Fotodiox has officially unveiled the Sharkcage for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The rig consists of a cage that is tightly fit to the shape of the BMPCC and includes a top handle, along with a baseplate (also with an Arca Swiss QR plate) and dual 15mm rods that are 12″ long. [Read more…]
Blackmagic Design has issued Blackmagic Camera Update 2.4, which adds a few new features to the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K as follows:
- Updated camera utility
- Adds support for more frame guides option
- Holding down MENU will bypass the Dashboard
You can download the updated camera firmware here on Blackmagic’s website.
Avengers: Age of Ultron cinematographer Ben Davis, who also shot Guardians of the Galaxy, used the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to get shots within the action sequences of the film.
We previously saw the Canon 5D Mark II show up as a crash-cam and POV camera on Captain America. The Pocket Cinema Camera doesn’t really come off as a surprise to work in tight spaces for action shots. It is smaller and cheaper than HDSLRs like the 5D Mark II. Additionally, it has an incredible 12-bit RAW image in a form-factor the size of a compact camera.
Ok. Sure, there’s the GoPro HERO4 Black. But let’s be real about what we mean when we say “camera.” I am a huge fan of GoPro cameras but they are not the first choice for top-notch video production unless you need some POV shots of some extreme sports.
There are plenty of cameras out there that will capture 120fps but few do it at 1920 x 1080 resolution and none of those do it at the $3K entry-price of the URSA Mini 4K camera. Sony almost gets us there with the A7s; however, it is limited to 720p resolution at 120 fps. The Panasonic GH4 also gets close with a variable frame rate mode delivering 96fps in 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Still, no one is delivering a camera close to the prowess of the URSA Mini in the same DSLR-price ballpark. [Read more…]