Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

Includes Free
Value $24.25
You Pay: $995.00
Product Highlights
  • Super 16mm Sized Image Sensor
  • Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • 13 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Records Full HD 1920x1080 CinemaDNG RAW
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 220 Mbps
  • Portable Design (5" Long and 12.5 oz)
  • 3.5" LCD Display with 800x480 Resolution
  • Uses SDXC and SDHC Memory Cards
  • EN-EL20 Compatible Rechargeable Battery
  • HDMI, LANC, 3.5mm Audio Input and Output

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design is a compact Super 16 format camera designed for digital film production. The Super 16 sized sensor has an effective resolution of 1920 x 1080 and is capable of capturing 13 stops of dynamic range. The Pocket Cinema Camera records Full HD video in either the lossless CinemaDNG RAW or Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) format. The active Micro Four Thirds lens mount can accommodate a growing range of MFT format lenses as well as a host of excellent legacy lenses via optional adapters. Blackmagic Design has packed all of these impressive features into a remarkably compact (5 x 2.6 x 1.5") and lightweight (12.5 oz) magnesium alloy chassis.

Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera lets you use an extensive range of lenses. With full electronic control of an MFT lens, you can simply point and set iris all on command. The Micro Four Thirds lens mount also gives you the flexibility to adapt to PL or other lens mounts as required. Moreover, the Super 16 size sensor is compatible with a wide range of adapters for film quality Super 16 lenses.
13 Stops of Dynamic Range
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera delivers a film-like look with a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops. This means you retain all sensor data for DaVinci Resolve color grading. Plus, you get two dynamic range settings, film Log or video REC709, so you can choose the right dynamic range for your project. Using DaVinci Resolve Lite, which can be downloaded free from Blackmagic Design's website, you can color correct files natively or transcode them into a different file format to suit your post production workflow.
Record to SD Cards
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a built-in SD card recorder that captures ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG files to fast SDXC cards. SD cards are commonly available and can be formatted for either HFS+ or exFAT, making them compatible with either Mac OS X or Windows.
CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records into high quality ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW files so you retain fine image detail with wide dynamic range for amazing images. This means that the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera supports true open file formats, so you're not locked into a strange file format that your editing software can't handle.
Portable Design
Designed as an ultra compact, digital film camera the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a lightweight, elegant design that fits into your pocket. Produced from magnesium alloy, it includes a high resolution LCD for precise focusing and a built in SD card recorder, so you get a complete solution without the need to buy expensive accessories.
High Resolution Display
The 3.5", 800 x 480 resolution LCD allows you to monitor while shooting and review files recorded on the SD card. The high resolution screen makes it easy to focus accurately and lets you zoom in to 1:1 size so you focus precisely every time. Camera status displayed at the bottom of the screen shows record status, shutter angle, time lapse interval, aperture setting, ISO, battery level and record time. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera even includes built-in metadata entry.
SDXC and SDHC Memory Cards
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a built-in SD card recorder. With the fast read/write capabilities of SDXC and SDHC cards you can record digital film quality images to a memory card that is smaller than a postage stamp. The camera creates 12-bit lossless compressed CinemaDNG and 10-bit ProRes 422 (HQ) files that are way beyond broadcast standards. When using ProRes you can record for more than 50 minutes on a 64GB SD card at 24 frames per second.
Removable EL-EN20 Compatible Battery
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes a removable and rechargeable lithium ion battery, which provides up to an hour of continuous recording time. The Nikon EL-EN20 battery type is commonly available, so you can purchase multiple batteries if you need to shoot for longer periods. The battery charge time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with the camera off. Plus, with a wide 12-20V power input range the camera can easily be powered and charged from larger professional camera batteries and other power sources.
Professional Connections
The connections on the side of the camera include a micro HDMI output with optional overlays for easy on set monitoring. You also get a standard mini jack microphone input that is compatible with common AV style microphones, plus a mini jack headphone socket for audio monitoring using headphones. A LANC control input is also included for remote operation, and you can power the camera and recharge the removable battery with the 12V DC input.
Metadata Support
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can record metadata such as automatic camera data and user data like shot numbers, custom filenames and keywords. A four-way directional control pad allows users to navigate the menus and enter metadata.
Mounting Options
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a 1/4"-20 UNC threaded mounting point on the top and bottom of the camera. This enables any number of support configurations, from mounting the camera on a tripod and attaching accessories to car mounts, pole mounts and practically any type of set-up you can imagine.
Other Features
The camera's FOCUS button turns on and off the peaking focus assist feature, and the IRIS button automatically adjusts the iris setting when used with a compatible lens. Other features include focus peaking display and 1:1 scale display.
Camera
Sensor Size 12.48 x 7.02 mm (effective)
Effective Resolution 1920 x 1080
Dynamic Range 13 stops
Lens Mount Active MFT
Crop Factor 2.88x crop factor compared to Full-Frame
Recording
Recording Media Removable SDXC and/or SDHC cards (exFAT or HFS+ format)
Recording Formats Lossless CinemaDNG RAW
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (QuickTime MOV)
Recording Resolution 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
Bit Rate 220 Mbps using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
Interface
Video Output Micro HDMI type D (x1)
Digital Audio Output 2 channels, 48 kHz and 24 bit (embedded in HDMI output)
Analog Audio Input 3.5mm stereo mini jack (x1)
Analog Audio Output 3.5mm stereo mini jack (x1)
Remote Control 2.5mm LANC (x1) for record START/STOP, iris control and focus
Computer Interface USB 2.0 mini B port (for software updates and configuration)
Power Input 0.7mm DC jack for power and battery charging (x1)
Display
Display Type Integrated LCD
Display Size 3.5"
Display Resolution 800 x 480
General
Built-In Microphone Integrated stereo microphone
Built-in Speaker Integrated mono speaker
Mounting 1/4"-20 UNC thread (x1, on top of camera)
1/4"-20 UNC thread (x1, tripod mount on the bottom)
Supported Software Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Nuke - The Foundry, Adobe Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve
Operating System Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
Windows 7 or later
Power 12-20 VDC
Battery Type: EN-EL20 compatible, rechargeable lithium ion battery
Battery Life: approx. 1 hour of continuous recording time
Charge Time: approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes when the camera is off and approximately 2 hours when in use
Operating Temperature 32 ~ 104° F (0 ~ 40° C)
Storage Temperature -4 ~ 113° F (-20 ~ 45° C)
Relative Humidity 0 ~ 90% non-condensing
Dimensions 5.04 x 1.49 x 2.6 (128 x 38 x 66 mm)
Weight 12.52 oz (355 g)
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera
  • Wrist Strap
  • Turret Dust Cap
  • 12V AC Adapter
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (EN-EL20)
  • SD Card with User Manual and Camera Utility Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Blackmagic DesignPocket Cinema Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 239 reviews)

