Capturing HD quality video is no problem thanks to a wide array of point and shoot cameras and DSLRs that include the feature. However, if you want true cinema HD quality you’ll need to look to larger format cameras that are often cumbersome. Or will you?
Blackmagic says that their new Pocket Cinema Camera can capture “true digital film images” thanks to its Super 16 sensor size, which records video in the CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes formats with 13 stops of wide dynamic range. And instead of using the costly SSD drives we saw in their last camera, the Pocket Cinema is SD card compatible. Adding additional flexibility to the mix is an MFT (micro four thirds) mount, meaning you can use your existing lens collection.
The rear of the PocketCinema Camera includes a 3.5-inch LCD display, which offers a live view to monitor your handy work as you record – there isn’t a viewfinder. That said, the camera’s width is just a tad over 5-inches (128mm) wide, and weighs a mere 355 grams (that’s about 3/4 of a lb).
The Blackmagic PocketCinema Camera ships this July for $995.