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Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT
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Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT Camcorder

$6,362.79
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1.5kg 5" Jul 2014
Full HD Weight Interchangeable Lens Screen Size Release Date
Get an even wider range of lens compatibility with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT with Passive Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount! Perfect for MFT lenses or even adapters to other lens mounts such as... More
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12 Reasons For

Blackmagic Design Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Camcorders manufactured by Blackmagic Design have excellent reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just camcorders) and found that Blackmagic Design also has excellent reviews across its entire range.

Good Product Quality

A few customers who reviewed it thought it was good quality. Two years ago Meg50 scored the product very highly and wrote in their review on Amazon “The image quality is sensational”.

Robust

One Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT reviewer who reviewed it wrote that it was well made. Luminous-Landscape.com mentioned in their review “High quality construction” .

Good Size

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was good structurally.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the Cinema Camera MFT is 1.3" and the largest is 11". The Cinema Camera MFT has a very large screen size (5 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

Unlike most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago which do not have an interchangeable lens, the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT has an interchangeable lens.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the Cinema Camera MFT which are not Full HD, the Cinema Camera MFT is Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Cinema Camera MFT has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Cinema Camera MFT also have a built-in display.

It may also be worth considering one of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730.

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2432 X 1366 Pixels Video Resolution

The Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT supports a 2432 x 1366 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 320 x 240 pixels video resolution supported by most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. In addition, this Blackmagic Design camcorder supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The best video resolution of all video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Cinema Camera MFT is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 176 pixels.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Quite Short Battery Recharge Time

Camcorders of a similar age and type to the Cinema Camera MFT have battery recharge times of between 1.2h and 4h. With a battery recharge time of only 2 hours, the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT has a quite short battery recharge time compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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11 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

Camcorders that are a comparable age to the Cinema Camera MFT have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 46fps. The Cinema Camera MFT has a fairly slow maximum frame rate (only 30 frames per second) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the Cinema Camera MFT.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the Cinema Camera MFT, the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT does not have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an image stabiliser which you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-CX730 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The Cinema Camera MFT does not have an HDMI port, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Cinema Camera MFT also do not have an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an HDMI port including the Sony HDR-CX730 which is also higher rated.

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Only Mono Audio System

This camcorder has a Mono audio system, which is the most commonly found audio system on similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Not Waterproof

The Cinema Camera MFT is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Cinema Camera MFT are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Cinema Camera MFT does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Cinema Camera MFT also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Sony HDR-CX730 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the Cinema Camera MFT does not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Cinema Camera MFT are not 3D compatible. The Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Only Polymer Battery

This video camera has a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

The video recording times of video cameras that are a comparable age to the Cinema Camera MFT range from 0.67h to 80h, and the average video recording time is 22h. The Cinema Camera MFT has a quite short video recording time (only 1.5 hours) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Cinema Camera MFT.

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Heavy

With a weight of 1.5 kilograms, the Cinema Camera MFT is one of the heavier video cameras of a similar age and type to the Cinema Camera MFT amongst camcorders of this age. The lightest camcorder of a comparable age and type to the Cinema Camera MFT is 59g weight, the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-CX730 (545g) which also has a higher rating.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this Blackmagic Design camcorder was released.

Average Battery Life

The Cinema Camera MFT has a pretty average battery life (1.5 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Maximum Resolution Per CCD
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Storage
Storage
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Battery
Battery Life
Video Recording Time
Battery
Battery Recharge Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software

Expert Reviews

1 September 2013

Forum Login Imagine if your DSLR, and indeed all affordable cameras had very small sensors, and could only shoot JPGs; highly compressed and in a limited colour space. Imagine if only very... Read more…

2.5k raw
12bit uncompressed CinemaDNG files
13stops of dynamic range
DaVinci Resolve (full version) included
High quality construction
2.4 crop factor

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 5 June 2014 by Meg50 "M50"

How other reviewers can give this camera 3 stars is beyond me. The image quality is sensational. BMD's firmware strategy is in accordance with customer feedback and although it takes time, they do... Read more…

Reviewed 4 June 2014 by Meg50

How other reviewers can give this camera 3 stars is beyond me. The image quality is sensational. BMD's firmware strategy is in accordance with customer feedback and although it takes time, they do... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013167009144, 09338716001884

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