When I go see a new movie one of the first questions I ask myself is what camera and lens were used.  I generally have a bigger interest in technology used in horror films because a camera that is good in low light and has great dynamic range is a must for quick shoots and low budgets.


Let’s take a look at some of the most popular horror movies and what cameras and lenses they used.

Get Out

Camera: Arri Alexa Mini

Lenses: N/A

Codec: ProRes 4444 @ 3.2K



Cameras: Arri Alexa, Canon 5D mark III, and a Red Epic.

Lenses: Canon L-Series, Fujinon Premier Lenses, Leica Summilux C-Series.

Codec: Arri RAW

Don’t Breathe

Camera: Arri Alexa XT, Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera, PhantomFlex4k, Red Epic Dragon

Lenses: Fujinon Alura Zooms, Leica Summilux C series prime, Zeiss Super Speed, Zeiss Ultra 16 Distagon

Codec: Apple ProRes

Paranormal Activity

Camera: Sony HDR-FX1

Lenses: Zeiss Zoom Lenses

Codec: DV

Lights Out

Camera: Arri Alexa

Lenses: N/A

Codec: N/A

The Witch (VVitch)

Camera: Arri Alexa PLUS 4:3

Lenses: Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar, Cooke Speed Panchro, Panavision Super Speed

Codec: N/A

The Conjuring

Camera: Arri Alexa

Lenses: Leica Summilux C-Series

Codec: N/A