BlackMagic announces new camera

I just saw a post on Facebook:

Two new Blackmagic Cinema Cameras at NAB Show

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K - 3.995 $

Super 35 Sensor, Global Shutter, Ultra HD and 4K, Built in SSD, Touch LCD, Metadata Entry, CinemaDNG RAW, ProRes, Thunderbolt, EF Mount, Free DaVinci Resolve & Ultra Scope

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera - 995 $

Super 16 Sensor , 13 Stops of Dynamic Range, Recording on SD Card, High Resolution LCD, ProRes, CinemaDNG RAW, Micro Four Thirds Lens mount, HDMI monitoring.

It doesn't feel like that long ago that they started shipping the old/current one

This post appears to be getting a lot of (assumingly outside) attention. So here are links to the new cameras:

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:

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Well damn..see I called them both and they stated that they put the money on hold and if you don't have the funds in the account you can't pre-order. Or else I would have ordered from them. Is HOTROD CAMERAS still a reliable dealer? If anyone's delt with them before
John Brawley, in another forum I read, just posts this picture of the pocket cam. I asked if he had any new footage he was releasing. Said he'd been shooting with it, but nothing to release yet. This photo is the pocket cam with hotrod pl mount, and zeiss ultra speed 6mm s16 lens.

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On the same forum, and in another thread, asking about the user manual for the pocket camera, John just posted this.....

The software is basically the same. There aren't any differences aside from two new features that have just been added in the last few days.

One is AF.

The other is a more accurate battery indicator. Eventually these two new features should make it across to the other cameras so they'll be uniform.


So of course I asked to clarify if by AF, he means auto focus?


John just replied to my inquiry, with a yes to auto focus, and posted another picture of the rear display. I don't know if I'm allowed to post links to other forums, but if you are interested in where this is, feel free to message me and I'll shoot you a link.
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APS-C is 1.6x crop factor, yes. EF-S is the lens mounting system that Canon uses for their APS-C crop sensor cameras and lenses.

S35 is ~1.5x crop from 35mm still film - 'pretty close' to APS-C - which makes S16 ~3x crop.

But as I've said in the past, crop factor really doesn't mean anything and the only reason the term was invented is so those who were used to shooting 35mm stills film would know how their lenses would look on different cameras.

If you haven't spent your time shooting 35mm stills film, then it really doesn't mean anything. I'm used to and work almost exclusively with S35mm or similar sensor sizes, so as far as I'm concerned a 50mm looks as it does on a S35 sensor, and if I put it on a 5D or similar for the rare times I have to shoot on a 5D, I simply consider it as looking wider, rather than considering everything else as it looking tighter.

On 16 lenses vs 35 lenses - a 25mm on a S16 camera will give you the same field of view as a 50mm on a 35mm lens. However, your DOF characteristics etc. will be the same as a 25mm, which is why S16 has always inherently deeper DOF, even though you could technically frame up two almost identical frames on each camera.

In the world of film, S16 is a lot more grainy than 35mm, but of course in the world of digital that's not necessarily the case.
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