Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Drops To Just $495 In Summer Sale

That's just half of its usual $995 price

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Last year, Blackmagic drew the attention of the world for offering a RAW video shooting camera for just $1000. Now, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) has dropped in price even further, and for a limited time you can dip your toes into the water of professional level cinematography for just $495.

Until the end of August, the BMPCC will be going for half of its normal cost, and the sale price is already kicking in with major online retailers.

In a press release, Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design said:

“We have worked hard to set up this exciting special price to allow more people to afford a super compact digital cinema camera that they can personally own. However stock is limited at this lower price so customers who want to buy at this price will need to move fast. We are extremely proud of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and we want to thank all the cinematographers who have send us examples of the work they have completed with this camera. We want to thank everyone for the wise and intelligent feedback they have given us and we hope this special offer is a great way to show our appreciation to the wonderful customers we have. For us, this is a dream come true!”

The BMPCC uses a Micro Four Thirds mount, but because of its small, Super-16 sized sensor, it has a 2.88x crop factor rather than the usual 2x you see with Micro Four Thirds sensors.

This camera can record 1920x1080 footage at up to 30fps, in ProRes 422 (HQ) or CinemaDNG formats, and writes to a built in SD card. Blackmagic claims 13 stops of dynamic range in the RAW footage.

While it might not quite have the sheer power of some of the 4K cinema cameras that are currently on the market, with a $500 price tag, it's a way for indie filmmakers to learn the tools of the trade, without being hobbled by overly restrictive formatting, or bankrupting themselves.