Camera kits

Equipment List - Camera hire

ARRI Alexa Mini 4:3 (with anamorphic licence)

ARRI Alexa Mini 4K 4:3 35mm Digital Film Camera with 1:2.35 anamorphic licence

Consider also Alexa Mini 4:3 anamorphic camera with RAW licence

Please read VMI’s comparison article: Alexa Mini or Amira? (or why I must have a Mini because it’s newer and better isn’t it?…no wait….) 

Read VMI's article: WLCS Systems, All you need to know to explore the question of how to choose between the various systems and to introduce the range of WLCS systems which VMI arguably considers the best in their field and explain why we think that they work very well in given scenarios.

ARRI Alexa Mini with anamorphic licence

ARRI Alexa Mini anamorphic with ARRIRAW

ARRI Alexa Mini 4K 4:3 35mm Digital Film Camera with 1:2.35 anamorphic licence and ARRIRAW licences.

Alexa Mini 4:3 anamorphic camera

Please read VMI’s comparison article: Alexa Mini or Amira? (or why I must have a Mini because it’s newer and better isn’t it?…no wait….) 

Please read VMI's article: WLCS Systems, All you need to know to explore the question of how to choose between the various systems and to introduce the range of WLCS systems which VMI arguably considers the best in their field and explain why we think that they work very well in given scenarios.

ARRI Alexa Mini 4:3 (with anamorphic and ARRIRAW licences)

ARRI Alexa XT

ARRI Alexa Plus XT 35mm Digital Film Camera recording to ARRIRAW on internal SSD system.  Similar to regular Alexa 4:3 but features a 4:3 Super 35 sensor and the ability to switch from 16:9 sensor mode to 4:3 sensor mode and internal ARRIRAW capture.

Please read VMI’s comparison article: ARRI Alexa, all you need to know about the Alexa range of camera

ARRI Alexa XT/XR

ARRI Alexa PLUS 4:3

ARRI Alexa Plus 4:3 35mm Digital Film Camera recording to 120p onto SxS card.  Similar to regular Alexa but features a 4:3 Super 35 sensor and the ability to switch from 16:9 sensor mode to 4:3 sensor mode.

Please read VMI’s comparison article: ARRI Alexa, all you need to know about the Alexa range of cameras

Please read VMI's article: WLCS Systems, All you need to know to explore the question of how to choose between the various systems and to introduce the range of WLCS systems which VMI arguably considers the best in their field and explain why we think that they work very well in given scenarios.

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

ARRI Alexa Plus 4:3

ARRI Alexa PLUS

ARRI Alexa PLUS 35mm Digital Film Camera recording to 50p onto SxS cards.  Now includes High-Speed Option at no extra charge.

Please read VMI’s comparison article: ARRI Alexa, all you need to know about the Alexa range of cameras

Please read VMI's article: WLCS Systems, All you need to know to explore the question of how to choose between the various systems and to introduce the range of WLCS systems which VMI arguably considers the best in their field and explain why we think that they work very well in given scenarios.

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

Alexa

ARRI Alexa Classic

ARRI Alexa 35mm Digital Film Camera recording to 50p onto SxS cards.  Now includes High-Speed Option at no extra charge.

Please read VMI’s comparison article: ARRI Alexa, all you need to know about the Alexa range of cameras

Please read VMI’s comparison article: Alexa Mini or Amira? (or why I must have a Mini because it’s newer and better isn’t it?…no wait….) 

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

ARRI Alexa Classic

ARRI Amira UHD 4K

ARRI AMIRA 35mm, EF or B4 Mounted Digital Documentary Camera recording upto 200fps with Alexa image quality now with 4K UHD option.

Read the VMI Guide: Everything that you wanted to know about AMIRA.

Please read VMI’s comparison article: Alexa Mini or Amira? (or why I must have a Mini because it’s newer and better isn’t it?…no wait….) 

ARRI Amira - now available with EF, B4 & PL mounts

Canon C700 FF5.9K Camera PL/EOS (Full Frame)

Canon C700 FF 5.9K large Sensor Full Frame Camera supplied with choice of EF or PL mounts (compatible with all canon EF lenses or PL full frame lenses), equipped with 4K S35mm windowed option.  OLED viewfinder and ARRI Pro kit are included as standard.

