the PC being able to handle huge graphics files. If you look at specs for gaming PCs that should get you started.
      Best!
      Curious Minion

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  • Ian B

    This is funny… I have been watching your videos and reading your website for years. Just last week I was hoping you would update your camera gear blog or vlog with the latest info. Thanks for this!

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  • Bob S

    Wow!

    How much does all that stuff weigh and what percentage of it do use on a walkabout shoot? I bet most of it remains on Curiosity unless needed.

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    • nikki wynn

      It doesn’t take up as much space and weight as you think. So much of it is tiny bits. It all fits in the three bags mentioned above.

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