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Tip #1617: Best Cinema Cameras for Docs

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Pick a camera that makes docs easier to shoot.

Panasonic AU-EVA-1 camera.

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This article, written by Tanner Shinnick, first appeared in PremiumBeat.com. This is a summary.

Documentary filmmaking can oftentimes require a unique set of needs, skills, and demands on any production. This is especially true when it comes to the camera system that you choose to utilize. Having the best camera for the job is an age-old adage that’s especially true for the documentary filmmaker.

Some of these common requests and needs of the documentary cinematographer are:

  • Built-in ND filters
  • High ISO performance
  • XLR/audio capabilities
  • Robust features (high-speed, in-camera IS)
  • Plus, general ease of use

Here’s the list:

  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro
  • Canon C70
  • Panasonic EVA-1
  • Sony FX6/FX9
  • Canon C300 MIII & C500 MII

The article has details on each camera, along with a video illustrating each cameras’s strengths.


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