THIS will be the camera that I use for my video work from now on! Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k
The technical specs on this camera are very impressive! A camera that shoots 4k resolution, raw, and is priced under $1300?? Quite the impressive feat that Blackmagic Design is pulling off here. I am impressed by some of these other key features too:
- USB-C expansion port allows longer duration recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.
- Professional mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power for connecting to pro microphones.
- Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture for high end feature film look.
- Up to 25600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
- Compatible with extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds lenses.
As a guy who likes to shoot with Olympus cameras for photography, I love that I can adapt those lenses right onto this camera! 13 stops of dynamic range is perfect (or near perfect) for filmic videos. The more range you have, the better – in my opinion. That 25600 ISO almost sounds unimpressive, because as anyone who has had experience with cameras, once you get that high, the digital noise can start to look pretty bad. However, with the fact that this camera has dual ISOs, that basically means that you get to “start over” and the noise is only being pushed from the second base ISO not all the way from the lowest number.
The XLR port is definitely welcome. I personally don’t use on-camera microphones that much, at least not the XLR type, but I am very pleased that they added it. One of the things I like the most is that you can power this externally! I feel like this could (but we shall see) be an AMAZING camera for weddings. Filmic look, 4k 60 frames per second, good audio, don’t have to worry about power, so on and so forth.
I hoping (Blackmagic….wink, wink) that I can get one of these in for you guys and use in a real world situation, and potentially a real world shoot!! Keep an eye on the channel, and I will let you guys know if that’s happening, and when!! So….what are your thoughts on this camera? Impressed? Cautious? Let me know if the comment section below.