Stills shooters have been having all the fun recently, with high-end cameras with tiny bodies, big sensors and fast lenses. Now it’s the turn of videographers: the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a RAW-shooting body that will fit into your pocket.
The camera is the size of a Micro Four Thirds body, and uses Micro Four Thirds lenses (and it can take most kinds of lenses with an adapter). RAW video’s a lot like RAW stills, only there are up to thirty 1080HD frames flooding into the camera every second (or 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 fps should you so choose), with a huge 13 stops of dynamic range.
Blackmagic says the camera is like shooting with a Super 16 film camera, which is impressive if true (I have shot Super 16 and it can look amazing, although it certainly likes a lot of light).
Other specs include ProRes 422 and lossless CinemaDNG RAW, SD-card storage and a big 3.5-inch screen on the back, plus a whole bunch of hookups two you can put it into a full-on movie-making rig.
Want one? It’ll cost you $5 short of a grand, shipping in July.