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (126)
    • Great picture quality (108)
    • Compact (73)
    • Lightweight (65)
    • Professional quality (62)

    Cons

    • Poor sound (52)
    • Lacks functionality (30)
    • No image stabilization (22)
    • Poor in low light (15)
    • Limited compatibility (10)

    Best Uses

    • Movies/short films (99)
    • Documentaries (81)
    • HD shooting (77)
    • Independent films (63)
    • Travel (60)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (52), Semi-pro (49), Professional artist (41), Enthusiast (30), Business owner (22)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera

    I have mixed feelings about my new Pocket Cinema Camera. It has lots of pluses and 6 major minuses. Here's my thoughts regarding the camera operating on Firmware 1.4.1 released 8-23-13....Read complete review

    I have mixed feelings about my new Pocket Cinema Camera. It has lots of pluses and 6 major minuses. Here's my thoughts regarding the camera operating on Firmware 1.4.1 released 8-23-13. Hopefully, by the time you read this, Black Magic Designs will have corrected many of the problems indicated below via updated firmware.

    I work in broadcast television production, specifically, TV commercial production for clients and ad agencies across the US. I shoot a lot of hospital TV campaigns and I wanted a small camera that could be used for cutaways in crowded operating rooms and other areas where a full-size camera is awkward and attracts too much attention.

