Day 2 of NAB was even more exciting than the first.
We spent most of the day analyzing cameras. Lets get right into it. Aside from the Alexa, the camera the got us most excited was the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which follows suit in the modern big glass/ little ass category (EPIC, AF100). The camera is unique in that it shoots uncompressed. You can record and playback from the integrated SSD recorder with the touchscreen on the camera, which Blackmagic calls similar to using a smartphone (that’s the last thing I would compare a camera to, not our call).
It's just like an iphone!
Although claiming a dynamic range of 13 stops, the sensor maxes out at 2.5K, which not the worst option out there. This year the term 8K was being thrown around, but the market is nowhere near ready for it. With the increase in dynamic range, one thing remains certain – blowing out windows is still going to be accepted.
The camera is built with the post process in mind, coupling the camera with DaVinci Resolve. It is interesting to note that Blackmagic did not create Resolve, but rather bought the company. It is an interesting move to enter the digital film realm.
It’s still too early to make any judgements, but with a price tag of $3,000, you might be able to buy a lens, too! The first model of the camera is going to be buggy and probably need to add extra features for the prosumer. We doubt that Blackmagic is going to get it right the first time, so we recommend waiting to see what Blackmagic has in store down the road.
We commend Blackmagic for its attempt at making a prosumer friendly product, but we can’t see this camera being a huge success, at least so soon.
We also checked out the RED booth. It’s dissapointing that the RED primes are made by Tamron and that the 3d movie was not impressive. Luke Scott, son of director great Ridley Scott wrote and directed a short film that was so-so. It was more of a 3D camera test than anything else.
It’s all about the Alexa this year.