This review covers both photography and videography. Personally, we’d rather have the Voigtlander 40mm F1.2 manual focus lens for video. Not because the Zeiss is bad but because the Voigtlander is better (in our humble opinion and for our needs) and obviously brighter. Still, the Zeiss is a good looking, versatile lens with autofocus.
The Panasonic GH5 is not known for having the best autofocus. It’s not totally unusable but it’s not the camera you buy if autofocus is your number one priority. I’m not sure why the Nikon Z7 is being compared against it, but we’re still happy to have the comparison.
We hope that it doesn’t take too long for Blackmagic to bring BRAW to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, as it will take a lot of the headache out of dealing with RAW. However, it’s still nice to have RAW as an option, as is having ProRes, so we can yet again only praise Blackamgic for the 3 options they will be offering us.
We enjoy people being minimal and creative like Joshua Morin for his trip to Colombia. As technology continues to shrink we should expect even better capabilities from these collections of small gear.
Yes, this camera lack continuous autofocus, IBIS, or a long battery life with the included battery. But all of that was to be expected. Treat this as a cinema camera like it’s named and it’s possibly the biggest thing since the Canon 5D Mark II.
This title might sound familiar but this is a new comparison video and worth a look. This is not a slight against the Panasonic GH5. It’s still a capable and valuable hybrid camera that for some purposes will be a better suited than the Pocket 4K. But for absolute image quality we cannot deny we prefer the Pocket 4K.
TL;DR the image quality is great but it handles like a cinema camera. Shocking 😉
Prior to Blackmagic releasing this camera, it was Panasonic we had to praise the most for releasing affordable, solid video products. Blackmagic now has the throne. It will be hard to top the Pocket 4K at its price point.
Go easy on this guy. He’s just speaking for himself. RED are great cameras and many people happily use them. But it’s true they aren’t for everyone and for someone who is considering making their first large cinema camera purchase, it’s good to hear out people like this who might be in a similar situation as you. Renting is always a great option as well.
These are prototypes that are being shown in this video. We’re looking forward to getting a feel for the video capabilities of this camera, as Panasonic more so than all the other brands comes through on the video front for their consumer products.
This gets closer than previous comparisons into showing us the differences between the Panasonic GH5S and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. You can’t really go wrong with either camera, and there are reasons to choose one over the other. We’re still liking the image out of the Pocket 4K more.