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Blackmagic DesignProduction Camera 4K (EF Mount)
 
3.8

(based on 82 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (42)
  • Great picture quality (31)
  • Professional quality (18)
  • Highly compatible (12)
  • Compact (11)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (21)
  • Lacks functionality (14)
  • Poor sound (13)
  • Poor design (6)
  • Limited compatibility (5)

Best Uses

  • Movies/short films (28)
  • Documentaries (22)
  • Independent films (20)
  • HD shooting (19)
  • In the studio (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro videographer (28), Professional artist (18), Business owner (13), Semi-pro (7), Enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not bad, worth the money.

So I waited about six months before I pulled the trigger on this purchase. My biggest fears were FPN and hot pixels. When I got the camera, it was heavier than I expected. ...Read complete review

So I waited about six months before I pulled the trigger on this purchase. My biggest fears were FPN and hot pixels. When I got the camera, it was heavier than I expected. With the external battery, it was even heavier. I rigged it up and I must say, it's not as small and handy as a dslr, but it's still pretty compact. So let's talk image. Out of the box there was a lot of FPN (fixed pattern noise). I was understandably concerned. But I did some research and did some firmware upgrades and found that if you upgrade sequentially, from 1.8, to 1.9, instead of going straight to 1.9, it help with the sensor calibration and I can say my FPN is pretty much all gone. Hot pixels are sort of an issue. I say sort of, because they are present in tests, but not practical use. When I test the camera in a pure black situation at ISO 800, I see hot pixels. However, when shooting in low light in a practical situation, I honestly can't find any hot pixels. I've come to terms with this black magic (pun intended). More about the picture. I really wanted to see what it could do, so I went out and shot some 4k raw, and the picture was absolutely stunning. The raw is VERY gradable, even if the workflow is a bit of a pain, the images were great. The in camera color profile is flat and neutral, and with the right LUT and some grading the images sparkle. I still have some tests to do as far as long takes go (recording for 20-30 minute stretches) but I can say all in all I'm very happy with the camera. Also, they say this is not a low light camera, this is true, it is a light hog, however, I shot an interview yesterday where I used a couple hardware store bucket lights with 100w bulbs and got a fantastic image. So of course it's best to have some cinema lights around, and outdoors is a no brainer, but practical indoor shoots are very possible. Lastly, the audio is garbage. Not a big deal for me, since I almost always record audio separately. But I used to run a line from my audio recorder to my 5D which saved me a step of syncing in post. Even when running a line in to this camera, the audio is crackly and thin. I can't figure it out, and I am a certified audio engineer and these issues have me baffled. So do yourself a favor, make sure you have an audio recorder, and a slate and just sync in post like a big boy ;)

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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 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Challenging but capable

By koreyc65

from San Francisco

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

I haven't spent much time with the camera yet but my initial impressions mirror those of other users: The camera is challenging to expose properly. You get the most dynamic range and lowest noise out of it at its native ISO of 400 so you have to use ND and lighting to keep it there. It's not a low light camera. The camera's interface doesn't provide unlimited options but lays out the settings you can change such as frame rate, shutter speed and recording format fairly elegantly. The LCD is a better mirror than monitor outdoors. And the internal battery is vurtually useless, making an external battery solution an absolute requirement. But if you're able to work around its limitations the camera produces beautiful 4K images for relatively little $.

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1.0

Garbade

By D

from Orlando

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

While I love an affordable 4K raw camera this thing is built like it is priced. I have gone through 2 of these. The internal battery is nonsensical and when it does there is no option to power your camera with an external battery or from the AC adapter. There is another issue with the lens mount. The replacement camera we were using decided half way through didn't want to turn on. However this was only when lenses were attached to it. Nobody could seem to figure it out. We used 14 different lenses from 3 different brands and nothing. The picture is good for the low price, low light is atrocious though. Sound is awful, I mean just terrible. Focus peaking is buggy, and histogram is not available on all models. In the end this camera has cost me more than the price of two of the bodies so I would say buyer beware

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2.0

Good when lit well, horrible in "lowlight"

By Djderyck

from Kansas City

About Me Pro Videographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Poor Image Quality
  • Poor In Low Light

Best Uses

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

    This camera has potential but lacks a lot.

