A lot of the attention has been on Blackmagic lately. The EVA1 has been out for a year and has had significant firmware updates. It’s good to see Panasonic competing in this price range.
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.
Props to Panasonic for continuing to support their products long after release. Even though we have had lots of love for the Blackmagic Pocket 4K lately, we still shoot and do not forget all the amazing value products Panasonic has provided us. Here are some examples:
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.