- The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera isn't point and shoot. To master it, you've got to explore camera settings beyond today's AUTOmatic world.
What's in the box.
Features of the Pocket Cinema Camera
- This Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has some nice feaures including the ability to shoot in a format that the Mac is able to edit directly. The lens choices feature any micro four thirds lens, and other with appropriate adapters. Some of the shortcomings include a somewhat dark display, complicated settings, and limited focus options.
- The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera makes it easy to edit on a Mac, with a compatible format for shooting video like ProRes 422 HQ.
- Reported battery life is 40 minutes. It's sounds like it's best to have a pocket full of spares. You charge the battery while it's in the camera, by plugging a power cord into the camera. It also has an external power plug.
- There's a mini plug to attach a microphone.
- The lens is a Micro Four Thirds lens, so if you have some of those lenses, you are in good shape. From what I've read, you'll need a ND filter for shooting outside.
- There's a FOCUS button in the camera. Press that and you have focused on what the lens is pointing at. There isn't any fancy face detection in this camera.
- There are a number of settings on the camera. They aren't readily understandable to today's point and shoot iPhone using videographer. You've got some learning to do to get the shot right. Here are some of the settings that I researched.
- Claudia shares her tips on how to set the white balance in her Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Basic Tutorial: