The idea of a cinema camera that could fit in your pocket has been a popular fantasy that finally seemed achievable with the launch of the Blackmagic Design’s original Pocket Cinema Camera. For under $1,000, you could have a small portable camera that could capture a beautiful digital image.
In truth, the accessories pushed it way past $1,000, and any lens would make it far from pocketable. Sharing the same name, the New Pocket Cinema Camera is even further from pocketable, despite what the name implies.
The new Pocket Cinema has the look and feel of a DSLR, which no one will mind. DSLRs have become the loved tool for most pro, but small scale content creators and film makers. (Even many large scale filmmakers use them) So it’ll feel familiar in your hands, but will produce footage with a more cinematic feel.
It has a clean, sleek look, and compared to other popular digital cameras, it defiantly is more “pocketable.”
A RED Cinema Camera
So What’s New?
Well the biggest answer is 4K!
- The old model shot full HD 1920×1080 CinemaDNG RAW
- The new model shoots DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 up to 60 fps
– so there is some obvious improvement there. Though 4k has become a very typical resolution at this price point. Yet, the Pocket Cinema Camera delivers an amazing low light performance and true lossless 12-bit RAW recording that rivals cameras costing tens of thousands more. You can also shoot in 10‑bit ProRes which gives you great looking images while conserving file space.
The 5″ inch touch screen is another major change. It features an easy to navigate, intuitive menu, and a high quality reference point for framing shots without an additional viewfinder.
-The price is also different. The new model is $1,295 compared to the original’s $999.
What’s the same?
A quick Compare
|Sensor Size||12.48 x 7.02 mm||18.96 x 10.00 mm|
|Resolution||12.48 x 7.02 mm||4096 x 2160|
|Dynamic Range||13 Stops||13 Stops|
Should I Buy This?
We love Blackmagic Design. They keep rocking the market by designing products that shatter the price wall. The quality you can achieve with their line of cinema cameras truly empowers smaller budget film makers.
What we truly love is how they make their products compatible with affordable accessories, like standard SD cards, faster UHS-II cards or CFast 2.0 cards, and the fact that they can record straight onto an external hard drive for larger projects. It uses an affordable and removable LP-E6 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that you can purchase for $35! Its MFT Lens Mount lets you use a large range of small, professional lenses that range from affordable to out of this world expensive. Lenses by brands like Canon, Nikon, Leica and Panavision. It also includes a license to DeVinci Resolve 15.
With that said, would we suggest that you purchase this camera? Probably not. Why? While it is great tech, you probably don’t need it. You could use a similarly priced mirrorless by Sony, and still get a phenomenal shot with less hassle in the post production. Who would we suggest this camera for? Independent filmmakers making arthouse films. It will deliver a cinema style look that will contrast the common place DSLR’s and match professional cameras that cost 20x as much. This is where its incredible dynamic range will really shine bright.
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