Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K Camera
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1x Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K Camera
Our local mates from Australia (BlackMagic Design) dropped what we think is one of the best cameras of 2019. Unlike the other cameras we've looked at this year, the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema 4K is strictly for cinema and video usage. Housed full of features at an under $2000 price tag, it's easy to see how BlackMagic have torn the video world into shreds.
- 4/3"-Sized HDR Sensor
- DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 up to 60 fps
- Full HD up to 120 fps
- Dual Native ISO to 25,600
Design and ergonomics
Upon holding the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, you'll notice that it is quite a wide camera. This is because it is housing a large 5 inch touch screen and the back of the camera. Therefore reducing the need for an external monitor.
There are minimal buttons on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K which makes it easy to use. Most of the setting changes are all done via touch screen on an easy user interface.
In terms of autofocus performance it's not the fastest camera out there. If you're looking to run and filming you're better off manual focussing or going for a conventional camera such as the Sony a7III or Panasonic S1. However it is designed for the cinema and documentaries. The images that come out of the camera look cinematic, and do require some grading to get a solid result.
Image quality is impressively cinematic and the ability to load LUTs into the camera really helps give you an idea of what the final image will look like. The 4K DCI looks beautiful and Full HD slow motion is a welcome addition. For a camera of this price point, it will be super popular with any filmmaker.
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K Camera
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K features a 4/3" sensor for capturing up to 4096 x 2160 DCI 4K images at rates up to 75 fps in a variety of codecs including Blackmagic Raw at several bit rates and various ProRes 422 options. With the 6.6 update, the BMPCC 4K now offers up to 80 fps in a 2.8K raw mode for 4:3 anamorphic and up to 75 fps in a 4K raw mode in 2.4:1 widescreen. A 2x de-squeeze preview is available for 4:3 recording as well as a 1.33x de-squeeze option. Slow-motion rates up to 120 fps are available in 2.6K raw for Super16 lenses and in cropped Full HD. The 6.6 update makes operating easier with support for the Pocket Battery Grip and a built-in horizon level function. Further 6.6 update features include support for additional languages, USB PTP control, customizable frame guides, an up to 8x pinch-to-zoom function, the ability to embed custom LUTs as metadata in Blackmagic Raw, and more.
The Micro Four Thirds lens mount accommodates the original, lightweight Pocket Cinema Camera lenses, and can be used with PL, C, EF, and other lenses with the use of separately available adapters. A dual-native ISO up to 25,600 is featured for low-light capture, and 13 stops of dynamic range provide rich HDR images.
Record using the internal CFast 2.0 and SD/UHS-II card slots or employ the USB Type-C output for capturing longer clips to an external drive. The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K's 5" touchscreen LCD reduces the need for an external, onboard monitor, while a full-sized HDMI port enables you to output a signal to a larger display. The menu and interface are the same as the ones found on the URSA Mini camera, and 3D LUTs can be applied for monitoring or baking in your look when you're ready to commit.
Audio features include a mini-XLR input with phantom power for pro-style mics, a 3.5mm jack, and an internal stereo mic. Additional features include the same Blackmagic OS as the URSA Mini and Bluetooth remote control. A license key for DaVinci Resolve Studio is included for versatile post-production control. The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K's carbon fiber composite build provides lightweight strength and durability, and power options include running off the included Canon LP-E6 type battery or the included power supply.
4/3" Image Sensor / Dual Native ISO
Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
Aspect Ratio Options
Blackmagic Raw and ProRes Options
5" Touchscreen Display
CFast 2.0, SD/UHS-II, and USB Type-C Capture
Flexible Power Options
DaVinci Resolve Studio
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|