I was privileged to receive the new Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K! I will be filming a lot of kpop content with this camera. Filming with model Bonnie Lee in Seoul! (Instagram @iambonnielee)
RAW Loseless 4K DCI @ 24fps
ISO 400, 6400
Samsung T5 SSD through USB-C
Metabones EF to MFT T Speedbooster XL 0.64x
Shot with Contax Zeiss MM 50mm/f1.4
In “Bubble Gum” I have attempted to test the camera in what I usually shoot, fashion and music videos. This time, I wanted to do a more traditional test, with shots created to test the camera in an environment and conditions closer to what filmmakers that film shorts and feature films might come across. I wanted to test the dynamic range and roll-off of the camera in realistic scenarios rather than extreme tests. I have attempted shots that use the dynamic range of the camera wisely in order to combine detail in the sky as well as the shadows.
I also wanted to experiment and see how close I could get this test to look like the older Black Magic cameras. In order to have a measure for that, I have rigged the Pocket 4K together with the Micro Cinema Camera (same sensor as the original Pocket Camera) and have filmed this whole shoot simultaneously. I will be posting a separate comparison video at some time soon.
I wanted to do a good share of tripod shots as well as movement shots but unfortunately, the double rig with two cameras was too much for the Ronin-S. Thus, the shaky footage when the camera is not on the tripod since that rig was quite heavy and hard to work with for any serious cinematography. I decided to still include those shots.
While I will be talking further about this on my comparison video, to me this test was very important as I could experiment and see what makes the old and the new Pocket cameras similar and what makes them different. My personal observation was that with a little work the two cameras can be made almost indistinguishable look wise – if that’s the target of course since the Pocket 4K has a very nice look on its own. In order to exactly match the Pocket4K footage to the old pocket, the Pocket4K footage has to be blurred for matching the lower definition of the original Pocket sensor. Then a film grain filter must be applied in order to emulate the luma noise of the original Pocket sensor that is almost completely absent in the Pocket 4K. After that, the two footages can only be separated by observing imperfections like the noticeable moire in the original pocket. Especially when both cameras have Version 4 color science applied, the match is almost perfect.
During my experiments, I found out that one of the elements that really brings the Pocket 4K closer to the original Pocket is the film grain so it was left in this footage as I found it aesthetically pleasing. Although this little amount of grain is absorbed by web compression, like the original Pocket it remains embended in the look and feel of the video.
All the shots are with natural light only, without any assistance, filters etc. The last four shots are extreme low-light tests at ISO6400 (lenses at f2~f2.8) with available light only. Especially in the last three, the model is illuminated only by the very faint street lamps. The corresponding shots captured with the Micro Cinema Camera are unusable.
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