By site editor Dan Chung:
Blackmagic Design have now shipped small numbers of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to lucky users around the world.
Its diminutive size and Super16 sensor open up a number of interesting possibilities but also a number of challenges to shooters.
Blackmagic’s Richard Lim was at Broadcast Asia in Beijing this week and we took the opportunity to talk to him about it. It was interesting to try a range of lenses on the camera and see how the autofocus system works in practice.
Edit: Blackmagic Design have been in touch about the audio issues reported online. Here’s a response:
In this interview, you asked Richard about the audio issue posted by Cheesycam at http://cheesycam.com/internal-noise-from-blackmagic-pocket-cinema-camera/ and Richard answered that Blackmagic Design had been aware of this issue. In fact, what Richard was referring to is not the internal noise problem Cheesycam encountered. Richard means “the built in mic (being an general mic) picks up noise but since we have a stereo input we have workaround options such as using a 3rd party JuiceLink product.”
Actually, the problem Cheesycam had is an isolated problem instead of a normal problem and he has added an update to that article on August 19th:
[Update] 08.19.2013 – A rep has contacted me and assured me this was an isolated problem with this particular camera I have. This is not a normal problem and other BMPCC users should not experience this.FYI, I just shot about 4 hours of footage using a Rode VideoMic Pro and did not hear any of this same noise. The internal mic on this camera is the only one picking up the sound. Not a problem for me.
BIRTV video coverage by Gabriel Clermont, Jonas Schönstein and Shan Shan Wang.