    Let me state that this camera, although small and "consumer like" in physical appearance is not a consumer camera. It can only shoot video, no stills.

    The plusses: 1. Excellent resolution, the camera will actually do 1000 lines of horizontal resolution as tested on the 3 foot resolution chart in our offices. And that's 1,000 lines looking at the encoded ProRes422HQ file! I've never seen that resolution on a DSLR (unless you're shooting RAW).

    2. For all practical purposes, there's no visible aliasing or moiré pattern interference in the recorded images. I've deliberately tried to create problems for the camera with certain fabrics, venetian blinds, brick patterns etc. The picture is very, very good.

    3. The ProRes422HQ encoder is excellent. As far as I'm concerned, the best there is for compressed media. It's the encoder Canon should have used in their C300 & C100. It does require a very fast memory card. I bought the 64Gig Sandisk Extreme Pro card. ProRes422HQ burns through a 64GB card in about 35+ minutes.

    4. The camera's HDMI output (and recording) is 10bit 4:2:2. This means no "banding" or distinct visible steps in a gradated sky or BG. The HDMI is selectable between a "clean feed" or with visual overlays added. The live HDMI also has embedded audio. (All current DSLR's have only 8 bit video, and Canon in the 5D Mk3 does not embed live audio, so external recordings from HDMI are silent.) The 1024 steps from black to white allow very good detail in blacks and whites.

    5. The camera and its lens mount are very strong and made of CNC machined metal. Other than the buttons and LCD screen, there's no visible plastic.

    6. The camera uses an active 4/3 lens mount for its "super 16" sized sensor. This was a good choice as with inexpensive adapters, almost any lens can be used on the camera. Having owned an 16mm Arriflex SRII, the hardest thing you'll be trying to find is a really good wide-angle, fast lens. You really need a 10mm lens as your wide-angle. Most of the older 16mm "C" mount lenses will vignette on this camera. If you go that route, make sure to see the lens work on your BMPCC before spending lots of money. Some older "C" mount wide-angles might cover the sensor, but have far less resolution at the edges. (Some company needs to make a 10mm, 4/3 mount lens with an F2 aperture.)

    7. The camera has a built-in log low-contrast "film" setup that works very well for post-production grading. (The camera's "video" setting clips too much white and black detail for me.)

    Now the unfortunate minuses:

    1. The present firmware failed to properly switch the gain of the mic/line input so a typical mic level external microphone can be used. It currently works very well with external, unbalanced line level sources (-12db) The tiny internal mics pick up ambience when the level setting is 90% or more.

    2. The camera literally "eats" batteries. It uses inexpensive Nikon EN-EL20 batteries. I'm sure the battery was chosen because it's the biggest lithium-ion battery that will fit in the handgrip. Without exaggeration, a battery lasts 15 to 20 minutes. You'll need 6 or more batteries. There's lots of inexpensive ones available on the internet that seem to work as well (or as poorly) as the camera supplied battery. You should also buy a couple inexpensive wall chargers for your collection of batteries.

    3. If the camera sees a bright specular highlight, like a bare CFL bulb in your shot, the clipped white bulb will appear to be bigger than it really is. The same with car headlights at night. It's not as bad as it sounds. Several people I showed video to didn't notice the effect until I pointed it out. On certain shots, such as sun reflections on rippled water, it actually looks pretty good.

    4. The dreaded "black dot sun". When a 14 bit A to D converter hits maximum input from the CMOS sensor (IE: 14 ones 11111111111111) the next step roll over of the A-D is to zero or (00000000000000). This effect only happens when you're shooting directly into the sun or possibly the open filament of a clear lightbulb. I've only seen the problem when I intentionally try to cause it. I believe the larger Black Magic camera has the same problem.

    5. On a bright, sunny day, the camera's LCD screen is not usable. It's a pretty low contrast LCD and I had to use an external Zacuto EVF to shoot outdoors. Maybe some company will at least offer an attachable 16x9 rubber hood with eye diopter for the camera.

    6. There are no VU meters or any other sound level indicators on the camera. This is a real problem if you're shooting a critical interview. However, an external Zacuto EVF or Alphatron EVF will display HDMI audio levels on their LCD screens.

