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.