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Production Technology Survey, 2015 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Once again, Canon emerges as the most widely used camera brand in the Production Technology Survey.

38% of respondents said they used a Canon model in the past year, a figure that is slightly down from last year’s 42%.

The C300, used widely across factual and entertainment programming, underpins Canon’s popularity. 23% of respondents told us the C300 is the camera they have used most frequently in the past 12 months. Its popularity looks set to continue too: 16% say it is the model they most hope to use in the year ahead.

Canon’s ranking is also bolstered by the XF305, used in factual as a cost effective, single shooter. 9% say it is their most used camera of the past 12 months. Canon also picks up lots of votes too for its DSLR 5D Mark III.

Sony comes in second once again, with 31% saying they have used the manufacturer’s cameras over the past year.

Sony has a broader range of professional cameras on the market than Canon, so as usual its votes are spread between numerous models – particularly its documentary PMW 200-500 range as well as the high end F5/F55 models.

Encouragingly for Sony, the majority of respondents – 37% - say it is the brand they would most like to use next year. Notably, 12% say they most want to use the FS7 – unofficially billed as ‘Sony’s C300 killer’ – in the year ahead.

Arri and Red tie in third place, with 7% saying they have used the brands’ cameras in the past year.

The Arri Alexa remains popular with programme makers in drama, film and commercials, with 7% saying the camera is the one they use most frequently. 13% say it is the camera they hope to use most next year. The survey suggests that there hasn’t been a major take up of the Amira, aimed at the documentary market. Relatively few say they have used it this year.

The Epic is the most popular Red camera among our respondents, employed most at the top end of the documentary market.

Some 3% say the high-end Red Dragon, which is well regarded in commercials, is the camera they’d most like to use in the next year.



Panasonic’s rating is slightly up from last year, with 6% saying they use the brand. A fair number indicate they hope to use the compact and affordable GH4 in the next 12 months.

Elsewhere, GoPro, JVC, Blackmagic and Nikon are cited as other industry camera brands. The GoPro Hero 4 has plenty of fans. “It’s so very cheap and so easy to use,” says one contributor. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is also cited by a number as their favourite piece of new kit of the past 12 months.

22% of respondents said they used third party media recorders.

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