EDIT: I have not been paid to review this camera, it is purely in my hands to evaluate and shoot with. I have never been paid and will never be paid by a manufacturer to do a camera review. Please read more on my ethics statement here.
I am fortunate enough to get an early camera from BlackMagic Design. This is a pre-release version and I have it for evaluation purposes and BETA testing. I can’t do a formal review of it until it’s finalised for release. In the meantime, I will be sharing my experiences of using the camera and how I deal with the footage. My friend and shooting partner James Miller has already done a post about working with the DNG files in photoshop and you can read that here…
Currently I am in LA having just finished a film shoot. I almost got the camera shipped here but it wouldn’t have made it in time, so I got it sent home as I will be back there in a couple of days. As soon as I get the camera I will start shooting with it. If I can, I will share some files but that won’t be until next weekend at the earliest, as I go to Finland the day after I get back!
The lovely Sarah Estela has taken lots of nice photos of the unboxing of the camera for me which we did over Skype. Very sad I know, but there is so much excitement over this camera understandably, and I was desperate to check it out myself and couldn’t wait until I got home!
The packaging is really nice as you will see below.
So what are the things I am most excited about?
What are the things I am most curious to examine?
Form factor (I already have a rig for it from Shape and battery solution from Switronix due to the frustrating thing of using an internal battery)
Choice of lens mount and ability to get wide shots
Sensitivity of sensor
Rolling shutter and artifacts
Running costs…extra batteries are expected as the internal one is to be honest just there as an emergency backup. How many SSDs will you need to buy for a decent days’s shoot? These things are not cheap. Also Cinema DNG raw is super cool but just how much time is used up going through resolve then into editing? Is pro res that much worse, obviously it’s not raw but how much do we lose using it?
How good is it on a professional shoot. Is it reliable?
Can you use a mini display port to HDMI output to run a Zacuto EVF? I have an Alphatron with SDI so am covered there but what about everyone who just has an HDMI EVF?
So many questiona!!
So what is in the box?
The Camera obviously.
A fixed canon EF mount
Davinci Resolve 9
So, for now enjoy the stacks of photos of what’s in the box and some photos of the menus.
I will share footage as soon as I can!
PLEASE DON’T ASK ME IF YOU SHOULD BUY IT AS I CAN’T TELL YOU UNTIL I HAVE SPENT SOME TIME WITH IT!
But if you do please use my CVP link or B&H photo video link below, as the small percentage I get helps me do things like this and costs you nothing!
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