We may not be able to save film from its rapid celluloid burn (nor can Hollywood it seems), but that doesn’t mean people are trying to advance digital in unique ways. Unveiled this morning, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera ($2,995) aims to bring the creative performance of film capture to digital video cameras.
For a price less than the Canon 5D Mark III, Blackmagic Designs has developed a compact video camera with enough features and specs to set off more nerd alerts than a CES afterparty. 13 stops of dynamic range, a massive 2.5K sensor (refrigerated for cooling), 24-30fps, built-in high-speed SSD recorder that captures 12-bit CinemaDNG, ProRes and DNxHD files, 5″ capacitive touchscreen controls, Thunderbolt connectivity, and compatibility with Canon EF and Zeiss ZF mount lenses. Bypassing the limitations of DSLR cameras, which focus more on megapixels than dynamic range, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera captures dramatically more detail in the extremes of black and white. Combine that with the included DaVinci Resolve 9 color-correction software ($1,000 alone) and the result is Hollywood-grade (no pun intended) video at amateur prices.
Before you shake your head at another piece of seemingly daunting pro-gear, it’s worth noting that the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is built from the ground-up for ease of use and rough and ready operation. Standard connectors, aluminum chassis, obtainably priced add-ons like, plug-and-play workflow, and designed to work with Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer. You can stop pinching yourself now.
More photos after the jump.
Buy Now: $2,995 (Available July 2012)