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Why Netflix has Approved Cameras

In order to make sure filmmakers achieve their goals with the best visual experience possible, Netflix has a list of approved cameras that are required for at least 90% of the final runtime. Netflix collaborates with camera manufacturers and globally recognized experts to evaluate and approve cameras that meet image capture benchmarks for dynamic range, color accuracy, noise and more.

While approved cameras must be used for the majority of the runtime, Netflix still allows for non-approved cameras to be used for certain situations e.g. super slow motion, camera stunts.

In order to meet image capture standards required by Netflix, the following capture requirements must be adhered to:


Resolution

Minimum of 3840 photosite capture width (Spherical)


Codec

Lightly Compressed or Uncompressed RAW

or

Intraframe Based Codec with 4:2:2 Chroma-subsampling or Greater


Bit Depth

10-Bit or Greater


Data Rate

Minimum 240Mbps at 24FPS


Colour Space

Scene-referred Colour Space (S.Gamut3, ALEXA Wide Gamut, REDWideGamut etc.)


Transfer Function

Scene-referred Transfer Function (Slog3, Log C, Log3G10, VLog etc.)


Timecode System is capable of jamming to an external source. Timecode should be written as metadata.


Not all cameras that meet these capture requirements are approved. These requirements are the minimum specifications necessary for a camera system to be considered for approval. Other attributes must be taken into account such as:

  • Dynamic range

  • Colour Reproduction

  • Noise performance

  • Sensor Readout Speed

  • Compression

  • Chroma Subsampling

While testing the specs of a camera is informative, they aren't everything. Netflix remains in constant communication with their filmmakers and the filmmaking community at large to understand what features are important to them. The Netflix approved camera list is not put together behind closed doors, but with years of experience and industry feedback.


Surprisingly lot of the feedback and decisions don't relate to image quality, but stability and reliability, thermal/temperature management, file corruption and more. Using cameras that are reliable and won't be losing data all the time.


Cameras that have been approved by Netflix as of November 2022 have been listed below.

  • ARRI Alexa LF

  • ARRI Alexa Mini LF

  • ARRI Alexa 65

  • ARRI Alexa 35

  • Canon C300 Mk II

  • Canon C300 Mk III

  • Canon C500 Mk II

  • Canon C500

  • Canon C700

  • Canon C700 FF

  • Canon EOS C70

  • Panasonic VariCam 35

  • Panasonic VariCam LT

  • Panasonic VariCam Pure

  • Panasonic AU-EVA1

  • Panasonic S1H

  • Panasonic BGH1

  • Panasonic BS1H

  • Panasonic AK-UC4000

  • RED DSMC2 / WEAPON MONSTRO 8K VV

  • RED WEAPON DRAGON 8K VV

  • RED DSMC2 / WEAPON HELIUM 8K S35

  • RED EPIC-W HELIUM 8K S35

  • RED WEAPON DRAGON 6K S35

  • RED EPIC DRAGON 6K S35

  • RED DSMC2 / EPIC-W GEMINI 5K S35

  • RED SCARLET-W DRAGON 5K S35

  • RED RAVEN 4.5K

  • RED RANGER MONSTRO 8K VV

  • RED RANGER HELIUM 8K S35

  • RED RANGER GEMINI 5K S35

  • RED DSMC2 DRAGON-X 6K S35

  • RED KOMODO 6K

  • RED V-RAPTOR 8K VV

  • Panavision DXL2

  • Sony Venice

  • Sony Venice 2

  • Sony FX9

  • Sony F55

  • Sony F65

  • Sony FS7

  • Sony F5

  • Sony FX6

  • Sony PXW-Z450

  • Sony PXW-Z750

  • Sony FX3

  • Sony HDC-F5500

  • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K

  • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K

  • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini PRO 4.6K G2

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