Today, Blackmagic Design released much-needed firmware updates (version 1.9) to their popular Pocket Cinema and Cinema Cameras. Now finally, these cameras will be able to show the recording time remaining on the cards, audio levels as well as histogram information. The same update was published for the 4K Production Camera about a month ago already – watch my friend James Miller’s little test film by clicking here.Read more
Blackmagic Design was never shy of dropping prices when they smell competition – it’s all over town that the Panasonic GH4 is a blockbuster and the Sony A7s is on its way of becoming one. So someone powerful at Blackmagic Design decided to cut the Pocket Cinema Camera’s price – in half. Yes, you heard that right. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will be $495 until August 31st, 2014. I doubt they will raise the price back to the $995 after that and I’m sure it’s a marketing trick to get everyone buying quickly, but it might just work as I see the possibility of many retailers running out of stock soon. Our favorite retailers B&H (in the US) and AF Marcotec (in Europe) already list the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for $495 or €375 (excluding VAT), respectively. [AF Marcotec seems to have had a wrong price on their site before – it’s now been corrected, also in this post.]Read more
The Blackmagic pocket cinema camera. A little marvel that has positive features like: -Good dynamic range -Film-like picture quality -ProRes and (soon) RAW recording ability -Really small size and is easy to handle -Most important, good value for money! But, is ‘good for the price’, really good? In the above “minute review” you can watch my concerns. Music: The music bed, Beautiful Day – Instrumental by Joshua RadinRead more
Our friend Dan Chung from newsshooter.com was covering BIRTV-2013, the biggest broadcast exhibition in China and had a chance to talk to Blackmagic design Richard Lim about their pocket cinema camera. According to Lim, small quantities are now shipping and the audio issue reported by early users is now being addressed. Also in this video, a look at the different lens configurations and how the autofocus focus works in practice. Watch the full interview here: Oh, and watch out for new stuff coming in a month time at IBC……Read more
John Brawley, an Australian director of photography who helps Blackmagic with the development of their Cinema Cameras, has just released the first footage from the much-anticipated Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. He used it for “about an hour” at his local market and put together some shots in Final Cut Pro X. It’s impressive that this tiny sub-$1,000 camera is able to record in ProRes (he used the ProRes film mode) with 13 stops of latitude with a Super 16mm sensor. Lenswise he used an IS stabilized Micro 4/3 lens, the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8, plus a Hoya ND16. Here’s the link to John Brawley’s blog for more detail. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available for preorder from B&H – link see below!Read more
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