It’s no surprise that the Blackmagic Pocket 4K continues to be one of the most talked about video cameras at the start of 2019. We expect this to remain the best value cinema camera for possibly years to come.
A lot of people who wanted the Blackmagic Pocket 4K have it now. Some of us are still waiting. But most of the backlog should be cleared up in January.
What has remained clear: this is the best value video camera and that will likely remain the case into 2019 and possibly beyond.
More people have gotten the DJI Osmo Pocket into their hands to review. Not all the features that DJI initially showed with the Pocket are available upon release. They have promised they will come later in a firmware update but this not really a great way of doing things.
Nonetheless, here are the reviews:
Philip Bloom was reviewed the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. Despite some of its shortcomings it’s still probably the best option for someone looking for a 10-bit image to mix with their GH5, Sony A7S II, or Blackmagic Pocket 4K.
But let’s not forget about the issues with the Mavic 2 Pro:
Along with DJI’s official statement on the issue.
Well, this little guy is interesting. Shame the bit-rate is so low. Still, making things small opens up new opportunities so we aren’t complaining.
- 1/2.3″ sensor (we wish it was bigger but it probably had to be this small to make a package this small)
- 4K at 60FPS
- Built in rechargeable battery
- 100 Mbps H264 bit-rate (boo!)
- ActiveTrack- DJI’s image recognition algorithms allow Osmo Pocket to recognize and follow subjects of your choice, perfect for capturing family moments easily with the tap of your finger.
- FaceTrack– FaceTrack takes ActiveTrack one step further. With enhanced ActiveTrack algorithms, FaceTrack automatically recognizes a human face and locks the subject in center of the frame at all times. It does not identify individual faces, but keeps the camera centered on one. To initiate FaceTrack, simply select selfie mode and the camera will detect your face.
- Timelapse & Motionlapse– If you’re looking to turn minutes into seconds, Timelapse is perfect for capturing unique content with the effect of the world moving faster around you, while Motionlapse adds the dynamic element of camera movement to your Timelapse.
- FPV Mode– FPV Mode lets you capture your greatest adventures by recording video from your perspective. Instead of locking the gimbal to maintain the horizon, FPV tells the camera to follow your every tilt and lean, shooting dynamic footage exactly as you experienced it.
- 3×3 & 180° Panorama– For capturing breathtaking wide-angle photos, Osmo Pocket offers two Panorama modes. 3X3 takes an expansive 9 images in total while 180° mode captures 4 images. Osmo Pocket software stitches them together automatically so you can focus on the framing of the scene.
Since there have been quite a few more good videos about the Pocket 4K released we thought we would round them up here. It sounds like Blackmagic doesn’t expect the backlog to be fully cleared until January. We’re still waiting for our pre-order.
Some might take this to be a strange comparison but we are happy to see it. What we take from this: your story is more important than your tool (camera). There are many, many reasons why we wouldn’t want to shoot on an iPhone, but if it’s all we had we would have no excuses.
Interestingly, at 3:58 in there appears to be visible IR pollution with the black outfit appearing brown. We haven’t seen too many reports of this on the Pocket 4K and early reports seemed to indicate the IR pollution was much better controlled than previous cameras.
So many acronyms but you know we mean. We’ve seen posts on some forums claiming that the BMCC 2.5k had a better, more filmic, more organic, less video, or more “mojo” look when compared to the Pocket 4K. Now, these are different cameras with different sensors and different versions of color science. It’s not unfair to postulate differences. But we’ve yet to see any compelling evidence that the Pocket 4K’s image can’t be made to look magic. We think the higher resolution, the neutrality of the colours, and the lack of noise in the footage make the output of the 4K lack immediately recognizable character. However, like a good microphone, there is an advantage in having a faithful, neutral recording that you can later adjust rather than being committed to a certain kind of character from the outset.
This video nicely shows how close you can get the BMPCC 4k and BMCC 2.5k images:
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: