RIP Canon C-200 (03/31/17 - 09/18/17)
Maybe I'm just getting too old to be excited about these types of things anymore. This phone and it's face recognition is a hard "Nope." for me.
I'm happy to see DuVernay doing well in this industry as a both a woman and a person of color :) It's very refreshing to see diverse perspectives of the industry we all love, keep it coming! :)
The video review/pitch in the article was unbearable. A few minutes in and you still haven't seen what the product looks like or know how it works. Then to find out that this something you can pickup from Home Depot...
They wouldn't need to change much about the BMPCC IMO:
- Add 2.5K (4K would probably cannibalize their other cameras)
-Keep the same form factor but figure out how to increase the battery life.
I currently use the Panny GH4 for green screen work, and as long as you balance the light falling on your green screen and subject properly (3/4 to 1 stop over what the subject is metering at) you can get reasonably usable footage. Down-converting 4K to 1080p in order to "oversample" the luma channel has also helped mitigate (not eliminate!) macro-blocking that occurs because of the amount of compression needed to get those files onto an SD card.
Despite the elbow grease you'll have to put in during post to get cleanly keyed footage I would still recommend the Panny GH4 as a great >$1000 unit. If you can wait until mid-February when the Panny GH5 official specs and prices to be announced, you could possibly get one used on eBay or in a bundle (tripod. filters, memory cards) on Amazon for $850-ish. This should free up some of your $1000 budget to get a cheap but serviceable focal reducer and possible a basic incident light meter (so you can get those lighting ratios spot on no pun intended)