The C700 FF is a versatile shoulder-mounted camera with full 4K capability and choice of PL or EF mount.  It records 4K images to internal CFAST 2 cards and will capture up to 15 stops of dynamic range with Canon 2 log internally as well for full HDR support.  (It is also compatible with original Canon log, Canon Log 2 or Canon Log 3 if preferred).

Please read the independent Newsshooter review of the C700 Camcorder

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

Please see VMI's list of Full Frame Lenses for hire 

*** available from September 2018 ***

Canon ME20F-SH Super Low Light Camera (PL Mount)

Canon ME20F-SH Super Low Light Camera with EF mount and ISO 4 million in PL mount

A camera which can shoot the most unbelievable images in almost total darkness.  This unit requires external HD recorder, lenses and tripod which are available at additional cost.

This is an PL mount version and an EF mount version is also available.

Please read our article, Capturing Wildlife in Super Low light

Canon ME20F-SH ISO 4m Super Low Light Camera (PL Mount)

Canon C700 4K Camera PL/EOS

Canon C700 4K large Sensor Camera with 4K record option and EF/PL mount options.  Supplied with OLED viewfinder and ARRI Pro kit as standard.

The C700 is a versatile shoulder-mounted camera with full 4K capability and choice of PL or EF mount.  It records 4K images to internal CFAST 2 cards and will capture up to 15 stops of dynamic range with Canon 2 log internally as well for full HDR support.  (It is also compatible with original Canon log, Canon Log 2 or Canon Log 3 if preferred).

The CODEX Recorder offering full RAW and Prores XQ record capability is planned to be available soon.

Please read the independent Newsshooter review of the C700 Camcorder

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

Canon C700 | C700PL | 4K

Canon C300 Mk II (PL Mount) 4K Camcorder

This is a very worthy successor to the incredibly popular Canon C300 in PL mount.

The Canon C300 Mk II is a Super-35, full 4K camcorder and this PL mount has a PL option and offers fully automatic operation including an effective autofocus (subject to being used with suitable lenses).  It recordson board 4K/Full HD video with HDR and Canon Log2 of the new REC 2020 colour gamut.

Please read VMI's article The Canon C300 Mk II vs C300 - What's the fuss about?

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

C300 Mk 2 4K Camcorder (PL)

Canon C300 Mk II (EOS Mount) 4K Camcorder

This is a very worthy successor to the incredibly popular Canon C300 in EOS mount.

The Canon C300 Mk II is a Super-35, full 4K camcorder which is here is EOS mount, though a PL mount is optionally available and offers fully automatic operation including an effective autofocus (subject to being used with suitable lenses).  It recordson board 4K/Full HD video with HDR and Canon Log2 of the new REC 2020 colour gamut.

Please read VMI's article The Canon C300 Mk II vs C300 - What's the fuss about?

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

 

C300 Mk 2 4K Camcorder (EOS)

Canon C300 (PL Mount)

Canon C300 Large Sensor Camcorder with a native PL mount.

Please read VMI's article The Canon C300 Mk II vs C300 - What's the fuss about

Canon C300PL hire London

Canon C300 (EOS Mount)

Canon C300 Large Sensor Camcorder with a native EOS mount.

Please read VMI's article The Canon C300 Mk II vs C300 - What's the fuss about

Canon C300 hire London GoFilm

Canon C200 (EOS Mount) 4K Camcorder

This is an interesting 4K alternative camera to the Canon C300 II in EOS mount, as it has a smaller footprint to the C300 II and is able to record internally to RAW (Cinema RAW Light), 4K UHD/50P MP4, 4K DCI RAW and upto 120fps in full HD without crop onto CFast 2 cards whilst retaining Canon's excellent dual pixel auto focus system.  However, it doesn't record Prores, for which you still require to use the C300 Mk I or Mk II.

C200 4K Camcorder (EOS) with RAW record capability

Canon C500 (PL Mount) 4K

Canon C500 Large Sensor Camcorder with a native PL mount and 4K RAW output. Requires a separate 4K recorder for 4K acquisition, such as Convergent Odyssey 7Q.

