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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

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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
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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
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Blackmagic DesignPocket Cinema Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 265 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (161)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (86)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (8)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (133)
    • Great picture quality (120)
    • Compact (73)
    • Lightweight (67)
    • Professional quality (62)

    Cons

    • Poor sound (63)
    • Lacks functionality (30)
    • No image stabilization (25)
    • Poor in low light (20)
    • Complicated to operate (14)

    Best Uses

    • Movies/short films (111)
    • Documentaries (93)
    • HD shooting (88)
    • Travel (71)
    • Home movies (63)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (59), Semi-pro (57), Professional artist (41), Enthusiast (32), Business owner (22)
      • Was this a gift?:
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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

    Wonderful - A Review update Months later

    By Mike

    from Pa.

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Sound

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    I have had this camera for over six months, and have been through a number of firmware udpates.

    Currently, the latest version offers on-screen frame guides, including 1.78:1, 1.85:1 and 2.35:1. It also offers audio level meters, the ability to format the card in the camera (exFAT or HFS), as well as the ability to show how much time is remaining on the card. It also has ProRes HQ, 4:2:2, LT and Proxy recording. These features were offered in "pieces" over the firmware updates since 2014.

    This camera DOES NOT have an optical low pass filter. Though it does not use line skipping from a larger raster than 1920x1080 like many dSLR cameras do, you will still get occasional aliasing and rainbow colour patterns on some surfaces. --- THERE DOES EXIST A FILTER that will work with this camera, but I cannot elaborate here.

    Like others have stated, the image quality is astounding. The images do come out flat -- this is normal. If you are recording in Video mode, a simple colour boost will do wonders. If you record in FILM mode, you will need much more advanced colour grading to pull an image.

    ProRes HQ is stellar, and this camera could be used as a B-Cam with much higher end gear.

    Others have already covered the quirks, I won't be redundant! This is a wonderful piece of gear for what it is, and I am happy to have been able to pick one up!

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    4.0

    Great Little Camera

    By Connor_R

    from Mechanicsburg, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Colour Space
    • Firmware updates
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Shoots Raw
    • Small

    Cons

    • Complicated To Operate
    • Low light
    • Poor In Low Light
    • Poor Sound

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    Incredible machine for the price. The images and flexibility it produces are absolutely outstanding. Low light performance isn't amazing, mine had a bunch of "dead" pixels, but honestly it really doesn't matter in the end, they aren't noticeable, especially when compressed for web or DVD. Black magic have continued to update this camera, which is just amazing, it gets better and better! The sound is unusable, but you should use an external mic anyway. My only complaint is that scopes and sound monitoring don't go out to external monitors via HDMI, but I'm hoping that is fixed in a software update. Overall, the camera requires to be rigged up a little to be useable, and a bit of practice, but what it can produce is outstanding, regardless of how cheap the price tag is.

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    5.0

    Great camera

    By Peter M

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Sound

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Travel

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    Great footage. I need to get better at color grading to really bring out the best in it. Easy to use, not much learning curve. Works fine for studio setups and documentary-style run & gun. LCD is a bit dim but useable in bright sunlight. Needs external mic and/or recorder for useable sound. Manufacturer releases firmware updates frequently, often with useful feature upgrades.

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    5.0

    Niche camera

    By Francis

    from Singapore

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    Any camera is but a tool in the larger context of a workflow. If you are shooting weddings, it's unlikely you will have the luxury of colour grading. Well in this part of the world where I live, where weddings are quick turnarounds, whatever you shoot in the day must be edited and screened during banquets in the evenings. If you make tvcs, dramatic content, like what i so, where one takes time to light the sets and colour grade, then any camera that shoot with a log curve will lend you great latitudes to explore your vision. But a poor workman often blames his tools.

