Just in time now that the BMPCC is now only $495! For those who complained about the massive file sizes of RAW and ProRes HQ, you now have the ability to choose from four different ProRes modes with differing levels of compression. All are 10-bit 4:2:2. All look pretty awesome. I tested the ProRes Proxy first since it's the smallest file sizes and the most compression. At 400% you can see the compression on smallish details, but at normal view damn it looks nice, especially for how much smaller the file size is.
Also, the video mode (as opposed to film log mode) has been improved and it looks very nice for those who don't want to do too much grading. You do lose a bit of a dynamic range, but the DR still looks very nice and simplifies shooting with the camera for the less experienced or those who don't want to do much, if any, grading.
Here is the different ProRes 1080p 24p Recording Time Table:
24P / 1080 32GB 64GB 120GB 128GB 240GB 256GB 480GB 512GB 960GB (GB/Hr)
0:24 0:48 1:30 1:36 3:01 3:13 6:03 6:27 12:07 (79.20)
0:36 1:12 2:16 2:25 4:33 4:51 9:07 9:43 18:14 (52.65)
0:52 1:44 3:15 3:28 6:30 6:56 13:00 13:52 26:00 (36.90)
1:58 3:57 7:24 7:54 14:48 15:48 29:37 31:36 59:15 (16.20)
Throw on the Metabones BMPCC Speedbooster and you then will have a cinema camera that basically becomes a 2,500 native ISO (calculating based on the 1 & 2/3rds stop of light gained from Speedbooster and applying it to the native 800 ISO) near Super 35mm 1080p camera that records 12-Bit RAW and 4 ProRes 10-Bit 4:2:2 modes as well as film log, video mode and time lapse for under $1,000. The Pocket is a pretty good low light camera with a fast lens given it's native 800 ISO & high dynamic range as said 800 ISO, but is not a low light beast like the FS100U, 5D Mark III, C100 or A7s. However, it easily stomps my T2i in low light, but with the BMPCC + Speedbooster combo it would be like having13 stops at a native 2,500 ISO. Incredible!
DSLRs drop dynamic range as they go up from their native/base ISO, because their base ISO is usually around 100 vs 800 for the pocket. By the time ISO 2,500 is reached with most DSLRs to deal with a low light interior setting about 3 stops or more of the already lower dynamic range is lost. The pocket already has at least 2-3+ stops of usable dynamic range advantage over nearly every good video DSLR out that's not shooting RAW video or called the A7S, but at ISO 2,500 we are talking more like a 6+ stop dynamic range advantage in a low light interior, which is a huge difference. It's still not the camera for everyone, but for those who can use it it can be transformed into a an entirely new beast for an extra $500, and currently all for under a grand. Good times!