Just a few years in the past the thought of placing an affordable Blackmagic digicam up in opposition to the most recent RED would’ve been a joke. Now, it’s really a really fascinating check to do. The Pocket Cinema Digicam 6K Professional and V-RAPTOR 8K VV are those up for comparability as we speak and for shooters trying to see how they doubtlessly distinction and complement each other it will fascinating.
Bear in mind, it’s not solely about being “higher,” generally it’s about how successfully you should use the cameras collectively in real-world shoots. If you wish to see how they maintain up and whether or not you possibly can select a $2,500 digicam from a $25,000 one it is best to try this video from filmmaker Jeremy Levy.
Making an attempt to get two cameras like this to match up is tough. Not solely are they totally different sensor codecs (BMPCC6K Professional being Tremendous 35 and the V-RAPTOR being VistaVision full-frame), however they’re additionally totally different manufacturers with very totally different shade profiles.
Jeremy arrange the Blackmagic capturing Blackmagic Movie shade with the Sigma 40mm Artwork lens whereas the RED was set to RED Log3G10 and RED Large Gamut with the Sigma 50mm Artwork lens. Not an ideal match, however it’s getting shut sufficient with lenses in the identical collection and a slight change in focal size to account for crop.
The footage was then despatched to Premiere Professional and used a Rec.709 LUT with some tweaks to distinction, saturation, and publicity to get it trying respectable. It’s imagined to be a close-enough match not an ideal match proper now.
There are some lifeless giveaways while you watch the footage. Understanding the focal size and sensor variations alone will do it. Plus, he does use autofocus on the V-RAPTOR which is tremendous apparent in efficiency.
Analyzing the footage, we get an as anticipated conclusion that for the cash the Blackmagic Pocket 6K Professional is an unimaginable digicam. There are noticeable variations between it and the RED. The V-RAPTOR’s colours and distinction regarded a bit higher straight out of digicam than the Blackmagic in my view. Plus, the AF labored surprisingly effectively.
It’s nonetheless a enjoyable comparability and I feel if you happen to did need to make use of each cameras for a single shoot it’s positively attainable. Just a little extra work to get the footage lined up completely, however completely doable.
What’s your take? Assume the RED and comparable cameras are justified at their excessive value factors?
[source: Jeremy Levy]