Mark Wyatt has produced a first video clip for Blackmagic with the already highly anticipated Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. In the rainforests and waterfalls on Canada&s west coast there is a lot of green and water, but unfortunately no skin tones. According to the Youtube description, a speed booster was installed throughout the shots, which raises the light intensity of the camera sensor once again by one f-stop. This was combined with a Sigma 18-35mm and a Rokinon Cine 50mm. Native MFT optics were not used.
The reactions so far on the net have been mixed. On the one hand, despite Youtube distribution, the clarity of the structures, which show no codec mud in interaction with crisp color details, is striking. At the same time, the soft, dynamic film look of the previous Blackmagic "Cinema" cameras can&t be seen here. The hard contrasts are probably partly due to the probably extreme light conditions in the rainforest. Nevertheless, the look of this production is much more reminiscent of video than cinema.
Who now has the impression that one could probably have managed similar images with a GH5s (which has the same sensor), may not be wrong. However, one should not lose sight of the price tag. Because the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K with mini XLR and RAW recording and Resolve Studio license costs only half of the GH5s.
One special feature of the built-in Sony sensor should not be lost sight of: It has a relatively low full-well clipping point, which is why the highlights may clipping unusually fast at typical exposure. However, the shadows should be comparatively clean. It may therefore be advisable to always underexpose one or two apertures with the Pocket Cinema 4K in order to achieve a smoother highlight rolloff. But you can only say more about this when you know how Blackmagic designed the transformation LUTs for the sensor.