8 Low Budget Cameras to Make Short Films

If you have best camera, you can beautifully shoot exciting moments, facial expressions and movie scenes. Many bloggers mention in their post as “budget cameras” or “short film cameras”. But we are not only need budget cameras. We need more thing that camera have to shoot high quality videos to present our work in short film festivals.

As i was a independent filmmaker in last 3 months, i do lot of searches about cheap and best cameras to make short film for film festivals.

Here i list Best low budget cameras to make short films, documentary films for film festivals. These cameras not have 35mm full frame sensor. But these cameras are best to start your filmmaking career.

Best cameras to shoot short films (Point and Shoot, D SLR)

I listed this cameras based on Short film created using this cameras and cheap and best cameras.

Canon EOS M ($649)

Perfect podcaster camera.18.0 MP, 3 inch LCD, multi Shot Noise Reduction,You can shoot RAW video with the updated firmware, Interchangeable Lens Camera. Interesting alternative to DSLR Cameras.

Canon EOS M

Video Test  & Canon EOS M Vimeo Group


Canon Rebel T3i /EOS 600D ($619)

18 Mega pixel Camera which support RAW format. You can mount external flash and mic. It have many features such as flip out screen, 1.040k dots high resolution 3” wide screen, CMOS Sensor (best to keep battery life).  Best Camera to make Documentary Filmmaking, short Films in budget.

canon eos 600d / rebel t3i

Short Film (Award winning)


Canon 60D  ($1099)

18 mega pixel camera, DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, CMOS sensor and it delivers cinema like motion. Another good camera  to make professional films.

Canon 60D

Short Film (International Winner of Best Special Effects at the CMF Film Festival 2012 In Hollywood)


Go Pro Camera HERO 4 Black ($499.99)

Up to 4k video resolution, 12 mega pixel for photos, 30 frames per second burst, built-in Wi-Fi, water proof etc. Best camera to shoot sport sequences.

gopro hero 4

Short Film

Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) Digital SLR Camera  ($599.99)

18 mega pixel camera, CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor and HD video recording. Best SLR camera to make short films for film festivals.

Canon EOS 550D/ Rebel T2i

Short Film 1 & Short Film 2


Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS  ($297.99)

12.1 MP camera, You can shoot slow motion videos under 240fps. It have HDMI output to watch your videos in HDTV. Best point and shoot camera to make movies.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS

Cinematic Test


Sony HDR-CX150 16GB High Definition Handy cam Camcorder  ($549.99)

1920×1080 full HD video recording, 16GB embedded flash memory and 25x optical zoom.  Best camcorder to make videos.

Sony HDR-CX150

Short Film 1


Canon PowerShot S120 ($449)

12.1 MP, CMOS censor, Built-in Wi-Fi technology, 1080p full HD video in stereo sound, Canon DIGIC 6 image processor, ISO range of 80-12800.

Canon PowerShot S120

Short Film


Fujifilm X-S1 ($699)

12 MP, CMOS sensor, F2.8 to F5.6 telephoto Lens.

Fujifilm X-S1

Short Film & Video Sample (night)


Nikon COOLPIX P520 ($499.99)

18.1 MP, CMOS sensor, You can record videos in Full 1080p HD.

Nikon COOLPIX P520

Sample Video


Best Smart Phones to shoot Short Films

iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone 4S  (Smart Phone) ($209) or iPhone 5S ($279)

If you have smart phone like iPhone, you don’t need to worry about to buy new camera to make your short films. 8 megapixels camera, ƒ/2.4 aperture, Panorama, 1080p HD video recording (30 fps). iPhone used to create many short films and its films get award in film festivals. It is a best one under $400 camera mobile to shoot movies. If you make movies using iPhone, you can submit your movies in iPhone Film festival. iPhone 5S offer additional features such as Burst mode, Slow motion video (60 fps) and 3x zoom. Better than iPhone 4S in image sharpness & Color quality.

iPhone 4s Short Film 1


Nokia Lumia 925  (Smart Phone) ($199.99)

It provide good quality videos 1080p @30fps.

Short Film


Nokia Lumia 1020  ($49.00 – $599.00)

Use Nokia PD-95G Camera Grip.

Short Film


Samsung GALAXY S4  ($330)

Musical short film


Also check Canon EOS Short Film group

I am sorry. I can’t find and add any Camcorder in this list. If you know any other low budget cameras, Camcorders to make high quality video or short film do let us via comment.

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