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Blackmagic DesignProduction Camera 4K (EF Mount)
 
3.9

(based on 59 reviews)

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (30)
  • Great picture quality (19)
  • Professional quality (18)
  • Highly compatible (12)
  • Compact (11)

Cons

  • Lacks functionality (14)
  • Poor in low light (11)
  • Poor design (6)
  • Limited compatibility (5)
  • Poor performance (4)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (20)
  • Movies/short films (17)
  • In the studio (16)
  • Complex projects (13)
  • Documentaries (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (18), Pro videographer (16), Business owner (13), Enthusiast (6), Film student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Reminds Me of Shooting Film

Bought this for commercial production as well as a planned musical short. The resolution and detail are hands down the best I've seen next to an Epic. I haven't worked with an Alexa,...Read complete review

Bought this for commercial production as well as a planned musical short. The resolution and detail are hands down the best I've seen next to an Epic. I haven't worked with an Alexa, so I can't comment on that. Keying is an absolute breeze with this cam. Motion is incredible. I shot plates at the BART station of a train whizzing by... no skew, no motion artifacts. I love how you choose ISO 400 or ISO 800... it's like shooting film. Heads up DSLR shooters: now you actually need to light your scenes at night and in lower lighting conditions. Who woulda thunk? I love this camera because it allows me to stop thinking about settings. Just focus on the lens and the scene in front of you. Make sure it's good. If the scene is good, the footage in the can is going to look great. Excellent response to color grading even in Pro Res. Ok, I could have a couple stops more latitude. But with digital cameras, I've learned to underexpose when nervous... the old "overexpose by 2/3rds a stop" rule is history with digital, in my opinion. Highlights will never exceed film's highlights. So... expose properly and perhaps even on the under side if you're afraid of those highlights. Whatever you do, do it for a reason. This camera is a great tool.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fixed Pattern Noise a HUGE Problem

I bought the BM 4K camera in hopes of getting everything they promised: A S35 Sensor that shoots in RAW and Prores. I was willing to work around the fact that there are no...Read complete review

I bought the BM 4K camera in hopes of getting everything they promised: A S35 Sensor that shoots in RAW and Prores. I was willing to work around the fact that there are no scopes or histograms included on the camera and that there would be a need for external batteries and sound (no xlr's).

However, I started noticing Vertical lines showing up on my camera picture. I notified Blackmagic and they described it as Fixed Pattern Noise. They acknowledged the problem but REFUSED to return the faulty sensor. Here instead is what they suggested I do "You can check the forums for workarounds. I believe you can underexpose, use a lower ISO then fix it in post. "

The camera is useless at 800 ISO even with a well lit shot. This is a serious problem on ALL camera's. Not just a few.

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4.0

4k for under $4k

By Bobby the Radical

from Naples, FL

About Me Pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Movies/Short Films

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

    This camera is good, only wjen you are using studio lighting or have ample available lighting. It's sensors are not made for shooting in low light conditions. So if you are looking for a low light camera, stick to the Canon D5 MarkIII

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    4.0

    BMCC 4K

    By Bana

    from Sydney , Australia

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

    It is a very good camera very easy to use if you have all other things you need

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    4.0

    Not everything it's cracked up to be...

    By Drewman-Chew

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • Movies/Short Films

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

    There are problems with the 4K RAW working consistently. You have to have the right card or you start dropping frames. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't.

    After all the updates from BMD are done for the camera, the 4K pro res and everything else work great. Still an awesome camera, but 4k RAW is a bit misleading because of the card speed issues.

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    5.0

    The best

    By Brian

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

    It's the best

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    5.0

    Amazing Quality

    By jmartinez143

    from Troy, MI

    About Me Semi-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

    Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

    Amazing Quality and much needed features added since firmware has been updated. Keep in mind you will have to buy extra add ons.

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    4.0

    Loving the 4K

    By Kiri @ Omedus

    from NY

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

      Love the weight, nice and solid. Pic looks great!

