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Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount

Includes Free
Value $23.75
You Pay: $1,995.00
Product Highlights
  • 2.5K Image Sensor
  • 12-bit RAW, ProRes and DNxHD Formats
  • 13 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30p Frame Rates
  • EF and ZE Lens Mount
  • LCD Touchscreen with Metadata Entry
  • SDI Video Output and Thunderbolt Port
  • Mic/Line Audio Inputs
  • Records to Removable SSD Drives
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve and UltraScope

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera with EF Mount from Blackmagic Design brings to film makers a tool that many have waited for. Recording to a 2.5K image sensor, the camera is capable of recording 12-bit RAW DNG files, as well as ProRes and DNxHD formats to built-in removable SSD drives (not included), while delivering 13 stops of dynamic range. And it does so at a previously unheard of price point.

The camera is housed in an elegant, minimalist enclosure, crafted from a single block of aluminum. It can be used hand held or mounted on industry standard hardware. The lens mount accepts Canon EF and Zeiss ZE lenses, and the LCD touchscreen provides monitoring, plus the ability for the user to add metadata such as shot number, filenames and keywords.

To handle the high data video output, the company includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve, its premier color correcting software for Mac and Windows. Also included is a copy of UltraScope. When connected to a computer via Thunderbolt, the software provides technically accurate waveform monitoring, displaying six live scope views on a single monitor.

Since everything has been designed to provide high quality acquisition, the camera is perfect for independent film, television commercials and episodic television production, all places where image quality is paramount. And being affordable, it will also find its way into wedding, sporting event and music video capture.

PLEASE NOTE: The camera cannot format SSD drives. SSD drives have to be formatted (via an external 2.5" compatible dock) as HFS+ on a Mac, or by using Macdrive (not included) on a Windows PC.

