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My dear erstwhile member can you please stop attacking John Brawley now. I have long since given up on camera forum arguments so might not be completely up on who is right and who is wrong-evil /

I like the pictures. A lot.  This camera will probably replace the micro cinema camera for me as it’s not much bigger and is much easier to work with.  I didn’t feel as strongly about the 4K

What a shame. Who are these "deep state" BMD insiders that are here pushing an agenda ? Myself and Hook.  Who else ?  What do you guys think, there's a plot and conspiracy ?  You guys don't wat t

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6 hours ago, Snuff said:

Here is a comparison of brightness of SmallHD Focus vs BMD Assist and it shows that they almost the same.

 

The SmallHD 502 is 400 nits and it's pretty much unusable in the bright sunlight, amazingly even with the hood thingy that I also owned. The BMD at 350 would be no contest to the SmallHD Focus at 800 nits. I don't know what this guy is smoking. Now that I have a monitor that has 1,000 nits I won't go back to anything less. It's just too much of a pain in the ass to battle the sun with a dim monitor and isn't worth the hassle. I guess on a pistol gimbal with the pocket4k you'll have to get what you get unless you hang a monitor from it. At least 350 has to be better than the OG Pocket. What was that, anyone know? 100 nits? :glasses: It may as well be off for all I know in the afternoon sun.

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2 minutes ago, graphicnatured said:

The SmallHD 502 is 400 nits and it's pretty much unusable in the bright sunlight, amazingly even with the hood thingy that I also owned. The BMD at 350 would be no contest to the SmallHD Focus at 800 nits. I don't know what this guy is smoking. Now that I have a monitor that has 1,000 nits I won't go back to anything less. It's just too much of a pain in the ass to battle the sun with a dim monitor and isn't worth the hassle. I guess on a pistol gimbal with the pocket4k you'll have to get what you get unless you hang a monitor from it. At least 350 has to be better than the OG Pocket. What was that, anyone know? 100 nits? :glasses:

I’ve got both the BMD Video Assist (unusable in bright light), and the Shogun Inferno (no problem in bright light). 

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21 minutes ago, graphicnatured said:

I prefer the larger screens but I guess that thing weighs a lot too.

Everybody likes big screens, but they are not comfortable for monitoring purposes on the field. Try to use one before buying, even the Video Assist is "significantly" bulkier and heavier than the Focus. 5" are just right. For big rigs and sets 7" could be fine I guess, but the last couple of jobs I used 7" IKAN and TV Logic monitors and I didn't like it!

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The SmallHD sidefinder add-on makes the monitor “usable” irrespective of the ambient lighting - but does make the compact 502 look and feel far too cumbersome. The swing-out mechanism also permits it to be set up for a more casual framing view which is good. It does a good job overall although I find that changing the visible screen isn’t easy with limited access to the joystick. Was hoping to sell it once the Pocket arrives but I suspect it’ll still be needed... 

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12 hours ago, Snuff said:

Here is a comparison of brightness of SmallHD Focus vs BMD Assist and it shows that they almost the same.

 

Surely something must be wrong here? 

350 nit vs 800 nit 

My last monitor was the blackmagic and its very dim, only good in doors and even then in the daytime still not bright enough.

I was looking at buying a smallhd focus just because it should be brighter, ill have to make sure i get it with a good returns policy i guess !

Maybe look at the new Ninja V 1000nits too 

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4 hours ago, Anaconda_ said:

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The whole philosophy, one could say religion, of the BM cinema camera series is to apply as much internal processing as absolutely necessary and as little as possible. It's a kind of analog-ish purism. No OLPF, only the most basic anti-IR-coating. A "dumb" camera, compared to any modern Sony. 

In addition, noise reduction is very problematic for 4k, because it smudges texture detail, and texture detail is what distinguishes UHD from HD. You will want to use it with painstaking care, and clearly not in-camera. In many cases you will decide that some grain-like noise was better than NR. Furthermore, Resolve Studio has NR, allegedly also improved. I couldn't tell, I only have the free version.

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