Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: What tricks does it have up its sleeve?

I’d like to share some thoughts I’ve been having about the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera ever since it was revealed and what I plan on doing once I get my hands on it. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, here is everything you need to know.

Over the course of the next few months I plan on making the most of the camera by making documentaries, a short film or two, and I’ll start photography because I’m not spending £700 on a camera just so it serves one purpose.

With all of these projects planned, I want to return to shooting video – as opposed to cutting it – and in turn, this will give me more time with Premiere Pro to develop my editing skills.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is everything you need to bring cinematic film look shooting to the most difficult and remote locations, perfect for documentaries, independent films, photo journalism, music festivals, ENG, protest marches and even war zones.

Hopefully not filming anytime soon.

Being from the North of Ireland, I have grown accustomed to protests, marches, and riots, as they tend to be recurring events and you would be surprised how easily they can happen. Thankfully I’ve never witnessed a war zone and don’t plan to film one any time soon, although working in Argos over Christmas sure did resemble one.

With a surface area smaller than many smartphones and weight of only 12.5 ounces, it’s designed to fit in your pocket and your hand!

To put that into perspective, that’s the same weight as a can of Diet Coke – I’m watching my figure – which is a brilliant accomplishment in design and engineering. Places that were inaccessible to film can now be reached with ease thanks to its size, but you might have problems moving your tripod, rig, lens case, audio equipment and battery pack.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records into high quality ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG files so you retain fine image detail with wide dynamic range for amazing images.

For everyone who doesn’t speak in nerd, this means that the image you’re shooting is the image you’ll get. Cinema DNG offers uncompressed image quality and gives you the capability to transcode the file format to your liking depending on your non-linear editing software. Ok, I didn’t explain that very well. Cinema DNG = brilliant.

Another advantage of DNG is the capability to record metadata from the camera. You’ll be able to write the shot number, insert keywords and rename files to save time during editing and assembling your footage will now be faster and easier.

It is crafted from magnesium alloy which may mean something to you but my knowledge of the periodic table is a bit rusty – pun intended – and basically means that it is super strong. I have a tendency to get paranoid about any equipment I invest so much money in – would you not, if you were spending £700 on a camera? – and this gives me reassurance that if it does fall, it will be able to withstand it, unless I plan on using it as a crash cam in my directorial debut, Moderately Fast & Happily Furious.

I have been suffering from a creative drought as of late and the pocket camera will give me the enthusiasm to create the projects I have lined up and will open up endless filmmaking possibilities. The opportunity to return to filming with no constraints and completing it in my own time excite me but the main selling point for me is the price, convenience and everything crammed into its 12.5 ounce design.

I’ll wait patiently for reviews to appear so I get an idea of what I’ll be investing into but until then I look forward to its imminent release, and you should too.

Are you excited about the Pocket Camera? If so, will you be purchasing one? Will it blow the current DSLR competition out of the water? And are you eager to see what it is capable of doing? Let me hear your opinion in the comments below!

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