Object of Desire: Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

JULY 23, 2013

By Jesse Will

If your digital SLR videography is plagued by artifacts, moiré and aliasing problems, it may be time to consider picking up a camera dedicated to moving images. Fortunately, that no longer requires a camera that will take up more space in your bag. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a compact cam (it’s less than an inch thick) that’s dedicated to nabbing 1080HD video via a Super 16mm-sized sensor. Its features are targeted at producing a film-like output, including a dynamic range of 13 stops.

Blackmagic says that the extra-wide range produces a richer moving image than DSLRs can, and mimics that of Super 16 film shooters, eliminating a loss of detail in blacks and blown highlights. The camera comes body-only; it has an active Micro Four Thirds mount, so lenses are relatively inexpensive and plentiful. With a third party adapter, it’s compatible with PL-mount and Super 16 Cine lenses, too. It records to SD cards in the ProRes format as well as a lossless compressed CinemaDNG format—both are open standards and can be edited with Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer.

Price: $995

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