Blackmagic Revamps Pocket Cinema Camera: 4K, 4/3 Sensor

Blackmagic has announnced that, after a long wait, the Pocket Cinema Camera is to see a complete refresh. The new camera is a ground up redesign, now with a 4/3 sensor and 4096 x 2160 resolution. Images can be recorded onto standard SD cards, faster UHS-II cards or CFast 2.0 cards in either ProRes or RAW formats. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K can record 4K images at up to 60 frames per second and windowed HD at up to 120 frames per second. The camera should launch later this year.

New larger display for improved UI, eases composition and focusing.

New larger display for improved UI, eases composition and focusing.

Blackmagic has announced that they are developing a replacement for the Pocket Cinema Camera to be released later this year. The new camera is not just an update, but a ground-up redeisgn. Retaining the form-factor of a mirroless interchangeable lens stills camera (MILC), the new body shape uses a carbon fiber polycarbonate composite, which is extremely strong an light. The new control design is also nods towards the MILC and DSLR layouts.

The compact body style is perfect for shooting independent films and documentaries, fashion shows, travel blogs, web videos, weddings, corporate video, sports and much more. A small body size could well be an advantage for unobtrusive filming like street photography.

The 4096 x 2160 sensor has dual native ISO with up to 25600 ISO as well as 13 stops of dynamic range. It also eliminates expensive external recorders, as it features a unique new USB-C Expansion Port, which allows customers to record using the internal SD/UHS-II and CFast recorders or directly to the same external disks they will use for editing and color correction.

Fourth generation Blackmagic Design color science lets customers shoot HDR images in film, video and new extended video modes. The new extended mode combines the latitude of digital film with an optimized video file. This gives customers working on fast turnaround projects an ideal solution for shooting great looking images that don’t need a lot of color correction or post production work.

The camera has an easy to use control layout

The camera has an easy to use control layout

The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K uses the same MFT (Micro Four Thirds) lens mount as the original Pocket Cinema Camera so customers can use the investment in lenses they already own. The MFT mount is extremely flexible with an extensive range available in both still and cine formats (manual focus, no iris detents). Lens adapters allow customers to use PL, C, EF and other types of lenses from manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica and even Panavision.

The rear of the camera features a large 5 inch touchscreen that makes it easy to frame shots and accurately focus. It also uses the same Blackmagic OS as URSA Mini so customers can use simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. On screen overlays make it easy to see recording parameters, status, histogram, focus and peaking indicators, and playback controls. In addition, 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.

Audio

The camera has multiple built in microphones with an extremely low noise floor, a mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power to connect professional lapel and boom mics, and a 3.5mm stereo audio jack for connecting different types of video camera microphones. The high quality built in audio recording means customers don’t have to carry around a separate recorder.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K also includes a full size HDMI connector which can output HDR video as well as a clean 10-bit video feed with optional on screen overlays. There’s also an innovative high speed USB-C Expansion Port for adding external accessories such as flash drives and an SSD for external recording. 

The camera uses standard LP-E6 batteries and can be charged via USB-C or the locking DC power connector, which protects the camera from being accidentally unplugged during a shoot.

The camera ships later this year and will include a full license for DaVinci Resolve Studio.

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