There is much to be liked about this camera, as many of you know I really love this camera. Here are the pros and the cons
Firstly and most importantly is the image. It’s spectacular, so good I would compare it to Arri Alexa image wise and certainly a great B camera for an A Camera Alexa shoot. it’s not an Alexa but for many applications it’s more than a great option. Most importantly it will cut seamlessly with the Alexa. Certainly in my mind , second only to the Alexa as far as the image quality is concerned.
Big dynamic range atIso 800 and really digs into the shadows. The big thing for me is the rolloff in the highlights into overexposure is very very film like.. Skin tone is also really good.
Very light and simple to use, bare body is 5lbs
Multiple choices of Codecs, pro-res and MXF plus multiple RAW options.
12G SDI out
New Firmware 4.0is fantastic check out all the new functions here, so many great functions but way too much on write on this Blog ,but all plusses,
Frame rates to 60FPS in 4K and 4,6K Raw, 40 FPS in UHD 4K 120FPS 1080x1920 and 2K.See user guide at blackmagicdesign.com for full specs.
Free full version of Resolve which alone costs $999.00
Pro Audio inputs 3 pin XLR, Time code in so you can feed timecode with audio.
Image superior to cameras costing a lot more, again I keep repeating this but Ifeel very strongly about image quality.
No Lemo connectors but you can buy a D plate with Lemo power that fits to gold mount between camera and battery.
No Lemo connection for remote run stop via Preston FF but there is now an adaptor cable that will connect Preston to LANC port. Available at Abel Cine
No built in ND’s but not a big deal but would be a nice addition.
Safe action frame guides only in white which is a pain when you have a bright background. A simple firmware update to give the option change color would fix that.
Really minor stuff considering the price of the camera and the superb image quality.
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