    When the image is exposed well it looks amazing. I renders the image with a very filmic look that dslrs can't. I think it's just the way the sensor is, amazing. It's a very sharp and clean image.

    That being said the camera needs tons of light. A low light situation seems to be anything indoors. If you're doing any indoor filming you will need to have production lights set up. I guess that's why it's called "4k production camera." This kinda stinks though. With a price range in the dslr market most people wanting one will be coming from a dslr background use to having more flexibility in low light situations. When this camera films underexposed it looks terrible. The image becomes muddled and is hard to bring the image back to looking great. Now you will be able to bring it back. The amount of play with the image is a lot, it's crazy. But if it was underexposed when the image is brought back in post it loses it's sharpness and cleanness. Grain and noise is very apparent. Using noise reduction helps but the image would have looked better just using a dslr.

    I'm not crazy about the super 35 sensor coming from a full frame camera. The crop is slightly annoying but the main thing is the DOField. It really lacks the bokeh compared to what I'm use to.

    I'm writing this review at a time when the a7sii has been out for a little while. I went ahead and bought that camera as well and love it. So much so I will be selling this one. It just doesn't compete. I hope I can get my money back for it.

    Global shutter is nice but not that nice.

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    5.0

    Amazing piece of Technology

    By Susan M

    from Miami

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

    We love BMPC is amazing, we have been using this camera for almost 2 years and have had very good results, not perfect but worth the money

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    (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Looks like 35mm film

    By bdemenil

    from New York, NY

    About Me Pro Videographer

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Global Shutter
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light
    • Poor Sound

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • Movies/Short Films

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

    This camera achieves phenomenal results. I would choose it above almost every camera within 3-4x the price. It has a wonderful sensor, records in a variety of formats including 4K RAW, is easy to use, uses the least expensive fast media (SSD), and is flexible with regards to lens pairing thanks to its active EF mount. Furthermore, it is very light weight. What most sets the BMPC's footage apart is its global shutter technology, which means it captures each frame in much the same way as a film camera - all at once. Most digital cameras use rolling shutter - they progressively scan the sensor from top to bottom over 15ms-40ms. But is there is movement while the image scans, there will be distortion in the frame. This 'rolling shutter' distortion is one of the reasons why film cameras are said to achieve more 'organic' results than digital. There are only a handful of global shutter video cameras available for less than $20k. The only sub $20K rival to the BMPC in image quality is Blackmagic's new URSA Mini. The URSA Mini uses the same sensor, but with a DNG form factor. It has better audio, but as of the writing of this review, the URSA's CFAST media is 8X the price of SSD, and only available in much smaller sizes. For 1TB of CFAST, expect to pay about as much as the price of the URSA Mini itself! 1TB of SSD storage is only $, and 2TB options are already available - handy when shooting to giant 4k raw files.The BMPC has two drawbacks: mediocre dynamic range, and light sensitivity. These are trade-offs to the global shutter capture. It also needs to be equipped with a 3rd party mount and EVF if you want to put it on your shoulder. But it can be used out of the box with nothing more than an EF lens, and its small form factor is unobtrusive.Early runs of the BMPC had issues with some cameras exhibiting fixed noise pattern distortion of the image (FPN - vertical bars). Blackmagic replaced defective cameras, and fixed the issue with more recent production runs.

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    4.0

    Revice review

    By Nizar

    from Palestine

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries

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

        Couple of weeks before, I wort very negative review about this camera. today I changed my mind at all, since I start recording RAW (4000x2160) DNG files. this camera is wonderful piece when you use it to record RAW only. this camera is very weak when you shoot video and proress film . since last project using RAW DNG, its changed my workflow for ever. Now I do color corrections using camera RAW dialog box only, and export DNG files to JPG sequences using Adobe After Effects. very smooth workflow. see the picture I shot in RAW DNG format. (still have the problem with sun and black hole).

