The Cheapest Netflix Approved Cinema Camera You Can Buy - Steve Dolson
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The Cheapest Netflix Approved Cinema Camera You Can Buy

I have to say I was curious.

As I get into more filmmaking, I want to know where I can take my skills, where my ceilings are and how I can get to the next level.

There is a common thing about photographers and filmmakers that I have noticed, everyone knows the next 5 things they want to buy. Whether it’s lighting, sound, lenses, camera body, light stands or just general equipment. As I get further into production, I want to know what can take me to the next level.

For me, with Netflix coming into Canada in a big way and sinking more time, money and resources north of the border, I wanted to see what the lowest barrier of entry is to start having the potential of getting on Netflix.

Instead of buying camera bodies that are a few thousand dollars and not give me that potential, I am now going to be saving up for a camera that has the capability of a large distribution channel, like Netflix. Then for my business, BenchMRK Digital, we would be able to serve up Netflix-quality visuals for our videos, pretty neat.

So! Which camera is the cheapest Netflix-approved camera?

The Sony FS7 Mark I & Mark II.

This cinema camera is not ‘cheap’ either, coming in around $9,379 CAD for the Sony FS7 Mark I (body only) and around $11,249.99 for the FS7 Mark II (body only). However, most of the cameras on this list are well over $20,000.

That being said, for something half or less than half that you would normally pay for, the Sony FS7 is packed with a lot of great specs to help you further your film

For you, hardcore spec-hungry enthusiasts out there, here are the FS7’s specs.

Product Highlights (Sony FS7 Mark I)

  • 8.9MP Exmor Super35 CMOS Sensor
  • 4K UHD (3840×2160) Up to 60 FPS
  • Full HD (1920×1080) Up to 180 FPS
  • RAW Output for External 4K/2K RAW Recording

Product Highlights (Sony FS7 Mark II)

  • 8.8MP Full-frame CMOS Sensor
  • 180 FPS HD Continuous Shooting
  • 4K (4096×2160) Up to 59.94p
  • ISO 2000 Sensitivity
  • Electronic Variable ND Filters Built-In

Here is the full list of Netflix-Approved cinema cameras:

Canon

  • C700
  • C700 FF
  • C300 Mark II
  • Canon C500

 

Panasonic

  • VariCam 35
  • VariCam LT
  • AU-EVA1
  • Varicam PURE

 

RED

  • Weapon (Dragon) 6K
  • Weapon 8K
  • Weapon 8K S35 (Helium/”Stormtrooper“)
  • 8K Monstro

 

Panavision

  • Panavision DXL

 

Sony

  • VENICE
  • F65
  • PMW-F55
  • Sony FS7
  • Sony F5
  • HDC-4300
  • PXW-Z450

 

ARRI

  • ARRI Alexa 65
  • ARRI ALEXA LF

 

Blackmagic

  • URSA Mini 4.6K
  • URSA Mini Pro 4.6K

 

The Bottom Line

So, filmmakers in Canada. If you are looking to save some money for equipment, getting a loan, or investing in a new camera for your films to potentially get on Netflix, be sure to look at the Sony FS7 Mark I or II for your next purchase, you could get your movie, documentary or TV show on Netflix in Canada and seen by thousands of people. Now, if you excuse me, I’ll be saving up as well.

For more information about the Sony FS7 Mark I and Mark II, be sure to visit their websites.