I’m not going to go into too much detail with it in this blog post, but the reality is, while the Blackmagic provides a better codec quality, and overall image in post for grading etc, it comes at the cost of high-bit-rates, expensive SD cards, short recording intervals, long transfer times, logarithmic conversions, 20 minute battery life, aliasing and moire, and a view-screen you cannot see unless your shooting at night, which you wouldn’t because the camera is terrible in low-light. I was in denial at the lack of usability that I let the image quality alone justify the camera’s relevance.
To make the camera relevant, I would have needed to spend an extra $1000 to add a monitor, an audio recorder, a larger SD card, a meta-bones adapter, an external battery solution, etc. Or, I could spend $699 and get a camera that has everything the Blackmagic is short on at the expense of a compressed codec. And even that doesn’t bother me because this tiny little beast sports a clean HDMI out. Yes it’s 8-bit but dammit so is every Blackmagic video I’ve ever uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo and it still looks incredible. And as a VFX artist, I’ve worked with 8-bit video and as long as you don’t go bat-poop crazy, you can do some amazing stuff with it.
Anyways, I’m going to hold onto the Pocket Camera for a while as I play with this A6000. It comes with with a lovely 16mm – 50mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens which will suffice until I get a Rokinon prime next month. In addition to being able to shoot slow-motion video, I love that it’s an APS-C sensor size (basically Super35) and mirrorless. It has an impressive 24mp sensor for photos, smooth auto-focus (if you are into that) and 14fps for fast action photography. Basically, it’s everything I wanted Canon to come out with in their DSLR line. But we know how that ended up.
I do plan on doing some comparisons with the Pocket Camera just for fun so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, check out some of the excellent videos below for some examples of how great this camera is: