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Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Camera: Amazing Quality in A Small Package

the blackmagic pocket cinema camera at an angle

Blackmagic Design has just unveiled the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The tiny contraption features a  Super 16mm sized 1080HD sensor, a super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, a built in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes, lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW capture plus an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount. The little powerhouse digital cinema camera comes with a price tag of $995.

side view of blackmagic pocket cinema camera

back view of the blackmagic pocket cinema camera

The original Blackmagic Cinema Camera was launched in NAB 2012 and has been wowing industry enthusiasts for its film look and accurate cinematic color. The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has most of the features of the bigger model, but is much smaller in size, allowing it to be used in more situations where a cumbersome model would be inappropriate. The press release describes the celebrated little powerhouse in greater detail,

“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 theshoot is complete, DaVinci Resolve Lite color correction software can be used to adjust images and take advantage of this extra range in the images.”

blackmagic pocket cinema camera without lens mounted

We can’t wait give Blackmagic Design’s newest offering a spin. How about you?

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Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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