Every year we crunch our numbers to see what was popular, and this year is no different. Even in 2020, a year with a pandemic hitting the world, KitSplitters still found a way to shoot. When we ran our numbers, we noticed a few trends across the board. From mirrorless cameras to DSLRs to REDs, these were the go-to cameras, your favorites. Without further adieu, here are the top cameras of 2020.
Sony Mirrorless Cameras
The trend of small, light, mirrorless cameras continues. We’re starting to see the Nikon Z6 and the Canon EOS R pop up more and more, but for the time being Sony’s mirrorless cameras such as the A7III continue to be the some of the most popular camera kits.
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Cameras
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (4k and 6k) is a game changing camera. While not perfect (we often hear complaints of the lack of a full frame sensor), this is a tiny camera that shoots amazing looking video. And the price of this camera is truly jaw dropping: for $2.5k you can own a camera that gets you broadcast quality images. We’re seeing users rent multiple BMPCCs at a time for multi-cam shoots.
The Canon C300 continues to be an industry standard and favorite among our documentary and non-fiction filmmaking communities. What’s not to like? A full-frame, HD cinema camera that feels super familiar to Canon users, and with the newly released C300 Mark III, you can get 120 fps at 4k resolution. We imagine this will continue to be a popular camera to own and to rent!
RED Epic Dragon 6K
RED seems to generate divisive opinions, but the fact remains that the Epic Dragon 6k is a great camera and a popular choice when you need to step up your game. With a compact, light body as your base, you can customize your rig to your specs and create truly breathtaking images. We see RED cameras being rented for everything from music videos to feature films.
The One You Might Not Expect: ARRI 16MM Film Cameras
Okay, so this wasn’t technically the fifth most rented camera, but it was surprisingly high in the rankings, and we thought it was too cool not to share. The move to a fully digital film production process began decades ago, and in the last 15 years digital has become the de facto standard. Yet here we are in 2020, and folks are still shooting film! With organizations like Mono No Aware keeping the film tradition alive, there’s no reason you can’t learn how to shoot on film in 2021, and we’re finding that KitSplitters are using 16mm film cameras to great effect and creating really cool films!
What did you use in 2020? What are you hoping to use in 2021? We love hearing from the community and we love to see what you’ve made with your rentals! Share with us using this form and we’ll share what you’ve done with the KitSplit community!