No surprise that the RED is better, but what may surprise some is just how much the Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4K holds its own when you consider the price differential. Blackmagic has taken the throne away from Panasonic for their budget cinema offerings.
Go easy on this guy. He’s just speaking for himself. RED are great cameras and many people happily use them. But it’s true they aren’t for everyone and for someone who is considering making their first large cinema camera purchase, it’s good to hear out people like this who might be in a similar situation as you. Renting is always a great option as well.
Okay, this video is just for fun. But it’s always mildly interesting how big or small a copious amount of money can increase your video quality. We were really hoping RED would try and make some more affordable cameras to compete in a lower market segment as they previously were thinking about. I guess Blackmagic fills that role now.
This is obviously not a fair fight. But the comparison is interesting as you get to see what the additional money buys you.
We haven’t been mentioning much about RED’s products lately. They can be a bit expensive to kit out, but they’re still cheaper than a lot of other options and they are known for good customer service. Here are two videos shot on the RED Raven:
This 5 minute video compares a variety of lenses, including several more often seen in professional use, on a RED Dragon camera.
Kinefinity has launched the Terra 6k and 5K models ($6000 for the 6K model or $9000 as a package with many accessories) with 15 stops of dynamic range or 13 stops when in global shutter mode. These cameras use standard SSD drives and produce RAW or ProRes footage.
David Peterson of IronFilm Productions has written up his thoughts about the new model as compared to its competitors: Speculation: RED Raven vs URSA Mini 4.6K vs Kinefinity Terra 6K
You can save some money by going the Blackmagic route but both cameras are worth consideration. Both of these cameras take the image quality to the next level that in the right hands can hang in there with some much more expensive cameras.