    Despite its low points, I love the look of the final graded image. The color is very true to reality and not very "punchy". At 800 ASA, it has a tiny bit of noise which looks very much like 35mm film grain. As I said at the beginning of this writing, hopefully by the time you read this, Black Magic Designs will have addressed the problems with a firmware update.

    It's a shame the BMPCC camera was released before its firmware was ready, but that's an every growing trend today with manufacturers. The camera has a lot of potential.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It's more expensive than you think

    It's an interesting B camera for a well controlled situations (staged shootings). But don't let yourself be tricked with this $[$] price. To make it really work you should be ready...Read complete review

    It's an interesting B camera for a well controlled situations (staged shootings). But don't let yourself be tricked with this $[$] price. To make it really work you should be ready to spend another $1500-2000 on it. First of all you need to choose the lens. BMPCC is very light and has no in-camera stabilization. It supports only those lenses with stabilization that has manual stabilizator-switch on them. Considering the 3x crop factor the one and only option for this M4/3 camera is Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. lens. You won't need anything else (And anything else will be hell of a shaky). It's an awesome lens, but it costs $1119. Take this seriously. Without stabilization forget to use this «supposed-to-be pocket» camera hand-held. You may cut the spendings on lens by buying a tripod instead with all the limitations it brings. The battery life is ridiculous (20-30 minutes) so you'll need a bunch (5-10) of extra EN-EL20 batteries ($15 each) to run the day. BMPCC is very picky for SD cards (it takes only the fastest and most expensive ones) and since it's on ProRes codec (1Gb+ per minute) you going to need for example a few (2-3) San Disc 64GB class 10 45Mbit/sec SDHC cards ($70-150 each) and 90Mbit/sec cards if you're going to shoot RAW. And this automatically brings the problem of data-storage. You're gonna need really big external hard drives (2TB WD My Passport as example – $100+) to store your video. The in-camera mic is garbage. Be ready to spend another $300 on external mic. LED display is garbage too. You can't work with it in a daylight. Are you ready to buy some external monitor or electronic viewfinder? The menu is crazy. To change ISO and stuff you'll need to click through 5 steps of date settings each time you need to change something! You can't preview how the changes in settings you're making affect the image. You see where it goes? Don't get me wrong. I love the image I get from the camera but this camera is an early bird, it's a prototype and I don't want to pay $2500-3000 to be a beta-tester for Blackmagic. I've dreamed about this camera and tested it for almost 30 days in my documentary work telling myself the mantra «Keep it! It's not a problem to switch from hand-held to tripod…» but now I'm shipping it back. I'll better wait for the next model.

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    5.0

    An Amazing Camera

    By barth36

    from Lake Charles, LA

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • Home Movies
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

      Has an absolutely fantastic image coming out of this camera. The ProRes looks great with minimal grading.

      Shooting in raw is amazing, but does require a good working knowledge of color grading to finish. If you're willing to invest the time, use DaVinci Resolve Lite for the ability to sculpt your images. Learning color grading, in my opinion, improves your cinematography.

      I have found this camera is not really a run-and-gun camera, but that is not what it is supposed to be. It is, however, quite a good cinematic camera. Add in a sound guy, lighting, some good lenses, and camera stabilization system (dolly, crane, Steadicam, etc.) and you have a usable production unit for a very low price. Want to go real cheap, just set it on a tripod and go old-school.

      I love it!

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      5.0

      New favorite camera

      By irontriangle

      from Minneapolis

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

        Easy to setup and get started.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Late, but good

        By Prasanna

        from Sri Lanka

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            I love it Thanks B&H

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            4.0

            Great cinema camera!

            By guillermobile

            from Washington DC

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

              So happy with this camera. I can't believe this little cam can do such a professional cinematic video.

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              5.0

              Awesome Picture in a Small Frame

              By Badgersan

              from Orange County, CA

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Quick Ingest To Fcpx

              Cons

              • Lenses Can Be Expensive
              • No External Timecode Sync
              • No Still Image Capability

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

              I use this to do project documentation for a large nighttime outdoor show and it has exceeded my expectations for sure. Going directly to ProRes, choice of lenses, 29.97 selectable as a frame rate; So great!

