Here is the test I was most looking forward too. We have the 50D with the Magic Lantern software enhancer enabling RAW recording and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera that comes with RAW recording plus ProRes. (See ProRes compared with RAW here: vimeo.com/79231766).

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For this test, I used my Zebra's when exposing to the right and I tried to clip the same amount of whites as possible on both cameras. Right off the bat, even in preview mode, I could tell the BMPCC had more dynamic range than the 50D.

And working the DNG's in Adobe Camera RAW only confirmed this. The BMPCC's 13 stops of dynamic range is much more flexible compared to the RAW from the 50D. That's not to say that the 50D is bad - it's not (for the price it's fricken awesome) - but if you were to try and push the 50D to the extreme - the noise becomes really apparent. Neat video would certainly clean it up, but that's an extra $100 and an extra step.

I hope this test was helpful. I'll be posting the DNGs from both the 50D and the BMPCC for those who want to play with them yourself. Thanks for watching!

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