The first video shows the Pocket 4K matched to the original Pocket Camera. The second video shows more slow-motion photography. There seems to be a lot of debate about whether or not the Pocket 4K has the same magic and mojo as the original Pocket Camera. Time will tell this soon enough. When the original Pocket Camera was released there was a lot of confusing footage released at first but its capabilities quickly came clear. If we look at the footage released from those provided cameras by Blackmagic a lot of it is quite excellent and can be made into many different things in post.
ProAV TV has released their overview of the Sony Z280. We like ProAV TV overviews and reviews as they tend to be balanced and informative. We do like this camera and it will be interesting to compare it to the Canon XF705. We heard some early reports of possible concerns with the auto-focus on Sony Z280 so we look forward to seeing more videos on that subject.
The $700 Atomos Ninja V finally provides a nice, small 5″ screen recorder. Their larger recorders have long been a great value but sometimes you just need something with a smaller footprint. Key features include:
- Very bright screen
- Only one battery slot
- Takes normal SSD drives
- Has a data expansion port (new modules forthcoming: currently a TC sync module and a NDI/ethernet module)
- 4K 60P (DCI or UHD)
- Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR files with 10-bit 4:2:2 chroma subsampling
This video has a mix of different frame rates and a variety of lenses. Note there is no sound and it was also shot in mostly ProRes meaning that you could still gain further dynamic range by shooting in RAW. There are a few RAW clips towards the end. We’re also happy to see the inexpensive Rokinon (AKA Samyang) lenses producing pleasant images with this camera.
Full disclosure: We are not at all a fan of Wolfcrow. His recent videos about the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K were actually quite disappointing as he got some basic things wrong and he spread some misinformation. However, no one is wrong invariably about everything and this video provides an overview of some of the features of the GH5.
Again, these are shot in ProRes with the Blackmagic cameras and thus we are not getting the full dynamic range possible. However, this test remains relevant because many people who don’t want to deal with RAW will shoot in ProRes.
We can’t forgive Canon for what they did this to camera. It’s a decent camera but it could have been so much better if Canon wasn’t being Canon (your options are basically a crappy codec or raw with nothing more practical in between, among other weird design decisions).
If autofocus is what matters most to you then this camera will definitely appeal.
It makes more sense to compare the Panasonic GH5S and not the GH5 against the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K as they have more in common. In this comparison ProRes was used on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K which we know has less dynamic range than raw from other videos that have been posted. So expect additional dynamic range from RAW, although the amount is not clear yet (best case scenario would be around a stop but early indications appear to somewhat less than that).