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              4.0

              So far so good

              By Tyrell

              from Seattle, Wa

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

              • Poor Sound

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

              So far it's great. Shooting RAW has never been so cheap and easy.

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              4.0

              The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

              By TCurcio9

              from Schaumburg, IL

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

              I bought this product at the summer discount, and I thought it was quite a steal. It took about 2 months to get from production to my house, which isn't terrible, but isn't good either. I Panasonic 14-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 as a sort of kit lens on the side. I've had about a week of experience with this camera and it has been sort of a love hate relationship. The picture quality is absolutely spectacular and second to none at this price range. It is also quite small and has room for add-ons. There is no onboard image stabilization, but if you are buying this camera you probably plan to buy a shoulder mount or some way of stabilizing it. The camera also has an auto focus and auto exposure buttons, the exposure button works fine, but the auto focus is a little lackluster but you will most likely be using manual focus so it is not much of an issue. (Keep in mind the price tag as well). The one part I'd say needs changing is the battery life. I can usually get about 20 minutes on a single charge with the screen on 85%, and I am still in the process of getting an external battery solution figured out. Plus the lens I use has some stabilization so it takes a little battery for that. There were a lot of complaints about there being no time remaining on card meter and no audio meters, those have both been implemented in a software update. So all in all this camera is an amazing entry camera for amatuer filmmakers and even a great run and gun camera for everyday videographers.

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              5.0

              Works great in my production setup

              By Warren Evans

              from Effingham, IL

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

              I acquired the BMPCC during the recent sale, but the quality of the device would be worth the full retail price. I do auto racing coverage, and the camera fixed a quality problem for finish line shots about 1500 feet away. I know it's not the intended use, but it does a fantastic job.

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              4.0

              Amazing Little Camera

              By Ritche

              from Canada

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

              • No image stabilization
              • Poor Sound

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

              Wow! took a while to get due to a backorder issue, but worth having it show up at my door. amazing little camera! night and day difference between this vs pro-sumer camera. you can shoot nice film-like movies with this. just google the footage and samples on youtube! lots of people have them up, and you can get an idea of what it looks like with different lenses.

              controls are self explanatory. can step through easily through menu. didn't need to read instructions but still reccommend to go through them.

              very compact and excellent with m43 lenses. prefer the lumix 12-35 because of its OIS for hand held. make sure to have this on tripod if you want good still shots with lenses without stability.

              don't like the battery life. may need to find an external battery solution or multiple batteries. they are cheap though. buy about 5. should last you a day if you plan to shoot all day.

              the cool thing about this camera is that it has lots of accessories online that you can order if you DID want to make it a full bore camera for shooting professionally. or, you can live with its little flaws such as battery life issue.

              i bought mine because it's the closest i will ever get in affording a camera that shoots film-like and in raw format. pro res video is great too! 13 stops of dynamic range!

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              4.0

              Best Bang for the Buck

              By Matt

              from Boulder, CO

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

              • Needs To Be Built Up

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

              The BMPCC has some obvious drawbacks, mainly that it requires so much in the way of accessories and building before you can actually use it professionally. That said, I can shoot 1080p RAW on a camera body I paid $ for - I can't complain.

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              5.0

              A lot for a small package

              By Big Jim

              from Phoenix, Az

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

                With the new firmware update the BMPCC has Peak Audio Meters,Histogram and a few other nice touches. While the long wait with no information was a bust. On arrival the Camera does win you over. Built in mics pick up camera noise mostly. Set up an external mic is easy enough.I purchased so, I could learn Blackmagic workflows. Camera is of high quality workmensship. Doesn't come with video editing software. You must download free version of Resolve 11 light from BlackMagic. Manual is written to cover all cameras except the top of the line model and not just the BMPCC. Which can be confusing when setting up camera features.In all it is a great camera, that I beleive will be a nice addition to anyone's camera bag.

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                4.0

                Exactly what you would expect

                By Sam

                from Washington, D.C.