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      5.0

      A lot better than DSLR

      By Cheff

      from bangkok

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

      It's a very good camera. But need to buy a lot of accesories eg. Rig, batt, monitor, adapter for mic head. Which cost a lot (Previously i used to use 5d mkii). But the picture is super awesome.

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      5.0

      Better than the 2.5K BMCC

      By jmartinez143

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

      now that Blackmagic has updated to the new firmware that supports audio levels, in camera disk format and multiple ProRes selections, this camera is incredible. the bigger sensor and 4K makes this camera worth getting over the older 2.5K camera which I also own. color grading is a breeze with Davinci Resolve once you get the basics. LCD screen is still hard to see outside in daylight but I have a ext. monitor to help.

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      4.0

      Nice video quality but difficult audio

      By Niels

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light
      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

      The video quality is great. For low-light scenes, e.g. anything inside without study lightning, requires a fast lens. The camera audio can be used to scratch but a separate audio recorder is going to be helpful.

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      2.0

      A very disappointing product

      By Jake

      from Chicago, IL

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

      Pros: Image quality when lit well is beautiful.Comes with Da Vinci Resolve - great softwareVery high quality codecsCons:Low light is absolutely atrocious! only 3 ISO settings. Camera connections are strangeThe screen is useless outdoors or around light. It also doesn't tilt in anyway so theres only one way to shoot with it and view.Camera DOES NOT shoot 59 fps. This was confirmed to me by Black Magic. They had the intention of adding it later on, however, the camera sales with the specs of 59 fps. It only goes up to 30fps. Also, Black magic isn't being upfront about the fact that this is NOT a super 35 sensor. It is actually smaller. It a camera such as this one with a terrible low light performance, this is crucial. Battery life is very disappointing. Think of it as a backup only in case your power chord got pulled out for a few minutes. The fan is very noisy. present in all audio recordings from the camera. Very limited white balance options. Overall, this is a bad camera. Theres more to a camera than a nice image outdoors. The design is cool but don't let it fool you. Its a camera that works against you, not for you.

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      5.0

      Nothing comes close for the price

      By Norman From Boston

      from Boston MA

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

      Like others have said, this camera is not for everybody. You are buying a box with a sensor. It's a no frills production 4K UHD workhorse. With the right lenses and support system, you will be amazed at the output. But you need good lighting and a controlled environment, similar to what you might expect on a movie set. I have the Cinema Camera 2.5K and the Pocket Camera (HD), which are much more capable in lower light. But they all have a "Blackmagic cinematic look" that allows them to cut together nicely in post. The strong pluses are: 1. Global shutter (no jelly roll) 2. Big image UHD 3. Codecs: RAW 4K and all the flavors of Prores 4: I can use all my EF L series Canon glass. 5. Images are some of the best you will see from any camera!Minuses are: 1. Firmware updates are adding features that many believe should have been there already, ie being able to delete a clip "in camera", which is still not available. But to be fair they have made a lot of updates to the firmware recently which has quieted the clamor of critics. 2. You will not be happy with 4K RAW images produced at ISO 800 in low light. They will be noisy and probably unusable without serious post noise reduction. 3. I am not a fan of the design erganomically. Once it is tricked out with follow focus matte box etc, it is very functional. 4. Screen is not usable in bright light. I use a broadcast monitor on set. This is not a run and gun camera. Having said all that, I am a Blackmagic Cinema devotee. I love the look and feel of my work with these cameras. The included Davinci dongle is the icing on the cake. Davinci Resolve is a the "gold standard" when it comes to color grading... But wait... There's more! Recent issues of the software include robust editing capability that may obviate the need to use any other NLE. That is cool. If you love the dynamic range and creative latitude allowed by working with RAW footage, you will love the breadth, depth and sheer power of the Davinci Resolve engine. Just make sure you have the fastest most powerful computer you can afford.

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      5.0

      Love it

      By Nine

      from Bangkok

      Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

      I'm pretty happy with his camera everything work fine for me

      Just a little problem noise














      And a few fires in to screen is pretty hot to look at it when the sunlight is coming is the need to find some optional more sure we'll find her

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      5.0

      Incredible camera. Excelent experience.

