First footage from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

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Following on from the announcement of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera earlier this month, new footage has emerged showing just what this little camera can do.

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In case you missed the announcement, which coincided with the NAB show in early April, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a compact and relatively affordable interchangeable lens camera (ILC) that records lossless 12-bit CinemaDNG files and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). It uses a Micro Four Thirds mount, which means it is compatible with a range of existing lenses from manufacturers like Panasonic and Olympus.

Australian cinematographer and director of photography John Brawley, who has worked on TV shows such as Offspring, had the chance to take the Pocket Cinema Camera on a whirl around some local markets. Using a 12-35mm Panasonic lens, he shot some casual footage using the "Film" look, using zebras to show any clipping issues.

"I guess for those that like to shoot discretely, guerrilla or documentary style, this will give you a good sense of what you're going to get. The same great dynamic range and look has been inherited from the BMCC," said Brawley on his blog.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera - Market from John Brawley Tests on Vimeo.

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dreamer2030 posted a comment   
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The Blackmagic pocket camera has some good things going for it and I probably would have purchased one a few year ago had it been available however I feel that 1080p is finally coming to an end, it did have a great run! (I'm sure that a few will disagree with me!) but with the recent advances of more affordability in the 4k market in every aspect


LeeM4 posted a reply   

Disagree. 1080p will be around for a while yet. Even people are still shooting SD broadcasts!!! Don't get carried away on the 4K bandwagon.

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