Critics and movie buffs alike have rightfully recognizing documentaries as essential contributions to the art of film. The best documentaries can be every bit as riveting as narrative films, even if they cost a fraction of the budget. And representing your subjects honestly, while making a statement about the world at large, is what puts great documentary filmmakers in a class of their own.
Documentary filmmakers often have to prioritize things like portability, battery life, weight, and discreetness when selecting equipment. At the same time, a great filmmaker will never want to sacrifice picture or sound quality. With these considerations in mind, we’ve gathered some of the best equipment for documentary filmmakers.