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Blackmagic DesignProduction Camera 4K (EF Mount)
 
4.0

(based on 62 reviews)

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    (26)

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    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Great picture quality (22)
  • 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 (19)
  • In the studio (16)
  • Complex projects (13)
  • Documentaries (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (18), Pro videographer (18), Business owner (13), Enthusiast (6), Film student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47)

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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5.0

A tough camera with great image quality

By fabio bazanelli

from sao paulo brasil

About Me Pro Videographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Value Camera

Cons

  • Poor Battary

Best Uses

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

    We recently did an institutional video recordings involving factories and forests in Brazil. We work in very harsh conditions. Under the sun and heat and humidity in the china factories. The camera endured hours of work over 12 hours straight. We use an adapter with Sony batteries, and each battery dual stand about 3 hours of continuous use.The camera came to be very hot, but still continued working properly. Remembering that we use an appropriate adapter for BMCC who left the obstruction-free fan.
    The camera make great time lapse takes! We use most o times a laptop apple with a thunderbolt cable to check the vector scope and video quality.
    We recorded all the material in ProRes 4k, and use a mac pro with helped by a UltraStudio 4K and raid blackmagic on the issue. We generate approximately 10 hours of material consumed 3 TB. We did a rough edit in premiere cc with completion in DaVince, which proved to be highly stable and fast in the 4k mode.
    An honorable mention for the lens rokinon, very useful in low light (use only kit of 3 LED lights for close-ups and generate volume and shade in the stations nearest scenes).

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    5.0

    Great Camera!

    By Sergio

    from Key West, Fl

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I'm loving my new BMPC, lightweight and great image.
      As always B&H sent my purchase fast.
      Always satisfied buying at B&H

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      5.0

      Wonderful camera

      By Simone

      from São Paulo, Brasil

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I need the camera for independent films. The black magic exceeded my expectations.Minus point: When buying a camera, I paid for one-year guarantee and the clerk informed me that I would receive an email from BlackMagic to ensure I have the right warranty. To date I have not received the email.

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        • No

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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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          • No

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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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            • No

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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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            • No

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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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