Shooting with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – Hands on Review


hi Carl here for ProAV TV and today
we’ve come up to London to embankment to do some filming with this this is the
Blackmagic Design pocket Cinema Camera 4k and I am really excited to finally
get this into my hands and come out and do some filming with it and I’m sure a
lot of you were excited to see what the footage looks like because this
potentially is some of the best image quality that we’ve seen from a
Blackmagic camera to date it’s got a lot of hype to live up to it’s a smaller
sensor and a lower resolution than the Ursa mini 4 point 6 K but it is a dual
native ISO of 400 and 3200 so be interesting to see the quality
differences in normal daylight like this but it’s going to be really interesting
to see just how much better it is once we start getting to some darker
environments some crowded market streets dark little corridors where I need to
bump the ISO up I’ve chosen to keep this in a smaller almost tourist style setup
as possible because after all this is a pocket Cinema Camera and I want to say
what it can do those Blackmagic designed it before starting to rig it out with a
bigger battery of being monitor on top all that sort of stuff so I kept it set
up really small and lightweight no tripods anything like that just relying
on lenses with is inside them I’ve got three lumix lenses with me they’re 12 to
35 the 35 to 100 both of those are F 2.8 and I’ve got the 8 to 18 which is f 2.8
to f/4 so they’re really nice small lightweight lenses they do have
fly-by-wire focusing which I’m not really looking forward to shooting with
but we’ll see just how well this large touchscreen and focus peaking is going
to help me with that but I’m really excited to get out there and start
shooting so we’ve come down to the market because
there’s so many lovely little textures here really nice sort of bear light
bulbs and cheeses fish powders that sort of thing and because I’ve got a nice
telephoto lens on I can shoot through the market stalls and every now and
again because there’s a glass roof a little patch of sunlight comes through
and backlights people which just looks beautiful I hope it looks as good for
you guys and the computer screens as it does on the back of the camera for me
here I’m using the Panasonic 35 to 100 F 2.8 which is a really nice sort of light
weight lens it does have fly-by-wire focusing though and I am finding that a
little bit difficult because of course really the autofocus on here is not good
enough to use I am manually focusing most of the time so that’s a bit fiddly
sometimes but I think I am getting focus the peaking on the back is really
helping out and of course because it’s so light it’s such a it makes it such an
easy setup to shoot with so I’m slowly getting used to where all
the buttons are and I’m finding I’m now working pretty quickly I really like the
quick access buttons on the top I do wish though that there was more
than one dial to control it and I do wish the screen was able to be tilted I
also don’t really understand why they keep putting Auto aperture buttons on it
like I haven’t found that I’ve used that at all today but it is very quick and
easy to manually change the aperture I don’t really see why you need that
button the screen is really nice quality it’s brilliant the touch screen though
isn’t very useful for this sort of shooting because you can’t really reach
it your hand is perfectly placed with all these buttons but the screen is so
big that you can only really touch this little corner when you’re on a tripod
that’s going to be completely different though but for this style of shooting
I’m really finding I’m only controlling it with these buttons here on this side
so the menus really remind me of the Ursa mini pro they’re very simple very
straightforward very easy to use and then black magics user interface design
is some of the best in the industry I think it would be hard-pressed to fault
and with the touchscreen it all seems really easy if all the
buttons are big very easy to press on a touchscreen it just makes a lot of sense so I just wanted to jump in here now
that I’ve had a chance to look at the footage back on my computer screen I was
very happy with a couple of things firstly how much I managed to get in
focus even with fly-by-wire lenses and working incredibly fast as anyone who’s
shot on the tube knows you really have to move very fast there’s no time to do
anything on the tube to get shots like these they’re all shot really under the
radar very very quickly and the peaking in the 5-inch screen really helped even
with fly-by-wire lenses I was managing to get all of my shots in focus which is
fantastic I was also very pleased with the skin tones I would didn’t have time
to properly wipe balanced things I was just chucking in a different white
balance presets and the skin tones looked fantastic in pretty much all
different lighting conditions and there was some really challenging lighting
conditions both on the tube and here in the market stand I was also quite
impressed by the noise levels this market stuff was shot at 3200 I kept my
nd on because I wasn’t quite dark enough in there to get to the ISO normally but
I wanted to push the camera to 3200 to see what the noise levels looked like at
that higher native ISO and I was very pleased there’s definitely some noise
but this is one of the best cameras for hire so work that I’ve seen from
Blackmagic to date battery life has been workable but not
fantastic it obviously runs on LPE six batteries and I’ve been shooting for
about five hours ish and I’m going to about one of these every single hour
which is okay I was thinking it would be worse I guess if you come from a video
camera background who used to fs7 Susi to hundreds or the original Ursa mini
probe it’s big Velox then this is going to seem like really
short battery life if you’re used to small a little mirrorless cameras
particularly things like the a7 range this is going to feel feel perfectly
fine and if anything a little bit better it’s probably not quite as good as comes
like the eos R or the gh v those a pretty good battery life a small little
hybrid stills camera like this but I’m overall I was expecting it to be worse
I’m kind of happy with an hour from each battery life battery seems alright an
interesting point though is that I have brought a ton different sorts of
batteries would make of this shoot I literally I was expecting bachelor to be
bad so I swiped every single ob6 I could find around the office whether they were
official ones whether they were sweat ones whether they were just cheap little
ones which we happen to own ourselves personally from way ages and ages ago
and those ones don’t work they don’t even power the camera on sweet ones are
absolutely fine the Canon ones are absolutely fine getting about an hour
from each one of those that seem to be working at about the same rate but those
little sort of brand listening ones aren’t even turning the camera on so if
you own this it’s definitely worth investing in proper batteries for the
proper companies like suede or canon so we’ve been filming with it for a good
few hours now and I’ve gotta say I really am enjoying my time with the
camera I thought it would feel clumsier to use if that makes sense I haven’t
right from day one I’ve not really been a fan of the actual design in the way
that the camera looked I thought it would be large oversized and clunky in
your hands and using it at all actually sure it is big it’s a lot bigger than
the original pocket Cinema Camera but it does feel quite nice in the hands when
I’ve been using it with a small little lens like this the five inch touchscreen
on the back I’ve been finding it does actually change a little bit how I shoot
I always find when I shoot with a larger monitor like a seven-inch one something
like that I tend to frame a little bit wider and that always tends to make my
working a little bit more cinematic than normal if that makes sense and I find
I’m getting the same mental effect from this large five-inch one on the back it
really is changing how I’m shooting compared to say the small little screens
from an a7 or a judge find something like that overall I really really like
this I can’t wait to get back and actually have a look at the footage
hopefully you guys have already been looking at lots of footage throughout
the video is always the trouble we’re doing these kinds of videos I can’t see
what it looks like yet till I get it home and get it on a computer but from
everything I’ve been seeing so far it certainly left a good impression so let
me know what you’ll think the footage down in the comments
down below and of course this is just the first of many videos we’re going to
be making on the pocket Cinema Camera so let me know all the things he wanted to
test down in the comment session we’ve already had so many great requests
things like audio we’re definitely gonna be doing a video on an audio things like
putting on game boards and bringing out battery solutions all the rest of it
so keep on living those down in the comment section down below and we will
look and see what we can make for you and of course if you want to water on
for yourself the links to the product pages are in the description thank you
so much for watching and I’ll see in the next one you

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