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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Puts 1080 RAW In Your Pocket

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In the past, if you wanted to carry a high-end cinema camera in your pocket … well … lets just say you’d have to have really big pockets. But that’s not the case anymore now that Blackmagic Design has debuted its new Pocket Cinema Camera: a RAW 1920×1080 powerhouse in a fun-sized package.

The camera debuted today at NAB in Las Vegas alongside a few other impressive introductions from Blackmagic. On the hardware side of things, the pocket-sized cinema camera sports a 1080HD Super 16mm sensor, a built in SD card slot for Apple ProRes (no more removable hard drives) and an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount — all at less than an inch thick.

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Feature wise, the camera boasts a “super wide” dynamic range of 13 stops, lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW capture and a “feature film quality” that is “almost identical to shooting on a professional Super 16 film camera” when you’re shooting 1080HD at either 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 or 30fps.

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Another great thing about the camera is how open it is; open meaning nonproprietary. Because it sports an active MFT mount, you can use any of the Panasonic or Olympus MFT lenses out there, autofocus and image stabilization intact. And the Pocket Cinema Camera also takes the same approach to video formats: no custom file formats here, everything is open standard.

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The fun-sized monster will land on shelves in July with an MSRP of $995. But if you’re interested in getting in a pre-order early, you can already do that at B&H by following this link.


 
  • Darryl B

    Preorder now and have it delivered July 2014!

  • http://twitter.com/EnriquePacheco_ Enrique Pacheco

    It doesn`t shoot RAW, just prores 4:2:2, which is not uncompressed either.
    Please correct it.

  • DLCade

    We appreciate your concern : ) According to the press release and the Blackmagic website, it shoots both lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes, which is what we included in the article. Please let us know if and where we made a mistake.

  • Chris

    “Records Full HD 1080 CinemaDNG RAW”…direct from B+H’s spec list

  • http://www.refocusedmedia.com Refocused Media

    You didn’t.

  • Bill

    What’s the crop factor? Is it the same as from FF to M4/3 (ie 2x)? Or bigger?

  • cunguez

    Roughly x1.3 the crop factor of the original BMCC (x2.5), so a total FF crop factor of about x3.25 (someone correct me I’m wrong, but I’m getting this from John Brawley’s site so I’m assuming that these numbers are right).

  • Oroypedaceriadeoro

    The Pocket Cinema Camera also takes the same approach to video formats. Thank you !

  • http://twitter.com/4jeff Jeff G. Rottman

    Can this camera also shoot stills?

  • Bill

    C – thanks. I looked and looked for those numbers. The idea I can shoot ProRes on such a small package is great AND might be enough to overlook the crop factor.

  • Jesse

    This will likely become the go to crash cam on film sets now. Pretty great idea!

  • cunguez

    No worries, and yes, shooting ProRes with a camera the size of an nex is pretty exciting :)

    Something else to keep in mind which I hadn’t thought of before is looking into ordering the MetaBones Speed Booster for m4/3 mounts when they release them. When mounted to the BMPCC it would reduce the crop back down to 2x, so you’d be back to m4/3 conversions for equiv. focal length, etc.

    Granted, the adapter will cost you half as much as the camera, but it gives you more flexibility with regard to lens choices and using glass you already own. With all my Canon glass, I know I’d fork over the money for the adapter, no question. It would pay for itself straight away by saving me from having to run out and pick up a couple of m4/3 lenses.

    The only hitch seems to be MetaBones’ production schedule: to use their words, release dates on the m4/3 adapters are slipping. They’ll get it sorted though, I’m sure.

  • cunguez

    No worries, and yes, shooting ProRes with a camera the size of an nex is pretty exciting :)

    Something else to keep in mind which I hadn’t thought of before is looking into ordering the MetaBones Speed Booster for m4/3 mounts when they release them. When mounted to the BMPCC it would reduce the crop back down to 2x, so you’d be back to m4/3 conversions for equiv. focal length, etc.

    Granted, the adapter will cost you half as much as the camera, but it gives you more flexibility with regard to lens choices and using glass you already own. With all my Canon glass, I know I’d fork over the money for the adapter, no question. It would pay for itself straight away by saving me from having to run out and pick up a couple of m4/3 lenses.

    The only hitch seems to be MetaBones’ production schedule: to use their words, release dates on the m4/3 adapters are slipping. They’ll get it sorted though, I’m sure.

  • Bill J

    I like the Idea of this camera, most combo camera’s will not shoot more than 20 minutes of video I own a few of them, I have a studio full of Black Magic gear and I am sure this will be a big seller.

  • SgtBoognish

    Don’t like the ergonomics but apart from that…God I want one!

  • Lee

    Let’s see, if the super 16 sensor is 12.5 by 7, and the metabones booster increases this by .71x, then the field of view would increase to around 21.3 by 12 which is just a hair under super 35mm sensor size — much larger than m43. Am I doing this right?