Certainly one of the stars of NAB 2013 is Blackmagic’s announcement of the Blackmagic Cinema Pocket Camera.
This has been compared to Super 16mm in terms of sensor size, features Cinema DNG recording with 13 stops of dynamic range - and can also record ProRes (HQ).
Lens can be attached via an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount and, via adapters, many other lenses will also be able to be fitted.
The camera is small and powerful and is expected to available in July, 2013 for $995.
* High resolution 1080HD Super 16mm sized sensor with superior handing of image detail.
* Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
* Compatible with extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds lenses. Compatible with other mounts via common third party adapters such as PL mount and Super 16 cine lenses.
* Built in SD card allows long duration recording with easy to use media.
* Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW. No custom file formats.
* Features all standard connections, including mini jack mic/line audio in, micro HDMI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay, headphone mini jack, LANC remote control and standard DC 12 power connection.
* Built in LCD for camera settings via easy to use menus.
* Supports 1080HD resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
* Compatible with DaVinci Resolve Lite color grading software.
* Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available in July for US$995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.
This footage was shot over about an hour at my local market on Sunday morning. So yeah, it's just home movies. I was literally grabbing shots where I could whilst I was shopping ! But, you do get to see what one man can do with a pocket cinema camera and a 12-35 Panasonic m4/3 zoom. I guess for those that like to shoot discretely, guerrilla or documentary style, this will give you a good sense of what you're going to get. The same great DR and look has been inherited from the BMCC.
All this footage was shot using the FILM look. I set my exposure by ETTR and using the 100% zebra to indicate clipping. I had IS on all the time. I had a Hoya ND16 on as well to keep me at a slightly nicer stop. I set the rear monitor to VIDEO and then used focus peaking all the time.
There are plans afoot to create something that's more *finished* in the way of demo footage in a more formal and drama / narrative style, but for now this should whet your appetite.
Its rough and ready, and really it was just something I threw together very quickly. Interestingly, I had one guy actually recognise that it was a BMCC pocket and several others stopped me to ask what the camera was !
I cut the footage using FCPx and used my colleague Captain Hook for the grade. He's made some fantastic LUT's for Resolve as donation-ware to make grading BMCC footage even easier. I encourage those of you who work with BMCC footage to check out these great LUT's. There's some great before and after examples there as well.