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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

alaTest has collected and analyzed 326 reviews of Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and price are overall positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the color and image quality. Opinions about the size and battery are different.

usability, design, price, reliability

viewfinder, image quality, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 326 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Micro Four Thirds Lens MountBlackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Dan Havlik (pdngearguide.com)

Product Review: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

 

Capture cinema-quality video almost anywhere with this RAW-capable compact camera.

Captures cinema-worthy RAW video with impressive detail and wide dynamic range; ProRes format video files offer excellent image quality with less post-processing needed; portable, pocket-size camera build; affordably priced

Small image sensor magnifies lens focal lengths by 2.88x crop factor; small sensor size prevents capturing dramatic, shallow depth-of-field; noisy at high ISOs; short battery life; many operational quirks take some getting used to; steep learning curve...

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a curious device. On the one hand, it fully delivers on its promise of being able to record cinema-grade HD footage full of detail with eye-popping dynamic range in a RAW video format. And it does it for a price...

May, 2014

Expert review by: Michael Hession (gizmodo.com.au)

​Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Review: Small, Fussy, Beautiful

 

The announcement of Blackmagic's $US3000 RAW-shooting Cinema Camera in 2012 caused such a stir that not many could have anticipated a followup model, so soon, that was a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the size. The Pocket Cinema Camera...

Clearly the Pocket Cinema Camera has a lot riding against it. But I have no hesitation in saying that for certain applications, it’s still worth buying. If you need something cheap, and want top notch-image quality, this camera could be for you. It’s...

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Michael Hession , Gawker Media (gizmodo.in)

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Review: Small, Fussy, Beautiful

 

- The announcement of Blackmagic's $3000 RAW-shooting Cinema Camera in 2012 caused such a stir in 2012 that not many could have anticipated a followup

Clearly the Pocket Cinema Camera has a lot riding against it. But I have no hesitation in saying that for certain applications, it's still worth buying. If you need something cheap, and want top notch-image quality, this camera could be for you. It's...

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Michael Hession (gizmodo.com)

​Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Review: Small, Fussy, Beautiful

 

The announcement of Blackmagic's $3000 RAW-shooting Cinema Camera in 2012 caused such a stir that not many could have anticipated a followup model, so soon, that was a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the size. The Pocket Cinema Camera continues...

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Jesse Will (pdngearguide.com)

Object of Desire: Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

 

Ditch your digital SLR for a pocket-size camera that's made to shoot 1080HD video.

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...

Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: AL H. (newegg.com)

not for the uniniated

 

The BBMPCC is not for the casual videographer. The expense of fast SD cards and the short battery life place the camera firmly in the advanced amateur to professional realm. IN addition you will have to process the footage with an editing program (...

The BMPCC is a Siper16 sensor camera that uses micro4/3 lenses (not included). The camera can shoot in both ProRes422 and cinema raw (with a firmware update).I have tested both the Panasonic and Olympus lenses with mine and both work well.

You will require the fastest SD cards available if you do not want to have dropped frames ( I use SanDisk Extreme pro and SanDisk Extreme both cards can record at 80 Mbs or better). The camera will give you approx. 32min per card using Pro Res. You...

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: jordy (bhphotovideo.com)

Incredible

 

Really stellar dynamic range in a small package.

Jan, 2016

Consumer review by: Jonathan Siglow (bhphotovideo.com)

A perfect first pro camera.

 

If you're switching from DSLR to a serious cinema rig this is the best place to start. Fortunately for you all the firmware updates are completed and the camera was finally finished about a year and a half after it was released.

Jan, 2016

Consumer review by: Brandon White (bhphotovideo.com)

Great Camera

 

This camera is working great for me so far! I shot a short film with it, and the quality of the image is amazing. There is so much that can be done in post with the color grading. A great little camera that I would highly recommend.

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: Chuck_late (bhphotovideo.com)

A Surprisingly Good Camera

 

Like all Blackmagic Design cameras the Pocket Cinema Camera is polarizing. On the one hand, it's small, shoots ProRes and even RAW, but on the other hand it needs a number of accessories to make it a really useable camera (defeating the pocket-ability...

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery life (max):1
Battery recharge time:1.25
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:EN-EL20

Camera

3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder

Design

Colour of product:Black

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:8.89
Display Resolution:800 x 480

Flash

Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No

Lens System

Image stabilizer: No
Interchangeable lens: Yes

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 10
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45

Other features

Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:DaVinci Resolve Lite\nApple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Nuke - The Foundry, Adobe Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve
Hand strap: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video Out: No

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Electrical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.6
Height :3.8
Weight:355
Width:12.8