Originally Posted by hpmoon
"Game changer" is a term that has a roughly 1% accuracy rate...
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera will have poor low-light sensitivity, a relatively tiny sensor compared to today's reference standards, and nearly zero automation for run-and-gun moments that are 100% inevitable to 100% of its users. (In other words, no motorized focus, etc.)
I'd say in this cases game changer is more like 99% accuracy. Find me a camera under $16,000 that shoots 12-bit color, 2.5k Resolution & RAW with 13-stops of dynamic range. Oh and if you can't find that see if you can find one that also shoots ProRes, DNXHD, records to non highly expensive proprietary media, has Thunderbolt, 5" touch screen, built in metadata slate and includes $1,600 in free high ends software. Good luck.
BTW, how do you know it'll have poor low light sensitivity? I've read they are aiming for good low light with the calibrated sensor. Obviously, it won't match a Sony FS100U, but then again what does besides a $16,000 Canon C300? Nothing under the Sony F3 & C300 does.
Most DSLRs with good low light still have 16+ megapixels shooting hightly downscaled 1080p video. Therefor, since they are shooting with smaller pixels than the 2.5k resolution sensor in the BMC it is possible that the BMC could have decent to very good low light due to having larger pixels. Even if it's not the best low light. Ya know what's amazing for that and works absolute miracles? Neat Video's amazing noise reduction filter. I've seen it in action and it's astonishing what a difference it can make with high ISO noise.
I don't think the BMC will deliver world class low light, but it should be respectable.
Originally Posted by Chevypower
I think if the Blackmagic camera had of been 4K RAW, for close to the same price, it would undoubtedly be a game changer. Right now, I think "game changer" is using the term kind of loosely. That said, it's still an impressive camera for the money. It is a sign of what is to come though.
4K is nice, but a bit overrated. Ya know what was not shot on 4K, but about the same resolution of the Black Magic Camera and looked absolutely AMAZING? The Avengers. #4 Highest grossing film of all time. Soon to be #3.
Know what else was not shot in 4k, but actually shot in 1080p with a smaller sensor than the Black Magic Camera and less dynamic range? Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time.
Is 4k nice? Definitely, but dynamic range, 12-bit color and RAW are more important.