Blackmagic Design’s digital cinema cameras, first launched in 2012, are fast becoming a Hollywood industry standard. The company now also makes portable cameras of a similar standard for ultra-keen video enthusiasts or those having a stab at making their own movie. The latest, the Pocket Cinema 6k, produces extraordinary quality footage.
It is rugged and, so long as you are prepared to learn how to get the most from it, user-friendly. The battery life can be as little as 20 minutes, though, so you need spares. Or there’s a great battery grip that will give you two hours’ shooting, but does render the already tenuous “Pocket” name redundant. You need to buy lenses separately, but you can use standard DSLR glass.