Cameras are the primary device used by elevator filmers in the elevator community to film elevators and escalators. There are several different types of cameras used in the elevator community.

Compact camera

Main article: Compact camera

A compact camera (also called point-and-shoot camera) is a still camera designed primarily for simple operation. Most of them have focus free lenses or autofocus for focusing, automatic systems for setting the exposure options, and have flash units built in. These cameras offer more features and have better quality than mobile phone cameras, one main difference usually being a zoom lens compared to digital zoom. Nearly all compact cameras use SD cards, which allow for easy expansion and data transfer; a USB cable can also be used to transfer content.

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens Camera

The mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera is the type of camera which allows it's users to change the lens. This camera type is based of a smaller form-factor DSLR camera.

Notable mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera in community


Mobile phone camera

Main article: Mobile phone camera

A mobile phone camera is a camera with a built-in camera, often used by elevator enthusiasts that possess a smartphone (or rarely, a traditional mobile phone) only, but not a digital camera. Some elevator enthusiasts may have a digital camera but still use this type for filming, often to avoid suspicion by security.


Main article: FLIP

The FLIP series of cameras were a series of pocket camcorders made by Cisco, before discontinuation in 2011.

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