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                • Poor Sound

                Best Uses

                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel

                Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

                I use this camera for both short films that are more cinematic and a variety of other style videos, like parkour or concert videos. I previously had a Canon T2i, and it's nothing like it, let that be known.

                It is the size of an iPhone, it really is a small camera. I've been putting on medium size EF zoom lenses on it and I prefer to support the camera by the lens than the body itself, only holding it to keep close to the record trigger. It perfectly fits with primes, I imagine even better so with native Micro Four-Thirds primes (Not talking about the 85 1.2 or 135 2 size primes...). I definitely would love this camera if I wanted to travel around a lot but stay light and portable. Simply wanted better image quality than a DSLR.

                It is not a feature-rich camera. It has peaking, zebras, histogram, audio levels, and supposedly frame guides (though, I'm not quite sure what guides it supposedly has, maybe just the standard 16:9). The peaking is decent, helpful in daylight when you can't see the screen. And you will not be able to see the screen. Either get an external monitor, LCD viewfinder, or EVF/monitor. The zebras are only for overexposure, there are no underexposed zebras, they're functional, not much more to say. You can set them to what percentage exposure you'd like. The histogram is very short, height-wise, so it's good to gauge rough exposure, but not the easiest to use to tell where exactly certain areas of the picture are falling. Audio levels, nothing to complain about, they work well. The audio itself however, that's a different story. The audio jack is 3.5mm, okay, not great, but I don't want a huge mic for a tiny camera anyways, I'll just use a Rode Videomic. But the preamps are absolute trash. Only useful for reference audio if that, do not consider recording audio in camera for serious production.

                The build quality itself: it feels decent. Pretty solid, the material feels strange in hand at first. The grip isn't particularly grippy -it's not DSLR rubber-, but it's not going to slip out of your hand. The buttons are all fine, they're hard, they don't ease in and then hit like a T2i shutter. It took some light rain last week and I wiped it off before I thought it got too bad, but I wouldn't want it getting too wet, primarily the ports. The ports feel the cheapest to me, they feel plasticy, and there isn't a perfect seal around each and the body of the camera. I also imagine that if you're putting DSLR lenses on it, there's a high change it'd fall on the lens because all the weight is on the front of the system.

                The menus. It's all a bit quirky. Nothing like a DSLR or Magic Lantern. Originally the menu button would bring you straight to 4 different tabs, but now with version 1.9, it brings you to a menu screen that allowed you to turn on zebras, peaking, and frame guides, as well as format the card, metadata sheet, and the original menu tabs. The 4 menu tabs are sort of annoying to go through because they're the only way to change ISO/ASA, shutter speed/angle, and white balance. They're placed below camera name, date and time, etc., so it's not the quickest thing to change. DSLRs, etc. are better in the menus area for the most part. It's simple though, it matches the persona of the camera and company behind it. The camera was made for convenient image quality, and that's what it provides, it's not really meant to be a workhorse cinema camera, but it can be under the right conditions and with the right equipment.

                There is a 2.9x or 3.0x crop. It's rough. But to be honest, I've come to kind of like it. It provides a challenge and forces you to be creative with your shooting in order to get what you want out of the camera. You use it a little bit differently and consider things more. Regardless, I will be getting, and highly suggest a speedbooster, ideally the one produced by Metabones because it will reduce it to a 1.7x or just smaller than APS-C crop. Wonderful.

                The lowlight. Wow, very very unique. If you're coming from a DSLR, prepare to be stunned. Maybe it's just me because I've shot a lot on lowlight and been eternally frustrated, but DSLR lowlight often looks very muddy, smudges and blotches of color splatted around with speckled noise everywhere, and a total loss of detail and color information. That is all false with the BMPCC. It is limited to ISO 1600, but, with the Metabones speedbooster, it's essentially ISO 5000 after the 1 and 2/3 stop increase in light. I like to think of the speedbooster in terms of increasing ISO performance rather than aperture because the nature of the lens cannot change, the amount of light entering the camera is, and it's surely not changing the shutter speed, so ISO makes sense to me. The base ISO is 800. 800 does have some noise, but it's not problematic. 1600 is a bit noisy, but again, it's not problematic. It's definitely usable, and probably fitting for some aesthetics. It could easily be cleaned up with a noise reduction plugin like NeatVideo. I am totally comfortable with using ISO 1600, but different people will have different opinions. The noise/grain is more fine and similar looking to film grain, almost monochromatic, so very different from the awfulness of DSLR noise.

