We took a brief look at the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC), mated with an Olympus 17mm lens and the Zacuto Z-Finder.

We examined the basics of using the BMPCC, and how the handling differed from typical DSLR or mirrorless cameras for videography. The availability of RAW and Apple ProRes makes the BMPCC, as well as all other Blackmagic Design cameras, a more professional offering despite its diminutive size (roughly the size of a typical smartphone). The BMPCC also offers focus peaking (in green), and works actively with micro four-third (MFT) lenses. It can work with both autofocus MFT lenses such as the Olympus 17mm for very smooth focusing by hand (or friction follow focus on rod mounts), or manual MFT lenses such as those from Samyang. The BMPCC can be mated with a microphone on a coldshoe adapter, and offers headphone monitoring as well, a great feature for videography. One of the caveats of using a BMPCC (or any Blackmagic Design camera), is that it is a more dedicated tool that requires you to work with the files on an NLE like Final Cut Pro X. The files are typically not as “good looking” out of the camera compared to typical DSLR or mirrorless cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix GH4/GH3, but offers much more flexibility in terms of dynamic range that looks better after tweaking in an NLE.

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Seamus Phan has 32 years of professional experience. He is a professional speaker, marketing and branding consultant, book author, technologist, scientist, artist, and aviation enthusiast. Some articles are reproduced at McGallen & Bolden, where he is CTO and Head of Content. Connect on LinkedIn. ©1984-2018. All rights reserved.