One of the hottest items at this year’s NAB Show was a unique video acquisition device called the Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design.
The Cinema Camera shoots uncompressed HD video in one of three different formats and stores the footage on a solid-state drive. Lenses can be either Canon EF or Zeiss ZF series. The camera itself looks like a thick tablet with a lens and just a few buttons.
Professional shooters are definitely the target market for this new rig. Instead of chasing gigapixel resolution the camera uses a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops, allowing feature film quality images. The Cinema Camera also includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve for color correction and Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring. UltraScope can be run on a laptop connected to the camera via a Thunderbolt connection. The built in large LCD display makes focus easy, and allows playback of captured files.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is slated for release in July 2012 with a retail price of $2995.00. Pre-order online now from B & H Photo.