Black Magic Cinema Camera aka Barnesycam

For this blog I had planned to do an article on my perfect camera it was to have the spec below and cost about £6000.

The sketch was going to appear here and get you all salivating and talking about the “Barnesycam” then I was going to dare someone to build it and keep an eye out for whoever came the closest… It was going to look like a C300 with a Ninja bolted on the back
















Camera Features       ND Filters
Sensor Resolution 2048 x 1566 pixels (anamorphic) or 2048×1152
Raw Resolution 10-bit RAW files recorded at 2048×1566
Shooting Resolutions 2.5K RAW at 2048×1566
ProRes and DNxHD at 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 50P, 100P, 250P
Sensor Size SUPER 35
Sensor Size – Active SUPER 35 16×9 or anamorphic
Dynamic Range 13 stops
Focus Focus button turns on peaking
Iris Control Iris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped
Lens Mount EF and ZE mount compatible with electronic iris control
Screen Dimensions 5″ and 800 x 480 resolution
Screen Type Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Metadata Support Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords
Controls Onscreen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control
Microphone Integrated STEREO microphone
Speaker Integrated mono speaker
Mounting Options 3 x 1/4″ thread mounting points on top of camera.
1 x 1/4″ thread tripod mount with locator pin.
Power Integrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery.
12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Battery Life Approximately 120 minutes
Battery Charge Time Approximately 2 hours when not in use.
Camera Dimensions 166.2mm by 113.51mm x 126.49mm excluding detachable sunshade and turret dust cap
Camera Weight 1.7 kg / 3.75 lb
Storage Features
Storage Type Removable 2.5” SSD or hard drive
Storage Format Mac OS Extended format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
Storage Rates 5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K fits about 30 minutes of 24p video on a 256 GB solid state disk. Compressed HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW video.
Uncompressed Recording Formats RAW 2k
Compressed Recording Formats Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. All compressed recording in 1920×1080 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
SDI Video Output 1 x 10-bit HD-SDI 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
Analog Audio Input 2 x XLR for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output 1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output
SDI Audio Output 4 channels in HD-SDI
Remote Control 1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
Computer Interface Thunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audio.
USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.HDMI
External Power 12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
SDI Compliance SMPTE 292M.
SDI Audio Sampling 48 kHz and 24 bit.
Software Included DaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows.
Media Express software for video capture from the camera’s Thunderbolt port.
Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring from the camera’s Thunderbolt port.
Accessories Detachable sun shield, camera strap, turret dust cap and 12V AC adapter.
Product Warranty 12 Month Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.
Optional Accessories
Camera Handles  Camera Handles

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For those of you who have not seen the announcement from NAB the specs above are nearly the same as the camera that has been revealed by Black Magic Design! And there was me thinking that for all that £6000 would have been a bargain, the price actually £1925 yes really.

The stuff in bold italic is where the Black Magic camera and mine seem to differ, as you can see there is very little difference. I have long wanted a higher than HD camera because as professional we enjoyed a brief spell where we were shooting in HD but only delivering in SD which gave us great flexibility to crop and zoom and do re frames without a quality loss. Ever since the ability to deliver in HD on YouTube and Blu-ray we have been acquiring at the resolution we deliver, it is always good to be working at higher res than your audience.

I wanted a camera that I could use in 422 rec 709 for regular jobs but RAW for higher paying customers or short films.

I loved the screen on my Ninja with the ability to see picture but also change data like description and timecode.

I wanted XLRs as for quick jobs we don’t want to get into separate sound and crapy 3.5 mm jacks (or smaller) get damaged quickly and don’t have much area of metal to contact with causing crackles, poor connection and sometimes none!

I wanted SSDs as they are the best for speed, resilience, cost per gig, availability and size as I observed here.

I wanted some sound monitoring as Phil Bloom has gone on at length it aint rocket science to allow you to listen to the sound you are recording.

Not all details are clear yet but I so hope it has a global shutter, I am naffed off with DSLR fall apart pictures although we now have warp drive (sorry warp stabiliser) with Adobe After Effects to work miracles with wobbly footage.

Talk about Yorkshireman price. Those damn Black Magic guys stole my thunder, my design and my fun.

Am I angry? NO; I can live with 1/4 inch jacks, a micro 4/3 sensor, lack of ND, HDMI and 50+P, but it has more resolution than I wanted and a headphone jack!

I put my deposit down straight away with creative video Click here to find out more!and put on my beret…  Viva la Revolucion

I think they would be daft not to have other features coming with future software updates, that is how Atomos have reduced obsolescence.

Panasonic should have gone 2k with micro 4/3 on the GH3 and AG-AF101 successor, I wonder if my panny lenses will work with the Black Magic Cinema Camera?

Here is a link to some early sample footage by John Brawley.


They didn’t get very snappy or creative with the name did they? for a small price I will license the name Barnesycam 🙂

Exciting init?

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