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Alan Callaghan
DSLR vs Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
on May 24, 2014 at 3:00:39 pm

Hey Friends!

I'm in the market for a new camera. I'd like to have a good camera for shooting video. Here are my two cameras I'm looking at, and if anybody can weigh in, it'd be helpful.

I'm looking at Nikon's D5300. I have Nikon glass, and figure this could be a 2 for 1 kind of deal. I'd upgrade my still camera (currently have D90) and now have a better video camera.

Canon stuff is not off the table, just I have a few Nikon lens.

However I have been looking at:

Blackmagic PCC
It's in my price range, it shoots cleaner video (prores and DnX). However, its not a still camera.

I'm not a shooter usually, I know some basic stuff, I'd just like to have some of my own gear in the event that some of my shooter friends are not available. I also have sounddevices 702T for my audio needs, so I'm not concerned about poor mics on the DSLRs

Thoughts? Thanks!


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Bill Bruner
Re: DSLR vs Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
on May 27, 2014 at 2:36:48 pm
Last Edited By Bill Bruner on May 27, 2014 at 2:38:18 pm

Hi Alan - my first DSLR was a D50 and I currently own the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, so I may be able to help.

I loved my Nikon, but when I made the transition to video I went with Panasonic GH cameras and the BMPCC.

Nikon did not seem serious about video.

I needed a video camera with a headphone jack, full control of aperture and shutter speed while shooting video, higher bit rates and I wanted to get away from the 30 minute DSLR continuous recording limit.

So I bought an $1100 Panasonic GH3 (which has a viewfinder that works while you're shooting video - unlike a DSLR) and, later, a $995 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for its amazing codecs.

Truthfully, I use the GH3 more - it is a great still/video camera - a lot easier to use than the BMPCC, is easily compatible with Nikon lenses with inexpensive adapters and Speed Boosters and records at up to 50mbps IPB and 72mbps ALL-Intra for very high quality video.

Here is what this camera can do:



Hope this is helpful and good luck with your decision!

Hybrid Camera Revolution

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Alan Callaghan
Re: DSLR vs Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
on May 27, 2014 at 3:20:10 pm

Hey Bill,

Huge Help! Thanks, I'll look into the Panasonic GH3, thats right in my price range, and being able to easily use some of my nikon glass makes it even better!

Thanks for the advice!


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