October 7, 2016 at 12:36PM

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Black Magic Cinema Camera alternatives?

I'm looking at the BMCC for event videography because of it's visuals, audio inputs and most importantly the ability to record for more than 12 minutes at a time. Looking at it, it's slightly above our price range at the moment so we need to find something under the £1000 mark with similar features.
Any suggestions?

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If you use MFT mount (which the BMCC has) you could use a GH4 which is priced about your price area (body only of course). It has audio-in and -out, 4K internally, monitor and EVF, long battery life etc.

October 9, 2016 at 11:47AM

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Eric Halbherr
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A GH4 is really past its shelf life, there is no point buying this new.
I would buy a G85 instead or wait for the GH5.

October 9, 2016 at 5:02PM

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Cary Knoop
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I imagine it'd be pretty easy to find a used BMCC near that price point. For event videography, though, you might find the poor battery life frustrating.

October 11, 2016 at 5:45AM, Edited October 11, 5:45AM

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Tom Trainor
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It's not very often you hear of someone looking for a BMCC for it's audio inputs. In all honesty, Blackmagic cameras tend to be THE alternative cameras for people. Folks get them instead of a Red or Arri or some other stupidly expensive camera. You're better off getting a GH4. It ticks most of your boxes and has the added benefit of 4k as well as killer battery life and longer recording times. It's cheap now and hardly past it's shelf life in terms of real world use.

October 13, 2016 at 5:52AM

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Logan Fish
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For event videography, I would steer clear of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
I own one and it isn't horrible for filming events.

For one, it's a bad camera for low-light (maxing out at 1600 ISO) and it has horrible internal audio preamps which result in hissy audio. The solution to the sound problem is to buy a JuicedLink BMC388 external preamp, but that costs another 400+ dollars plus a microphone like the Rode NTG-2 (another $269).
The file sizes of the BMCC are also very large and require color grading. Very time-consuming for events.

The other two cameras I own, which I use for event shooting, are the Canon C100 and the Panasonic GH4.

These are MUCH better event cameras. If you are on a smaller budget, I'd suggest the GH4. It's super versatile and can event record slow motion at up to 96 frames per second (which can be nice for events.)

However, if you have a slightly bigger budget, the Canom C100 (at $2,500 new) is in my opinion, still the best event camera out there. It has high ISO (up to 80,000) which makes it great for shooting in the dark, and it has built-in Neutral density filters which are amazing during the day. This is the perfect camera for a one-man setup.

October 13, 2016 at 10:17AM

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