Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is a camera, although it looks like a camera. Its price suggests that it can fight with mirrorless filmmakers. Is competition what to fear?
Until recently, there was a situation in which there was a clear division into cameras and cameras. Currently, cameras are increasingly replacing cameras. In comparison to the reporters' cameras, they offer much better parameters at a similar or much lower price. In turn, in combination with professional 35 mm Super cameras, their advantage is that even if slightly worse, they often cost several times less. For some time, professional cameras with interchangeable lenses and full frame sensors have been cheaper. We will buy the simplest models for PLN 15,000. However, it is still a high amount for "less professional" users. That's why camera manufacturers go down to a lower shelf and offer slightly more affordable models. One of them is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K , which can get a lot of mess on the market.
Camera with Micro 4/3 matrix, filming in 4K
Apart from RED, Blackmagic is one of the most respected producers of professional film cameras used in the production of commercials, series or feature films. His new product – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – is a small movie camera. Its appearance resembles mirrorless cameras and offers really great possibilities at a reasonable price.The camera operates on the basis of the Micro Four Thirds matrix. This popular mounting system provides dozens of lenses that can be found on the market. Using the appropriate adapters, we can also use Canon glasses, or even Nikon. The design of the matrix itself is ensured by the image dynamics of 13 EV unprecedented in the cameras. The maximum ISO value will be 25,600, and the producer will ensure that the image will be clean even at high values. Is it possible to beat Panasonik GH5S in this matter? Very likely. The film possibilities are really big. In 4K we will record a picture at 60 frames per second, and in Full HD we get slow-motion 120 fps. It is important, however, that the 4K image can be recorded in a "raw" form, in RAW – 12 bit CinemaDNG and 10 bit Apple ProRes . This will ensure great image quality guaranteed by professional cameras. We can record an image in such a resolution to an external SSD. Screen resolution of 5 inches is almost unheard of. The screen is additionally equipped with a touch, although it is not tilted. We will not find a visor here. We can touch the menu with touch, but we do not know what with sharpness. It is true that the camera will have some autofocus, but you can not count on the possibilities comparable even to Panasonic cameras. It is worth remembering that in the case of professional production, the blades are rather hand-made. In addition to the USB C-type input, the camera also has an HDMI input and an XLR microfono input for using professional microphones. The whole is enclosed in a small composite housing.
This camera costs half of what GH5S or Sony A7S II!
Great camera capabilities go hand in hand with a really good price. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is expected to sell this year and was priced at $ 1295 , so we will probably buy it on the Polish market for less than PLN 5,000. That's half the price of the price of Panasonic GH5S or Sony A7S II , which are the best cameras for filming at present. In addition, buying a camera we get for free DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio, for which we normally pay as much as PLN 300. Great camera and great offer. Competition may start to be scared.