'The Avengers' Made Use of Canon dSLRs for POV Action Shots

Continuing in the trend of Hollywood movies taking advantage of dSLRs for difficult shots, 'The Avengers' utilized both Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D cameras for capturing point-of-view action.

Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey says that the low cost and compact size of the cameras made them perfect for his needs. "We were able to place them in tight locations that were really close to the big stunts," he says, "which would be too risky to do with bigger cameras that would require an operator and two assistants."

He used one to get an incredibly low shot, placing it inside of a sewer grating. Another, he used to film a car hurtling towards the lens while on fire. Not something we'd do with our cameras, personally, but then again, it's not something we'd do with our cars either.