Camera rental in Chicago can be a daunting task for any film rookie - especially when there’s, what seems like, endless brands to choose from. Canon, RED, Blackmagic… the list goes on. How are you, as a beginner, supposed to know which camera is suited perfectly for your upcoming film project?

We’re here to help out with that. Yes, each film camera brand has its fair share of strengths and weaknesses. We’ll help you find the camera that is sure to give your film the perfect edge you’ve been looking for.

Let’s get started!

RED Cameras

Why not start at the top of the line? RED cameras are nearly unparalleled in the industry. They’re the best of the best and have been the gear choice for many notable films and television shows including Pirates of the Carribean, Deadpool, Stranger Things, and many many Marvel movies.

RED cameras deliver some of the most stunning resolution capabilities on the market. With some sensors offering 8K capabilities, this brand is hard to beat. Every RED camera is crafted using advanced color science and unmatched dynamic range to create the most unimaginable cinematic quality. These cameras are also designed to give you the creative freedom over your footage that you’ve been craving. RED is compatible with multiple third-party manufacturers so accessories and modules will never be a hassle.

Eleven04 carries the following models of RED cameras for rent:

Canon Cameras


Canon has been chosen as the camera of choice in many notable films throughout the years including Black Swan and Captain America. Canon is credited as the catalyst of the DSLR revolution and now they’ve expanded their scope to create competitive digital cinema cameras. Canon cinema cameras are a bit more affordable than RED.

Canon cinema cameras support 4K and provide high tech, flexible solutions for those new to film. Eleven04’s selection of Canon cameras includes:

Panasonic Cameras

Responsible for well-known films and TV shows such as Ozarks, Crazy Rich Asians, and much more, Panasonic carries a selection of widely adaptable and high-resolution cinema cameras. Panasonic offers a variety of 4K cinema cameras that are great for everything from feature films to television. Their profession VariCam digital cinema cameras provide users with high-res shots, a wide range of formats, and 14+ stops of dynamic range.

Panasonic is also a more affordable option for young filmmakers. Eleven04 carries a few Panasonic models such as:

Blackmagic Cameras

Blackmagic is one of the forerunners in the digital film camera industry. These cameras are designed to deliver the ultimate picture quality in a convenient way. Blackmagic is an industry leader in various film production tools across the board - from editing applications to live production cameras.

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro and the Blackmagic pocket cinema camera 4K are two great examples of extremely versatile cameras fit for any filmmaker. You can rent out the Blackmagic URSA today with Eleven04.

DJI Osmo Camera

DJI Osmo gives you the power of a cinema-grade quality camera in a handheld, stabilizing device. Osmo was created to portray motion without blur and action shots without the annoying shake. This handheld model was specifically created to keep your shot flat with LOG profile. It’s perfect if you’re shooting a fast-moving piece or something similar. For budget filmmakers, the DJI Osmo is a great option to blend stabilized shots with your cinematic camera shots.

Osmo is one of the best handheld camera solutions in the game. Rent yours with us today!

That concludes our camera brand comparison. If any of these brands are of interest to you, be sure to check out our wide selection of options for camera rental in Chicago today!