With the BMPCC finally delivered, Tim and I went to Chinatown in Los Angeles Saturday for dinner, and brought the camera along to get a few low light shots.
Overall, I’m very impressed with the Pocket camera. It’s small, yet very sturdy feeling. The camera came pre-installed with the latest firmware, and it exhibits none of the problems that have been reported with other BMPCCs on the web. The battery life is pretty good considering the compact size. On our trip, we took video casually throughout the night and never needed to change the battery. It was about drained when we were done, but it lasted just fine.
The images look clean of any white orbs or black sun spots. The audio, for built in mics is just fine for scratch audio to use in syncing.
Most importantly, I think the image quality is stunning. I haven’t really done a lot of shooting lately, so these are from rusty hands. Nonetheless when I played this video on the television, my jaw dropped. This kind of filmic quality from such a small, inexpensive camera is just shocking. The one caveat is that shooting handheld with such a small camera creates a lot of shake, so I would spring for a lens with image stabilization such as this one:
It took a long time for Blackmagic Design to finally ship the BMPCC, but it was worth the wait. Now hopefully they can get the 4k camera and the RAW shooting format out the door sooner than later.