Did you know that you can't just use your iPhone to shoot footage if you want your movie or series to be featured on Netflix? The best streaming service requires 90% of a program's final total runtime to be captured on approved cameras. These cameras aren't cheap, but a few surprisingly affordable models are on the list, such as the Panasonic Lumix S1H, the Canon C70, or the Sony FX3.
Speaking of the Sony FX3, one of the most visually striking movies of 2023, The Creator, starring John David Washington, was shot almost exclusively on this $4,000 camera. It goes to show that you don't need the most expensive gear to produce amazing content. (Although I'm sure a lot of work went into post-production, but still.)
As a sucker for both movies and gear that makes them happen, I scoured the internet to find the cheapest camera deals on Netflix-approved cameras. Sadly, there are no half-price offers, but you can save a decent amount of money with the below deals. In the UK, I'd recommend this Panasonic Lumix S1H deal at Wex (
was £2,799, now £2,499), while in the US, the same camera is the cheapest ever at Amazon:
Panasonic Lumix S1H:
was $3,998, now $2,799 at Amazon
This is the very same camera that Bo Burnham used to shoot his sensational Netflix special 'Inside'. The Lumix S1H has a 24.2 full-frame sensor and can record videos at up to 6k@24fps. Featuring a dust/splash/freeze-resistant design, this camera is the one to get for budding directors and cinematographers, especially at this price!
Canon C70 Body: was $5,499, now $5,299 at Amazon
Slightly beefier than the Panasonic model, the Canon C70 features Canon's next-generation 4K Super 35mm Dual Gain Output sensor with CMOS autofocus. Plus, the fast autofocus allows filmmakers to shoot at high frame rates, even with the EOS C70 mounted on a gimbal or a drone. Nifty!
Sony FX6 Full-Frame Cinema Line Camcorder:
was £5,994, now £5,202 at Wex Photo and Video
A step up from the FX3, the FX6 has a 10.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and a Bionz XR processor, capable of capturing outstanding 4K full-frame quality video at up to 120 fps. And with 627-Point phase-detection autofocus, you can rest assured this cam won't miss a shot – ever.