BMPCC Review By Pro Video Coalition

Brian Hallett from Pro Video Coalition posted his review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I am going to quote some parts of the review but you can read everything here.

This is what the BMPCC is meant to do. It is light, it is small, It is capable of creating really nice images, which means this camera begs to fly or be stabilized. Hands down, I was blown away with how easy it was to capture great night shots with the Pocket Camera, and how easy it was to use on a small gymbol.  It seems to me, this camera was meant to be mounted. Its size definitely lends itself to mounting the camera on anything where the BMCC is too heavy or would take too long to mount. Additionally, the night footage turned out very well.  The screen was easy to use at night, and the focus assist helped us immensely as we planned out our shots. Thankfully absent: black dots in lights.


  • The size
  • Great color
  • Very nice dynamic range
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to capture great looking shots (which is really the most important thing)
  • Focus Assist
  • Footage is very grade-able
  • Price


  • The screen is hard use in the daylight. It’s better than the BMCC, but still takes a bit of use to nail exposure in harsh day-light. Really needs a monitor/loupe if you to nail focus and exposure
  • I really want raw
  • Need a bit of gear for the BMPCC to be a main camera (but I believe it is meant to be a shooter’s “b” camera)
  • Audio

Canon EF adapter with Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 28mm, 50mm and 85mm.

It may not be my “A” camera but will definitely be my “B” camera. The BMPCC will make for a great second camera on shoots and interviews.  I think we’ll see photographers carry this camera around as an accessory to help them grab additional angles as they shoot their stories. Also, this gem of a camera deserves to be on a stabilizer or helicopter, because the weight and size begs to go airborne. Same goes for mounting on a car. The only problem for me… waiting for the raw recording capability.

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