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Well, here we are, almost two months after theBlack Magic Pocket Cinema Camera'sstarted to trickle out from down-under, and our cameras have finally arrived. While not exactly a tsunami of availability, peoplearetaking delivery around the world, and the fiasco of the original BMPCC shipping delays seems to have been averted.

What then do we have? Has the wait been worth all the fuss, and does the BMPCC offer the price and performance breakthrough that many of us hoped it would?

What it is and What it Isn'tTheBMPCCis a very small professional grade cinema camera. It has an "active" Micro Four Thirds lens mount, with both auto and manual aperture control, autofocus and support for lens-based Image Stabilization.

Some of the above is true, some of it isn't. Some of it is "truthish".

Calling this a "Cinema Camera" is in fact more accurate than to call it a camcorder. "Camcorder" implies certain design norms and features which the  BMPCC simply lacks. This is by no st...

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