A Winning Combination for 1080p Shooters, with Some Caveats
With the proliferation of drones and handheld gimbals, compact cameras have become very popular for professional cinematographers. ARRI’s Alexa Mini and the 3.3 lb. Red Weapon are recent examples.
For low-budget filmmakers, the GoPro Hero4 Black has been the go-to camera for POV action shots. But with most action cams, you’re working with a fixed lens, a small sensor, and highly compressed H.264 footage. Last year, Blackmagic released the Micro Cinema Camera, a compact box-shaped camera that captures raw or Apple ProRes footage that you’ll be able to seamlessly cut into your professional NLE timeline.
Weighing in at less than 11 ounces, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera (MCC) is the smallest digital film camera with a Super 16mm sensor (12.48×7.02mm), and it delivers 13 stops of latitude. The MCC has almost the same specs as Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera, which was released in 2013. Instead of being used like a point-and-shoot, the MCC is designed to perform like an action cam, mounted on a helmet or drone or in a hard-to-reach location.
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