camera 16mm Camera Information

If you need help choosing the right 16 mm camera to buy or rent for your project, you've come to the right place. With our handy camera guide and links to the world's leading manufacturers, the information you need is always right at your fingertips. 


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All Aaton cameras are designed for 1R film, and the Super 16 versions of any model must have 1R Film. These models include the "LTR", the "XTR Plus", and the "XTR Prod". The Aaton "A-Minima" uses exclusively the special Kodak 200' 1R A-Wind Product.
Visit the Aaton A-minima website         Visit the Aaton XTR 


Arri 416:
The ARRIFLEX 416 is a lightweight modern Super 16 film camera with a 35-style viewfinder and an amazingly low sound level similar to that of the ARRICAM. Its speed is variable from 1 to 75 fps, and its mirror shutter can be manually adjusted from 45 to 180 degrees. A completely new lightweight ergonomic design, integrated electronic accessories and compatibility with the same lenses and accessories used by its 35 mm siblings make the 416 the most powerful, flexible and portable Super 16 camera ever built.
Visit the Arri 416 website


All Arriflex 16mm cameras have been designed for 1R film. Super 16 Models require 1R only! The "Arri S" takes 100' spools as an internal load, and can use a 400' mag as an accessory. Other Arri Models, including the "M", the "BL", and the "SR" Series use external magazines for loads of up to 400' (and a few will take 800' loads).
Visit the Arriflex website


16mm Sound-on-Film cameras were manufactured from 1933 to the 1990s. These cameras may be set up to record a Photographic Soundtrack on the edge of 1R, and many were designed to record magnetic sound on (long discontinued) prestriped film. All models are designed for 1R Film. Customers wanting to record 16mm Photographic Sound-on-Film must use 1R film.

Beaulieu R16 PZ:
The 16mm Beaulieu Camera has a mirror shutter, reflex viewfinder, 2-64 fps, tachometer, frame counter, electric rewind, visible exposure analogue in viewfinder, auto-reglomatic Angenieux 12-120mm f2, 2 power zoom lenses, built-in auto-iris, electric power grip, syncro pulse or crystal sync unit, and accepts a 200ft magazine.


Bell & Howell 100' Roll Cameras:
Bell & Howell began manufacturing 16mm cameras in about 1924. Their "70 Series" Cameras (AKA "Filmo") continued production into the 1970's with few modifications.
Many pre-WWII 70-Series Cameras required 2R Film, as did some of their 1920s-vintage 16mm projectors. Later cameras (most of what is in use today) can run 1R Film, but the customer must determine for sure, whether or not their camera has a second row of teeth on the drive sprockets.

Bell & Howell 16mm Magazine Cameras:
Kodak sold this film load business to Alan Gordon Enterprises of Hollywood over ten years ago. Customers should contact Alan Gordon directly about purchasing Kodak Film as loaded by these folks.


It is difficult to categorize Bolex cameras as to 1R vs. 2R requirements. About 90% of these machines are designed to run 1R Film. There are some that, like the Bell & Howells, are "pre-war" and will need 2R unless they are modified (not a big job, by the way). As a rule, if the Bolex in question is a "Reflex" Model, it should run 1R. The customers must determine their own needs, as with the Bell & Howell Cameras.
Visit the Bolex website

CP 16:
These cameras are similar in design to Auricon, and all use 1R Film. Virtually all take 400' loads.

Canon Scoopic:
All use 1R Film.

Eclair NPR 16mm Camera
The ECLAIR NPR combines the features of light weight, unique design, and quiet operation. The NPR is available in regular 16mm as well as in Super 16mm configuration.

Kodak 16mm Magazine:
For (all models) Please refer to Bell & Howell Magazine Cameras info.

The Krasnogorsk-3 (K-3):
A 16-mm windup camera that takes 1R and 2R film. Maximum film load is 100 feet of daylight film. Its low price, rugged construction and sophisticated optics have made it very popular with both beginning filmmakers and professionals.
Visit the Krasnogorsk site. 

Mitchell 16mm:
These cameras may be set up for either single or double-pin registration. If set up for double-pin, the camera requires 2R Film. Few are in use in the US.

Panavision Elaine:
See Mitchell, above. Most have been converted to Super 16, and require 1R Film.

Photosonics Cameras:
Require 2R Film unless specifically converted to 1R for Super 16 (as NFL Films did).
Visit the Photosonics website 


Other Equipment:

camera Oxberry Animation Stands:
Require 2R Film.