Todd Berlin - Customer Service Specialist : Online Sales
Todd Berlin – Customer Service Specialist : Online Sales

What does the Blackmagic brand mean to you? Pick a word. Or a few words. For most people it might be something along the lines of ‘budget’, or ‘value for money’. For others, perhaps ‘premium’. Personally, I think they’re trying to pull away from the ‘Cheap and Cheerful’ label that was generally accepted years ago and the new products released earlier this year are certainly in line with that. I’ll concentrate on the Micro Cinema Camera today.

How micro is micro? 6.5cm tall, 8.2cm wide and 6.9cm deep to be exact. That’s without a battery or lens but still, it’s very small – especially considering most of it is the lens mount. Inside you’ll see a small Super 16 sized sensor which has up to 13 stops of dynamic range and a selectable Global or Rolling shutter. A sensor that small behind a micro four thirds mount is going to mean you have a crop factor of 3x! This may pose problems if you need a really wide shot (like on a drone for example).

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera
The Micro Cinema Camera is extremely well featured for its size. To an SD Card you can record in 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW or plenty of 10-bit Apple ProRes codecs – ideal both for professionals and anyone who needs a lot of control over colours and exposure. There’s no LCD or viewfinder on the camera though so you’ll need to monitor remotely or guess the framing of your shots. There are a handful of buttons on the side of the camera that let you start and stop recording or change setting. Also, on the camera you’ll find a full sized HDMI Output, a 3.5mm Audio Input and an SD Card slot. For the power input, genlock input, LANC control, composite video output and digital and analogue servo control, you’ll need to use the Expansion port.

The one thing that’s missing for me is an XLR input. I’d see great value in that but most users would have this as their B or C camera, in which case it wouldn’t be as big of a problem. My only other gripe is the sensor size. It’s quite small and if you already have some MFT glass you’re not going to be able to use it in quite the same way. I guess this could be either a good or bad thing depending on your use. As with any specialist ‘system camera’, there’s a lot to think about so call us on 1300 VIDEOPRO, email us or jump on LiveChat if you have any questions.

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