Let’s take a look at cinema cameras, which are used in Hollywood movies. These are special cameras, and the main purpose of these cameras is to shoot video and do cinematography. These high-level cameras have a huge sensor, adjustable frame rate, and comparison ratios. Some of these cameras are very expensive, and most of the time, they are available only for rent. Some of the most used professional cinema cameras used in Hollywood movies are Red One, Panavision Genesis, Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, Arri Alexa, Sony CineAlta, and Red Epic.
Red Digital Cinema
The Red Digital cinema is an American Camera company that manufactures a digital camera and its accessories, which are mainly used for cinematography and movie production. Red digital cinema has three main camera products; Red One, DSMC system, and DSMC2 system.
In 2007 the Red One was introduced and it was the first production camera of Red Digital Cinemas. It captures 120 frames per second at 2K resolution and for 4K, 60 frames per second. The camera frame and body is built with cast iron, and it weights for around 4.5 kg. This camera was used in famous movies like The Hobbit, Wanted, The Informant, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Amazing Spiderman, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Great Gatsby.
In 2009, Red released the new camera by updating its form factor, and it gave good still images and videos. DSMC stands for Digital Stills and Motion Capture. It has a 5K image sensor, and it can be upgraded to a 6K sensor.
In 2015, the DSMC2 system was introduced with all new form factors. It had Weapon 8K, and Weapon 6K were two cameras in this range. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol-2 and Gone Girl was shot with this high-resolution camera.
Sony – CineAlta
CineAlta is a series of professional digital movie cameras introduced by Sony. CineAlta is a Brand Name that Sony uses for various products involved in Video Content Creation, Video Production, and exhibition process. The frame rate of CineAlta Camera has 24fps, and it has a resolution up to 8k. Some of the world-famous movies shot with this Cinematic cameras are Crank, Avatar, Real Steel, Sanctum, White House Down, Lucy, Tomorrowland, and
StarWars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
Blackmagic Design is an Australian Company which manufactures Cinema Camera and Hardware. In 20 highest-grossing movies, the Blackmagic Design cameras and its production equipment were used.
There are two categories in cameras; One is for Digital Film and the other for Live Production.
Blackmagic Design – Digital Film Cameras:
Cinema Camera: It has 24, 30pfps, and 2432×1366 max resolution. URSA: It has 24, 30, 50, 60fps and 3840×2160 max resolution. Pocket Cinema Camera 6K: It has 24, 30, 50, 60fps, and 6144×3456 max resolution.
Blackmagic Design – Live Production Cameras:
Production Camera 4K: It has 24 & 30 fps with a max resolution of 3840×2160.
Studio Camera 4K, Micro Studio Camera 4K, and URSA Broadcast: It has 24 & 30 fps with a max resolution of 3840×2160.
In 2010, the Arri camera was launched as a digital motion picture camera. This camera used many methods of recording like SXR Capture Drives, SxS cards, CFast 2.0 high resolution 2880 x 2160p, etc. The first camera Arri Alexa has a Super-35mm sensor with 2.8k & ISO of 800. Arri always updates its camera with the latest technology and features. Over the years, they launched a different version of the models like Alexa Plus 4:3, Alexa M, Alexa Studio, Alexa XT, Alexa 65, Alexa Mini, Alexa SXT, Alexa LF, and Alexa Mini LF. All Arri Alexa camera model supports uncompressed videos and gives raw files.
Canon Cinema EOS
In 2012, Canon introduced its Cinema Electro-Optical System (EOS) and began to increase its Cinema EOS line with 4K & QHD Quality recording. And features like recording RAW captures. The most used ones are Canon EOS C500 Mark II 5.9K Full-Frame Camera, This camera has feature a 5.9K output in a full-frame, and crop the sensor for Super-35, and Super-16 frame sizes while maintaining a high resolution. The Canon EOS C500 Mark II camera internally records the raw system using the Canon Cinema RAW Light codec in 12 or 10 bit, or you can record using XF-AVC codec in 10-bit. And Internal recording is done to CFexpress cards via two CFexpress card slots.
Panavision is an American Company that is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-end cameras. Panavision is into Digital Camera, Lenses, and Accessories. Panavision’s Genesis is a high-end digital movie camera that uses 35mm width with 12.4 MP. It was first used to shoot Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. The latest version of Panavision Genesis camera 5760×2160 horizontally RGB filtered array. Some of the famous movies shot with Panavision’s Genesis are Alice in Wonderland, Captain America: The First Avenger, Immortals, 2012, An American Carol, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Superman Returns, Déjà Vu, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Panavision Genesis was also used to shot Television series like Californication, Stargate Universe, Night Stalker, Conviction, and What About Brian.