Blackmagic Design, Cinema Camera My Predictions for the NEW BMPCC – Will it be the best camera in 2021 for video?
That i’d, like to invite you guys to subscribe to my channel, so you don’t miss out on any of my future videos on this channel. I share my passion of camera gear and bring you guys, honest in depth and to the point reviews on the camera gear that i get to use out in the field. So with that out of the way we are going to talk about a few things that i’d like to see, but we’re also going to talk about some things that i do not want to see now. The very first thing that i would like to see with the future generation of the pocket cinema cameras is a better form factor now. I know that cubed form factors are all the rage. In fact, i’ve purchased, a zcam, e2s6 and i’ve also used the red komodo. What i love most about cube form factor cameras is that they are extremely easy to rig and extremely easy to balance on a gimbal. In my opinion, the cube form factor makes the ergonomics a little bit better than this very wide camera body that they decided to go with. So what i would like to see is either a cube form factor or something more cube like something that’s a little bit more modular, something that could possibly accept third party accessories or black magic accessories like, for instance, the red dsmc2 line or the kind finity lineup. They do have add on packs or modules that you can attach to the camera.
So that is something that i would love to see from. Blackmagic is more of a modular design based on a more cube like form factor. The next thing i would love to see added to the pocket cameras is better audio preamps. When blackmagic first released these cameras, they did tout professional audio features, so they added the mini xlr, which is a great feature it’s. A great addition. However, i would like to see some improved preamps on the body of the camera. Now i understand that that would definitely raise the cost of the camera and i’m willing to accept that. If that means that i’m going to get better in body audio so that’s, something that i would love to see and i’m not going to ask for full size xlr, because for anyone who knows about that connection, type that is going to sacrifice either something something somewhere. It’S going to make either the camera body bigger or it’s, going to just overall change the inner workings of the camera, so i’m, okay, with the mini xlr i’m. Fine. With that, i think we could uh definitely stick with that, but if we just get some better audio preamps on the future generation, that would be a huge, huge plus. The next thing that i would like to see more of is something that i absolutely love on. The pocket cameras as it is is these customizable function buttons, as you guys see here, there are three customizable function buttons and i love them and they’re in a great place.
However, what i would like to see is more function buttons and that’s fully dependent on the shape of the body. Personally, i think that even on this body, they could have fit some more function buttons somewhere on this body and in fact, i feel like they could have at least fit four up top just by simply moving the power button. Somewhere and personally, i felt the power button was in a terrible power. Switch was in a terrible spot to begin with, so just adding some customizable function, buttons more customizable function. Buttons would be huge now taking that a step further, adding illumination to the buttons similar to what some of the canon cinema cameras have, but simply adding more customizable function. Buttons would be a very, very welcome thing. Now, next up i’m going to talk about the sensor, you guys are probably going to guess that i want a full frame sensor and i don’t. I do not want a full frame sensor on this camera and the reason being is because super 35 is just fine. Don’T, let anyone tell you that super 35 is garbage. It has been around for a very long time and if it’s good enough for ari to be developing a new super 35 camera it’s good enough for the black magic camera. So there are a few other reasons. Why i would like it to stick with super 35, and one of the reasons is that you have a much wider selection of lenses when it comes to super 35.
There are more super 35 anamorphic lenses, then full frame, and they are much more affordable. You will spend thousands and thousands of dollars to purchase a full frame, anamorphic lens. On the other hand, you can still use full frame lenses like i’m, using here here i’m using an slr magic, apo, hyper prime. This is a full frame lens on a super 35 body, there’s, nothing wrong with that. However, you cannot use a super 35 lens on a full frame body without going into a crop mode. Now, for those of you who are saying that’s, okay, you’re, fine with that be my guest personally, i would rather not shoot cropped if i don’t have to so shooting in super 35 is just fine. Yes, you can get more shallow depth of field if you’re shooting full frame, but to be honest with you, it is not a necessity, so you don’t always have to shoot with shallow depth of field in the first place. But again, it doesn’t have to be full frame now. Speaking of the sensor itself, what i would like to see is for blackmagic to take their new sensor that they have on the ursa 12k and give us some form of that sensor in this new camera, whether that is 8k or 6k to me, it really doesn’t Matter, i’m, personally, fine with 6k. Would i like 8k to have really amazing, 4k or 6k footage? Absolutely, but again, super 35. Just fine with me now.
