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.
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.
This gets closer than previous comparisons into showing us the differences between the Panasonic GH5S and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. You can’t really go wrong with either camera, and there are reasons to choose one over the other. We’re still liking the image out of the Pocket 4K more.
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.
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.