reviews the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, with some impressive footage…and some ‘troubling’ news:
In terms of overall picture quality I certainly got mixed results:
When there is sufficient light the camera will produce wonderful images as long as you record at no more than 400 ISO. When changing the ISO value to 800, you are risking recording unusable footage (unconfirmed). My advice is to avoid ISO 800 on the BMPC4K at the moment.
Check out his work here:
Here’s an interview of Johnnie Behiri by Dan Chung of newsshooter.com regarding his experiences shooting with the camera:
Now, the troubling aspect:
A concern is Blackmagic’s quality control. The camera we originally got had a strip of black dots at the bottom left/center side of the image…
A second issue we ran into were hundreds of white (dead?) pixels that were visible when shooting in dimmed/dark places and also dark areas of well lit images.
We got in touch with Blackmagic Design to get feedback on the issue and they quickly sent us a new unit which arrived today and took the first one in for evaluation. When we received the second BMPC4K we immediately checked to see if the pixels were still there and unfortunately we saw the same white dots and heavy sensor pattern in dark areas of the footage. Surprisingly though, two hours later, after going into further testing, the white pixles had entirely disappeared!