5 Canon EOS R The EOS Rwas Canon’s first stab at a full-framemirrorless camera and is the most cost-effective way to get into the latest system that uses the new-generation RF lens mount. This allows use of the latest lenses, which offer higher quality and speed. Themount features short back focus and the widest lens throat of any 35mm system, enabling advanced lenses like the RF 50mm f/1.2L, RF 28-70mm f/2L and even an image-stabilised RF 15-35mm f/2.8L. The 30.3-megapixel cameramight not have the 8K and internal Raw recording of the new EOS R5, but it has a flip-out screen, fantastic autofocus, external 10-bit 4:2:2 Log output and colours that are stunning. The 1.7x crop in 4K and lack of IBIS and slow motion above 60fps are a bit of an issue, but at about £1000/$1100, you are buying into Canonmirrorless tech now.
ISO that goes as high as 102,400. It also has Canon’s legendary colour science. It boasts Canon Log and Wide DR Gamma settings, and records in FHD up to 60p to dual SD cards. It can output an uncompressed signal via HDMI with time code and Canon Log LUT support, and of course has all the usual cinema camera benefits like XLR inputs, a long battery life and lots of exposure and focusing aids. Best of all, decent used versions can be had for as low as £1500/$1500.
2 Blackmagic UrsaMini Pro 4.6K With the filmmaking elite focusing on the Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K and G2 versions, the Ursa Mini Pro 4.6Kmakes a truly fantastic bargain. This camera was based on the Ursa Mini, which performed well, but had a stripped-back design with few external controls that few people warmed to. Blackmagic went back to the drawing board and the redesigned Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K has more traditional controls. It might not have the blisteringly fast frame rates of the G2, but as it only costs about £2760/$2800, it’s a snip. For that, you get a rugged, professional camera that can shoot in 4.6K/60p Raw internally, plus 120fps slowmotion in HD and offers 15 stops of dynamic range. It’s comes in two versions, with a Canon EF or PLmount, and is built to last for years. 3 Canon EOS C100Mark II The Canon C100 Mark II is still current in the Cinema EOS range, but is now a bit long in the tooth and has been overshadowed by the new and very capable EOS C70 hybrid camera. The biggest gripe many have with the C100 Mark II is that it doesn’t shoot in 4K, but if you deliver in HD, it’s not a huge problem. The C100 Mark II takes Canon EF lenses and has Dual Pixel CMOS AF like its big brothers. It has an 8.3-megapixel Super 35 sensor that’s good in low light and has
4 Canon EOS C300Mark II The Canon C300Mark II has been popular for years, with its 4K DCI, 2K and Full HD internal and external recording to CFast 2.0media, as well as 4K Raw output. And 10-bit Canon Log 2 Gamma gives wide dynamic range of 15 stops. With Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus and focus assist technology, plus broadcast- standard codecs like XF-AVC H.264, the EOS C300Mark II is stunning. It is ideal for fast-paced news, narrative drama with extensive grading when shooting Raw, as well as the ability to be stripped back for gimbals or rigged up as a cinema camera. Recording 10-bit 4:2:2 files internally at up to 410Mbps in 4K, it’s a top-quality performer than can be had for about £5000/$5000.
6 FujifilmX-H1 Fujifilm’s X-T4may be the camera photographers are lusting after, but for filmmakers, the 24.3-megapixel X-H1 remains the flagship. There might be no 10-bit, dual native ISO, internal raw, fold- out screen or even headphone socket, but it is still a lightweight and compact APS-C camera that has sharp and detailed footage that’s easy to use in editing. It maxes out at 4K/30p, but there is a 120fps option in HD. Inexperienced users can simply set Eterna Film Simulationmode and shoot cinematic-lookingmovies without any grading. And as your skills grow, you can shoot in Log and create your own looks. The build quality of the X-H1 is beefed up with improved weather sealing, as well as strengthening around the lens mount, specifically to improve it for use with the MKX cine lenses. From around £650/$650, it’s a total steal.
ABOVE Cameras like the Canon C300 Mark II are great used buys, offering top-quality 4K performance for good value
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