Things to know about the Blackmagic Pocket Camera

Hey! Today I wanted to share some things that you will most likely want to know about before you start shooting with the Blackmagic Pocket Camera. It’s an amazing little camera, (especially at the price point it sits at) but it has some definite flaws.

To quickly summarize some of what I mentioned in the video – 1: The sensor is very small. It has a 2.8x crop and does not have great low light due to that. A 12mm lens on this camera is equivalent to around a 35mm on a full frame camera like the Canon 5dMKIII. 2: The battery life is horrible. You need to bring a lot of batteries with you or the camera will die. 3: The monitor isn’t super great. We now carry Zacuto Z-finders for our BMPCCs to help with this issue, but a small external monitor could also be a good option depending on your shoot. 4: You must used approved SD cards! If you use a card that is too slow the camera will not allow you to record anything, so make sure your cards are approved! If you are renting from us we recommend the Sandisk Extreme Pro SD 64gb. The following SD cards are recommended for Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) recording:

    • Delkin Devices 16GB Elite SDHC
    • Delkin Devices 32GB Elite SDHC UHS-I
    • Sandisk 64GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I
    • Sandisk 128GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I
    • Sandisk 16GB Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I
    • Sandisk 32GB Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I
    • Sandisk 64GB Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I

The following SD cards are recommended for CinemaDNG RAW recording:

    • Sandisk 64GB Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I
    • Sandisk 32GB Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I

4.5: The camera cannot format SD cards internally, you must do that on a computer. I’ve made a quick video going over that process which you can find here:

Have any other questions? Feel free to email us or contact us @lensprotogo on twitter! If you have any specific questions about my thoughts on the pocket camera you can contact me @ebourcier on twitter or [email protected]!

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