                Dynamic range: wow, surely an improvement over DSLRs. And with raw, it's far more recoverable, you can push the footage around. The Film dynamic range is incredibly flat, it looks sort of like Cinestyle in that it's rare to see true black. But it's far better. One nice feature is that your screen can be showing the Video dynamic range, while you're recording the Film dynamic range. Makes it easier to look at the color you're getting. I will say though, that even the Video setting to me is pretty flat compared to the saturated colors of DSLRs. I wouldn't mind shooting Video for post production and grading, don't necessarily need something as flat as Film. The codecs are great. ProRes is far better than h.264 and it resolves so much more detail. Things will look sharp on your computer, not just a 3" screen on your camera. It's nice that now they have every flavor of it. On a 16GB card, I get around 3.5 minutes of RAW, 10 or 11 of ProRes HQ, and around 21 or so of ProRes LT if I recall correctly. It's a lot more data than h.264, but well worth it.

                That's about all there is to say. If you've read through all this, hopefully I've helped you make your mind up about this little camera.

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                5.0

                Affordable and portable.

                By Stephen

                from California

                Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

                This camera produces amazing quality for such a small package. Can't wait to fully deck it out with accessories.

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                4.0

                beautiful image quality on a budget

                By Ignatius Reilly

                from New York, NY

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent build quality
                • Great Lens Options
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Lots Of Dynamic Range

                Cons

                • Battery Consumption
                • Deep Menu System
                • Few External Buttons
                • Large Video Files
                • Lcd Hard To Read In Daylight
                • Viewfinder Unclear In Day

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

                  You can get absolutely gorgeous footage from this camera, but you will have to work for it. Keep plenty of batteries and memory cards in your bag and be prepared to dig through the menus to change settings.

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                  5.0

                  Best Inexpensive Cinema Camera

                  By Griffith

                  from Hollywood

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

                  With a full cinema dynamic range this pocket camera can't be beat. Although the camera will fit into your pocket you'll still need lense and a rig to hold all those other essential filmmaking needs. It has a bit of a learning curve but aftet that it's magic. We're doing a doc with it, and for that it's perfect!

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                  4.0

                  Great little DSLR camera, but some cons

                  By filmydude

                  from Rochester NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                  • Complicated To Operate

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

                  Let me start off by saying I'm really impressed with this little guy. The folks at Black Magic really put together an amazing package - well done!That being said, there are definitely some pros/cons to be aware of when looking at this. First off at the price point of $1k (Though I got it during the 50% off promo mid-summer! <3 BH) I think it's untouchable by what's currently out there. Great CCD image quality, huge dynamic range, wide contrast/chroma adjustable variance etc. It does ProRes422 and DNG Raw in camera, which at $1k again is incredible.However, some things it's missing/cons I don't love: There doesn't seem to be any good way to control shutter speed or Iris easily. To adjust f-stop while shooting you have to use digital stepping with menu buttons about 1/2-1/4 stop at a time. This is very irritating when you are doing hand held shots and transitioning from light to dark areas or indoor to outdoor or vs/vs. Don't even attempt it in a single shot as you stand there clicking away for 15 seconds notching up/down the exposure. It just isn't capable. like wise for shutter speed, it uses an angle of sensor adjustment which isn't quite the same and doesn't give full shutter speed control like capabilities. Also you have to actually enter the menu to adjust that setting so doing it live during a shot is not even an option. (you wouldn't want to anyway because of the robotic increments). Likewise audio I/O volume is an in menu only adjustment as well.Battery life is abysmal. the included batter lasts for about 15-20 minutes of run time and closer to 10 if you are shooting straight.I very quickly invested in an external battery distribution source to run power into the camera for field shoots as stopping to change the battery almost after every 2-3 shots was getting ridiculous. I appreciate the compact size constraints, but then why have an internal battery if ~15m is the best you can do? I'd have rather seen an external battery mount with options for enlarged 3rd party replacements over what they chose.However, if future firmware at least fixes the iris and volume control issues I'll still remain a raving fan. Highly recommended, just know exactly what you are planning to use it for as it has very specific limitations. Great for planned scripted/story boarded film applications. Less so for documentaries and action/handheld applications.