Dynamic Range
  • Captures a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops into 12-bit DNG files for a true "filmic" look
  • Preserves detail in both shadows and highlights, and even handles indoor shots while keeping the details of any images captured through windows
  • Allows for keeping all sensor data and enhancing the creative decisions during DaVinci Resolve color grading
EF Compatible Lens Mount
  • Supports optics from leading lens crafters such as Canon, Zeiss and many more
  • Compatible with EF and ZE mount lenses
  • Allows full electronic control of the lens - simply point, set iris and focus on command
Capacitive Touchscreen Display
  • Five inch touchscreen allows for setting up a shot, as well as playback from the SSD using the transport control buttons below the screen
  • Enter shot data and update the camera's settings using the capacitive touchscreen display
  • Double tap to zoom the image for fast and accurate focus
  • Data strip displays information including record status, shutter angle, ISO, battery level, record time and more
Metadata Entry
  • Features built-in metadata entry so that files include information compatible with popular editing software
  • Dramatically speeds up the whole post production process
  • Entering metadata is easy - simply tap the capacitive LCD touchscreen to display the slate where information can be entered including shot number, search tags, scene number, Timecode, and more
  • Set shot number and other data to increment automatically
  • Metadata is compatible with leading editing software and is fully searchable, bypassing the time consuming task of searching for specific shots when editing a project
SSD Recorder
  • Built-in SSD recorder uses low cost 2.5" SSDs
  • Allows for 2.5K uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit capture, as well as Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD compressed video formats
  • Play back directly from the camera, mount the disk to any computer, or use Blackmagic Design's HyperDeck Studio deck
  • With Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD video formats, record for more than five hours on a single 480 GB SSD
  • All file formats conform to open standards used by most professional NLE software
  • When finished shooting, simply connect the SSD to a computer and edit or color shots straight from the disc
Connectors
  • Uses only standard connections, no custom cable required
  • Dual balanced microphone/line audio inputs for recording high quality uncompressed audio
  • 3 Gb/s SDI out for on set monitoring or for sending to live production switchers
  • Includes 12 to 30 VDC input for power and battery charging
  • Stereo mini (3.5 mm) headphone output
  • LANC remote control and high speed Thunderbolt port for computer capture
Open File Formats
  • Camera uses standard file formats
  • Recording native 2.5K resolution uses the open CinemaDNG format, delivering full 12-bit RAW recording quality
  • Choose 1080HD recording into ProRes and DNxHD compressed video formats for even greater compatibility
Included Software
  • Full DaVinci Resolve 9.0 software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac and Windows
  • Shoot wide dynamic range images and then make color correction decisions in post production
  • Media Express software for video capture from the camera's Thunderbolt port
  • UltraScope provides technically accurate waveform monitoring
  • Connect the camera to any computer using Thunderbolt to display six live scope views on a single monitor
  • Use UltraScope on set or in any location for parade, waveform, vectorscope and histogram signal measurement
  • Includes picture view, audio level , and phase monitoring
Sensor Resolution 2432 x 1366
Raw Resolution 12-bit RAW files recorded at 2432 x 1366
Shooting Resolutions 2.5K RAW at 2432 x 1366.
ProRes and DNxHD at 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
Sensor Size Actual: 16.64 x 14.04 mm
Active: 15.6 x 8.8 mm
Dynamic Range 13 stops
Focus Focus button turns on peaking
Iris Control Iris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped
Lens Mount EF and ZE mount compatible with electronic iris control
Screen Size: 5" with 800 x 480 resolution
Type: Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Metadata Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords
Controls Onscreen touch menus
Physical buttons for recording and transport control
Microphone Integrated mono microphone
Speaker Integrated mono speaker
Connections SDI Video Output: 1 x 10-bit HD-SDI 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
Analog Audio Input: 2 x 1/4" TRS balanced phone switchable between microphone and line levels
Analog Audio Output: 1 x 3.5 mm TRS stereo mini headphone
SDI Audio Output: 4 channels in HD-SDI
Remote Control: 1 x 2.5 mm LANC for Record Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
Computer Interface: Thunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audio, USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration
External Power: 12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter
Storage Type: Removable 2.5" SSD
Format: Mac OS Extended format (SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive [not included] on a Windows PC)
Rates: 5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K fits about 30 minutes of 24p video on a 256 GB solid state disk - compressed HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW video
Uncompressed Recording Format: RAW 2.5K CinemaDNG
Compressed Recording Format: Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. All compressed recording in 1920x1080 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video dynamic range
Standards SDI Compliance: SMPTE 292M
SDI Audio Sampling: 24-bit/48 kHz
Mounting 3 x 1/4" thread mounting points on top of camera
1 x 1/4" thread tripod mount with locator pin
Power Integrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery
12~30 VDC port for external battery power or use included 12 VAC adapter
Battery Life: Approximately 90 minutes
Charge Time: Approximately 2 hours when not in use
Dimensions 6.5 x 4.5 x 5" (166 x 114 x 126 mm) 1
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Excluding detachable sunshade and turret dust cap

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Weight 3.8 lb (1.7 kg)
Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount
  • External 12 VAC Power Supply
  • DaVinci Resolve Software with Resolve USB Dongle
  • Media Express Software
  • Blackmagic UltraScope Software
  • Detachable Sun Shield
  • Camera Strap
  • Turret Dust Cap
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Blackmagic DesignCinema Camera with EF Mount
     
    4.4

    (based on 80 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (48)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (68)
    • Easy to use (56)
    • Large clear LCD (40)
    • Good in low light (26)
    • Image stabilization (10)

    Cons

    • Poor sound (20)
    • Poor in low light (9)
    • Complicated to operate (5)
    • No image stabilization (4)

    Best Uses

    • Movies/short films (60)
    • HD shooting (53)
    • Documentaries (44)
    • Travel (17)
    • Weddings (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (47), Semi-pro (22), Enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (71)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Outstanding camera, but "hidden costs"

    Am VERY happy with this purchase. I use this camera for projects ranging from documentary to commercial advertising. The image quality, dynamic range, color depth, and RAW ability make this camera an...Read complete review

    Am VERY happy with this purchase. I use this camera for projects ranging from documentary to commercial advertising. The image quality, dynamic range, color depth, and RAW ability make this camera an outstanding device for any form of motion picture capture. The faults (more like warnings) I have with the camera is the ergonomics of it and its more of an investment than it appears at first. You will not be able to properly shoot with this camera without a cinema kit. At least a Matte box and focus pull knob at bare minimum. The RAW format also eats up a lot of space, aprox. 250 gigs per 30 minutes of footage, so have spare SSDs. The camera also has a set internal battery, that has about 1 hour of life in it, with over an hour charge time, so a battery solution is a must in most environments. With that, a good lens for the camera can set you back the cost of the camera or more. If you are serious about production, and willing to shell out the "hidden costs", then this is a great camera! Also, be aware you are taking on a much more extensive work flow than with typical digital capture devices, especially when in the RAW format. The controls while shooting, on the other hand, are very simple and easy to understand.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not so much

