Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Blackmagic shooters have been waiting for this day for more than 5-years. At NAB 2013, Blackmagic Design announced their Pocket Cinema Camera, a compact camera with S16 sensor and the ability to capture cinema quality images internally. The camera was a tremendous hit and great follow up to their 2.5K capable Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC). It seems like ever since the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera hit the streets, users were anticipating a 4K version.

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Well, that day is finally here. Blackmagic Design announced (not so subtly) the 4K predecessor to the original Pocket Cinema Camera at NAB 2018 with large signage outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. At a press conference on April 9th, Grant Petty and the Blackmagic Design team spilled the beans on the newest camera in their lineup.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera 4K PriceReview

At first glance, it seems like Blackmagic Design has packed quite a bit into the relatively small body of the 4K Pocket Cinema Camera. Housing a 4/3″ sensor that is slightly larger than that of the original Pocket Cinema Camera, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K will be capable of recording 4K (4096 x 2160) footage at frame rates up to 60fps, and up to 120fps in windowed 1080HD mode. It will feature an active MFT mount, meaning you can use all your favorite lenses you bought for your original Pocket Cinema Camera. Not to mention, the flexibly of the MFT mount means you can mount virtually any lens with the proper adapter, including PL glass. The senor is rumored to be the same one used in the Panasonic GH5S, the IMX294CJK sensor supplied by Sony Semiconductor. Those worried about audio recording will be happy to know the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K will feature a mini XLR input with phantom power, as well as a 3.5mm stereo input. To top it off, the camera can record to any USB-C external drive, eliminating the need for expensive proprietary media. It seems like the only thing missing is SDI out.

 

  • Full 4/3″ HDR sensor
  • 13-stops of dynamic range
  • Resolution up to 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI)
  • Dual native ISO up to 25,600
  • MFT lens mount
  • 5″ HD (1920×1080) touchscreen
  • Internal recording to SD/UHS II and CFast 2.0
  • External recording to any USB-C disk
  • Bluetooth built-in
  • Mini XLR input with phantom power
  • 4 built in microphones
  • Full sized HDMI out
  • Canon LP-E6N battery or locking 12 volt DC power connection
  • Includes full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio



Price/Release Date

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K price was announced at $1,295 (USD)… quite the bargain considering the original Pocket Cinema Camera hit the streets at $995 and the Panasonic GH5S is around $2,500. This aggressive price point puts cinematic 4K shooting within reach of the masses. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is set for a release date/ship date in September 2018.

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Specs

Effective Sensor Size:
18.96mm x 10mm (Four Thirds)
Iris Control:
Iris wheel and touchscreen slider for manual iris adjustment on electronically controllable lenses, iris button for instant auto iris settings on compatible lenses so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video mode.
Lens Mount:
Active MFT mount
Screen Dimensions:
5” 1920 x 1080
Lens Control:
Iris, focus and zoom on supported lenses
Screen Type:
LCD capacitive touchscreen
Dynamic Range:
13 Stops
Shooting Resolutions:
4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 1920 x 1080 (HD)
Frame Rates:
Maximum sensor frame rate dependent on resolution and codec selected. Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported.
Off-speed frame rates up to 60 fps in 4K DCI, 120 fps in HD windowed
Controls:
Touchscreen menus on 5 inch screen. 1 x Power Switch, 1 x Record Button, 1 x Stills Button, 1 x Scroll Wheel with push integrated into handgrip, 1 x ISO Button, 1 x White Balance, 1 x Shutter Button, 3 x software configurable Fn buttons, 1 x High Frame Rate (HFR) Button, 1 x Zoom Button, 1 x Menu Button, 1 x Play Button, 1 x Focus Button and 1 x IRIS Button.



Standards

SD Video Recording:
None
Ultra HD Video Recording:
2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60
HD Video Recording:
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
4K DCI Recording:
4KDCIp23.98, 4KDCIp24, 4KDCIp25, 4KDCIp29.97, 4KDCIp30, 4KDCIp50, 4KDCIp59.94, 4KDCIp60

Media, Recording, Storage Rates

Media:
1 x CFast and 1 x SD USH-II card slot for CinemaDNG Raw and ProRes Recording.
Actual supported codec and frame rates are media dependent
Media Format:
Can format cards to ExFAT for Windows and Mac or HFS+ for Mac (file systems)
Codecs:
CinemaDNG RAW, CinemaDNG RAW 3:1, CinemaDNG RAW 4:1, ProRes 422 HQ QuickTime, ProRes 422 QuickTime, ProRes 422 LT QuickTime, ProRes 422 Proxy QuickTime.
Storage Type:
1 x CFast 2.0.
1 x SD UHS-II card
Recording Formats:
Lossless CinemaDNG RAW, RAW 3:1 and RAW 4:1 with film dynamic range at 4096 x 2160, 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080. Apple ProRes 4096 x 2160, 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080 with either film, video and extended video dynamic range
Storage Rates:
4096 x 2160
CinemaDNG RAW – 270 MB/s
CinemaDNG RAW 3:1 – 128 MB/s
CinemaDNG RAW 4:1 – 96 MB/s
3840 x 2160
Apple ProRes 422 HQ – 110 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 – 73.6 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT – 51 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy – 22.4 MB/s
1920 x 1080
Apple ProRes 422 HQ – 27.5 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 – 18.4 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT – 12.75 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy – 5.6 MB/s
Storage rates based on 30 frames per second

Financing

WB FINANCIAL will be offering camera financing packages for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 4K and accessories. Our minimum finance amount is $5K, so that means you can add lenses, cage, media, lighting, tripod/head and more and still enjoy affordable monthly payments. Get pre-approved for ZERO down (OAC) financing with terms up to 60-months. Please email Nicholas Fitch at nick@financialwb.com or contact us direct at 714-703-9400 to discuss all your camera financing options.