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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camcorder

355g 3.5" Jan 2014
Full HD Weight Interchangeable Lens Screen Size Release Date
The digital film camera that's always with you!The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a true high dynamic range film look camera in an extremely portable size, so now you can shoot cinema quality... More
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21 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This camcorder received an expert rating of 80 out of 100 from appleinsider.com.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, Pocket Cinema owners rated this video camera 85 out of 100.

Nice Design

Some customers who bought it mentioned that it was good looking. M. Sunderland wrote on Amazon “The camera is pretty good” in their review and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. M. Sunderland also mentioned “Once you have it it is beautiful”.

A number of Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema owners said in their reviews that it was smooth. Last year -Efox- said in their review on Amazon “Prores are such huge files, it'll need at least a class 10 (ideally too a UHS 3) to have a fast enough write speed for smooth recording” and rated it 4 stars.

One Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewer who bought it said that it was a good design.

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Good Product Quality

Some Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewers who purchased it agreed that it was good quality. -Efox- mentioned “A lot of the excellent quality Panasonic and Olympus m4/3 lenses can be used (be wary of digital ones without aperture control; great image quality” and gave this camcorder a score of 4 stars. Alp mentioned on Amazon “Stunning quality images” and scored the product 4 stars. M. Sunderland mentioned on Amazon “Depth of field is great, image quality is great”.

Blackmagic Design Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

We calculated the average reviews for all Blackmagic Design camcorders and also specifically for Blackmagic Design camcorders and found that in both cases Blackmagic Design had excellent reviews.

Easy to Use

Four people mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. In November last year -Efox- mentioned on Amazon “The design of the interface is smooth an easy, almost feels like Apple designed it - you've got what you need, easy to use” in their review of this camcorder and scored it 80 out of 100. -Efox- also wrote “It would be great to use the quality of this for documentary.”. Genie Who Accepts Meta-Wishes scored this camcorder 5 stars and she wrote in her Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema review on Amazon “The BMPCC is actually a very bare bones camera, which requires considerable further investment for it to be a practical film-making tool”.

One Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema owner said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to assemble. One customer wrote in their reviews that the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema was easy to use the menus.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Mr Glyn J Burtt mentioned on Amazon “Really great camera, consider your lens investment too though”. Mr. P. Kay gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema review “For best results use a decent quality lens, very high speed Memory cards (PC Formatted to exFat)”.

One Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewer said in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. A. J. S. Richardson mentioned on Amazon “I can't see the LCD screen in sunlight, which makes it tough to see if footage is in focus” in their review of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema.

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Robust

Some Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewers said in their reviews that this camcorder was well made. -Efox- said in their Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema review “Many of it's features actually mirror the interface of the Arri Alexa; unable to delete footage in camera, well built solid metal design, Raw”.

Good Technical Features

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had good features. Mr. P. Kay gave this camcorder a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Yes you will need half decent editing facilities.”.

Good Size

One person who reviewed this camcorder said that it was compact. One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good depth. M. Sunderland wrote on Amazon three years ago “Less rolling shutter, still great depth of field” in their review of this camcorder.

Good Connectivity

One person who reviewed it wrote that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Anthony Dunne wrote “Love it hdmi out is great with ninja 2”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The Pocket Cinema has one of the larger screen sizes (3.5 inches) amongst camcorders of this age. The average screen size of camcorders that came out around the same time as the Pocket Cinema is 3.1", and the screen sizes range from 1.3" to 11".

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Pocket Cinema has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other camcorders of this spec and age which do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Pocket Cinema has an HDMI port, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and type which do not have an HDMI port.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Pocket Cinema which are not Full HD, the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is Full HD.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Pocket Cinema supports a better memory card type than most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. This Blackmagic Design camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras of a similar age and type to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this camcorder supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Pocket Cinema.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera is MicroSDXC.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Pocket Cinema has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have a built-in display.

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Small

At only 38 millimeters, the Pocket Cinema is quite small compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Pocket Cinema. Across all the camcorders that are a comparable age to the Pocket Cinema the heights range from 26mm to 690mm, and the average height is 110mm.

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Very Short Battery Recharge Time

Across all the camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Pocket Cinema the battery recharge times range from 1.2h to 4h. The Pocket Cinema has one of the shorter battery recharge times (only 1.25 hours) amongst camcorders of this age.

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8 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

A few Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewers who reviewed this camcorder thought it did not have a good battery life. -Efox- mentioned last year “With the poor battery life” . A. J. S. Richardson wrote on Amazon “The camera itself is small and easy to use, however battery life is very poor at less than an hour” in their review of this camcorder. Two years ago Keyboard Warrior wrote on Amazon “I absolutely love this camera! Don't get me wrong it has a lot of flaws such as low battery life and poor choice of settings.”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer wrote that it was not noisy. Appleinsider.com said “Small image sensor magnifies lens focal lengths by 2.88x crop factor, small sensor size prevents capturing dramatic, shallow depthoffield, noisy at high ISOs, short battery life, many operational quir” in their review.

Poor Exposure Control

One person mentioned in their reviews that it did not have good aperture controls.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Pocket Cinema, the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this spec and age are not waterproof. The Pocket Cinema is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Pocket Cinema does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Pocket Cinema also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Pocket Cinema do not have a built-in projector. The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Weight

The Pocket Cinema has a pretty typical weight (355 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Pocket Cinema.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 1 hour, the Pocket Cinema has a relatively standard battery life compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the Pocket Cinema.

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Specification

Lens System
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Out Port
Headphone Socket
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Recharge Time
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features

Expert Reviews

(1)
8 March 2015

Videographers looking to up their game from standard DSLR shooting should take a hard look at the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema. Keep in mind there are some shortcomings in it's design, namely the menu...

Excellent RAW footage
Large dynamic range provides lots of flexibility in post
Takes standard micro four thirds lenses
Compact size
Captures cinemaworthy RAW video with impressive detail and wide dynamic range
Short battery life
Small image sensor magnifies lens focal lengths by 2.88x crop factor, small sensor size prevents capturing dramatic, shallow depthoffield, noisy at high ISOs, short battery life, many operational quir
Difficult monitoring
Poor battery performance
Limited settings

User Reviews

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Reviewed 19 August 2016 by Genie who accepts meta-wishes

The main selling point of the BMPCC is that it captures beautifully film like video with 13 stops of dynamic range, recording in either ProRes or raw Cinema DNG formats for maximum flexibility in... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

- A lense is not included with product. -The DaVinci Resolve software is poor, every time I edit long takes the software automatically freezes and then quits without saving any work done.

Reviewed 11 December 2015 by S. Gardner
(Verified Purchase)

Fantastic camera - and at a great price - perfect for my son branching into film but wanting a professional finish - versatile as you can add whatever lenses you need. Arrived incredibly quickly... Read more…

Reviewed 22 September 2015 by Mr Glyn J Burtt
(Verified Purchase)

Really great camera, consider your lens investment too though and think about one of the metabones adapters to utilise your exisiting non-micro 4/3 lenses.

Reviewed 23 July 2015 by -EFox-

The Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera produces excellent footage. It's almost on par with the (visual) results from an Arri Alexa. The 13-stop dynamic range does give noticeably more tones, and the... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers blackmagic design 169500, blackmagic design 169300, blackmagic design cbsb000020, blackmagic design cinecampochdmft
Barcodes 00700987994018, 00700987994032, 00840014160822, 02724281301585, 09338716001938

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