Testing out a production Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

By site editor Dan Chung:

Shooting timelape with the BMPCC and Olympus 14-35mm f2 lens

Shooting timelape with the BMPCC and Olympus 14-35mm f2 lens

Yesterday I was lucky enough to receive one of the first production Blackmagic Pocket Cinema cameras to arrive in China. I’ve been quite excited about this little camera ever since it was announced at NAB earlier in the year. Anticipating its arrival I have built a small kit of lenses and accessories that should turn it into a workable camera system. Central to this are fast lenses that allow for reasonably shallow depth of field with its small sensor.

I don’t have time for a full test report at the moment but was able to run out of work and grab these few shots today. They were all shot on the Olympus 14-35mm f2 4/3 lens with Olympus 4/3 to M4/3 adapter, a Genus Fader ND and a Movcam mini cage.

The footage is completely ungraded and uploaded to Vimeo with as little compression as I can manage right now. Feel free to download it and play around.

I’ll update when I have had more time with the camera.

BMPCC all rigged out with Movcam mini cage, Vocas MFT to PL adapter and G.L.Optics 11-16mm lens

BMPCC all rigged out with Movcam mini cage, Vocas MFT to PL adapter and G.L.Optics 11-16mm lens

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Posted on August 29th, 2013 by Dan Chung | Category: Blackmagic design |

One response to "Testing out a production Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera"

  1. Andy Portch Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Dear Dan,
    Thanks Dan I just cancelled my order and put the cash back in my pocket instead of the Black Magic pocket camera.
    I look forward to your future posts to prove me wrong. I love the price and idea of a pocket video camera, but so far the BMPCC footage I’ve seen online appears soft. Maybe I’m missing the point of the cinema camera and it isn’t for me. I regularly grade when time permits, but for breaking news I also need decent pix out of the box and cannot sharpen everything in post. I don’t need RAW and even HQ is over the top for news. That means large file sizes and time consuming data handling. Even a straight Pro Res codec in there would help, does that exist?
    Limited battery life is also a headache for me. Black Magic does promote the BMPCC for ENG, protest marches and war zones. Not sure I’d even take it to a wedding. I’m interested on your assessment of blooming highlights and black spots; plus claims of 9 not 13stop DR range, admittedly from red-user forum.
    Also the handheld stuff I’ve seen posted online is wobbly as hell, which maybe operator error or maybe that it is tricky to hold steady. That doesn’t surprise me with no viewfinder to brace the camera to your eye it is just like waving a smartphone around. It might also be that wide angle on super16 is hard to find.
    I’m interested in the pocket concept. No rigs, rails, monitors, viewfinders. I guess a loupe on the screen will help, but if you need the big rig route it isn’t pocket and accessories cost a packet.
    Not worried that shallow depth is a tall order!
    Best regards, Andy Portch, Sky News Beijing

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