Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – ‘Models walking in daylight’


Many people wanted more from yesterdays BMPCC4K ‘Nature’ test and now Blackmagic Design has released new footage shot by DP John Brawley showing how the camera handles different skin tones.

“The whole point to this daylight test was to see how the camera handled skin tones. We were shooting these scenes later in the afternoon, so I was at ISO1000 or 1250, so it was at the lower ISO for this camera. I understand this gives more in dynamic range, so you have a little bit more highlight-headroom there. When I look at those shots now, I am really impressed at how good the dynamic range is. It is great to see all of that detail I was seeing was actually captured in those shots.”

“I don’t think people realize how easy it is to make things look cinematic with Micro Four Thirds! I know that there are a lot of people who like that 35mm full frame look, but it’s still very easy to get images with an out of focus background with the Micro Four Thirds sensor. I found it a great 4K sensor and really good compromise for a small camera that still gets really, really good looking pictures.”

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
 Apple ProRes 422 HQ
ISO1000 and 1250
Olympus Pro 25, 45, 1.2 micro and Olympus Pro 12-100 F4 zoom Micro Four Thirds lenses

If you prefer to watch on vimeo, you can do so at https://vimeo.com/286991945

Another video dropped tonight. The same location, however, shooting towards the window.

“What I wanted to achieve was to test the dynamic range, but to still come up with some really great looking images. Having that higher dynamic range and a high bit depth file, means you have a lot of wriggle-room to correct anything that needs to be balanced. This extra range lets you manage and massage the image to get you into a really nice place. You’re not fighting the codec or the dynamic range of the camera.” “The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K gives you a ton of options. If you want to take it warmer, darker or cooler, you now have so much latitude in terms of dynamic range and depth of color. With this camera, you just have so much extra choice, because you can take the image wherever you want. And that’s the truly great thing about having such a vibrant and high precision image!”

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
4K Apple ProRes 422 HQ
ISO1000 and 1200
Olympus Pro F4 zoom 12-100 Micro Four Thirds lens


  • 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

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