We have a slew of tests of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K against:
- Sony F55
- Arri Alexa
- Sony F35
- BMCC 2.5K, and the
- Canon 5D Mark III
First up, John Brawley tests the Blackmagic 4K Camera against the Arri Alexa, Sony F55 and the original BMCC:
I was keen to compare the Sony F-55 against the Alexa as this new show will probably feature a lot of on camera flashes, always a problem for rolling shutters like that found on the Alexa. The global shutter of the F55 should take care of that issue, and the smaller size and apparently very wide colour gamut are also interesting.
I was also interested in testing their 4K RAW recording as well, so I set up a bit of a dynamic range test to compare them. I also threw a 4K and 2.5K Blackmagic camera into the mix.
..Lens wise I used the new Panavision V series Primos for all the cameras. The 40mm for the Alexa, F55 and 4K Blackmagic with the 27mm for the smaller sensored 2.5K bmcc…
..I lit Dane to be 102 Footcandles. This gives us T 8 @ 800 ISO @ 25 FPS 180 Deg shutter for the Alexa and the BMCC 2.5K
For the F55 the base exposure for zero was T 8 2/3 while the 4K blackmagic was T 5.6…
To read more and to get footage (40 GB) from his tests, please send him your email here.
Next up, we have tests from www.dielichtwerke.de comparing the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K with the Sony F55 and the Canon 5D Mark III:
We were shooting with the BM4K in 1080p AND 4K, so see the text for more
information. All Sony and Canon footage is 1080p.
The final file after edit is 1080P@25fps, because this is our format we want do deliver.
Here’s the second video:
Finally, BackToAwake digital media tested the Blackmagic 4K camera with the Sony F35:
Now lets remember how old the F35 is, and that in terms of menus, ergonomics, shooting Raw etc, that this camera will continually be overlooked. I am now describing the F35 as a camera that “if i can see it with my own eyes, i can shoot it”, and today was yet another demonstration of how much less i had to work to get an image out of this camera.
The 2 different BMCC units had to approach the image aquisition differently to me to get the same look. As the shooting went on, we were adjusting the cameras to get the exposure needed that suited the cleanest image for that perticular scene. Now i haven’t seen any of the footage from the 2 cameras just yet, and have only looked at my own footage in Resolve quickly, and i have to say that the F35 is still the best camera that i have ever used…. with the nicest image out of the lot.
Here are some stills from the shoot (registration required).
What do you think? Does the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K best the big boys?