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The Sundance Film Festival wrapped this past week, the largest independent film festival in the United States. Beyond the films, I also find it interesting which cameras are used to make the films in the festival. The choice cameras tend to differ a lot between documentary filmmakers and narrative filmmakers.
This year, the Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II was the runaway choice for documentary filmmakers, it was used in 8 of the 18 documentaries shown at Sundance.
YM Cinema dug deeper into each film to come up with the above charts showing all of the primary cameras used for each film at Sundance.
The Cinema EOS C300 Mark II was the king of documentaries, as its affordable price, ease of use, compact and just as reliable as any professional Canon camera. It’s the ideal camera for single shooter productions.
On the Narrative side of things, ARRI remains king with the ARRI ALEXA Mini far and away the most popular camera for productions.
Outside of that, you can a hodgepodge of all sorts of cameras from RED, Sony and Blackmagic and even the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 5D Mark IV make the list.