All of the footage was shot in raw cinema DNG with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

I photographed Zion National Park a couple of weeks ago with a beta build of the raw firmware for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I don't own many micro four thirds lenses and planned to shoot with an adapter to use some of my Canon glass, but I just never ended up doing that. Instead I used the Pansonic 14-45mm lens exclusively on the pocket camera. I also shot with my 2.5K Cinema Camera and with a hacked 5d III in raw, so when I needed a different lens I'd use one of those cameras instead.

The raw footage from this tiny camera is impressive! It's amazing what Blackmagic Design has accomplished. The quality is very similar to my Cinema camera. With the right lens set I believe the pocket camera could easily be an A-cam even over much higher priced cameras. That's speaking strictly about image quality.

The tiny size of the Pocket Camera opens up so many possibilities. You can always build a camera up by making your rig larger, but you can't go the other way.

I mentioned that I also shot with the 5d III in raw mode and I'm in awe by what the magic lantern team has been able to do! I haven't done side by side testing or anything super technical, but so far I prefer the raw footage from the pocket cam over the 5d III raw. It's hard to say exactly what it is, but the 5d III raw retains that Canon look (surprise!) which is nice, but feels thinner than footage from Blackmagic cameras, which in my opinion produce a nice rich negative.

Music: West by Hammock

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