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        5.0

        Impress about my new Professional Camera

        By Wutyee

        from Yangon, Myanmar

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Movies/Short Films

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

          That is my first time to buy Professional Camera. I bought Blackmagic Production 4K Camera, when I visit New York on last week of November. It is really easy to use. You only need to use menu setting Camera, Audio, Recording and Display. Adjust fame per second with forward and backward button on camera. So exciting to shoot my TV program with this camera. Hope you all love too. Thanks

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          3.0

          Jekyll & Hyde (Beauty and the Beast Part ii)

          By NAS

          from Antigua

          About Me Pro Videographer

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Poor Sound

          Best Uses

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

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

          Well... I just wrote a review called Beauty and the Beast. Only a few weeks ago. I'm on my 4th camera in 6 months. I've had every malfunction with this device - under the sun. Either that - or they send me all the defective stuff. Lol! Yes, at this point - I'm trying to learn to laugh again. :(In any case - it's been a rough ride.So my fingers were crossed that this one worked. But... sad to report - that barely 2 weeks plus later, the camera has developed yet another issue. This one refuses to record in RAW. As a matter of fact - when I switch to RAW setting - it doesn't even register that there's an SSD in the camera. t says "No SSD". RAW is the main feature that makes it all worth it.So now, I'm asking for an upgrade or refund. In either case I'm now stuck with SSD's, rig and expensive but nice switronix p70 battery - which I will now have no use for. :(Plus I'm international, so in total - I've spent around and extra $ between all the international shipping, and importation duties/ taxes.Hope they hear my cry. Hope they understand and upgrade me. Or refund me.

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          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Beauty and the Beast

          By NAS

          from Antigua

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Poor In Low Light
          • Poor Sound

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel

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

          This camera is a bitter sweet product for me. The image is sweet. Ergonomics, and the fact that you can't see anything outdoors without an additional monitor etc aside... the image is good. The quality of the device.... not so good. In under 6 months I had to return 3 cameras to the manufacturer. I'm now on my 4th, with fingers crossed it works.

          What hurts also, is that I bought my camera brand new from my favorite store (B&H). Props to B&H - they always treat their customers with respect and with great service.

          But when the touchscreen froze and I sent it back to blackmagic - they replaced my brand new camera, with a refurbished one. And when I said hey - I spent my hard earned money on a new camera - you shouldn't send me someone else old stuff, they pointed ou that their warranty never said they would replace with 'new' replacement. So be aware - the warranty is for a replacement camera - not a 'new' replacement camera. Terrible!

          Needless to say the other cameras also had issues, from extreme over heating (as in gloves needed to be worn to touch the camera), to drop frames (even on high speed ssd cards recommended by blackmagic) - to playback issues - where the camera would not playback clips - to my last camera before I even got to use it - turning off, and then never powering up again. Literally. I turned it on. turned it off. Then it never turned on again.

          It disrupted my work flow, and my income, and blackmagic, though responsive, was pretty cold in how they dealt with me. After having to return 3 cameras in under 6 months - all for manufacturer defects, they were very to the letter with their customer care. It has been a terrible experience. You would at least think they'd try to make it up to the customer - or something.

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          (8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Unit

          By PLEASANT

          from Savannah, Amsterdam, London, NYC

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Image Stabilization
          • 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):

          I am a published filmmaker Artist. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is an excellent camera for creative work. It is not a low light camera. However like most Film cameras, a good set up is necessary to get the most out of this unit. For whatever reason there are some people who continue to compare this unit with Dslr still photography cameras.. ?!? My assumption is that some people who are not experienced in motion film work will approach the Blackmagic from a 'Camcorder' background and expect out of the box a run and gun experience. Much like the Arri, Red and other production Film cameras. Such units need to be set up and properly dialed in in order to produce high-end results. I am very happy with my Blackmagic and have found very few to zero issues with the camera. The FPN issues was addressed some time ago. Great professional device that I would certainly recommend to independent and industry film makers. However if your work includes photographing weddings and your dog skippy. Then perhaps the bmpc4k is not for you and a camcorder or dslr solution may be in order.

