When I talked about Blackmagic Design’s first new camera, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, I also mentioned the real “show shocker” of NAB: the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
While the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K was a surprise, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera was totally unexpected. We’re still reeling from the implications of this tiny titan, and how it may shape the future of our industry.
Let’s start by pointing this out: this is truly a pocket sized camera. It’s around the size of an iPhone 5. That in itself may not be too interesting however. There are a number of cameras that fit in your pocket.
Where it gets interesting is the power this little guy has. It is truly a cinema quality camera. For the price of $995, the BPCC shoots Hi-Res 1080HD on a Super 16mm sensor onto a built in SD card, and has 13 stops of dynamic range.
Similar to the BPC4K, it has all of the standard ports and connections, shoots in ProRes 422 and CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW, and can shoot in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, and 30 frames per second, and will be available in July.
The biggest differences are obviously the $3,000 price difference, and the Pocket’s lack of 4K shooting, touchscreen and included DaVinchi software. Even without these features, the Pocket is an absolute, cinema ready steal that allows you to start shooting cinema quality for under a grand. And that’s without any additional hardware…
Which brings us to the potential of the Pocket Cinema Camera. It’s small size lets you build it up as large as you need it to be, whether it’s support gear, tripods, follow focuses, monitors, microphones, lenses, etc. Speaking of lenses, the Pocket has a Micro Four Thirds lens mount compatible with the variety of Micro Four Thirds lenses available However you can also equip it with a lens adapter to allow for nearly any lens you need. As you can see, with the proper set up you can transform the tiny titan into a massive machine of video production.
You can probably tell that the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has me pretty excited. My fascination with the HDSLR revolution came from its democratization of the film industry, through quality of capture as well as financial accessibility.
Even if this pint sized powerhouse doesn’t kick off a new revolution on its own, I’m sure it’s a sign of things to come.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will retail for the price of $995 USD, and will be available for purchase this coming July.
Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
New compact Super 16 digital cinema camera with 13 stops of dynamic range, allows shooting with a professional film look in a beautiful design that fits in your pocket!
NAB 2013, Las Vegas, USA – April 8, 2013 – Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, a beautifully designed, pocket sized digital cinema camera that includes powerful features such as Super 16mm sized 1080HD sensor, super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, built in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes, lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW capture and active Micro Four Thirds lens mount, all in an attractive compact design for only US$995.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2013 booth at #SL218.
Since the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera was launched at NAB 2012, it has been celebrated by industry professionals for its amazing film look and accurate and cinematic color. The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has most of the features of its bigger brother, including its feature film look, but has been redesigned with a dramatically smaller size that is less than an inch thick and can be held easily in your hand.
This compact design allows the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to be used in more situations where a larger camera would not be practical. It’s so small that it can be used in situations in the field where a larger camera could be dangerous. The camera’s film look even allows personal video to be shot with the style and creativity of a motion picture film!
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features an industry standard Super 16 sensor size, so it’s perfect when using Super 16 cine lenses via MFT adapters, as the shooting experience is the same as using the same lens on a Super 16 film camera. The 13 stops of dynamic range look of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is almost identical to shooting on a professional Super 16 film camera. The Micro Four Thirds lenses offer a wide range of low cost lenses with amazing image quality, and they are compatible with mount adapters such as PL mounts for large lens and professional motion picture film rigs.
One of the most important features of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is its super wide dynamic range of 13 stops, allowing feature film quality images. A common mistake in the television industry is the assumption that more resolution means higher quality. Most cameras, even ones with higher than HD resolution, can produce”video” looking images that suffer from highlight and black clipping that limits details. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera’s wide dynamic range eliminates this problem and provides film quality with dramatically more detail retained in black and whites in the image. Once the shoot is complete, DaVinci Resolve Lite color correction software can be used to adjust images and take advantage of this extra range in the images.
To eliminate the damage that low bit depth and high compression video storage creates, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes a easy to use SD card recorder that allows the full sensor dynamic range to be recorded in professional ProRes 422 (HQ) format, as well as 12 bit Log RAW lossless compressed CinemaDNG format. These files can be read by high end video software as they are all open standard. In addition to the regular CinemaDNG RAW format, Blackmagic Design will also be implementing a QuickTime wrapper for the open standard CinemaDNG and companion codec, allowing the camera to record in a format that allows RAW editing in popular editing software.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has been designed as the perfect companion to editing software such as Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer. Unlike other cameras, which require the use of custom video file formats, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes absolutely no custom video file formats, and every file type included is open standard.
The built in large LCD display makes focus easy, and allows playback of captured files. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes a built in microphone, as well as external jack based mic/line level balanced audio connections. When reviewing recorded clips, audio can be played through the built in speaker and routed through the headphone port or micro HDMI output. The HDMI output includes all camera data such as timecode, transport control, shutter angle, color temperature setting and ASA information overlaid in attractive anti aliased fonts.
“This is an extremely exciting camera and its been amazing to work on. Our original Blackmagic Cinema Camera was small, but this new model is so much smaller than the original, we almost cannot believe it features very similar image quality,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We think customers are going to really enjoy this new model and use it both personally and professionally. It’s going to allow shooting in situations that could never have been achieved at this quality level previously. It’s also going to be the camera that thousands of new up and coming cinematographers use as their first camera for their independent films. It’s going to be exciting!”
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Key Features
Availability and Price
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available in July for US$995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.
About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s EmmyTM award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please checkwww.blackmagicdesign.com.