For the second NAB in succession Blackmagic are bulldozing down the image quality / price barrier for film production. 4K compressed raw, global shutter and Super 35mm was the unique preserve of Sony with the F55 until today, and that was a $36,000 camera. This is a $4000 one. Gone is that extra margin – unsettling stuff for the big guys. Here’s my own personal look at the cameras and the consequences.
Blackmagic have announced two ground-breakng cinema cameras at consumer price-points.
Here’s a closer view of the 4K sensor in the Blackmagic Production Camera. So there you have it – 4K for $4k.
MOUNT UPDATE: E-mount makes the most sense for this camera. Earlier today CVP had pre-orders up for a Micro Four Thirds version. That has now been taken down and CVP have confirmed to me there’s only the EF mount camera available to pre-order here.
This is just…. insane. Blackmagic are set to announce the Blackmagic Production Camera with 4K Super 35mm global shutter sensor and a Pocket Cinema Camera with Super 16mm sensor, raw and active Micro Four Thirds mount.
Apart from the form factor remaining the same, Blackmagic have done everything we could ever have hoped (dreamed?) for with the V2.0 camera. I have to say the pricing is completely bonkers. Just $1000 more for 4K AND a larger sensor AND a global shutter AND compressed Cinema DNG!
UPDATE: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! Due to the high number of entries, Panasonic extended the competition to 4 places at the workshop from 2. So a huge thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners below…
- Temujin Doran
- Godfrey Kirby
- Thomas Voce-Siriani
- Michael Lorushe