Film Riot’s Favorite Cameras

If you’ve seen any Film Riot episodes, you know the host Ryan Connolly uses a slew of cameras, lenses and lighting during his productions. In the above video, he calls out 5 of his favorite camera bodies that he shot with in 2016. This doesn’t necessarily mean that these cameras came out in 2016, however, as you’ll find below!


Ryan describes the the Sony A7sII as “the cheapest” camera he owns, but ‘cheap’ in a good way as it’s perfect for travel and the low light capabilities are insane. The image quality is also fantastic. With the ability to push the ISO to 409,600 (as seen in the video above), this camera is the go to choice when shooting in the dark. Additionally, when edited with footage shot with an Arri Alexa Mini, it was hard to tell which footage came from which camera! Crazy!


Yes! The original C100. Though Ryan didn’t upgrade to the C100 MK II, he did do a review on one in which he discusses how the newer Mark II provided a better image, less false color, less morae, and less noise giving the user better low light capabilities. That said, the original C100 is still the main camera that they use to record Film Riot. 


The “filmmakers camera”. The BlackMagic Ursa Mini 4.6K camera has 15 stops of dynamic range, which means on a bright day objects in shadows keep a good exposure. When compared to the C300 MK II, it holds up, considering it’s thousands of dollars less expensive. That being said, Ryan considers it to be the best quality camera under the $10,000 mark.


Ryan’s second favorite camera to use overall, and in his opinion, the best overall camera there is.. The ability to stay stripped down but be able to record great quality video and sound makes the C300 Mark II an easy choice to shoot with. Though it doesn’t do as well as the Sony A7sII in low light, it’s still holds together pretty great and provides a clean image. At higher ISOs, the noise begins to look like grain and, therefore, has more of a film look.  


Ryan’s favorite camera of 2016 was the Arri Alexa Mini, but he wouldn’t suggest buying it! Renting is the way to go with this one. Paired with the Lomo Anamorphic lenses he shot Ghost House and Chainsaw on the Arri Alexa Mini. When he didn’t want to send them back, we figured this camera was getting pushed to the top of his favorites list!


What you may have noticed when reading through these cameras is that they aren’t all necessarily the “latest and greatest”. Overall, looking at the cameras that Ryan has listed as his favorite, it’s important to understand that every camera has pros and cons. If you’re shooting in near darkness, the A7sII may be a better camera for you than the original C100. Getting to play with them is really the only way you’ll know what is going to be the best fit for you and that’s what we’re here for!

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