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A First Look: Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

Posted by Andrea Keating on July 2, 2013

Blackmagic is an industry leader when it comes to providing cinema-quality cameras at an affordable price point. At NAB they introduced a really interesting little concept HD camera solution designed to appeal to those video enthusiasts that require portability. Inspiration can hit you at the most inconvenient times, and leave you totally unprepared to take advantage of the moment. As creative individuals we love the option of capturing our ideas on the fly, and never missing an opportunity to capture a moment. Blackmagic Designs Pocket Cinema Camera is the perfect solution for those creative minds that never want to miss a shot, and capture that true high-dynamic film quality look.

Designed to be the world’s most compact digital film camera, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is an ultra-portable option that fits into your pocket. The camera is 5 inches in length and weighs only 12.5 ounces. It boasts an extremely high resolution 3.5” LCD display thatblackmagic pocket cinema camera side(1) allows you to monitor while shooting and review recorded files via SD card. The camera is also compatible with a variety of electronic viewfinders that can be interfaced via micro HDMI. As noted the camera’s built-in SD card recording is capable of producing 12-bit lossless compressed Cinema DNG and 10-bit high-quality ProRes 422 files; this implementation far surpasses the quality of standard broadcast production. The camera has built-in stereo audio jacks, includes a headphone and microphone inputs, and a LANC terminal.

Blackmagic surely did not skimp on the quality design, and features when developing the Pocket Cinema. It’s compatible with high-quality professional grade Micro Four Third lenses giving you flexibility in choosing what optics best fit your production. The 1080HD Super 16mm sensor the camera boasts is capable of capturing an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range. So there is no compromise when trying to capture that wider dynamic range in order to achieve that quality traditional film look.

Blackmagic created a solution that literally allows you capture superior high-quality images on-the-fly, in practically any location your creativity desires. The wide-array of accessories available to exploit allows extreme flexibility when trying to produce a high-quality digital film production. The corporate video director, documentary filmmaker, photography enthusiast, and the casual everyday consumer could all find some type of practical use for this camera. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is the perfect solution for capturing content on the go as the inspiration hits you.

What do you think about Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera? Could you find some utility for it on your next on-location film shoot? Give us your thoughts!

Check out the video below to see Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera is use.


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