How a 16mm Motion Picture Camera Works, Revealed by Slow Motion

In a 7-minute video uploaded by The Slo Mo Guys, host Gav shows how an old-school handheld 16mm Russian film camera works thanks to detailed footage captured at 1,000 frames per second with a Phantom Flex 4K.

After showing how film is loaded into the camera (and what film specifically this particular model camera takes), Gav demonstrates how to adjust the frame rate and shows what that looks like when operating. Of note, this particular camera can shoot as low as 8 frames per second all the way up to 48 frames per second.

which the Slo Mo Guys shared in a previous video, this film camera provides the shooter with a true-the-lens view of the subject, so the filmmaker can actually see what the camera is going to capture. It does this through a series of mirrors that reflect down to a mirrored disc that is placed at a 45-degree angle in front of the area where the film is exposed to light.

This mirror doesn’t quite work the same way as in a DSLR, however. It doesn’t move out of the way to then make room for a shutter that opens and closes to allow a certain amount of light to hit the film, but rather just rotates out of the way to reveal the film plane.

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