The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema is a very unique camera, it has a fantastic image quality to size ratio; one that’s fairly un-challenged with other cameras straight out-of-the-box.
However, like many cameras it’s also one that benefits from the addition of third party applications. Battery solutions, audio devices, external monitors all contribute to making the camera more useable in the professional field.
These can often bulk the camera up, past the point of being “pocket friendly”. This is the main selling point of the camera; it provides cinematic quality images in a package that fits in your pocket. It’s therefore great to see third party products that stay true to this form factor, increasing its function or usability without deterring from the core values of the product.
A viewfinder (or loupe) is the perfect candidate for this category; whilst they no doubt increase the size of a camera, they do so in a fashion that increases the ergonomics of an often not-so-video-conscious camera. A loupe adds a third point of contact which can greatly aid stability to your shots, as well as providing a much more accurate method of achieving focus.
The loupe is no revolutionary camera aid; we’ve seen these devices made for pretty much every DSLR/camcorder/Video CSC camera since the release of the Canon 5D mark II. Zacuto has maintained its presence from the start, providing compatibility for pretty much all of these cameras. This time it’s the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras turn, with release of the Blackmagic Pocket Camera Z-Finder.
Blackmagic Pocket Camera Z-Finder is more based on the Z-Finder Jr than it is to the Z-Finder Pro. It trades out an adjustable diopter for a switchable one, and it comes with 4 stages, 0, +1, +2, and +3. Additional diopters are available for purchase separately if needed.
The Blackmagic Pocket Camera Z-Finder has a sun visor and anti-fog coating installed. It’s light and utilizes Zacutos sticky frames to mount to the camera.
Check out our minute review on the Blackmagic Pocket Camera, it will be interesting to see how this product performs with the reportedly low-res display of the Pocket Camera.
The Blackmagic Pocket Camera Z-Finder is currently available for a discounted pre-order price of $150, delivery expected 4-6 weeks.