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                  4.0

                  Believe the Hype

                  By Joe

                  from MN

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

                    Pros
                    - Amazing image for a camera the size of a smartphone
                    - Compact

                    Cons
                    - Terrible battery life
                    - Weak LCD

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                    5.0

                    Exciting Purchase!

                    By Matt Lewis

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                    • Poor Still Image

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

                    I purchased this camera during the summer sail. And although it took a long time to finally ship, the wait was totally worth it. I am utterly impressed with the image quality of this tiny camera. I view a camera that I can add to my professional arsenal. Can't wait to rig this guy up with accessories. Highly recommend if you are looking for a cheaper professional addition to your cameral arsenal.

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                    5.0

                    After one year..

                    By Rhodes

                    from East Lansing, MI

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

                          Before I start, I must say that my opinions about the pocket camera are a little Biased as a producer who was taught mostly on 16mm film and loads of consumer/pro-level tape-based formats. I've always shot 2-system and the cameras I used had enormous limitations by today's standards.

                          Other things to get out of the way: this is not an ENG style news camera, nor is it a DSLR. However, If you're very careful and attentive about your shooting then you may get satisfactory results in a fast-paced shooting environment, but it won't be easy.

                          So why did I give this camera 5 star review? Because I believe in choosing the best camera for each individual job and the pocket camera is an amazing tool that is the best option for many situations.

                          The picture quality is the most compelling reason to use this camera. The raw image can be intercut with many of the more expensive cinema cameras costing 20x-40x the price. Not necessarily because of the colors straight out of the can, but because of the control you have over the raw image files (the proress HQ is very nice too). The image also has a very filmic look, the digital grain structure is pleasing and the camera has a nice sharp sensor (but does not have the appearance of a digitally sharpened image). One side note on the grain: it is best to ETTR, the shadowy areas can get a bit noisy at the native 800 ISO.

                          The form factor makes it great for tight spaces, multicopters, light-lift gimbals, and in general, inexpensive camera movement gear. I get about an hour of camera life from a 1200 mah no name brand and similar record time on my 64gb sd card in proress 422 (where the camera is set 70% of the time). If you've shot with more expensive systems, like RED, ARRI, or on film, this camera is relatively low maintenance in comparison. You can safely leave it for 40 minutes to grab your 2nd/3rd perspective.

                          M43 mount can be converted to most anything and metabones makes the speed booster that lets you take advantage of a wider angle of your FF glass and as a result, more light reaches the sensor. The m43 glass that is available is very good also, plenty to choose from for most FOVs.

                          Audio can be usable if recording 2 system with a line in from your recorder. Just turn down the pocket cam input levels and turn up your output on your audio recorder. But if you have the time and resources you should record two system. There are very few cameras with acceptable pre-amps in-camera, especially at a comparable size.

                          My experience with this camera has been very pleasant, it produces a fantastic image and is perfect for a multitude of situations. It's the only camera of this size/price range that has a very filmic aesthetic (mostly due to the codec) and is in no way digital or plastic looking. But, it will not work for you if your approach is, 'this one camera is best for any situation or subject matter.' But I think that most people will understand this. If you're an old-school s16mm film fan, then this camera will give you that nostalgic feel when you look at the footage.

                          Here's my one gripe..

                          1. After about a year of use, the power button has to be pressed for a very exact amount of time to turn on the camera, strange.

                          All of the other limitations of this camera are minor with regards to its' purpose. Hope this helps

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                          5.0

                          Excellent camera!

                          By Jason

                          from CT

                          About Me Pro Videographer

                          Pros

                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                          • Battery Drain Too Fast
                          • Poor Sound

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • HD Shooting
                          • Movies/Short Films

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

                          The Bmpcc is an excellent portable professional camera. I love it!

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