This hands-on tester called the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K a “game changer” – and found it to be a camera capable of capturing ultra-high resolution images with high dynamic range for under $3,000.00. Check out the full article at Shutterstock: Hands On Review: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
Hands On Review: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
Capturing Ultra HD (3840 X 2160) resolution on a Super 35 sensor in the high-quality ProRes 422 (HQ) format, the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K breaks new ground when it comes to the relationship between quality and price.
In an effort to gauge just how much of a game changer this camera might be, we took one out last weekend for some on-location testing in NYC. What we found was that Blackmagic Design has created a camera which, while it may not the right solution for every situation, is likely to become a very important tool for many filmmakers, stock videographers, and even casual shooters in the coming months.
When unpacking and setting up this camera, it became obvious right away that Blackmagic has put serious effort into creating a flawlessly conceived, Apple-like experience when it comes to the user interface and overall design of the camera (for our test, we had the model with an EF-compatible lens mount, but it's also available with a ZE mount). Unlike other models capable of the quality of images and variety of options this camera offers — which will include the ability to capture footage in the visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW format via a forthcoming software update — getting started with the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K was incredibly easy. The menus on the generous 5-inch LCD touchscreen have a minimal, easy-to-navigate quality that we're not sure we've seen before in a camera like this.
Eager to get a feel for the quality of the 4K footage as soon as possible, we set the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K up pointing down from our office — 21 floors up in the Empire State Building — toward the intersection of 34th Street and 5th Avenue.
The level of detail shooting in a low-light situation like this (in “Video” mode, in which the camera processes the images within the Rec709 color space, the standard for HDTV) is pretty astounding. Check out this crop (at 100%) from part of the 4K file, and particularly the quality of the detail in the dark/shadow areas, where people are making their way down the sidewalk.
It doesn't take much preparation or setup to start capturing solid footage with this camera, which is a huge plus for people working in situations where time is of the essence. In “Film” mode, which is the other capture option, the full dynamic range from the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K image sensor is recorded (as with most RAW formats), so there's much more information available in the clips when it comes to post-production/color correction — which is especially important when it comes to adjusting the highlights and shadows of the images.
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