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:
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.
We have nothing against Max Yuryev. We find him to be honest and he corrects his mistakes. The thing about this test is that it’s testing resolution and sharpness, which is only one aspect of video quality. We would trade dynamic range and color for sharpness any day of the week. We’re still happy to see this test and appreciate the efforts that went into producing this.
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.