Please read VMI's article The Canon C300 Mk II vs C300 - What's the fuss about?

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

Canon C500PL hire London

Canon EOS-5D MkIV DSLR 4K Camera

Canon EOS 5D MKIV DSLR camera with full Super-35 sensor. This camera is suitable for both stills and video applications and the Mk IV includes 4K onboard record capability in APSC (S-35 cropped mode).  Supplied as standard with Sony C-Log

Canon 5D MkIV hire | Canon 5D Mk4 Camera GoFilm

Canon EOS-5D MkIII DSLR

Canon EOS 5D MKIII DSLR camera with full Super-35 sensor. This camera is suitable for both stills and video applications

Canon 5D MkIII hire | Canon 5D Mk3 Camera GoFilm

Canon ME20F-SH Super Low Light Camera (EOS Mount)

Canon ME20F-SH Super Low Light Camera with EF mount and ISO 4 million.

A camera which can shoot the most unbelievable images in almost total darkness.  This unit requires external HD recorder, lenses and tripod which are available at additional cost.

This is an EF mount version and a PL mount version is available from October 2018.

Please read our article, Capturing Wildlife in Super Low light

Canon ME20F-SH ISO 4m Super Low Light Camera (EOS Mount)

Canon XF305 MXF with NTSC option

Canon file-based MXF recording to CF cards at 50Mbps (4:2:2) for approved HD acquisition for HD Broadcast productions with US frame rate option.

Canon XF305 MXF hire | Canon XF 305 camera

Panasonic Varicam LT 4K Camera

Panasonic Varicam LT 4K large Sensor Camera with 4K record option and PL/EF lens option.

The same look, wide colour gamut, dual ISO settings and high sensitivity as the Varicam 35 cinema camera but in a smaller body, lower power consumption and slow motion of up to 240p in HD and 60p in 4K.  2 x 512GB P2 Express cards are supplied as standard and more are available on request.

Please read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

Now with 12 bit RAW capture if using Odyssey 7Q/7Q+ recorder

Panasonic GH5 DSLR 4K Camera with V-Log

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K camera with MFT(Micro 4/3) size sensor. This camera is suitable for both stills and video applications and the GH5 includes 10 bit, 4K, 4:2:2 onboard record capability in MFT format recording internally to SD cards at up to 30fps.  Note however that the Speedbooster adapters supplied will allow Canon EF mount lenses and effectively increase the sensor size and aspect ratio to APSC/S-35 format.  The VMI package includes the external audio box with dual XLR inputs as standard.

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Camera hire | Panasonic GH5 Camera GoFilm complete with audio box and M43 Speedbooster

Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2

HPX250 lightweight P2 camcorder from Panasonic accepted for Broadcast use by the BBC and others. 2.5kg camcorder features a similar spec to the HVX-201/171 P2 camcorders in all frame rates but with AVC Intra Codec.

Panasonic HPX250 hire | Panasonic HPX 250 Camera

Panasonic EVA1 5.7K S-35 Compact Cinema Camera

Panasonic's newest compact cinema camera, EVA1 4K camera with Super 35 size sensor, dual native ISO, CFAST card storage and also native EF lens mount. This camera by design can be used as a modular and flexible system, making suitable for both documentary, cinema and video applications.  The compact design makes it perfectly suited to gimbal work but the high specifications including 10 bit, 4K, 4:2:2 onboard record capability and RAW capture absolutely makes it capable of much more.  The VMI package includes full ARRI Pro kit.

Note that as of April 2017, the Panasonic EVA 1 is now Netflix approved

Please read VMI’s article, Panasonic EVA1 now enables external 5.7K RAW recording to external recorders up to 30p

NETFLIX APPROVED Panasonic EVA1 5.7K S-35 Compact Cinema Camera | Panasonic 4K Camera

Sony PMW-F55 XDCAM EX 2K/4K

Sony PMW-F55 Large Sensor XDCAM EX 4K Camcorder with PL lens mount and 2K or 4K acquisition options with slow motion capability and OLED viewfinder supplied as standard.  Please note that VMI cameras are fitted with the with DNxHD option. 