    Read all of the reviews and blogs carefully. Excited about the potential and I felt I had a pretty good understanding about the shortcomings, form factor etc. I purchased three lenses from...Read complete review

    Read all of the reviews and blogs carefully. Excited about the potential and I felt I had a pretty good understanding about the shortcomings, form factor etc. I purchased three lenses from B&H to beat the crop factor. Canon 24-70 f2.8, Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Rokinon 8mm cine prime f3.5. After taking the camera into the studio to do some testing I noticed I could not make the Rokinon or the Tokina focus to infiniti below a 5.6. The Tokina is getting heavy praise by the reviewers as a great zoom to work around the crop factor. The Rokinon is a low price lens and I assumed there might be distortion around the edges. Trouble is the image is soft all over the frame. Both the Tokina and Rokinon were soft all over the frame from wide open to 5.6 and were not tack sharp at that point. The Canon 24-70 would seemingly focus to infiniti, but if you zoomed into 70 and focused on an object and pulled back to 24 the object you just focused on would then be significantly soft.
    I contacted Black Magic support and they dismissed the Rokinon and Tokina as inferior lenses and would only address the Canon 24-70. Apparently EF mount really doesn't mean all EF lenses. All of the lenses shoot sharp images on a Canon DSLR. It has been three days with no communication. I packed up the camera and shipped it back to B&H for a refund. I have no particular beef with Black Magic, but no time or inclination to be the guinea pig to sort this out. I post this only so others can thoroughly evaluate the purchase. I will continue my camera search for another camera.

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    3.0

    reasonably good camera.

    By darkenergymedia

    from Venice, CA

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light
    • Poor Sound
    • Terrible Support

    Best Uses

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

      the image quality this camera produces is admirable - particuarly the RAW video - it's capable of really amazing images.unfortunately the poor audio support (an advertised feature) prevents it being useful for what we wanted, which was an all-in-one solution we could pipe audio from an amp to for run-and-gun BTS coverage.this camera is definitely not the camera for that.it excels in environments with a good amount of control and certainly dual-system sound. the form factor is clunky but compact. the real problem with the camera, however, is the fact that you're dealing with blackmagic design, a company becoming renowned for abysmal support, and this camera is no exception. early users have been waiting for their issues to be addressed for years now with silence from blackmagic.caveat emptor!

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      5.0

      Little quirky but stunning images.

      By marshallbaker

      from broken arrow, ok

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light
      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

      Blackmagic has had their issues with quality control, so I was a little nervous, but having it now for a couple weeks I'm loving it. The image quality is amazing. It's especially best in raw but be aware the raw workflow is really grueling unless you have an amazing pc/mac. Even if you don't though its worth it.

      Even in ProRes 422 (not even ProRes HQ) the image is stunning and blows away the footage I was getting from the 6D and Rebels I've used. Still love those cameras but the h264 codec 50mbps can't even come close to the image quality from the BMCC.

      Note* Not a low light camera. You'll want fast lenses or bring lights. That said, since the native ISO/ASA is 800, almost all offices I've shot in (interviews etc...)have enough light that you can shoot at f3.5 or even f4, at 800 iso and have plenty of light. Don't shoot at ISO 1600, it's pretty terrible. Also, you'll see FPN (fixed pattern noise) if you underexpose too much.

      Love the fact that all my canon lenses can now be swapped around with the camera.

      I'm using the Anker Astro Pro 2 for the battery, on 16" rails, with the smallhd top handle, and ikan baseplate.

      Great camera. Just make your thoroughly test it out when you get it....then enjoy!

