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Best Cinema Cameras in 2021

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Here is our roundup of the best cinema cameras recently, ideal for creating narrative video content such as an independent movie, creating a documentary, or producing an interactive piece with a film-look. There are their own feature touches on both of these cinema cameras, so read on to see which matches your capture needs best.

What makes a ‘cine-style’ camera exactly? Simply stated, these cameras retain the modular configuration and high resolution of the film cameras that have been used effectively for decades in cinema production. Features of the cine-style include a lens mount that accommodates interchangeable lenses, a versatile sensor with a wide dynamic range, the ability to mount a number of add-on modules such as a follow-focus and matte box, pro-level connectors for viewing and/or capturing video output, removable recording media, and perhaps an integrated filter wheel.

These new cinema camera options range from lightweight, box-style cameras to a more comprehensive 12K workhorse and a mirrorless-style entry. For true lens versatility, some offer interchangeable lens mounts, and (unlike most of us after months of work-from-home grazing) a handful of these modern cameras sport a pared-down, lightweight form. While this past year not all the major players launched new cameras, there are deals from industry biggies such as Blackmagic Design, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, RED DIGITAL CINEMA, and Z CAM.

Best Cinema Cameras in 2021

1. Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K Camera

$9,995.00  in stock
8 new from $9,995.00
1 used from $9,775.00
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Features

  • Effective Sensor Size: 27.03mm x 14.25mm (Super35)
  • Lens Mount: PL mount included, Interchangeable with optional EF and F lens mounts
  • Lens Control: 12pin broadcast connector for compatible lenses and electronic control via EF mount pins on optional EF lens mount
  • Dynamic Range: 14 Stops
  • Built in Speaker

2. Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Camcorder

$8,999.99  in stock

1 used from $8,999.99
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Features

  • Super 35mm CMOS Sensor 4K,1920x1080 60/50i, 23.98/25p True 24p
  • Canon XF AVC H.264 Codec EF Lens Mount
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology Rotating 4" LCD Monitor
  • 2 x 3G-SDI Output, 2x XLR Inputs 2 x CFast Card Slots
  • Timecode I/O, Genlock In & Sync Out Canon Log 3 Gamma

3. Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System Professional Camcorder

$3,899.00  in stock
1 new from $3,899.00
3 used from $2,898.00
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Features

  • 4K Super 35 Exmor sensor with 11.6 million total pixels and 8.8 million effective pixels
  • 4K 30p recording in XAVC Long GOP codec and 4K 60p/50p in FS RAW format with optional CBKZ-FS5RIF upgrade kit
  • Built-in electronic Variable ND Filters with linear 1/4 to 1/128 and auto ND
  • 240fps HFR in Full HD and 240fps HFR in 4K with FS RAW output with optional CBKZ-FS5RIF upgrade kit
  • E-mount flexibility

4. Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 Camcorder

$5,995.00  in stock
7 new from $5,995.00
2 used from $5,669.00
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Features

  • Effective Sensor Size: 25.34 x 14.25 millimeter (Super35)
  • Lens Mount: EF mount included. Interchangeable with optional PL, B4 and F lens mounts
  • Lens Control: Electronic control via EF mount pins or 12pin broadcast connector for compatible lenses
  • Dynamic Range: 15 Stops
  • Shooting Resolutions: 4608 x 2592, 4608 x 1920 (4.6K 2.40:1), 4096 x 2304 (4K 16:9), 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 3072 x 2560 (3K Anamorphic), 2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9), 2048 x 1080 (2K DCI), 1920 x 1080

5. Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema EOS Camera

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Features

Part NumberC-100 Mark II-cr
Warranty90 days limited warranty

6. Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

$1,995.00  in stock
22 new from $1,995.00
2 used from $1,929.99
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Features

  • Effective sensor size 23 10 x 12 99 millimeter (super 35)
  • Shooting resolutions 6144 x 3456 (6K) up to 50 fps/ 6144 x 2560 (6K 2 4 1) up to 60 fps/ 5744 x 3024 (5 7K 17 9) up to 60 fps/ 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI) up to 60 fps/ 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD) Up To 60 fps/ 3728 x 3104 (3 7K 6 5 anamorphic) up to 60 fps/ 2868 x 1512 (2 8K 17 9) up to 120 fps/ 1920 x 1080 (HD) Up To 120 fps
  • Maximum sensor frame rate Dependent on resolution and codec selected Project frame rates of 23 98 24 25 29 97 30 50 59 94 and 60 FPS supported off-speed frame rates up to 60 fps in 6K 2 4 1 120 fps in 2 8K 17 9 and 1080H
  • Video inputs None/ video outputs 1x HDMI type a
  • Active EF mount lens not included

7. PANASONIC LUMIX S1H Digital Mirrorless Video Camera

$3,997.99  in stock
10 new from $3,997.99
2 used from $3,027.08
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Features

  • Newly designed full frame sensor – 24 2MP full-frame MOS sensor offers a wide dynamic range and sharp natural expression at high sensitivity settings
  • 6K 10-BIT VIDEO – Includes full-area 3 2 6K24p C4K(4 096 x 2 160) and anamorphic modes
  • Dual native ISO – offers the advantages of very high sensitivity for low-light shoots while suppressing noise levels allowing the camera to switch from a standard sensitivity to a higher sensitivity with almost no noise degradation
  • V-log/v-gamut – features a wider 14+ Stops of dynamic range which are compatible with the Cinema VariCam look to capture everything from shadows to highlights
  • Rugged Mirrorless camera design – dust/splash/freeze-resistant design withstands heavy field use under harsh conditions for high mobility

8. Panasonic AU-EVA1 5.7K Super 35mm Cinema Camera

$5,799.00  in stock
3 new from $5,799.00
2 used from $5,009.95
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Features

  • Super 35mm 5.7K Sensor Dual Native ISO
  • EF Lens Mount Records 4K up to 60 fps
  • Records 2K up to 240 fps 5.7K Raw Output via BNC
  • 10-Bit, 4:2:2 Processing Records to SD Cards
  • V-Log and V-Gamut Capture SDI and HDMI Video Outputs

9. JVC GY-LS300CHU Ultra 4K HD 4KCAM Super 35 Pro Camcorder

$4,298.00  in stock
3 new from $4,298.00
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Features

  • Single Super-35mm-Sized CMOS Sensor, Ultra HD, Full HD at 4:2:2, SD & Proxy
  • .MOV & AVCHD Recording, Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots, 3G-SDI & 4K HDMI Output, Built-In Wireless Streaming
  • Built-In Network Remote Control, MFT Mount Supports Mount Adapters, 3.5" Color LCD Display & 0.24" EVF, 2x XLR Audio Inputs with Phantom Power
  • 35mm Lens, T1.5,Covers Four Thirds Format, ulti-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare, Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris, Accepts 77mm Threaded Filter Rings
  • Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales, "De-Clicked" Aperture Ring, Hybrid Aspherical Lenses, Manual Focus and Aperture, Removable Petal-Type Lens Hood

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