Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera was Used for Scenes in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”


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.

Check out the details of how Davis used the Pocket Cinema Camera in the press release below. [Read more…]


Blackmagic URSA Mini is the (almost) Most Affordable 1080p 120fps Camera

Blackmagic URSA Mini-4

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…]

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera w/ Panasonic 14-140mm OIS Lens for $995 – Deal Alert


B&H has the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera as a NAB Special this week packaged with the Panasonic 14-140mm OIS lens, a SanDisk 64GB U3 SDXC memory card and a spare battery for $995, which is the normal retail price for just the camera body. This deal expires on April 19. Check it out while it lasts here at B&H Photo.