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Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF Camcorder

1.7kg 8" Jul 2013
Weight Interchangeable Lens Display Diagonal Built-In Display Release Date
Elegant, sophisticated and jam packed with the latest digital cinema technology, Blackmagic Cinema Camera gives your work that timeless feature film look! Blackmagic Cinema Camera features an... More
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12 Reasons For

Blackmagic Design Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Camcorders built by Blackmagic Design have excellent ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just camcorders) and found that Blackmagic Design also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

Good Product Quality

One customer who bought it reckoned that it was good quality. Luminous-Landscape.com wrote in their review of the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF four years ago “High quality construction”.

Robust

One person said in their reviews that this camcorder was well made.

Good Size

One customer concluded that the product was good structurally.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who purchased this camcorder considered that it was good value for money. Expert website Luminous-Landscape.com said four years ago “Indeed all affordable cameras had very small sensors”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Very Large Display Diagonal

At 8 inches, the Cinema Camera EF has a very large display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Cinema Camera EF. The smallest display diagonal of camcorders that are a similar age to the Cinema Camera EF is 1.3" and the largest is 11".

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 8" screen size camcorders currently available including the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT[plb_2234145_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age do not have an interchangeable lens.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens currently available including because of it's better review score, the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT[plb_2234145_price].

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the Cinema Camera EF, the Cinema Camera EF has a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT[plb_2234145_price] which has better reviews.

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2432 X 1366 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Cinema Camera EF supports a 2432 x 1366 pixels video resolutions which is higher than most comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago. Most camcorders of this type and age support a 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions. This camcorder also supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The worst video resolution of all similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Cinema Camera EF is 320 x 176 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Short Battery Recharge Time

The average battery recharge time of camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 2.4h. With a battery recharge time of only 2 hours, the Cinema Camera EF has one of the shorter battery recharge times amongst camcorders of this age.

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13 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF has a fairly slow maximum frame rate (only 30 frames per second) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The average maximum frame rate of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Cinema Camera EF is 47fps.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most camcorders of this age and spec do not have an image stabilizer. The Cinema Camera EF is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Cinema Camera EF does not have an HDMI, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have an HDMI.

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Not Full HD

The Cinema Camera EF is not Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years are also not Full HD.

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Pricey

We think this camcorder looks expensive compared to other camcorders of this age and spec. We checked 51 camcorders of this age and spec and they range in price from £29 to £6,999.

Only Mono Audio System

This video camera has a Mono audio system, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Small Maximum Resolution Per CCD

The smallest maximum resolution per CCD of similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 2,500 pixels and the largest is 2,300,000 pixels. With a maximum resolution per CCD of only 2,500 pixels, the Cinema Camera EF has a fairly small maximum resolution per CCD compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Cinema Camera EF.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Cinema Camera EF is not waterproof.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders that were released more than two years ago are not 3D. The Cinema Camera EF is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Cinema Camera EF does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago do not have a built-in projector. The Cinema Camera EF is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only Polymer Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Li-Ion polymer battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Heavy

At 1.7 kilograms, the Cinema Camera EF is fairly heavy compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Cinema Camera EF. The weights of camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 59g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market for over three years.

Average Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 1.5 hours, the Cinema Camera EF has a relatively average battery life (max) compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Cinema Camera EF.

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Specification

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Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Storage
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Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
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3D
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Tripod Mountable
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HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
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Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Technology
Battery Recharge Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
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Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Hand Strap
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
I/O Ports
Mac Operating Systems Supported

Expert Reviews

1 September 2013

Forum Login Imagine if your DSLR, and indeed all affordable cameras had very small sensors, and could only shoot JPGs; highly compressed and in a limited colour space. Imagine if only very... Read more…

2.5k raw
12bit uncompressed CinemaDNG files
13stops of dynamic range
DaVinci Resolve (full version) included
High quality construction
2.4 crop factor
6 March 2013

The Blackmagicdesign Cinema Camera is a new digital cinema camera with a Four Thirds sized sensor, and EF or Micro Four Thirds lens mount. It's shown here with the EF lens mount, and Carl Zeiss... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers blackmagic design cinecam26, blackmagic design cinicam26, blackmagic design cinecam26k, blackmagic design cinicam26k, blackmagic design cinecam26ke, blackmagic design cinicam26ke, blackmagic design cinicam26kef, blackmagic design cinecam26kef
Barcodes 00013167009120, 00013167009137, 09338716001600

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