September is around the corner and with that will come to the highly anticipated Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K release. I was able to get touchy-feely with the new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at NAB 2018, however, no footage was allowed to be shot.
Here is what we know about the video released today. It was shot by Mark Wyatt in rainforests and ravines with extreme lighting conditions. I do wish we could see some skin tone but that will have to wait.
- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
- ISO400, 1250 and 2500
- Sigma 18-35mm
- Rokinon Cine 50mm EF lenses
- Metabones Speedbooster to Micro Four Thirds
“The camera tests I wanted to do were in the forests and waterfalls on the outer West Coast of Canada. I was really interested in seeing how the new sensor would handle these harsh lighting conditions. By increasing the ISO to an impressive 1250 and 2500, it allowed me to capture the dark moss-lined walls and unique emerald color, yet also hold onto the highlight detail of the top of the waterfall and sky. I feel most cameras would likely struggle with this scene.” “I had the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K for only a few days, but overall I was really impressed by it. The weight of the camera is very liberating, especially when you are used to using larger camera systems. The screen is big and bright enough to use in daylight, which I found great for judging focus and exposure. And, the colors too on the screen, were also nicely represented. In fact, I would argue it is Blackmagic’s best screen yet.”
HIGHLIGHTS OF POCKET CINEMA CAMERA 4K
- Full 4/3 HDR sensor
- Dual native ISO up to 25,600
- MFT lens mount
- 13 stops of dynamic range
- 5 inch touchscreen
- Internal SD/UHS II and CFast 2.0 card recorders
- Can record to any external USB-C disk
- Bluetooth built-in
- Mini XLR input with P48
- Full HDMI
- Power via a Canon LP-E6N or locking 12 volt DC power connection
While the ISO was fairly high the image looks pretty clean as it should with the GH5s like sensor. The overexposed parts of the image look good with no color pollution so it blooms white. I don’t want to nitpick the first look too much, however, for the most part, it looks good. What do you think?