In typical REDUSER manner, Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty has gotten used to posting news about significant advances in the development of their cameras on their very own Blackmagic Forum.
Today he posted a link to about 10 GB worth of 4K (UltraHD, 3840 x 2160 pixels) ungraded ProRes clips from their upcoming new 4K Production Camera (the footage was acquired in ProRes, he did not touch RAW footage).
Download the original footage by clicking here! Warning: 10 GB download (UPDATED! we took the liberty to upload the ZIP file to one of our servers as Windows users complained about a corrupted ZIP archive via the original Blackmagic link).
He says that the camera is out now for their beta testers and seems to get fine tuning now for the release, which can’t be far away hopefully.
The 4K footage looks really crisp and nice, however it is obvious that this sensor isn’t made for low light at all – which is kind of surprising as I was expecting better low light performance than from the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera (and Pocket Cinema Camera) simply because of the massively bigger sensor (Super35) of the 4K camera. There also seems to be some grain in the shadows of the daytime shots.
Check out the still frames from the footage here and at the bottom of this post (not in 4K tough):