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Blackmagic Pocket 4k Sample Footage – Lowlight

For the last few weeks, I had the pleasure of testing Blackmagic Pocket 4k camera.
I call this film “First Light” as we filmed this during sunrise with all natural lights.

Stacked the Lumix 12-35 ii onto the Pocket 4k with Variable ND Filter.
The purpose of this test was to see how much details does it really capture in low light situations and how much can we pull in post-production.

ISO 400,800, 1250, 3200
4K Resolution
RAW 3.1

Most of the shots are filmed on ISO 3200.
Editing and Graded in Davinci Resolve 15

In some footages I have pulled highlight down to bring back the sky, the footage did not loose details and stayed clean. On a few ISO 3200 footages, I have increased shadows and mid details. No thanks for online compression it becomes difficult showing any footages correctly at its actual quality.

Like any camera, no matter it being capable in low light or now if you push too much in post-production the footages could break. Since I recorded raw I had the opportunity of changing exposure in post, that does not mean noise won’t appear as I filmed in this a low light situation. On the footage’s where noise was noticeable, I have denoised using Davinci Resolve internal denoising.

I do expect a lot of comments on banding. Have done alot of test on fixing this issue.
Banding on gradients are coming for many reasons. Online Compression, 8bit color export, codec, 8bit monitor playback and many more.

The original files do not have gradient bending. When exporting in 10bit color with h265 bending is not noticeable at all. Will explore options to upload the 10bit color option to vimeo.

Perfect for B Cam with URSA Mini Pro

The major advantage of the Pocket 4k is the ability to use lightweight setup Gimbals without using the heavier setups as Pocket 4k will match well with the URSA Mini Pro.

The entire film is shot on Zhiyun Tech Crane 2.
It was quite simple to balance the camera on Zhiyun’s gimbal.

The camera performs extremely considering the size and the functions it provides.

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Here’s how I balanced Pocket 4k Camera onto the Zhiyun Tech Crane 2 Gimbal

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