It's interesting that some Hollywood level movie and TV show recording is performed on DSLR and other handheld cameras rather than full-sized movie cameras that we typically think of when it comes to filming movies and TV shows. It makes a lot of sense that in a tight environment, a smaller handheld camera would be easier to use for movie and TV producers. We talked about a company called Blackmagic in the past when it unveiled the Cinema Camera that uses micro four thirds camera lenses.
That camera first turned up last September and an issue with its camera sensor led to a delay in its launch. It looks like Blackmagic is set to launch a smaller and significantly cheaper version of that camera for consumers. This camera is called the Pocket Cinema Camera and the little shooter has turned up on a large banner display at NAB ahead of its official launch.
According to the banner, the Pocket Cinema Camera will use micro four thirds lenses. The camera will feature a Super-16 Cinema 1080HD sensor and feature 13 stops of dynamic range. The camera will also support lossless CinemaDNG RAW recording.
Another feature of the camera that users will appreciate is the micro HDMI monitoring capability. The banner calls out a retail price of $995. It's not a bad price for a micro four thirds camera and with the movie recording features, independent film makers should be all over this once it launches.