Gear of the Year Winners Revealed!

Gear of the Year Winners Revealed!


Readers of Pro Moviemaker magazine have voted in their thousands to honour the stunning products and services that deserve special recognition for excellence – and now it’s time to reveal the results of our Gear of the Year Awards winners 2018.

From cameras and lenses to drones, grip, software and more, just getting a place on the shortlist was a real achievement. To come out on top speaks volumes for the quality, innovation and value of any product- especially as it’s voted for by working filmmakers whose reputations rely on the right kit.

There were some clear winners from brands who continue to produce excellent products, but also a few surprises and the arrival of a few new players.

It may come as no surprise that the camera categories saw two wins each for Canon and Sony. The Canon EOS C300 Mark II once again was voted top camera in the Rental category and the EOS 5D Mark IV reprising its success from 2017 in the DSLR category.

And Sony’s Sony FS5 II took the title in the Cinema Camera class, with the A7 III scooping the Mirrorless class.

It’s also probably no surprise that market-leading brands like DJI won two classes for its drones and gimbal, Manfrotto two for its excellent bags and monopod, and Sennheiser was also victorious twice in audio categories.

But there were also honours for Zeiss, Schneider, JVC, Rotolight, Rode, Audio-Technica and Vocas, among lots of others.

And our two special awards were won by Blackmagic and Fujifilm. Our Innovation of the year goes to the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, camera that has proved so popular it’s sold out pretty much as soon as it hit the shelves. And our Launch of the year once again comes from Fujifilm which launched its own flagship mirrorless camera with a special focus on the professional filmmaker, the X-H1. And with it came the MK cinema lenses re-engineered specifically for the X-mount of the X-H1.

Here is the full list of winners. And watch out for the Spring 2019 issue of Pro Moviemaker magazine, out on February 28, where you can read all about what made the winners so special and why.



The Winners:




Canon EOS 5D Mark IV




Sony A7 III




JVC HM 180




Cinema Camera

Sony FS5 II




Camera for Rental

Canon C300 Mark II


Zoom Lens

Sigma 18-35mm T2




Prime Lens

Zeiss CP.3 XD 50mm T2.1




Lens Accessory

Schneider True-Streak Filter





DJI Mavic Pro 2




Bags and Cases: Roller/Hardcase

Peli 1615 Air case





Bags and Cases: Backpack/Holdall

Manfrotto ProLight Cinematic Backpack Expand





SmallHD Focus OLED





Lighting: Light Panels

Litepanels Gemini




Lighting: Fresnel

Fiilex Matrix II




Lighting: Innovation

Rotolight Anova Pro 2




Memory Cards

SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB 300Mb/s SDXC II




External Hard Drive

LaCie Rugged RAID Pro 4TB



Editing Software

Adobe Premiere Pro CC




Tripod System

Sachtler Flowtech 75 MS





Manfrotto XPro 4 Section Video Monopod





Kenro Double Distance Slider




Vocas Spider System




Stabiliser Gimbal

DJI Ronin-S






Wireless Mics

Sennheiser EW 100 ENG G4 Combo Set





Audio Recorder/ Adaptors

Olympus LS-P4




Mobile Accessory

Sennheiser Memory Mic




Innovation of the Year

BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K




Launch of the Year

Fujifilm X-H1 and MKX Lenses





Microphone XLR

Audio Technica AT8035




Microphone DSLR

Røde VideoMic Pro+

Login to post comments

About us

Targeting independent commercial filmmakers and small production companies, Pro Moviemaker delivers the latest industry tech innovation and gear scoops to creatives, entrepreneurs and decision makers hell bent on staying ahead of the game. As early adopters, Pro Moviemaker readers want news, reviews and technique features focused on kit so that they know what to buy next and how it will drive the continued success of their business. Diverse in their roles and shooting genres, Pro Moviemaker readers are united by their thirst for knowledge – a thirst which is quenched not only by our hands-on production, post and business advice features, but also our inspirational interviews with leading pros.

Contacting the team


+44 (0)1223 499462

Editor-in-chief Adam Duckworth

+44 (0)1223 492246

Staff writer Chelsea Fearnley

+44 (0)1223 499450


LIKE our Facebook page


Latest posts


Subscribe to the Pro Moviemaker newsletter to get the latest issue, news, tutorials and offers delivered to your inbox for free.

Cookies are important to the proper functioning of a site. To improve your experience, we use cookies to remember log-in details and provide secure log-in, collect statistics to optimize site functionality, and deliver content tailored to your interest.

By continuing to use this website site you are giving us your consent to do this.

For more information you can read our Privacy Policy.