Blackmagic Production Camera 4K EF Review

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K EF Review

Blackmagic is a professional portable camera with full Ultra HD TV and 4K support, has widescreen Super 35 sensor, high-quality interchangeable lenses for EF lens mount and records in compressed file formats, such as, CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). Integrated touch screen monitor allows shooting, modifying and entering metadata directly from the camera. In this 4K camera review we will look deeper into the possibilities of this amazing piece of hardware.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K allows you to shoot music videos, TV shows, commercials, sports, documentaries, interviews and films with stunning resolution. It has one output 6G-SDI, which allows using the camera for live-production with Ultra HD quality.

Created with the highest accuracy Blackmagic camera has an incredible image quality and surprisingly small size. Its excellent aluminum housing, EF bayonet for interchangeable lenses, high resolution sensor, framing shutters and uncompressed audio that embeds directly into the ProRes-files completely eliminates the need to synchronize the recorded sound on the stage at post-production.

Super 35 sensor provides excellent image quality when panning, while minimum crop factor allows shooting with wide-angle lenses. If you’re working on HD-project then you will like the possibility of framing a zoom without any loss of resolution. So, even after converting your projects from 4K to HD you get an incredibly smooth and clear image.

This 4K camera is equipped with Thunderbolt technology characterized by the incredible data transfer rate of 10 Gbit per second. When connected to a computer Thunderbolt port allows image capture to both internal and external storage systems. In addition, in conjunction with the software Blackmagic UltraScope, which is included with the camera, Thunderbolt-connection makes possible a technically accurate waveform-monitoring directly during filming.

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Integrated SSD-recorder lets you record 4K-material in ProRes 422 (HQ) and a compressed CinemaDNG formats. Blackmagic Production Camera 4K was designed to become an integral part of post-production processes. Upon completion of shooting the user can simply connect the SSD-drive to the computer and start the installation or color correction material directly on the disk. The disk can be formatted in HFS+ or exFAT file systems, which ensure its compatibility with Mac and Windows.

The touch screen provides easy navigation through the menus and various camera settings, such as, recording format, the opening angle of the shutter and other parameters. Double-click on the screen allows you to quickly zoom in and fine-tune the focus. One click will display the metadata page where the user can enter the number of sessions, search tags, scene numbers, timecodes, and other information. Metadata can also be assigned automatically depending on the user settings. The above information is stored directly in files, which are seamlessly recognized by any popular editing software. Thus, the management of files on the post-production stage becomes much more comfortable and orderly.

In addition, the presence of the internal rechargeable battery makes Blackmagic Production Camera 4K a truly portable high resolution camera. Battery capacity is enough for 90 minutes of continuous recording, while information about the remaining charge is displayed on the screen. As you see, this camera is a perfect choice for anyone who is interested in pro or semi-pro 4K filmmaking.

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