Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Well this is interesting, who would of thought we would have not one but two affordable Raw cameras in 2012. Over at the Digital Bolex HQ comparisons are already being made. One of the kickstarter supporters Nikita Pavlov has already put a direct comparison chart on his blog I have pasted the same relevant stats below. The cameras are quite comparable, with a slightly bigger sensor on the Blackmagic and a wonderful looking touch screen. There are similarities between them CinemaDNG, a removable SSD and a SDI out. The Digital bolex has a SSD and SDI (in a separate unit) but they decided against a removable SSD because it’s not designed for frequent removal. The SDI is supposed to arrive on the Bolex via an add on $3000 unit, I’m not sure what effect the news of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera will have on this.
The Bolex comes with a mini HDMI port, WiFi and USB3.0 and Raw conversion software in the pipeline. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera comes with some wicked software Ultrascope and Davinchi Resolve as well as a Thunderbolt connection for live waveform monitoring with Ultrascope. As you can see the cameras are just begging for a head to head test, we just need them to be released.
The Blackmagic seems to be aimed towards Mac users and admittedly has an ace up it’s sleeve. The ability to compress the footage in camera to Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. This is fantastic addition and I wish the Digital Bolex could do this but I understand why it can’t at it’s current price point. On a final note Blackmagic have gone with a slightly bigger sized sensor than Super 16. So Cinema glass designed for super 16 like my Zeiss Super Speeds will not fully cover the sensor of Blackmagics Cinema Camera.
Digital Bolex Specs
Resolution 2048 x 1152 (Super 16mm mode) + 1920 x 1080 pixels (16mm mode)
Format Adobe Cinema DNG, TIFF, JPEG Image sequences
Colour depth 12 bit – 4:4:2
File size 2 to 3 MB per frame in RAW
Sensor Kodak CCD: 12.85 mm (H) x 9.64 mm (V) – Similar to Super 16mm
Pixel Size 5.5 micron (compared to the 4.3 micron size of many DSLRs)
Framerate up to 32 fps at 2K, 60fps at 720p, 90 fps at 480p
Sound Balanced, 2 channel, 16 bit, 48 kHz via XLR
Viewfinder 320×240, 2.4” diagonal, with Focus Assist
Video out 640 x 480 B&W via ⅛” video jack (HD-SDI avail in separate unit)
Ports ⅛” video, headphone, USB 3.0, Audio XLR (2), 4-PIN XLR
Data Storage Dual SD card slots, SSD (buffer drive)
Power Internal battery, 12V External via 4 pin XLR port
Body Magnesium and hard plastic
Size (body) Approximately 12.7cm H (without pistol grip) by 10.2cm W by 20.3cm D
Size (grip) 12.7cm H by 5cm W by 12.7cm D
Lens mount C-mount comes standard; Optional PL, EF, B4
ISO Options 100, 200, 400
Also in the box pistol grip, USB 3.0 cable, internal battery, 4 pin XLR Battery, cable, video cable, transcoder/raw conversion software
Blackmagic Cinema Camera Tech Specs
Sensor Resolution 2592 x 2192
Raw Resolution 12-bit RAW files recorded at 2432 x 1366
Shooting Resolutions 2.5K RAW at 2432 x 1366, compressed at 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
Sensor Size 16.64 mm x 14.04 mm
Sensor Size – Active 15.6 mm x 8.8 mm
Dynamic Range 13 stops
Focus Focus button turns on peaking
Iris Control Iris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped
Lens Mount EF and ZF mount compatible with electronic iris control
Screen Dimensions 5″ and 800 x 480 resolution
Screen Type Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Metadata Support Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords
Controls Onscreen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control
Microphone Integrated mono microphone
Speaker Integrated mono speaker
Mounting Options 3 x 1/4″ thread mounting points on top of camera.
1 x 1/4″ thread tripod mount with locator pin.
Power Integrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery.
12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Battery Life Approximately 90 minutes
Battery Charge Time Approximately 2 hours when not in use.
Camera Dimensions 166.2mm by 113.51mm x 126.49mm excluding detachable sunshade and turret dust cap
Camera Weight 1.7 kg / 3.75 lb
Storage Type Removable 2.5” SSD
Storage Format Mac OS Extended format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
Storage Rates 5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K fits about 30 minutes of 24p video on a 256 GB solid state disk. Compressed HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW video.
Uncompressed Recording Formats RAW 2.5K CinemaDNG
Compressed Recording Formats Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. All compressed recording in 1920×1080 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
SDI Video Output 1 x 10-bit HD-SDI 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
Analog Audio Input 2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output 1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output
SDI Audio Output 4 channels in HD-SDI
Remote Control 1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
Computer Interface Thunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audio.
USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.
External Power 12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
SDI Compliance SMPTE 292M.
SDI Audio Sampling 48 kHz and 24 bit.
Software Included DaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows.
Media Express software for video capture from the camera’s Thunderbolt port.
Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring from the camera’s Thunderbolt port.
Accessories Detachable sun shield, camera strap, turret dust cap and 12V AC adapter.
Product Warranty 12 Month Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.
Camera Handles Blackmagic Cinema Camera Handles