One of our favorite people, Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT Pro (we use his LUTS on all our consumer Panasonic cameras) made a concise summary of his initial findings with the Blackmagic Pocket 4K camera:
“I have to say the 12 bit RAW footage is SO much nicer to deal with in post than 10bit 4:2:2 😂 The cleanliness and separation of colours is lovely and they really pop, without any artifacting or colour bleed. This camera is simply stunning for the price! So far I’ve only been doing technical tests, in order to characterise the sensor. I will try to do some more beauty and artistic shots over the next few days to really see how it handles in a narrative sense, but I am pretty sure that it’s going to look incredible judging by the tech tests!!!”
We will be purchasing his LUT for the Blackmagic Pocket 4K as it’s just such a time saver for us.
We hesitate to post the next video as we feel Wolfcrow has mis-characterized the Blackmagic Pocket 4K in the past, but hey, it’s not for us to decide what you should or should not see:
Cinema 5D have also released their first look review:
This producer used Contax Zeiss lenses which are known to have a bit of their own magic. The low light capability of this camera is really great and differs from Blackmagic’s previous cameras which are more light hungry to pull a clean image.
We thought 1-inch sensor 4K camcorders would hit the market sooner than they did. Regardless, we’re glad to see them showing up. Autofocus matters hugely on these since they will be used for more ENG and event purposes than their larger-sensored siblings. Canon’s dual pixel autofocus has proven useful on their cinema cameras and appears promising on the XF400 line.
Okay, calling it the best is pretentious. What we really mean is that it’s our favorite so far. It’s not the most in-depth or technical but it comes across as the most simple and honest look at the Pocket 4K from one its target users. We’re very happy with the footage he produced:
We were disappointed with what was upgraded in the LX100 Mark II considering 4 years had passed. These are incremental changes and Panasonic didn’t do anything special. Yet this remains a great little camera that does 4K video and will definitely be a competitor in the travel camera category.
It is possible to exhibit moire on the Pocket 4K. Blackmagic tends to take a minimalist approach and leaves more control (and potential issues) in the users hands. Moire on the Pocket 4K isn’t bad and it’s relatively easily mitigated, but if you do fashion videos with a variety of fabrics prepare accordingly.