Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic sent me a Pocket Cinema Camera for review. I thought that it would turn me into a feature film maker. I was wrong. Making films takes a lot of technical expertise. I'll leave the film making to the experts.

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  2. 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.
  3. Unboxing

  4. What's in the box.

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  6. Features of the Pocket Cinema Camera

  7. 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.
  8. Video Format

  9. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera makes it easy to edit on a Mac, with a compatible format for shooting video like ProRes 422 HQ.
  10. Battery

  11. 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.
  12. Audio

  13. There's a mini plug to attach a microphone.
  14. Lens

  15. 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.
  16. Focus

  17. 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.
  18. Settings

  19. 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.
  20. White Balance

  21. Claudia shares her tips on how to set the white balance in her Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Basic Tutorial:
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