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      5.0

      Really Impressed, and Suprised

      By KS Pete

      from Kansas City, MO

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Great Picture Quality
      • Versatility

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • No Phantom Power
      • Screen Glare Is Bad

      Best Uses

      • Corporate Video
      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

      Before I bought this I read all the reviews. I knew that it would have limitations in low light. What I didn't know, was how soundly it would kick my Canon XF100's rear end in low light performance.I shoot our church's sermon every week in a setting where it simply isn't possible to "add more light." I'm always searching for a better way to shoot.I have been shooting with the XF100 for about a year and the results have been, well, grainy. Everything is shot in 1080p @ 30 frames. I even played with shooting in 720p for the extra stop and it was still grainy. I'm shooting from the back of the room so a long zoom was always required. With the XF100, that meant zooming all the way in. On the BMCC I'm shooting with a Canon 70-200 2.8 zoomed to 200mm. With the crop factor it works out perfectly. With the BMCC, I shot in ProRes HQ using the "video" setting rather than film. The results are just completely wonderful. I do any documentary work shooting in 2.5k with film setting, but I am extremely pleased with the 1080p results in low light. This camera really is a workhorse, and much more versatile than the other reviews I read led me to believe.I do agree with the other reviewers that the onboard audio recording is only good enough for reference audio. I record audio with a Rode NTG-1 and a Tascam DR-60, then sync in PluralEyes or FCPX.

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      4.0

      Great camera

      By Tesla 82

      from Chicago

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

        Image quality is great. Easy to use.

        The only complaint that I have is that there are some strange audio anomalies when recording audio to a camera.

        First, when using the Mic level input there is some kind of high pass filter on the audio. even when an external mic is plugged in. BMD may change this with a future firmware update but thats how it is in 1.8.2.

        There are currently no audio Meters.. again these will probably be added in a future update as they were just added to the 4k camera.

        A mic preamp is NECESSARY to record decent audio. Recording direct into the camera using the cameras gain to raise the signal is very very noisy.

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        4.0

        Great Value for the Money

        By KS Pete

        from Kansas City, MO

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • 12 Bit Raw
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Ssd Recording

        Cons

        • Missing Audio Meters
        • Terrible Preamps

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Movies/Short Films

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

        The ability to extract extremely high quality from a budget-priced piece of equipment is the number one reason this camera is awesome.

        If you're used to shooting in a professional environment with separate audio recording, lighting, etc., you will be as impressed with the image quality as I have been, particularly shooting RAW.

        You will need one heck of a computer for post, most likely a new Mac Pro.

        Caveat: If you are thinking about using this camera to run and gun, you are deluded. That's not what it was made for and you won't be happy with the results. Do not try and record your primary audio with the camera, the preamps are terrible, even after you get past the missing XLR and Phantom power. Record audio, sure, but use it as scratch and then sync some good audio using PluralEyes.

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        4.0

        Good and Getting Better

        By Gary

        from MA

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Poor Sound

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

          I almost always use the BMCC in Prores 1080p Film mode which gives me an outstanding flat detailed image. Uncompressed 2.5k takes up too much space for me to use on a regular basis. The only time i have used 2.5k is for quick (30 sec) spots where i want the extra resolution.

          The firmware it shipped with wasnt good and i knew this (no audio meters, histogram, formatting options, ect..) but after a longggg wait blackmagic seems to be working on this. They came out with a new firmware (1.8) yesterday 6/2014 and said they will keep coming out with more. I am confident that they will add audio meters (which is the biggest glaring omission in the next few months)

          The ergonomics arnt great but neither are a DSLR's. You will spend the extra money you save on purchasing this camera at this price on extra equipment to kit it out.

          In all the camera outputs a great image even if the ergonomics are a little on the "slower to operate" side.

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          4.0

          More than acceptable!

          By Shoe

          from USA

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Unconventional Auto Input

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Nice For Lens Work

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

          EF mount, focus peaking, ease of use, connections, compatibility, compression settings. Nice compact hard case.

          Intuitive!

          I love it I'll keep it even though it makes me spend more money, but I like new toys.

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          4.0

          Definitely worth looking into

          By Ethan the Video Guy

          from Lancaster, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Crop Sensor
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

          This camera is certainly unique and it's a great camera to buy if you're looking to step up the quality of your video. The only reason I rated this camera a 4 instead of the 5 is because of how it's marketed. The biggest attraction to this camera is it's ability to record in 120bit RAW at a 2.5K resolution. That's great and all, but unless you have the time and the patience to process the huge file sizes, you're not going to want to play around with it. The reason I still decided to purchase this camera is because of the ability to shoot in ProRes. This is still a compressed 1080p format, but the quality from the camera is amazing.Some other things that I like about the Cinema Camera are it's EF mount for all of my Canon EF lenses that I already own, the customizable Meta Data, built in SSD recorder, and it's Thunderbolt port for viewing video scopes. The only other downside for me is the short battery life; but that's inevitable when you have an impressive touch screen display and the ability to record to a large format SSD. All you have to do is by an external battery back and you'll be set.If you are looking to upgrade from a DSLR then you should definitely consider this camera. It's less than $2,000 which is unusual for a cinema camera. The footage looks great and I am very happy with the usability.PS - you will have to format your SSD before using it with your Cinema Camera

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          5.0

          Awesome Camera

          By German Carranza

          from Coral Springs, FL

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

          • Poor In Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

          This camera takes such high quality videos. The LCD touch screen is large and easy to use. The control settings are as user-friendly as the settings app on an iPhone. Although it's a little heavier than I expected, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera feels rugged and well made. The grip material on the front face and back is excellent quality. I highly recommend purchasing a quality tripod or at least a camera rig as you really feel the weight of the camera after filming only a few minutes.

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          5.0

          Absolute godsend

          By Broken Media Studios

          from St. Charles, MO

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

          Have only had a couple of day and this camera has far exceeded my expectations. It is having a professional production camera at a consumer cost. You can not beat that.

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          3.0

          Falls way short of expectations

          By djfern

          from Hamilton, ONtario

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Dim Inaccurate Lcd
          • Over 2x Crop Factor
          • Poor In Low Light
          • Poor Sound

          Best Uses

          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

          It's not a terrible camera, and for the price, it's possible to achieve a high degree of quality.

          However, the faults with this camera, even at this price point are many and deserve to be understood by any prospective buyer:

          1) The LCD screen on the back is useless outdoors and is not colour accurate.

          2) There are no sound meters, so if recording sound IN the camera is necessary for you, forget it. It's almost useless. On that note, even when it does record sound, there's a loud hissy pre-amp. And the built-in mic, which is barely ok for scratch track, is located next to the fan at the bottom of the camera. ?! Seriously. It's almost completely unusable for sound recording.

          3) The ergonomics are terrible. You NEED a rig to hand hold this, and pretty much do anything with it. So add in the cost of an external monitor, battery system, cage and it's not such a great deal any more.

          4) The APSC sized sensor is a big pain with a 2.5X magnification. It makes your 50mm lens a 75, your 24 a 36, etc... To get 'wide' you pretty much need to buy a lens in the 15mm or less range. Also because of the sensor size, it's difficult to get a nice shallow depth of field, so if that's important to you, this camera is sure to disappoint.

          5) The RAW recording is ok, but the post-process is cumbersome. It records individual still images for each frame which must be compiled with Davinci Resolve before you can edit. If you're ok with that, the dynamic range is truly amazing. If you're in a rush, you'll find yourself wishing for 12bit ProRes recording instead... The included 10bit ProRes422(HQ) is not good enough for serious grading unfortunately.

          6) It is noisy like nothing I've ever seen before. I thought the RED One was bad. Be absolutely certain that your image is exposed properly, because if you underexpose in ProRes, with a dark shot, you're going to find some very ugly noise banding. It could make your image unusable. Low light noise in the blacks is very bad.

          7) Don't expect Blackmagic to ever update the firmware and add features. They've proven that they won't. What you see if what you get. Period.

          Who this is for:

          1) Indie filmmakers on a budget who want RAW recoding with an EF mount camera at a very affordable price.

          2) People who don't mind a complex post workflow.

          3) People who have or have access to quality sound recording equipment that can record sound separately to be synced with the footage later.

          4) People with about $3k-$6k extra to spend on accessories.

          Who this is NOT for:

          1) Documentary filmmakers.

          2) People who expect professional video camera features to be present or added.

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          5.0

          Blackmagic Cinema Camera

          By Iamdondada

          from Global Citizen

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

            with 2.5k image sensor, this camera is next big bang.