      By Gonzalín

      from Santiago, Chile.

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

        Very easy to use.

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        4.0

        excellent

        By Vladimir

        from Montreal

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

        It is a great product. Great pictures. But the storage is very expensive. Unless you compress your footage with a good codec to keep some more spave in your hdd,the cost to record with camera can male you spend lot of money.

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        4.0

        Great Images

        By drewgunda

        from Kailua Kona, HI

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Movies/Short Films

        Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

        We are currently shooting a feature on it in 4k raw, and so far it is giving us beautiful footage. We were about to return it due to the lines that were even visible at iso 400 but BM released a firmware update at the nick of time that for the most part took care of it. The touch screen menu is simple but I'm not sure if our operator finds it better than actual buttons. Just as others have said, if you light well, it would be hard to find another camera that gives you this quality of image for the price. So far so good!

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        4.0

        Great camera with the 1.9 update

        By joekenemore

        from Las Vegas NV

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

          I absolutely love the look and feel of the video from this camera. It is unlike any other camera that I have. There is something about the softness and the filmic look that I cannot get out o fany other camera, even in post. I like the feel of the camera physicaly as well. I use this camera for interviews mostly but I have also had great success in a run and gun scenario. Still not a fan of the audio connections or the monitor that is almost useless in daylight scenarios. I was also shocked to find that the highest ASA was 800. I use the Novaflex converter so I can use my Nikon Glass.I did some testing for low light in a downtown city scape and was pleasently surprised.All in all, I love the camera and will probably keep buying the BlackMagic products.

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          4.0

          BM. Prod camera

          By Falc

          from New Jersey

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

          Just tested the 4k blackmagiccamera. Was wondering if it could be a number 1 camera on a indie feature. I am surprised and glad to say it was a huge success. As long as you do not shoot gorrilla style you should be fine. I will be picking up another camera when filming starts

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          3.0

          Hard to Pull Focus - No Tilt Screen

          By Fashion Shooter

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Pros

          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • No HDMI
          • Poor Monitor Resoluton
          • Poor Reflective Monitor
          • Poor To Pull Focus
          • Screen Size To Small

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

          The monitor resolution of 800x480 is NOT sufficient to pull focus. If you are using this for professional use and need focus to be sharp you will need an external monitor with high resolution to make sure you have a sharp image. As for operating the camera it is fine indoors but the shinny monitor is very reflective and hard to see in bright situations and would greatly benefit from a tilting monitor for low and high angles. It seems like they simply listened to the engineers and not the professionals that use cameras for a living. BlackMagic, if you make a camera for it's 4K image quality to stand up to broadcast qualities, then be concerned that your users need a monitor to make sure what they are shooting is sharp or it doesn't matter.

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          5.0

          Great Camera

          By mathematiche

          from Turkey

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (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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            2.0

            GreAT IMAGE

            By Dan Roman

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Any Ssd Media
            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Raw

            Cons

            • Battery
            • Menu
            • No Indicator For Media
            • Viewfinder
            • Workflow For Raw

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (EF Mount):

            Great image thats all.
            The Idea of having the internal battery is terrible: 1st You can replace it and 2nd keeps the camera hot all time because you have to be charging all the time. Good because you don't lose footage but bad because you have no idea how much space you have or the exact amount of charge. If the camera is hot the charge is 10% but if you turn if off and let it cool the charge would go back to 50%. The camera would have a good battery life if the battery didn't get too hot inside de camera.
            The camera is stable enough work on heat conditions but at the same time I didn't get to take this camera to a extreme heat contain, that I mean is not a reliable camera to operate outside soundstage and AC.
            The other downside is the options for formation and deleting clips, that does not exist in the camera everything has do be done on a computer. This is good for inexperience filmmakers but if you get to a location I you didn't pre format the drive... you are in bad shape.
            It comes with DaVinci Resolve for a reason, if you doing RAW this is the only software that you can use today.

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