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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
S20 FE 5G OtterBox Phone Case
Samsung Galaxy S10e
The phone itself is a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, and you may ask yourself, why not upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S22 by now? Great question. Both the S21 and S22 line of products have demonstrated severe issues with overheating while livestreaming, which leads to decreased frame drop, overlay issues (chat and powerchat) and in extreme situations, total power failure (the phone cuts off).
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is an excellent choice because it features full compatibility with livestreaming, a nice 104 degree wide angle back camera, a 67 degree back camera that works well in low light and zoom, and an upgraded 70 degree front facing camera, which is an upgrade in comparision to the rest of the S20 line, as the S20 FE 5G basically launched alongside the S21 line.
While I'm sure there are options of equally high value, the S20 FE 5G has proven itself as a serious option for IRL livestreamers. Refurbished unlocked versions typically go for around $200 on Amazon.
A cheaper alternative (though not as nice) is the Samsung Galaxy S10e. The Samsung Galaxy S10e is another phone that has proven to be fully compatible with IRL streaming. Even though the cameras and the device itself are not as nice as the S20 FE 5G, it does feature a similar 104 degree wide angle back camera. I own and travel with three of these, and you can typically pick one up for around $140.
ULANZI Power Bank Selfie Stick
Zeadio Metal Mini Tripod
Joby Phone Mount
Your stick is your sword. I use the ULANZI Power Bank Selfie Stick, because the 10000mAh built-in power bank makes my life so much easier. Typically, you carry a seperate power bank with you, usually in a pocket or bag, and have a long cable connected to it that is floating around you, getting caught on things regularly. That isn't an issue with this selfie stick. Typically, I can stream up to 8 hours if I start with a full charge on my phone and this device. It's still a good idea to have a power bank handy if you plan to stream longer than that.
I also very highly recommend the Zeadio Metal Mini Tripod and the Joby Phone Mount. The metal tripod is of superior quality, sturdy, and I'm not worried about it breaking. The ULANZI itself ships with a very poorly made plastic piece. That piece broke very quickly for me. I picked up a replacement plastic piece, but later came back for the metal one, and it was incredibly worth it.
The Joby Phone Mount is also much higher quality than the cheap plastic phone holders that get shipped with basically any and every selfie stick online. I cannot recommend this quality of life upgrade enough.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3
I have to recommend the Wonderboom. I'm recommending the Wonderboom 3, even though I'm still using the first generation Wonderboom. Why? Because they're the same price. Why haven't I upgraded? Simple. They still aren't using a Type-C charger. I'll buy one when I can dump the extra cable and use Type-C. This is the go-to speaker for IRL streamers. It's loud. It last a long time. It's easy to clip onto your belt, backpack, or basically anything with a loop with a carabiner because the Wonderboom has a loop to hook onto.
The Wonderboom, like most bluetooth speakers, will turn off after a few minutes of no activity though, so listen for the power off noise and be prepared to turn it back on. There are also some apps which deliver silent audio to the device to prevent this, but it's fine either way.
Rode Wireless GO II Microphone System
Type C Splitter
SmallRig Cold Shoe Mount Adapter
Microphone System Wireless Charging Case
Microphones are not a requirement, but they improve the quality of the stream, especially in situations with one or more personality on the stream. Not all microphones are compatible with apps like Prism Live though. The reason microphones like the Rode Wireless GO II are compatible is because while they are wireless, they aren't connected wirelessly to the device, and instead are wirelessly connected to the included Rode Wireless Go II receiver, which is physically connected to your device.
The Type C Splitter is almost a requirement, because you do need to be able to charge your phone while you're livestreaming, or your stream isn't going to last very long. The microphones themselves last around 7 hours per individual charge, but your phone won't. Picking up this cheap cable allows you to connect the mic and also charge your phone.
Quality of Life upgrades include the SmallRig Cold Shoe Mount Adapter, which allows you to safely mount the Rode Wireless Go II receiver to your selfie stick. I also recommend the Wireless Charging Case if you travel at all, because it not only provides an extra charge, it also provides a one cable solution to charge all three included devices, as well as providing protection via the case.
Desktop Streaming Setup:
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Sony ZV-E10 Mirrorless Camera
Sony ZV-E10 Dummy Battery
Sony ZV-E10 Hard Case
Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam
Joby TelePod Pro
Tripod Ball Head with Hot Shoe Mount Adapter
Elgato Cam Link 4K
Elgato Key Light Air
Elgato Green Screen
Elgato HD60 S+