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    5.0

    great camera for a great price

    By crazy dude

    from new York city

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    I purchased this camera, because I had been using DSLR's but I wanted something, with a little more of a cinema feel to it., this camera had that and more. Yes I read earlier reviews, and its true this is not a run and gun camera, you have to buy accessories to accompany it, but the quality is excellent, I'm currently working on several short films, and Even without color grading the footage the picture quality is impressive, and even when the footage is compressed it looks the same, so I would definitely suggest this camera for anyone looking to make a transition from dslr to cinema.

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    5.0

    Impressive camera. Amazing images!!

    By Thor

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 1080p Raw
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Prores Hq

    Cons

    • Poor Sound

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    This camera truly shocked me. The image that this camera can produce (with the aid of grading) is very impressive. It's deceptive though in the fact that it shoots large to huge file size when it has the appearance of a point and shoot. The crop factor is a small set back, the right lens set or a Metabones Speed Booster definitely changes the game in that respect. It does tear through batteries and can fill a 64gb card pretty fast when shooting RAW. I gave this 5 stars because of the image I can get with it. I also do not use this as an "A" camera or a "B" camera. for me it's more of a traveler or "C" camera and in that respect it has done exactly what I hoped it would do for me. Truly an impressive image for the price.

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    5.0

    Best pocket cinema for the price!

    By Marcial

    from Carson CA

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    This camera takes filming to the next level!
    In the hands of a skilled cinematographer.... This little monster will make the job done!

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    5.0

    Big bang for the buck

    By Epoch Titan

    from Glendale, CA

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Micro Four Thirds Mount

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    The Black Magic Pocket is in no way a contender for a professional industry camera like a Red Epic/Dragon or an Alexa. But if you want great dynamic range for a reasonable price, you can't get a better bang for your buck. The main reason I purchased this was to maintain a low profile without sacrificing picture quality and this perfectly fits that criteria. The only cons are that the sensor is a S16 equivalent, and there aren't a lot of great choices when it comes to lenses with a micro four thirds mount. Unless you're willing to spend another $-$ for the Metabones adaptor. That said, you can do a lot with this little guy and you can capture some great cinematography if you know how to hack it.

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    1.0

    BMPCC Customer Service Is Terrible

    By Spike

    from Savannah GA

    About Me Pro Videographer

    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
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    This is a great camera but the MICRO HDMI port is poorly installed and can break easily. If you call Blackmagic they will do nothing for you and say it was user damage (yes I used your camera and it broke on me!).... Very frustrated and disappointed with this company right now.

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    4.0

    Little camera packs a big punch.

    By Thunder Dan

    from Minooka, IL

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    The Bmpcc produces a beautiful image for a very low price. The video quality that comes from this little powerhouse rivals that of $10,000+ higher end cameras. Like even the higher end cameras, the Bmpcc has its share of flaws, but are easily worked around if you put in a little effort.

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    5.0

    Beautiful Camera! Love it!

    By Skydancer

    from Rochester, NY

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • It's Like A Super 35 S16
    • Nice Firmware Updates
    • Versatility

    Cons

    • Crop Factor Easily Fixed
    • Lcd Add An External

    Best Uses

    • B Camera Or A
    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Home Movies
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Travel

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    Purchased the MFT version in order to use with the Metabones speedbooster and the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 Art. Happy with the results. Will be purchasing more Blackmagic products in the near future. fantastic images coming out of this now.

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    4.0

    Love this little camera

    By Video to go

    from MA

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Poor Sound

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Travel

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    I have been downsizing my camera gear moving from SLR to mirrorless. This little camera fit the spot for the small bag video camera. It produces high quality images and great dynamic range. The cons...Eats batteries. Did a short documentary interview that took an hour and half. I used all four batteries that I had on hand. Dont know if the external mic added to the drain but the interview ended because I ran out of batteries.

