If you’re looking for a compact camera with a host of options, yet still small enough to slip in your pocket, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design is an attractive choice. With a Super 16mm image sensor, this camera has an effective resolution of 1920×1080 and can capture 13 stops of fully dynamic range. It can record full HD video in multiple formats, and its Micro Four Thirds mount is designed to accommodate a wide range of lenses, offering you even more options. All of this and more is packed neatly into an attractive magnesium alloy casing, which is both durable and sleek, giving you the look of a camera with far less features, without the bulk of comparable devices.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is designed to be exceedingly compact. It looks great while being thin enough to take anywhere, and you aren’t forgoing quality for convenience. The magnesium alloy is sturdy and smooth, comfortable to hold in your hands, and the camera includes a high resolution LCD screen, allowing for precision shots. Since it also has an SD card recorder, you won’t be needing any bulky or expensive accessories to make the camera worth using.
SD cards are commonly available and can be formatted to be compatible with either Mac OS X or Windows, making them an ideal companion to your camera. They’re also cheap and take up a minimal amount of space, giving you loads of room for all your pictures and video. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera’s built-in SD card recorder makes it that much easier to store all your data; you don’t even have to cut into the camera’s on board memory unless you choose to.
The camera features a mounting point both on the top and bottom of the unit, which enables any number of configurations with peripherals of your choice, with practically any mount and setup you desire right there at your fingertips. The Micro Four Thirds lens mount allows you the freedom to adapt to virtually any lens you might require, and the Super 16 size sensor makes it compatible with an even wider range of adapters. This is a small camera capable of playing the role of just about any type of camera you can imagine.
With two dynamic range settings, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can offer a film quality look with its range of 13 stops. No matter the project, the right dynamic range is available to you, and you can color correct files natively or switch them to a different format to be changed at your leisure.
The Pocket Cinema enough connections on the side of the device to allow for any addtional monitoring you might need, including a micro HDMI output with optional overlays, a standard mini microphone which offers compatibility with most AV style microphones, and a mini headphone jack socket. There is also a LANC control input for use with tripods or other remote controlling devices. The camera can be powered and the removable battery recharged from the 12V DC input.
One feature that makes the camera so easy to use is the FOCUS button which offers focus assist, a function which works remarkably well, but which can be turned off if desired. The IRIS button will automatically adjust the iris on compatible lenses. Many little details were taken into consideration to give this camera the most performance possible without being bulky or difficult to use.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records high quality and lossless compressed files, allowing you to retain the full detail on your images with wide dynamic range. This makes it easy to edit your images in the software of your choice, rather than forcing you to adapt to some unusual format your software doesn’t read.
Weighing in at only 12.5 oz, with compact dimensions of 5 x 2.6 x 1.5″, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is an amazing device that appeals to a wide range of photographers, both professionals and hobbyists alike. It’s great for taking with you anywhere, be it on the job or on vacation, to the kid’s sporting events or a leisurely trip to the beach. The latest from Blackmagic Design costs $995, and it offers something for everyone while still looking classier than the competition.