The final thing that i would like to see come to the next line of pocket cinema cameras is for it to integrate better with blackmagic’s video assist monitor. Personally, i don’t always have access to this screen, whether you are shooting on a tripod that’s set up high or you’re on a gimbal. Whatever the case, you don’t always have access to this screen as amazing. It would be now. Yes, you can get a monitor like the portkeys monitor, which has camera control and, yes, you can use the app, however, having that monitor, which carries over the amazing ui that’s on the camera straight to the monitor you’re able to control everything from the video assist. I think that’s a no brainer so having some sort of camera control built into the video assist, so it plays better with the cameras would be a huge plus. So now we’ve talked about everything that i want to see on the next line of the pocket cameras. We’Re going to talk about a few things that i don’t want now. First up is ibis. Yes, it would be nice to have ibis. However, i feel it would benefit blackmagic much more and us as users much more if they spent their r d on other features. Like making blackmagic raw even more powerful, making the color science as best as they possibly can investing as much into this sensor as they can again, ibis would be nice, however it’s just something that, in my opinion, is not necessarily needed on this camera personally, based on The work that i do, i rig this camera up in car mounts.
I you know rig it on a windshield rig on the hood of a car. You know it’s on a gimbal, and i don’t want that floating sensor, because that creates micro, vibrations. So again, ibis is, in my opinion, not necessary. If you do want more stable footage. Here’S a tip make your rig a little bit: heavier use a lens with ois or use a gimbal use. A steady cam use a glidecam. There are several ways that you can make your footage more stable without using ibis. Now the next thing – and you guys are going to lose your me for this and i’m sorry, but i do not want auto focus on this camera. I don’t want it. I don’t need it and, while some of you do need it and would find it very useful, for instance, wedding filmmakers, i just personally don’t want it and there’s a very, very valid reason for this. I feel and that’s because if we get auto focus on this next line of cameras, it’s going to be completely new technology for black magic. Yes, there is kind of auto focus on this, but i wouldn’t even call it auto focus, it’s, it’s flat out terrible and it’s unusable. So would i like to see it on this camera as an option? Don’T get me wrong. It would be fine if it was good, but in my opinion, what we get for auto focus on this next camera is not going to be best in class.
If i want autofocus i’m going to go for a camera that has best in class autofocus like the canon line of cameras, so that being said, i just don’t feel i need it. I don’t want it unless it’s freaking flat out amazing, now next up it’s kind of in the same line. You guys can probably guess what i’m going to say next is. I don’t want to flip out screen i’m, not vlogging with this camera and if you’re vlogging, with it more power to you but i’m, not going gon na hold the camera out like this, and you know with a flip screen. First of all, the camera is just ergonomically, terrible, which hopefully is fixed with cube form factor, but i don’t need a flip screen. I’M, not vlogging with this camera, and again this goes back to using the right camera for the right job. If you want to vlog, you could be using a sony using a canon. There are specific cameras made for vlogging. So that being said, maybe a tilt screen like the a7 3 or you know, cameras like that that’s fine. That could be useful, but i don’t think that this camera needs a tilt screen again, if you are looking for these options, everything that i just mentioned that i don’t want those are all features and options that are on other cameras that are really good and very Affordable just like this camera, so if you are looking for those options, maybe that’s the camera, for you also i’d love to hear what you guys think about what you want on the next version of the pocket 4k or what you don’t want.
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