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Best cinema cameras for filmmakers in 2017

In this review, you’ll find out some of the best video cameras for filmmakers in 2017. These film cameras are the best for those who look for shooting and producing video, cinema, and film. Professional digital film cameras were built for a particular purpose, producing the best video and film. With this high-end film camera, you can expect world class quality of cinematic images. Television commercials, music videos, and feature films are captured with a digital film camera before being rendered by professional video editing software. Therefore, having the best cinema camera, you can shoot the latest TV commercial, feature film, music video or video documentary, pre- and weddings or even corporate videos. What cameras are used in the world of indie filmmaking, and which should you choose? To choose the camera that’s best for you, you must identify your primary use. Good cinematography camera is the one that that serves the story it’s helping to tell. These cameras has their individual purpose,as a cinematographer you should always make something good out of what is available to you.

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Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K

First thing first, let’s take a look at the technical specifications of this Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (PL Mount). In just a quick glance, you’ll see the huge difference between a video camera and a cinema camera, designed for filmmakers.

Super-35mm CMOS Sensor
4608 x 2592 Video up to 60p
Compressed Raw Recording
Ready-to-Edit ProRes 444 + 422 Recording
Dual CFast 2.0 Memory Card Slots
12G-SDI Output, Timecode and REF Input
1080p Flip-Out Screen

This Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount) is the best camera out in this price point. It’s really easy to get great looking pictures from this camera. For those who moved from Sony and Canon DSLRs, the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini offers you the cinematic look. In addition to this, this Blackmagic Design cinema camera is very easy to use while it’s also highly configurable for what you are looking to do.

Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema Camera

This Canon C100 is designed for event videographers, documentarians, and independent filmmakers. Although Canon is leading the DSLR market, it doesn’t stop there. This Canon EOS C100 Mark II
Cinema EOS camera has everything you’ll need from built-in filters to dynamic range.
Furthermore, it’s very compact! The downside is that it doesn’t support 4K quality.


Sensor: Super 35mm CMOS (24.6 x 13.8 mm) (28.2 mm diagonal)
Total Pixels: Approx. 9.84 megapixels (4206 x 2340)
Effective Pixels: Approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Processor: DIGIC DV 4
Color Filter: RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)
This camera is one of the best cinema cameras in this price range. If you are a documentary filmmaker, event/wedding videographer, or a dSLR filmmaker that wants to upgrade to a video camera, the C100 would be a great option. If you need a great low-light, ergonomic camera that can do audio and picture well, this is one of the few cinema cameras at this price point.

Sony CineAlta 4K PMW Series HD Camcorder

The pictures are stunning and the scope with those pictures is truly amazing. he ability to use cinematic lenses with the full frame sensor make virtually every shot feature film quality. It’s not cheap, though. But with Sony 4K sensor, you get super-sampled HD, 2K and 4K quality videos. Or top notch image quality.

In this Sony camera, you’ve got 8.9MP Super 35mm CMOS Image Sensor, Internal 4K/2K/HD Recording, Electronic Global Shutter, Highly Modular Design, and Optional 4K/2K RAW Recorder. This is the best camera on the market that offers multiple functionalities. You can shoot MPEG, 2K and 4K without difficulty. We recommend this Sony camera for its awesome picture quality and ultimate flexibility in shooting options.

8.9MP Super 35mm CMOS Image Sensor Internal 2K and HD Recording
4K/2K RAW Recording to Optional Recorder 2K RAW up to 240fps; 1080p up to 180fps
SStP SR at 4:4:4 Internally 14 Stops of Dynamic Range
Built-in 10-Bit 4:4:4 at 440 Mbps Native FZ-Mount and PL-Mount Adapter
SxS Pro+ Media Cards

Panasonic Lumix GH5

The professional grade Panasonic lumix GH5 4K mirrorless camera offers over 28 lumix and Leica compact lens options. Its “mirrorless” design enables a lighter, more compact camera body. The stabilization has changed the way you can film weddings. It’s a thing of beauty to use a 70-200mm lens on a monopod for wedding toasts. The dual card slots is great to have. As one card runs out it switches to the next. The GH4 does everything you could want from a digital camera in a very small package. Despite still being expensive, the price is a pittance compared to the competition. If you are a true professional filmmaker who is specialized in one area and really needs top of the line equipment, then this is the cinema camera you need.
20.3MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter.
4K video: internal recording at 4k60/50P (4:2:0 8bit) & 4k30/25P/24P (4:2:2 10bit).
Variable video frame rates 4K: max. 60Fps & FHD: max. 180Fps.
5-Axis photo/video Dual I.S.. 2.0 up to 5 Stops with compatible LUMIX MFT lenses, plus In-body stabilization Support for classic non-O.I.S. lenses.

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