Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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  • 4/3"-Sized HDR Sensor
  • Record DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 up to 60 fps
  • Dual Native ISO to 25,600
  • 5" Touchscreen Display
  • Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • Record up to 120 fps Windowed HD
  • CFast 2.0 & SD/UHS-II Card Slots
  • External Recording via USB Type-C
  • 13-Stop Dynamic Range, 3D LUT Support
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio License
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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 60 fps in a variety of codecs including CinemaDNG Raw/Raw 3:1/Raw 4:1, and various ProRes 422 options. Slow-motion rates up to 120 fps are available in cropped Full HD. Its 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-C output for capturing longer clips to an external drive. The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K's 5" touchscreen LCD display 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 for 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 a Canon LP-E6 type battery or the included power supply.

4/3" Image Sensor / Dual Native ISO
The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K uses a 4/3" sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, and a dual native ISO up to 25,600 to capture rich images at resolutions up to DCI 4K.
Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
Use lightweight, electronically-controlled MFT lenses, or use separately available adapters to expand your lens choices to include PL, C, or EF-mount lenses.
CinemaDNG Raw and ProRes Options
Choose from CinemaDNG Raw and ProRes 422 files options depending on your project's needs.
Shooting Resolutions
4096 x 2160 (DCI 4K), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD 4K), 1920 x 1080 (HD)
5" Touchscreen Display
A large 5" touchscreen display reduces the need for an external on-board monitor, while a full-sized HDMI port enables you to output a signal to a larger display on your video village.
CFast 2.0, SD/UHS-II, and USB Type-C Capture
Internally record to CFast 2.0 or SD/UHS-II card slots, or capture longer clips using the USB-C output to an external drive.
Flexible Power Options
The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K can be powered using a rechargeable Canon LP-E6 type battery or the included power supply.
DaVinci Resolve Studio
An activation key for DaVinci Resolve Studio is included with the camera.
In the Box
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
  • DaVinci Resolve Studio Activation Key
  • 30W Power Supply with International Adapters
  • Dust Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K specs

    Image Sensor
    Image Sensor Size 18.96 x 10.00 mm (4/3")
    Sensor Type CMOS
    Shutter Type Rolling Shutter
    ISO 100 to 25,600 (Native)

    Dual native ISO 400/3200.
    Adjustable in 1/3 stop increments.

    Advertised Dynamic Range 13 Stops
    Camera
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds

    Active Micro Four Thirds.

    Lens Communication Yes
    Built-In ND Filter None
    Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
    Recording Media 1 x CFast 2.0 Card Slot
    1 x SDXC UHS-II Card Slot
    Internal Recording
    Raw Recording CinemaDNG:
    4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (270 MB/s) 
    Recording Modes ProRes 422HQ:
    4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (117.88 MB/s) 
    3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (110 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (27.5 MB/s) 
    ProRes 422:
    4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (78.63 MB/s) 
    3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (73.6 MB/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (18.4 MB/s) 
    ProRes 422LT:
    4096 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (54.63 MB/s) 
    3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (51 MB/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (12.75 MB/s) 
    ProRes 422 Proxy:
    4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (24.25 MB/s) 
    3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (22.4 MB/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (5.6 MB/s) 

    Maximum sensor frame rate dependent on resolution and codec selected. Storage rates based on 30 frames per second.

    External Recording
    Video Output 4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI: 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps 

    HDMI Type A.

    Raw Output USB:
    4096 x 2160 12-Bit at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps 
    3840 x 2160 12-Bit at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps 
    1920 x 1080 12-Bit at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps 

    CinemaDNG Raw, Raw 3:1, and Raw 4:1
    1920 x 1080 60 fps using full-sensor readout and 120 fps in windowed mode.

    Interfaces
    Video Connectors 1 x HDMI Output
    Audio Connectors 1 x 3-Pin Mini XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone Output
    Other I/O 1 x USB Type-C Video Output
    1 x 3.5 mm Timecode Input (Shared with 3.5 mm Mic/Line input)

    Expansion port for optional external drive.

    Wireless Interfaces Bluetooth Control
    Display
    Display Type LCD
    Screen Size 5"
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Power
    Battery Type Canon LP-E6
    Power Connectors 1 x Weipu SF610/S2 Input

    2-pin locking connector.

    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
    Operating Humidity 0 to 90%
    General
    Accessory Mount 1 x 1/4"-20 Female Thread
    Tripod Mounting Thread 1/4"-20
    Material of Construction Carbon Fiber

    Carbon fiber-reinforced composite.

