Revolutionary: Blackmagic Goes 4K with S35 Global Shutter Sensor for $4K, and a Pocket Cinema Camera for $1K!
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
Compact 4K camera with large super-35 sensor, global shutter, Ultra HD and 4K support, built-in SSD recorder, touch LCD metadata entry, compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes recording, Thunderbolt and EF lens compatibility, Includes DaVinci Resolve and UltraScopes.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Ultra-portable super-16 digital cinema camera with super wide 13 stops of dynamic range. Super 16 sized 1080p HD sensor, built in SD card reader, High resolution LCD, ProRes and Lossless CinemaDNG RAW recording, Active Micro Four Thirds lens compatibility, Micro HDMI monitoring with Overlays.
This is what Robert Hardy over at NoFilmSchool had to say:
There are some really significant bits in this photo, the largest of which are the full-size sensor and the considerable upgrade in terms of resolution. Plus, a global shutter on a camera in this price-range is absolutely unheard of, the nearest competitor likely being the F55. I’m also highly intrigued by the phrase, “Compressed CinemaDNG RAW” recording. If Blackmagic has managed to considerably shrink the size of their DNG RAW frames, this camera will likely prove a much more affordable option for shooting RAW due to the amount saved on data storage. Overall, this camera looks to be a serious production tool with serious production features.
The Pocket Cinema Camera looks to be another interesting release. At a price that competes with low-end DSLR’s, and with cheap SD cards as a recording medium, the camera is well-positioned to be the perfect entry level cinema camera for folks who couldn’t quite afford the original BMCC. Not to mention that it has some seriously potential as a crash cam on higher end productions. Lastly, there will be an official announcement tomorrow regarding these cameras (and NFS will have awesome coverage of it, of course), so keep your eyes wide open and your ears peeled, because it’s sure to be an exciting day.
I agree with Robert, highly intrigued by the phrase, “Compressed CinemaDNG RAW” recording. In my opinion, if they have solved this problem and came up with a more manageable storage format similar to Cineform RAW then I think this could make the camera winner in terms of affordability. With that being said it is easy to get carried away in all the Blackmagic Camera hype so please keep in mind the camera's practical limitations as well.
Anyway, for those of you who follow the camera scene please let me know what you think about these new developments?