Blackmagic Camera

Revolutionary: Blackmagic Goes 4K with S35 Global Shutter Sensor for $4K, and a Pocket Cinema Camera for $1K!

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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?

Link:

Blackmagic on the takeover new cams Super 35 4K production and s16 pocket cam – filmbot

A Full Review of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with Philip Bloom

The new Blackmagic Cinema Camera has been causing quite a stir in the camera world. We have heard lots of news about it and have seen some test footage from their go to cinematographer, John Brawley. However, until now not many other people could actually get their hands on it. The camera is now shipping and slowly getting out into the wild. Below is a some test footage shot by Philip Bloom and his review of the camera follows. He has a lot of great things to say about this dynamic camera that cost $3,000 and shoots 2.5K RAW, however he also lays out the pitfalls such as the 2.3 crop factor and the EF only lens mount.

I think a good way to keep review straight in your mind is to think of things in terms of hardware and firmware. A lot of the quirks he mentions about the camera operation can be fixed through firmware updates that will be forthcoming.

I think a good way to keep review straight in your mind is to think of things in terms of hardware and firmware. A lot of the quirks he mentions about the camera operation can be fixed through firmware updates that will be forthcoming. However, things like sensor size and the internal battery design are things that you have to live with.

Posted via: No Film School