Originally Posted by thedest
A lot of guys are complaining about the lack of features of the BMPCC, but something that a few are seeing is that they actually made something really nice. Shooting with it is videography at its roots.
Are you forgetting about film days Ken? There are lots of film producers that still work with film, because of the superior image quality. RAW digital video may change that game. If you expose using the zebras, its pretty hard to miss a shot because of bad exposure.
There are less and less producers working with film today for a variety of reasons and some would argue the quality issue when it comes to film vs 4K. But that's a discussion for a different forum or thread. I don't agree that using this camera is 'videography at its roots', at least not in the form the camera is presented out of the box. I see no real reason to take a step backward in some equipment design elements and usability functions. We already have the tools to be more assured of what we're getting, when we're shooting. The designers made some obvious design compromises when deciding to make this camera as diminutive as it is. It wouldn't be the first time that's happened, as we've seen that with other cameras that don't shoot RAW video.
For myself, every single time I've bought a camera without a VF, I've regretted it. I simply don't think it's as fun and it makes you less a part of the action than when using a VF. There is absolutely no way, no matter what anyone tells you, that you can a) compose b) focus c) judge color...yes I understand this camera is different in THAT respect, and d) see the damn thing in bright sunlight without a VF. And yes, I understand you can use an auxiliary VF, but we're back to square one with what I consider an awkward arrangement and implementation. Not having 60p is, IMO, another strike against it. Future iterations will more than likely have 60p as we've seen with DSLRs that started with 24p & 30p. All of those failures detract
from 'videography at its roots'. What you call 'simplicity' is what I call a lack of controls that could only improve your end results. Professional cameras have the complexity they do because when the operator understands how to use them, he gets better results.
IMO this camera is flawed in several significant ways, despite the fact that it apparently can create some very nice results. But again, even with that last Vimeo that Mark posted, I absolutely contend that if someone posted that same video and said it was made by the Canon *** or the Panasonic ***, people would have said "nice" and not much more.