Digital Cinematography is the process of capturing motion pictures as digital images, rather than on film. Digital capture may occur on tape,hard disks, flash memory, or other media which can record digital data. As digital technology has improved, this practice has become increasingly common. Many mainstream Hollywood movies now are shot partly or fully digitally.
Many vendors have brought products to market, including traditional film camera vendors like Arri and Panavision, as well as new vendors likeRED and Silicon Imaging, and companies which have traditionally focused on consumer and broadcast video equipment, like Sony andPanasonic.
The benefits and drawbacks of digital vs. film acquisition are still debated, but digital cinematography camera sales have surpassed sales of mechanical cameras in the classic 35 mm format.
Digital cinematography's acceptance was cemented 2009 when Slumdog Millionaire became the first movie shot mainly in digital to be awarded the Academy Award for Best Cinematography and the most successful movie in the history of cinema, Avatar, not only was shot on digital cameras as well, but also made the main revenues at the box office no longer by film, but digital projection.