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            5.0

            Awesome Camera period

            By cme4tv

            from Virginia Beach VA

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel
            • TV Commercials

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

            I've been in video production since 1994, I've watched many things change for the better especially NLE streamline production. This camera shoots beautiful footage when matched with a decent lens, even a cheaper lens you still get an awesome image to work with in post. The reviews about the onboard audio are correct the fan noise is horrible so you will need to ad lav mics or external audio recording etc but the pay off is GREAT VIDEO that looks and feels like FILM! I bought one and I love it so far, I wish it didn't have an internal battery and WISH IT had XLR audio input as well as AUDIO METER!!! but for the cost vs what you get it's well worth the investment in my opinion. You will need and external battery power pack so just buy one.

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            1.0

            Battery Exploded

            By Forest

            from Seattle

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Self Destruct Feature
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

            • Battery Explodes
            • Minor Burns
            • Smoke Damage

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

              Had been using the camera for the last 6 months and been loving it... until yesterday, when the battery exploded, violently spewing smoke everywhere and filling my studio. The camera is destroyed, along with my SSD and all of my footage. I was using one of the recommended external battery packs to supplement the internal battery. [*]

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              5.0

              Great Camera

              By Lee

              from Richmond Virginia

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

                    This is a great camera, the picture quality is amazing!

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                    5.0

                    WOW! Just WOW!

                    By EricButts

                    from Lexington, KY

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Movies/Short Films

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

                      If this thing was $ it would still be a great deal! As someone who upgraded from DSLRs, the image quality on this blows my mind! Even in the ProRes it's such a huge improvement! The 2.5k raw footage will take about 1 TB per 2hrs, so be prepared to invest in lots of storage and make sure you at least have USB 3.0 connections. The camera design is a bit bulky and is not great for hand held on it's own. Once you put even a short lens on, it becomes front heavy and wants to tip, but I've rigged it to my Redrock Micro rods and everything works fine!The screen has major glare issue when in the sun, but an external monitor works around that nicely!The few features the camera is lacking can for the most part be made up for with additional gear!The inclusion of Davinci makes it a no-brainer! The software is every bit as powerful and intuitive as claimed!If you're looking for something better than DSLR, don't even think about it! Just get it!

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                      5.0

                      Great sensor, great encoding on a budget

                      By Luke

                      from Nashville

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Movies/Short Films

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

                        I was initially drawn to this camera because I have a range of good EF lenses from my work with stills photography. The more I read about it: the dynamic range, the 4:2:2 (that's double the color information of most consumer kit) with advanced codecs or RAW shooting, the happier I became. I bought this hoping it would be a creative tool, and it is one-- miles ahead of my Vixia. I understand it is also superior to most DSLRs.My real passion is stills photography, but this has made me very strict about quality. This fits the bill even with the few shortcomings it has. The only big negative point is the super 16 sensor, but you know about this coming in. If you are coming up from consumer kit, this is much bigger than what you are used to and will give you a big bump in image sharpness and resolution. I also don't think it's as big a problem for depth of field as some people are making out. The other small negative is the lack of a "space remaining on SSD" feature. For my personal use this is not a problem.

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                        4.0

                        Just Great

                        By Wholesome Sam

                        from Chinatown, LA, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom
                        • Poor Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • Movies/Short Films

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

                        I like the Blackmagic. it is sleek and films well. I have had no problems as of yet.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome camera!

                        By Taylor Jai

                        from Columbia, SC

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Zoom range/performance

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

                        We went into this purchase knowing that there would be "extras". The images are just breath taking--and it's extremely easy to use!!

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                        4.0

                        Pros and Cons

                        By Alexander

                        from Toronto, ON

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • HD Shooting
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Movies/Short Films
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount:

                          I use the product for commercial production for largely online use, some television.

                          This camera has pros and cons, it is about accepting the downsides and taking advantage of the pros.

                          The image quality is amazing, the sharpness and flat colour capture is miles above and dslr. Davinci resolve is amazing for even basic colour correction and file conversions.

                          Cons, battery life, cropped sensor, frame rates, form factor.

                          Despite all the cons it is great camera, I prefer the quality over the 5D and despite the cons the most important thing is quality.

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