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          1.0

          Bad purchase bad camera

          By Nizar

          from Saudi Arabia

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

          This camera was produced by a new company with fresh experience, the camera is full of problems, the manufactures are making mistakes and learning. They dose not done yet with this camera, This camera make my life very hard, every day I disappointed after long shooting day, if you are documentary or corporate filmmaker, this camera not for you, this camera for studio, where huge lights are setup and tested. It can not deal good with different light source or low lights, or sun or any light source when you point at it. Im using this camera for 17 months, I hate it and hate my career because of it. Images are sharp but not nice because it cannot deal good with lights in deferent situation. you can not use this product with out pay for a lot of accessories and rig, specially battery, SDI viewfinder, which make the camera very heavy. Shallow depth of field is not good at all, dealing with lenses is very bad because of crop factor. Now I'm trying to sale it and get back to 5diii or FS700.

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          1.0

          Horrible Camera

          By DEAN_HAWN

          from LOS ANGELES CA

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light
            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

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

              I was super excited about this camera when I bought it a year ago but my experience with it totally blows. Worst purchase ever. . Never again.

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              (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Footage... Horrible Audio...

              By DWCoop

              from Staten Island, New York

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Global Shutter
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

              • Light Kit Is A Must
              • No External Mic Input
              • Overheats Because Of Ssd
              • Poor In Low Light
              • Poor Sound
              • Very Heavy

              Best Uses

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

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

              The footage that this camera produces is amazing. I own a canon t3i as well, and after using the bmcc 4k i will never use another camera ever again unless it can meet the same picture quailty and easy menu settings this camera has or has a way better audio system that this camera doesn't have. speaking of audio, it sucks on this camera. All you hear is white noise hissing. i mean, it's very noisy and will turn you off and away from the camera, especially if you've you don't have a portable recorder. The Juicelink bmc388 and the tascam dr60dmkII are the best solutions to fix that audio problem. However, both devices has their pros and cons as well (something you should looking into before buying this camera). i hear the Zoom H6 is a good recorder as well (might look into that). Overall, for the price i would pick this camera over a DSLR any day. would give it 5 but I'm a audio man. why should a movie have great footage but poor audio quailty and vice versa.

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              4.0

              Great camera

              By Jake

              from Ontario, Canada

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor In Low Light
              • Poor Sound

              Best Uses

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

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

              I use this camera to shoot short films. It has been going great for me. Great image quality and it is the perfect next step for DSLR users. I had a DSLR and went to this camera and I am able to use all my lenses which helps a lot. I'm just a little upset with the black dot on the sun. I didn't think it would be a big a deal but now I realize how much I film the sun and I can't. I use an external recorder for audio so the bad audio in camera doesn't bother me. This camera is awesome and I would recommend it.

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              • Yes

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              (4 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              A malfunction camera don't use or buy

              By jan

              from sydney Austalia

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Pros

                Cons

                • No External Mic Input
                • Poor Image Quality
                • Poor In Low Light
                • Poor Sound

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies

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

                I have had the camera send back for a the second time in six months. For a replacement then a repair. Not professional equipment don't buy or use.

                If I could turn back time I would not have purchased most unreliable camera I have ever used.

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                4.0

                Great camera!!!!!!!

