Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Blackmagic Pocket Camera: What we know so far.

Last week at NAB Blackmagic stunned the film world again by announcing two new cameras. A new 4K APS-C camera with global shutter for $4000 dollars and a smaller Micro Four Thirds pocket camera for $1000 dollars. Personally I am more excited about the pocket camera. This price point will be great for a lot of people looking to get great dynamic range without having to pay a big price. Plus the fact it has a micro four thirds active mount will be good for those people who have MFT lenses or those wishing to add other types of lenses using an adaptor. Adding Nikon, Canon or even PL mount lenses will be easy with the right adapter. It's still very early but Blackmagic is saying a delivery time of July is what we can expect and that it will be released most likely before the 4K camera. I haven't seen any footage yet but hopefully they will release some test footage soon. If Anyone has found any footage on the web please send me a link.


In the mean time lets go through what we know about the camera and some of its features:

-It has 1920x180 resolution

-Apple 10-bit 422 200Mbps ProRes codec with the promise of lossless CinemaDNG codec that will be coming later with a firmware update.

-The sensor size is Super 16: Roughly (12.5x7.4mm)

-Frame Rates 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p

-Dynamic Range: 13 stops

-MFT (micro four thirds lens mount) which should give full aperture control to native lenses.

-Magnified focus for focus assist and peaking

-Removable storage is SDXC and SDHC cards. It can record in ProRes 50 minutes of footage on a 64Gb SDXC card

-Metadata: camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords

-Can output through HDMI without overlays for monitoring: Micro HDMI type D. HDMI Audio Output 2 channels 48 kHz and 24 bit

-3.5" LCD: 800 x 480 resolution

-2.5mm LANC control for controlling record, stop, focus and iris with active lenses

-3.5mm mic input

-3.5mm headphone jack

-0.7mm 12V power input

-Standard tripod mount top and bottom

-Computer Interface USB 2.0 mini B port for firmware updates

-Operating Temperatures 0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)

-Humidity rating 0% to 90% non-condensing

-Removable battery: Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (EN-EL20) Battery Life: approx. 1 hour of continuous recording time. Charge Time: approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes when the camera is off and approximately 2 hours when in use. You can also use non Blackmagic batteries such as the easy to find and inexpensive Nikon EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries. This is a big deal because on the 2.5k camera the battery was built in with lousy operating times.

-In the box you get: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, wrist strap, dust cap and 12V AC Adapter.
Plus, DVD (DaVinci Resolve Lite)

-Product Warranty 12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

-Compatible operating systems are: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later Windows 7 or later

-Dimensions: 5.04 x 1.49 x 2.6 (128 x 38 x 66 mm)

-Weight: 12.52 oz (355 g)

So that's basically what we know so far. As for what the image looks like hopefully we will see some footage soon.


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