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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camcorder

355g 3.5" Jan 2014
Full HD Weight Interchangeable Lens Display Diagonal 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 video camera received a rating of 80 out of 100 from expert review site appleinsider.com.

Good User Reviews

People who bought this video camera rated this video camera 85% on average.

Nice Design

Some Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewers who reviewed this camcorder thought it was good looking. Three years ago M. Sunderland scored the product 4 stars and said in their Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema review on Amazon “The camera is pretty good”. M. Sunderland also wrote “Once you have it it is beautiful”.

Two customers who purchased it said that it was smooth. -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 Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema review and rated it 4 stars. -Efox- also said “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”.

One Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewer who reviewed the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema thought it was a good design.

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Good Product Quality

Some people considered that this camcorder was good quality. -Efox- mentioned “It would be great to use the quality of this for documentary.” in their review of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema. -Efox- also 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”. Alp gave the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema “Stunning quality images”.

Excellent Brand

Blackmagic Design is one of the top rated video camera brands according to average reviews from users and experts, and Blackmagic Design also has excellent reviews for its video cameras.

Easy to Use

Four Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewers who purchased the product wrote that it was easy to use. In November this year Genie Who Accepts Meta-Wishes gave it a score of 5 stars and she mentioned 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” in her review of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. One Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewer who reviewed the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema thought it was easy to assemble.

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Good Quality Lens

Three customers said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good lens. Mr Glyn J Burtt rated it 80 out of 100 and he wrote “Really great camera, consider your lens investment too though”. Mr. P. Kay said on Amazon three years ago “For best results use a decent quality lens, very high speed Memory cards (PC Formatted to exFat)” in their review of this camcorder.

One person who purchased the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Three years ago A. J. S. Richardson wrote on Amazon “I can't see the LCD screen in sunlight, which makes it tough to see if footage is in focus” in their Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema review however they gave it a score of 40 out of 100.

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Robust

A few Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema was well made. -Efox- said “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” and scored this camcorder 4 stars.

Good Technical Features

Some Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema owners reckoned that this camcorder had good features. Three years ago Mr. P. Kay said in their Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema review “Yes you will need half decent editing facilities.”.

Good Size

One person reckoned that the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema was a good depth. M. Sunderland mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Less rolling shutter, still great depth of field”. One Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema owner wrote in their reviews that it was compact.

Good Connectivity

One Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewer who bought the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema concluded that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Anthony Dunne wrote in his Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema review on Amazon two years ago “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 of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

Unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Pocket Cinema which do not have an interchangeable lens, the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema has an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of video cameras that were released around the same time as the Pocket Cinema is 1.3", the largest is 11", and the average screen size is 3.2". The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema has a quite large screen size (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the Pocket Cinema.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Pocket Cinema has an HDMI port. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Pocket Cinema do not have an HDMI port.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other video cameras of this spec and age which are not Full HD, the Pocket Cinema is Full HD.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Pocket Cinema supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this video camera 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of this type and age.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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 video cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Pocket Cinema, the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema has a built-in display.

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Small

Camcorders of this type and age have heights of between 26mm and 690mm, and the average height is 110mm. At only 38 millimeters, the Pocket Cinema is quite small compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Pocket Cinema.

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Very Short Battery Recharge Time

The Pocket Cinema has a quite short battery recharge time (only 1.25 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the Pocket Cinema. The shortest battery recharge time of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.2h, the longest is 4h, and the average battery recharge time is 2.4h.

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8 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

A number of people who purchased it concluded that it did not have a good battery life. -Efox- mentioned in their review of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema “With the poor battery life” however despite that they still gave it a rating of 4 stars. A. J. S. Richardson wrote “The camera itself is small and easy to use, however battery life is very poor at less than an hour”. 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 Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewer who reviewed the product mentioned that it was not noisy. Appleinsider.com said last year “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”.

Poor Exposure Control

One Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have good aperture controls.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Pocket Cinema does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Pocket Cinema also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not Waterproof

The Pocket Cinema is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Pocket Cinema, the Pocket Cinema does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the Pocket Cinema does not have a built-in projector.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema

Released Over Two Years Ago

Blackmagic Design released the Pocket Cinema over two years ago.

Average Weight

The Pocket Cinema has a relatively average weight (355 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Pocket Cinema.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 1 hour, the Pocket Cinema has a pretty typical battery life compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Pocket Cinema.

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Specification

Lens System
Interchangeable Lens
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
Headphone Connectivity
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Battery Recharge Time
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Bundled Software
Hand Strap
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Mac Operating Systems Supported

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 cinecampochdmft
Barcodes 00700987994032, 00933871600193, 02724281301585, 09338716001938

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