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Talking 'bout the BMPCC



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BIG ASS NOTE ON EXPANDED FOCUS FEATURE: John Brawley has informed me that there is an Expanded Focus option on the camera. Awesome! All you have to do is Double press the OK button on the camera.

Thanks John!

BTW, I know. It's the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera not the Blackmagic Cinema Pocket Camera. That's gearbox for ya!

Anyway, it's an interesting little camera. Feels good in the hand (bad choice of words), and is very easy to operate. Definitely interested to see its raw recording when it becomes available but there's lots of info in the ProRes files.

For me the big pluses are the dynamic range/gradeability in such a portable form factor and the codec. That said, I would love to see a chart on where stops fall above and below middle gray at different ASAs on the camera (why BMD is using ASA instead of ISO is beyond me as we are all talking ISO nowadays). 

The 14mm pancake that we used was crap. Very soft even stopped down. The dynamic range was there but the lens worked against the camera. For me it's about portability if you're getting this guy. I would love to test with some of the small MFT zooms listed above that talk to the camera and see how their sharpness and contrast hold up against nice primes and larger zooms. I've heard good things. Hopefully I'll get a hold of a camera and those lenses (with some ND filters), soon to do tests and show some proper footage.

With a RØDE VideMic Pro and some small zooms and maybe a couple of pancake primes I could see using this as a camera for small doc stuff. IMO it's not great unless kitted out for other types of projects. But, for me that defeats the purpose of the camera in many ways. 

Some minuses with the current firmware...

1. You can't format cards in camera. Ridiculous. You still can't do it with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Not understanding how this can be.

2. No audio meters. Nuff said.

3. Aperture resets when you turn off the camera.

4. No 100 ASA option. Would be great for outdoors but maybe it's a dynamic range thing.

Also, battery life if abysmal. But, at least the batteries are cheap. I would opt for a handful of those instead of an external power supply. Again, building this out to a monster cam defeats the appeal of this camera to me. Spend 3K or so for camera, lenses, batteries and cards. Shoot handheld or on small tripod or monopod. Capture ProRes or compressed raw. That's the draw for me. 

-Jem

 

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Reader Comments (10)

Will any of my 60d lenses work with this? I'm a little confused about the lens mount. Very interesting camera.
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJarad
Jared,

There will be a Metabones EF to MFT mount but I haven't tested it yet. Not sure if it passes any of the lens control over to the Pocket Camera (meaning aperture control).

-Jem
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJem Schofield
You can expand focus.

Double press the OK button.

JB.
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Brawley
John,

Thanks for that info. I'll update site tomorrow. Had no idea that was possible. Biggest gripe now gone.

-Jem
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJem Schofield
I am excited about this camera mostly in hope that other camera companies begin to introduce raw and higher quality video files at lower prices. The first use that came to mind for this camera was b camera for a raw shoot and on a Hollywood budget the bmpcc would be a great crash cam. If Shane hurlbut used the 5d mark 2 and 7d's for crash cams in Act of valor, then a $1000 camera that shoots raw should be an obvious choice. It's cheaper than the high end dslr's and would blend easier with other raw footage.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
MATT,

I agree though the original BMCC has a higher resolution option for that type of work. Not as compact but still pretty damn small for crash cam applications. I would also use the BMCC for shooting back plates over the Pocket Camera.

-Jem
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJem Schofield
Thought for the day...
Just a few weeks ago it cost $2995 for BMCC. Today for about the same price you can get both the BMCC and BMPCC. So it's not always and either/or question regarding which one gets.

Apparently on eBay there's EN-EL20 compatible batteries that are 1800mAh. I don't know the quality but if they are reliable that would be a significantly better battery life than then the 900mAh or 1020mAh most seem to be using with the camera now.

I would love to see discussion of OIS lenses for this as well as any possibility of adaption OIS lenses through Metabones Speedboost or any other adaptors. The key advantage of BMPCC over BMCC is size portability, hand held use, as well as the cost of some smaller kit (smaller stabilizers are less expensive).

Thanks for talking about the camera. I'm curious if you have any video from your exploits.
August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig
Hi Craig,

That's true. Not sure I would get both but they are exceptional value for what they do.

No footage as of yet. That 14mm Lumix was crap so I am trying to get a unit to review myself and put better glass on it.

-Jem
August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJem Schofield
How could the Panny 14mm be crap? It's one of the sharpest m43 primes out there? Maybe bad copy?
August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust asking
Just asking,

I would think so then because it was soft at f/11!!!

Just tested the 20mm yesterday and it looked great.

-Jem
August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJem Schofield

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