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    1.0

    Impractical for documentary video

    By Mary Kingsley

    from Iowa

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Complicated To Operate
      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

      I have used the camera to make documentary videos in South and West Africa. Clearly this camera was made to be used indoors in a studio. The LCD is absolutely useless in bright sunlight. The camera works well if you mounted on a good tripod, if you attach an LCD shade, if you attach an external microphone, and if you are sure to screw on a dark filter to decrease the exposure to a usable range. The minimum ASA is 200, which is way too high for South Africa or West Africa. Every other still or video camera I have in my bag is more useful and yields better results than this.

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      5.0

      Don't be fooled with one star reviews

      By kpop

      from toronto

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Pros

      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

        so funny reading all the bad reviews. all of which
        are due to lack of experience... any editor, producer, cinematographer worth a d**n, will always preach neutral, and flat. This camera is designed for colour grading, and
        if your not colour grading your projects, you don't belong in the class of professionals that this is designed for. "auto focus" ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Big files, also take NO time to transcode, DNXHD, or keep it prorez. an amazing dynamic range camera, with a price point that is unbeatable.

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        5.0

        Great camera

        By Carlos

        from Norwalk, CA

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

        This is a great camera! After switching from DSLR's to this. I won't be going back. It's great quality, convinent size, so light weight. Yes, you need to put in some work in post, it's not meant for lazy people who just want the footage straight out of the camera. You have to correct and grade the footage which to me is still part of the creative process. It's not just about filming and done.

        My only complaint is the battery. You need an external. Other than that, it's a great camera for serious filmmakers.

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        3.0

        Wait

        By ibmradio.

        from Clyde, Ohio

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • No image stabilization
        • Poor In Low Light
        • Poor Sound

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

        Nice image coming off this camera, but if I were you I would wait for a Mk II version. Screen needs help, ProRes is really bulky on file sizes, and the autofocus kinda stinks. Oh yeah, and no viewfinder either.

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        4.0

        Great camera for very specific needs

        By Justin

        from Nevada

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dynamic Range
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Light
        • Low Compression
        • Small

        Cons

        • Battery Life
        • Complicated To Operate
        • No image stabilization

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Movies/Short Films

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

        This camera produces very detailed video with film-like quality, and yet it's also very accessible for indie filmmakers. It's definitely not for everyone, and there are some quirks and caveats to be aware of. That being said, if this camera will do what you need, you'd be hard pressed to find a better option for a low budget production. The main issue I see with the camera in general is short battery life. Multiple batteries, or an external power pack, are a very good idea if you're shooting for a significant amount of time. You will also need to have a good post-production setup, and BlackMagic has a great software solution: their DaVinci Resolve application does color grading and basic editing, and it's available for free. You still need a pretty beefy computer to run it on, but hopefully you have that already.

        What this camera will do: record very detailed, film-look video with little or no compression and lots of room for manipulation in post.

        What it won't do: record video you can upload directly to YouTube or Facebook. Color grading is a must to get the most out of the very flat images the camera produces, and exporting to a more compressed format is pretty much a necessity for web distribution. Slow motion is also off the table, and low-light performance is pretty limited (although that also depends to a certain extent on your lens).

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        1.0

        Save your money

        By JJ

        from Hollywood, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Complicated To Operate
          • Poor Image Quality
          • Poor In Low Light

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            I've had this camera for several weeks and could not be more frustrated. It's junk. If you have a full-time job in color correction, then perhaps it will suit your needs. However, if you want a professional HD camera that is easy to use on the go, this is not the camera for you. Anything you shoot will require a GREAT deal of color grading. EVERYTHING that comes out of this camera looks flat as a board, and I've been shooting side by side with my iPhone 5s, and asked many different people which looks better. The iPhone wins every time.

            To make matters worse, the tech support team at Black Magic could not be less helpful.

            I'll be returning this camera this week.

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            5.0

            blackmagic

            By richflyer

            from brooklyn

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            this camera is so awesome

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            5.0

            Excellent buy!!!

            By Joe

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Complicated To Operate

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            Indy filmmaking
            Small size

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            • No

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