Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
The image quality is what make the Pocket Cinema Camera a bargain thanks to a super 16mm sized sensor which records full 1920x1080 HD images either as lossless CinemaDNG RAW files or as Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) files at 220 Mbps. These files allow for maximum retention of detail and a wide, 13-stop dynamic range. The camera is ultra compact and looks much like a point and shoot with a high resolution LCD screen on the back. It has a micro HDMI output to hook up a monitor for larger viewing and a mini 1/8 microphone jack to record sound externally.
The images are outstanding for the most part. It’s serviceable in low light situations but you may want to invest in a speed booster with this camera as it uses Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses which typically need more light; the smaller sensor means it is less sensitive to light. Another downside is this camera doesn’t include a separate battery charger and the batteries don’t last for very long. The camera almost requires to be built up with a rig for worthwhile video and the shakiness of the handheld footage makes it worth investing in a good tripod. Add on the large data amount cost and the low camera price makes sense. However, this camera holds its ground performance-wise with some of the DSLRs which run for at least double the price which still the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera a great value pickup.