                By Oldacre Films

                from Atlanta, GA

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

                My peers and I were going back and forth with other cameras that a better, but I kept saying, choose a camera that fits you for the direction of your career. I mentioned the BMPC 4K, but many was turned away from what they've heard about it FPN (fixed pattern noise), terrible in low light, black orb issues. So, I rented the camera first and loved its features. The lowlight is not as bad as many say it is. With the 1.9 firmware upgrade and the FPN is hardly noticeable. I saw hardly because, many high end cameras has a hard time in low lights. Shooting in 4K Raw was super amazing. I was blown away, and still am. So finally, I bought one. The image quality is just there. I keep up with a lot of my mentors and coworkers that own a Red Epic. Better in some cases. The dynamic range is totally there. Your image my look a little under exposed and your lens gave all that it's got to open up, you can definitely bring it back in Davinci Resolve with no digital noise. I'm still testing the camera, but Blackmagic Design is not done with their camera yet. They are fixing a lot of issues still, and bringing new elements to it. I say it was a great buy.

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                1.0

                Censor in a box

                By Agc

                from montreal canada

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Reviewer

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

                Censor in a box
                with that fixed noise pattern is nothing more that a censor in a box, I can understand the people who kept the camera now do not have a choice that to give 5 stars. 4k sure my Samsung Phone has 4k and no FNP

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                4.0

                Great for what it is.

                By Bolexbuster

                from Washington D.C.

                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
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I find this unit to be small, ultra portable, great for sneaking around and grabbing shots in 4k RAW.

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Product

                By coolmedia

                from Wilsonville, OR

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Movies/Short Films

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

                    I've been using this camera for about a month now and I can say that this camera produce beautiful footage.
                    Before this camera,I used canon 5DMKIII with magic lantern installed and there is no comparison between the two system. I only shoot raw file format and after good post processing and color grading, it is beautiful to look.
                    Only drawback I can say is that the battery life is very short and only the fastest SSD deliver no drop frame when shooting in RAW.
                    Sandisk Extreme Pro are among the usable SSD and I used Toshiba bought from B H works fine too.
                    All in all I'm very happy with this camera compared to others that shoot 4k that cost thousands more.

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                    4.0

                    Not bad, worth the money.

                    By Nick Testa Productions

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                    • Poor In Low Light
                    • Poor Sound

                    Best Uses

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

                      So I waited about six months before I pulled the trigger on this purchase. My biggest fears were FPN and hot pixels. When I got the camera, it was heavier than I expected. With the external battery, it was even heavier. I rigged it up and I must say, it's not as small and handy as a dslr, but it's still pretty compact. So let's talk image. Out of the box there was a lot of FPN (fixed pattern noise). I was understandably concerned. But I did some research and did some firmware upgrades and found that if you upgrade sequentially, from 1.8, to 1.9, instead of going straight to 1.9, it help with the sensor calibration and I can say my FPN is pretty much all gone. Hot pixels are sort of an issue. I say sort of, because they are present in tests, but not practical use. When I test the camera in a pure black situation at ISO 800, I see hot pixels. However, when shooting in low light in a practical situation, I honestly can't find any hot pixels. I've come to terms with this black magic (pun intended). More about the picture. I really wanted to see what it could do, so I went out and shot some 4k raw, and the picture was absolutely stunning. The raw is VERY gradable, even if the workflow is a bit of a pain, the images were great. The in camera color profile is flat and neutral, and with the right LUT and some grading the images sparkle. I still have some tests to do as far as long takes go (recording for 20-30 minute stretches) but I can say all in all I'm very happy with the camera. Also, they say this is not a low light camera, this is true, it is a light hog, however, I shot an interview yesterday where I used a couple hardware store bucket lights with 100w bulbs and got a fantastic image. So of course it's best to have some cinema lights around, and outdoors is a no brainer, but practical indoor shoots are very possible. Lastly, the audio is garbage. Not a big deal for me, since I almost always record audio separately. But I used to run a line from my audio recorder to my 5D which saved me a step of syncing in post. Even when running a line in to this camera, the audio is crackly and thin. I can't figure it out, and I am a certified audio engineer and these issues have me baffled. So do yourself a favor, make sure you have an audio recorder, and a slate and just sync in post like a big boy ;)

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