Optional AXS-R7 recorder allows for enhanced 4K acquisition and more high speed capture which we supply as a subsidised kit form complete with the AXS-R7 for high speed RAW capture.  Click here for package.

Sony PMWF55 hire | Sony PMW F55 Camera with DNxHD option

Sony PXW-FS7 Mk II 4K Camera

Sony FS-7 Mk II 4K large Sensor Camera with 4K record option and EF adapter and supplied with ARRI Pro kit as standard.

You can also book the Sony FS-7K 4K Camera with 4:2:2 Prores extender which offers 4:2:2 Prores record capability.

Please read VMI’s article, E-Mount Lenses - perfect for the Sony FS7

Please read VMI’s comparison article of the differences between the Sony F5 and the FS-7

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

GoFilm, Sony FS-7 II | 4K

Sony PXW-FS7 4K Camera

Sony FS-7 4K large Sensor Camera with 4K record option and EF adapter and supplied with ARRI Pro kit as standard.

You can also book the Sony FS-7K 4K Camera with 4:2:2 Prores extender which offers 4:2:2 Prores record capability.

Please read VMI’s article, E-Mount Lenses - perfect for the Sony FS7

Please read VMI’s comparison article of the differences between the Sony F5 and the FS-7

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

GoFilm, Sony FS-7 | 4K

Sony FS-7K Mk II 4K Camera + 4:2:2 Prores extender

Sony FS-7 Mk II 4K large Sensor Camera with 4K record option and EF adapter plus XDCA-FS7 Prores extender.

The Sony  FS-7K  Mk II 4K Camera without Prores extender is also available to hire.

Please read VMI’s article, E-Mount Lenses - perfect for the Sony FS7

Please read VMI’s comparison article of the differences between the Sony F5 and the FS-7

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

(Lens not included)

Sony FS-7K 4K Camera + 4:2:2 Prores extender

Sony FS-7 4K large Sensor Camera with 4K record option and EF adapter plus XDCA-FS7 Prores extender.

The Sony  FS-7K 4K Camera without Prores extender is also available to hire.

Please read VMI’s comparison article of the differences between the Sony F5 and the FS-7

Please read VMI’s article, E-Mount Lenses - perfect for the Sony FS7

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

(Lens not included)

Sony PXW-FS5 Mk II 4K Camera

Sony FS-5 Mk II 4K large Sensor Camera with 4K record option and EF adapter and supplied with Wooden Camera Unified Accessory kit with 15mm bars system as standard.

Please read VMI’s article, "E-Mount Lenses - perfect for the Sony FS7"

GoFilm, Sony FS-5 II | 4K

Sony A7S Mk II 4K DSLR Camera

Sony A7S Mark II mirrorless DSLR Camera with Sony E mount, capable of shooting 25p video and 4K on board.  Now supplied with 8SIN cage as standard.

Please read VMI’s article, E-Mount Lenses - perfect for the Sony FS7

Sony A7S 4K Mk 2 4K mirrorless DSLR Camera, GoFilm

Sony PMW-500 XDCAM EX

The PMW-500 is a full Broadcast HD Camcorder shooting to 50Mb 4:2:2 on removable XDCAM EX SxS removable storage.

Sony PMW500 hire | Sony PMW 500 Camera

Sony PMW-100 XDCAM EX

Sony PMW-100 solid-state SxS camcorder package. Includes raincover, storage, card reader, tripod.

Sony PMW100 hire | Sony PMW 100 Camera

Sony PMW-200 XDCAM EX

Sony PMW-200 solid-state SxS camcorder package. Includes raincover, storage, card reader, tripod and shotgun mic.

Sony PMW200 hire | Sony PMW 200 Camera

Sony PMW-300 XDCAM EX

The PMW-300K1 is effectively the same camera as the PMW-200 but with an enhanced viewfinder.  

It is a solid-state Broadcast quality compact camcorder featuring a removeable 14x lens and twin SxS slots and twin SxS slots to record 50Mb XDCAM HD codec to cards (supplied).

Package includes raincover, storage, card reader, tripod and shotgun mic.

