March 3, 2015 at 6:36PM
Nikon D800 vs. BMCC/BMPCC
I've been all over Vimeo today watching a wealth of material shot on the BMPCC, and I'm totally blown away by its ability to produce images that are just about close to mid-century film stock via color grading. It got me thinking about the type of stop-motion work that I wan't to do, hearkening back to the Harryhausen style of live action/animation hybrids as closely as possible, and I was dead-set on working with the BMPCC.
That is, until I looked at the stats.
I started to remember that I wanted an 'all-rounder' camera, one that can work for public projects as well as personal. I started weighing the pros and cons of it and I now find myself in a quandry. For its amazing ProRes quality, the camera is incompatible with Dragonframe, which is totally crippling for me.
Meanwhile, I currently have my eyes on Nikon D800 as a replacement for my current D5100: a perfect full-frame camera so I can get my RAW still-frame shots the right way (sans cropping) and it's compatible with Dragonframe. But the video is totally compressed unless I pay for an external recorder or I convert my footage to ProRes on the computer (leaving a few nasty artifacts that ruin the illusion).
I really don't know what to do. Should I buy the BMPCC and keep the D5100 for separate gigs or just get the D800 and fiddle with already compressed video to get the look I want?