Micro Four Thirds

Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Way back in 2013, Blackmagic Design introduced the Pocket Cinema Camera, a compact camera with a Super 16 sensor that promised cinema recording quality in a body about the size of a Sony a6500. While it delivered high quality footage, many users acknowledged that it felt like a version 1 product, including frustrating issues like fussy behavior, short battery life, and inelegant ergonomics and controls.

At NAB in Las Vegas, Blackmagic finally announced the sequel many were waiting for, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Video shooters will be happy to know that it’s a significant upgrade at a very aggressive price point.

The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is built around a Micro Four Thirds sensor with dual native ISO and a native DCI 4K (4096×2160) resolution. Although we don’t have any technical information on the sensor, this sounds suspiciously similar to the one used in Panasonic’s GH5S. Blackmagic claims the sensor can capture 13 stops of dynamic range.

Blackmagic finally announced the sequel many were waiting for, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Video shooters will be happy to know that it’s a significant upgrade at a very aggressive price point.

The camera will be able to record DCI 4K at 60 fps and windowed HD (a native 1080 crop) at up to 120 fps in either 10-bit ProRes or 12-bit Raw formats. Various internal recording media are supported including standard SD cards, UHS-II cards, and CFast 2.0 cards.

What’s potentially more interesting, however, is the option to record externally using the camera’s USB-C port. Blackmagic claims it’s the first camera that will let users connect media, like an SSD, directly to the camera’s USB-C port for direct external recording. This means it should be possible to go directly from shooting to working on your computer without transferring data from → continue…

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Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery updated

We’re continuing to shoot with and test the Lumix GX9, Panasonic’s latest range-finder style Micro Four Thirds camera. Priced at $1000 with kit lens, the GX9 offers a 20MP sensor, 5-axis stabilization and promises a 90% reduction in shutter shock compared to its predecessor. It’s been a little more than a month since the camera’s launch, so we’ve updated our existing sample gallery with some fresh shots.

See our updated Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery

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Lensrentals: Cheap Veydra Mini Prime lenses are ‘optically excellent’

Roger Cicala over at Lensrentals went on another OLAF testing spree, and this time the victim of his optical bench tests were the extremely affordable Veydra Mini Prime cinema lenses made for E-Mount and Micro Four Thirds sensors. These lenses are so inexpensive that Cicala has assumed (for some time) that they were also probably also ineffective. But as Roger put it:

[Today] we learned for the umpteenth time that doing scientific testing is a great way to shoot down Roger’s assumptions.

It turns out these lenses aren’t bad at all… in fact, Roger calls them “optically excellent.” And when he put them to the test against Zeiss CP.2 primes that cost 3x (or more) as much money, the Veydra Mini Primes (and here, again, we’re going to use his wording) “the Veydras just kick some serious resolution butt in this comparison.”

Here’s just one of those comparisons (more in the full test at Lensrentals), between the Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 85mm T2.1 (average of 10 samples) and the Veydra Mini Prime 85mm T2.2 (average of 9 samples):

Zeiss on the Left, Veydra on the Right

Of course, this is a comparison on a single parameter: absolute resolution. But it’s also a comparison between a lens that costs $3,990 (the Zeiss CP.2) and $1,000 (the Veydra Mini Prime). Still, as Roger points out several times:

[These tests] won’t tell you a thing about how [the lens] focus breathes, how it handles, or whether it has that ‘film’ look. I will simply tell you how well it resolves (because you can roll your artsy eyes all you want; sometimes you have to make things look sharp).

The other factor to keep in mind is the image circle, because the Veydra Mini Primes → continue…

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