Sony PMW300 hire | Sony PMW 300 Camera

Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM EX

Sony PMW-EX3 solid-state camcorder package includes raincover, storage & card reader.

Sony PMWEX3 hire | Sony PMW EX3 Camera

RED EPIC-W PLUS 8K Helium Camera/OMOD Command RT Package

Latest RED EPIC-W PLUS Helium 8K large sensor digital film camera complete with OFFHOLLYWOOD Command RT integrated module for additional functionality.

This combination effectively turns a RED EPIC-W 8K camera into an EPIC-W PLUS with built-in WLCS receiver and lockit box, similar to Alexa PLUS.

Read VMI's article: WLCS Systems, All you need to know to explore the question of how to choose between the various systems and to introduce the range of WLCS systems which VMI arguably considers the best in their field and explain why we think that they work very well in given scenarios.

EPIC-W PLUS integrated 8K Helium Camera with Omod Command RT option

Phantom VEO4K-PL 4K Super Slow Motion Camera

High specification, compact Phantom 4K Super Slow motion camera capable of shooting 5-1000 fps at 4K resolution with 72GB of on-board RAM and on board CFAST 2 data transfer capability too, to allow 5.6 seconds of record time at 1000 fps of 4K capture.  This will create 224 seconds of 25p playback (or almost 4 mins in 25p!).  It only weight 2.5kg and a wireless remote control option is also available.

Please read VMI's article, "Slow Motion - What you REALLY need to know"

Also, VMI's article "What is the difference between the Phantom VEO 4K and the Phantom FLEX 4K"

Phantom VEO 4K Super Slow Motion Camera

GoPro Hero 6 Black Minicam 4K

HERO6 Black is the latest full 4K GoPro camera.  Please note that this camera records 4K UHD, not Cinema 4K / DCI.

4K quality, incorporating voice control, one-button operation, touch display, waterproof design, video stabilisation, improved audio, improved stills and now with GPS too. Better wifi capability with Quik application allows videos to be easily uploaded to the cloud.

Go Pro Hero6 Minicam hire 4K

GoPro Hero 5 Black Minicam 4K

HERO5 Black is the latest full 4K GoPro camera.  

4K quality, incorporating voice control, one-button operation, touch display, waterproof design, video stabilisation, improved audio, improved stills and now with GPS too. Better wifi capability with Quik application allows videos to be easily uploaded to the cloud.

Go Pro Hero5 Minicam hire 4K

GoPro Fusion VR Minicam

The latest GoPro VR camera for an immersive experience but without the fuss of traditional VR cameras.

The GoPro fusion captures immersive 5.2K spherical content in one unit without external cables, complex multi-camera rig or external recorder.  Gimbal-like stabilisation ensures smooth images and the wireless GoPro App integrates the GoPro with your smart phone enabling playback of images and allowing you to share your footage as VR content.  Also, use the app’s OverCapture™ feature to recapture and share your spherical shot as a traditional fixed perspective video. 

GoPro Fusion VR Minicam hire

DJI Osmo X5R RAW Handheld 3-axis Gimbal Camera system

The OSMO X5 is a fully stabilised handheld 4K camera which actually includes the Zenmuse X5 camera head and is small and light enough that it can be handheld by just one hand.  
It uses a three-axis stablizer that allows you to move the camera freely and still create very smooth shots.  The viewfinder is a large Samsung phone which is supplied by VMI and all batteries and mounts fit into a small convenient case. The X5RAW version features an interchangeable lens mount and 2 x hard drives as well as card storage too.

Note that this now includes an Osmo Focus wheel as standard, so that the operator can also pull focus.

Handheld Gimbal with removable lenses and RAW record capability

DJI Osmo X3 Handheld 3-axis Gimbal Camera system

The OSMO is a fully stabilised handheld 4K camera which actually includes the camera head and is small and light enough that it can be handheld by just one hand.  
It uses a three-axis stablizer that allows you to move the camera freely and still create very smooth shots.  The viewfinder is an iPhone supplied by VMI as standard and all batteries and mounts fit into a small convenient case.

Handheld compact Gimbal System

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