A huge cropfactor, terrible sound, bad battery life, no 4K mode, no flip screen and steady hand held shots are a pain in the ass. If you’ve ever looked in to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, you probably know about these flaws. Still there are enough reasons why to still buy this camera. Even in 2016 or 2017, almost 4 years after it has been first released.
The BMPCC really is something special. There is nothing else in this class that has taken this approach to image quality. 10-bit ProRes Log and 13 stops dynamic range. If you have some great hardware at home, you can also shoot your footage in RAW which looks absolutely beautiful! No 4K resolution, but it still beats a lot of 4K camera’s out there!
The camera its size brings tons of advantages. You can literally put it in your pocket , especially if you’d use it with a pancake lens, such as the Panasonic 20mm or Olympus 17mm lens. Next to that, it also gives you the possibility to shoot footage at crowded spaces without people constantly looking in the lens. Getting to shoot low key while creating footage that can be played in a cinema is just fantastic.
It hasn’t dropped down much in price. But for a “Cinema Camera” it’s probably the cheapest. And since it’s been out for a few years, you might be able to find some good deals or maybe think about buying a second hand one. Next to that, before reading the next part, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can just buy some cheap C-mount lenses (with a C-mount to MFT adapter) and still create amazing footage!
Micro Four Thirds:
The BMPCC has a M43 (MFT) thread, which means you can use all of the Panasonic and Olympus lenses! Other companies like DSLR Magic and Samyang are also making MFT lenses so there’s a lot of different glass you can buy. With adapters like the Metabones Canon EF – Micro 4/3 BMPCC adapter you can also use your Canon lenses on there.
The look of the footage shot on Blackmagic camera’s always looks amazing. And once you’ve worked with these camera’s you can always tell if something was shot on a Blackmagic camera or not.
If you don’t like editing and color grading, you COULD get this camera and set it on video mode, but shooting “flat” gives you much more possibilities to create a great end result. And to be honest, if you’re lazy, this camera isn’t for you.
We really hope Blackmagic Design will take this camera to the next level sometime soon. If this would ever get a successor, with better battery life and up to date specs, this would probably be our most favourite camera ever. And yes, there is of course the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, but we do need to have a little screen on there!