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Nikolai Metin
Does Blackmagic Pocket Camera take photos?
on Apr 15, 2013 at 8:10:04 pm

Can't find any info on it. For this type of camera it woud be odd if it did only video.

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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
Re: Does Blackmagic Pocket Camera take photos?
on Apr 16, 2013 at 12:27:25 am

[Nikolai Metin] "Does Blackmagic Pocket Camera take photos?"

No, at least, not the way a standard digital still camera does. The BMPCC is a cinema camera, not a digital still camera.

When a Blackmagic camera shoots RAW CinemaDNG, each frame is a separate .DNG file.

In the case of the Pocket Cinema Camera, each frame is a 1920 x 1080 (~1MP) digital still (.DNG) file.

Likewise, the original BMCC's CinemaDNG files are 2.5K image files, one ~2.5MP file per frame. With the new BMPCC-4K camera, each CinemaDNG frame is a 4K (~4MP) file.

These individual DNG files (frames) can be processed in most popular digital photo apps.

No guarantees, but maybe BMD will someday add something like a photo burst mode via a firmware update, to allow shooting just one or a few frames, in addition to normal continuous video recording.

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Kevin Duffey
Re: Does Blackmagic Pocket Camera take photos?
on Apr 17, 2013 at 5:59:31 am

No..it's purely video. However, when RAW CinemaDNG is added to the camera in a future firmware, you should be able to grab individual frames I would think.


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