Canon cameras have long been  a first choice for photographers and filmmakers alike.  When it comes to Canon’s pro-line of cameras, there are a lot of options, but choosing between them can be overwhelming. Canon C100 vs Canon C200? Canon C200 vs. Canon C300? Canon 5d mark iii vs Canon 5d Mark iv? Canon 6d vs 5d mark iii? Canon 6d vs 7d?  The comparisons and questions are endless. So how do you know which Canon camera to choose and which is the right fit when it comes a camera rental for your project? We did a little decoding to break it all down.

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But first…Why Canon Cameras?
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The rise in popularity of mirrorless cameras from Sony is certainly giving Canon a run for their money. So why stick with Canon? We love Sony cameras too, but Canon still has an edge over Sony when it comes to battery life and lens selection. Not to mention Canon’s optical viewfinder and signature dual pixel autofocus which allows the cam to focus quickly and smoothly.

For others it’s the Canon look, the je ne sais quoi (if you will) that Canon offers that keeps them coming back. Below is a breakdown of which canon cameras work for specific types of filmmakers, videographers, and photographers.  

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For the Cinematographer who needs it all (including 4K)…

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Canon C300 Mark II, Rental starting at $295 per day

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The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera records 4K in 10-bit up to 30fps, and 2k in 12-bit up to 120fps, making it the perfect fit if you need broadcast ready footage. The C300 mark II offers an impressive dynamic range with 15 stops (the Canon EOS C100 mark II has a range of 12 stops), and improved dual pixel CMOS autofocus. Unlike the C200, the C300 mark II has dedicated ports for timecode and genlock, as well as two SDI ports instead of one, making it a great camera if you’re looking to go big and build it up.

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Canon C200, Rental starting at $215 per day

Hello Cinema Raw light! For the Canon EOS C200, Canon put a raw codec directly in the camera making it a great cam if you want to produce high quality raw video by recording to Cfast cards. Or, if you prefer to stick to MP4 for the sake of time and space, you can do that too by recording to SD cards–making it an incredibly versatile camera. Record up to 60fps in 4K or up to 120fps in 1080p. Canon also made a few updates to the body by placing the XLR inputs on the body itself, rather than on the handle, and gave the LCD swivel screen even more articulation.

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The Best Camera Rental For the Budget Cinematographer & Documentarian…

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Canon C100 Mark II, Rental starting at $110 per day

In the C100 mark II, Canon spruced up the Canon C100 to deliver higher quality imaging, and better ergonomics. Most notably, they updated the LCD display to an OLED LED and gave it more swivel and mobility. The viewfinder was also replaced with the same one used in the C300 and C500 to accommodate brighter environments. A new image processor makes it better in low light and with the ability to shoot 1080p at 60fps and wifi capabilities, it makes it a great budget cinema camera.

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For the Professional Videographer…

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Canon 5D Mark IV, Rental starting at $90 per day

One of the most popular cameras for videographers and one of the top rented items on Kitsplit, the Canon EOS 5d mark IV is arguably Canon’s most versatile DSLR. With a 30.4 full frame CMOS sensor and 4K recording (a first for a 5D), this camera has easily become the first choice for many videographers. AND, if you’re looking for a second camera or don’t need 4K, the 5D Mark III is still an excellent choice.

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For the Professional Photographer…

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Canon 1DX Mark II, Rental starting at $190 per day  

The Canon 1DX Mark II is a sturdy beast that is a staple for many photographers. With continuous shooting (burst mode) of 14fps, a 20.2MP sensor, and improved dynamic range from its predecessor, it makes it a great choice when shooting stills of sports events or other fast-paced activity. It also boasts 4k video up to 60fps if you’re looking to shoot video. It’s not the lightest or most ergonomic for video shooters. Plus is comes with a hefty price tag, but you can’t deny that the 1DX produces beautiful, lush images.

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For Shooting Full Frame on a Budget…

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Canon 6D Mark II, Rental starting at $60 per day

The Canon 6D was Canon’s first full frame DSLR for entry-level shooters, and its successor the Canon 6D mark II offered several improvements. With an improved 26MP CMOS full-frame sensor and Dual Pixel AF, video capture at 1080 up to 60fps, and a light body, this camera is great when you need full frame, but don’t want to pony up a few thousand dollars.

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For the Budding Professional…

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Canon 7D mark II, Rental starting at $45 per day

Nowadays the Canon 7D mark II is a bit outdated, but with the Canon 7D mark III on its way, it’s good to keep 7Ds in mind. You won’t get full frame with the 7D, but you’ll get a whole bunch of other features that make it a go-to for action photography. The camera boasts 65 autofocus points, 10fps burst mode, dual pixel autofocus and is a bit sturdier than its Canon competitor the 80D. Plus, it’s budget-friendly.

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Canon 80D, Rental starting at $30 per day

With its lighter body and LCD swivel screen, the Canon 80D is better suited for video than the 7D. On the 80D you can also use the touch screen to focus on a point. The 80D also has a 24 MP sensor (slightly bigger than the 7D’s 20.2 MP), as well as wifi and a built in timelapse feature.

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For the Newbie DSLR Shooter…

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Canon T7i, Rental starting at $35 per day

Canon’s Rebel line has long been the go-to DSLR choice for newbie filmmakers. Considered one of the best cams for entry-level filmmaking, the T7i packs a big punch for under $1,000. There are considerable updates to the T7i that make it stand out from its Rebel predecessors. Canon added dual pixel autofocus to the T7i making focusing quicker in live view mode than ever before on any Rebel. Additionally, the T7i has 45 autofocus points (compared the T6i’s 19) and can shoot 1080p footage up to 60fps.

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Now that you’re fully up to speed on the canon of Canon Cameras it’s time to get out there at try them on your next shoot!  Whether you’re doing a camera rental in NYC or a camera rental in Los Angeles, or anywhere across the US – you can rent any of the cameras listed above on KitSplit.  


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