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.
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).
We’re curious to see how this video camera is going to do against the Sony Z280. We don’t like the trend of the price increases for these non-interchangeable lens video cameras but unfortunately that trend is not likely to reverse.
You all will probably get bored of reading about the Blackmagic Pocket 4K camera soon, but at the price point it’s offered at it deserves all of this attention. With disciplined shooting and adequate production value, the Blackmagic Pocket 4K should produce adequate footage for most purposes, with run and gun and ENG stuff being the exception.
GoPro are fighting to remain relevant. Their share prices have dropped quite a bit. Some innovation would be nice, like a larger sensor, a non-fisheye version, or an interchangeable lens version. One day perhaps. These little cameras still have their uses.
B&H and Adorama have begun shipping the Pocket 4K, as have other retailers. It will take a while to get to all the pre-orders but at least the process is done and Blackmagic should be applauded for its efforts to get this wonderful camera out as quickly as they did.
Finally some substantive reviews and guides have been released. Don’t be fooled by those comparing this to the Panasonic GH5/GH5S. Those are great video cameras but they are not capable of the same image quality. The convenience and already far more than adequate image quality may make the GH5/GH5S better for your needs than the Pocket 4K.