Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Test

There has been excitement about the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I was thrilled to get mine recently and went out to shoot a short time lapse sequence. A sensor with 10-bit 4:2:2 color sampling; fine, film-like grain; wide latitude to give more details in shadow and also at the other end, in the highlights.

I used Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 9 Lite for the grading of the test. You can download it free from Blackmagic’s website. In the demo, I show the ungraded footage alongside an automatic neutral grading, and then the final color scheme. I chose the Cross Process look for richer colors and a more contrasty look.

Time lapse color grade demo
Time lapse color grade demo

See the video at: http://youtu.be/0q0PdnE0tsI

I shoot with the Panasonic AF100 and so I’m able to use my Micro 4/3 lenses on the Pocket Camera (one of the reasons I went for it). But of course you can get a MFT to PL adaptor and use cinema lenses. There are other adaptors as well to utilize SLR lenses. Regardless of the type of lens you use, you have to consider the crop factor. A 25mm lens on the AF100 is about the same field of view as a 17mm lens on the Pocket Camera (which equates to what can be considered a normal field of view). So the 25mm on the Pocket Camera is a short telephoto.

And now for the finished piece with music and a custom toy filter effect.

Time lapse with custom toy filter
Time lapse with custom toy filter

See the video at: http://youtu.be/kdaAS9zfLT4

Shoot data: 25mm lens, f16, 1fps, 24fps setting, film mode.

 

Peter Deak

Cinematographer/Editor