    Dimensions 7 x 3.8 x 3.4" / 177.8 x 96.52 x 86.36 mm
    Weight 1.5 lb / 680 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.085 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.75 x 7.35 x 5.85"

    Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K reviews

    Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No better image for the money This camera lacks many luxury features that YouTubers and Vloggers wish it had like IBIS, flip screen, EVF etc. But it wasn't made with them in mind. This camera is for filmmakers who want the best image for the best price. It costs a thousand dollars less than the GH-5s and comes with a full end-to-end editing/grading/audio/VFX software package. And most importantly the quality of the image it produces is far beyond anything any DSLR will give you. The fact that this camera is as good as it is for the price is just insane.
    Date published: 2018-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing that compares for this price! So BMD has done it again. This camera puts true cinematic 4K capability in the hands of just about anyone. You cannot find a comparable camera with RAW and ProRes for this price and with in camera recording and multiple media choices! The mini XLR with phantom power really does make this a pro tool. The preamps seem fully sufficient to record studio quality audio directly into camera. The LPE6 battery will not be ideal for powering a fully rigged camera, but then fully rigged implies that you will have an alternate power source. The back screen is large and bright with touch screen capability. The BMD menu system is perhaps the best in the industry. I have configured this camera to work on the Zhiyun-Tech Crane Plus and the match seems ideal. The color science and quality of image in a camera at this price point is nothing short of OUTSTANDING.
    Date published: 2018-10-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun little camera I’m really enjoying this as my first cinema camera. The build quality is very good and doesn’t have the cheap plastic feel some have claimed. The menu simplicity is a standard which all other cameras should strive for. Was surprised how easy it was to go from the box to filming. Battery life isn’t great and anything other than a blackmagic or canon battery is a crapshoot. Overall I’m really enjoying the BMPCC 4K
    Date published: 2018-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best pictures and features for the dollar Amazing picture, color science, form factor, menu, and button layout. Improved battery life from the original. Battery life is still short - about 45-1 hour, but the USB-C charging / or SSD input is amazing. Camera is super light. Probably double the size of it's little brother but that allows for some amazing buttons on the screen and easy adjustments. The screen itself is HUGE and works 200% than the OG pocket. Seriously, not much not to love with this camera, especially for the price.
    Date published: 2018-10-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from it is even better than i expected. I am a long time shooter. Last 5 years ive been shooting on Red Epic. After Ive spent 2 weeks with BMPCC4K  i can say that this is the best purchase Ive ever made in photo/video department for the last 20 years. I just want to thank BMD for giving such an amazing, and affordable  tool to all aspiring cinematographers. 10 years ago Red started revolution in digital cinema. Today, Blackmagic Design continues it bringing Hollywood movies quality capable camera to the masses.
    Date published: 2018-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost a perfect camera I've been waiting for this camera for a long time!! And BMD delivers. It's a dslr sized 4k cinema camera with BMD color science (which is darn close to an Arri Alexa). The button layout is awesome and being able to program the top buttons is a nice feature. Battery life is ok for powering a 5" screen and recording raw 4k. (Around 45 min of normal use). Easily grades and matches with my URSA Mini Pro 4.6k. The low light 3200 iso is also pretty awesome. I love this little camera. But it's not perfect, But almost. What I wish: -Better dynamic range. But I can live with it. -I wish the screen tilted just a bit. Some times when getting Low with the camera can be annoying. I can't just lean over I have to lay down or put an external monitor on. -really wish they put mini sdi port in. Like their 5" monitor or 4k micro camera. My other camera is an URSA Mini Pro 4.6k. All my stuff is sdi..... -You'll want a top handle for this guy. Other than that this camera should kill all the DSLRs out there. Oh yeah and on top you get a full resolve license. Thanks BMD!!!
    Date published: 2018-10-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! The camera feels great; hefty yet not heavy. The body is inconspicuous like a DSLR. With the bigger screen, focusing and framing are easier. Tapping through the menu seems intuitive and responsive. My copy was pre-ordered on 9 April, shipped overnight, and delivered on 5 October. Paired with the Metabones SpeedBooster XL for Canon, the adapter has some play but not a whole lot. On the wider end of a Canon 16-35 IS f/4L, no vignetting was visible. The Arca Swiss foot on the Metabones is about a quarter inch higher from being flush with the bottom of the camera. The heat dissipated from the bottom vent was warm but my not hot. At the bottom, there are two guide holes for the proper alignment of accessories. The battery door does not give you solid feedback when closing; not an issue for me but noticeable. The included battery does not transmit percentage of power remaining and is not chargeable externally via the Canon LC-E6. The screen only showed a little decreasing battery icon. However, Canon and even Watson batteries give you percentage reading. This was an issue with the BMD battery as the camera shuts off without warning. In contrast, Canon or Watson batteries warn you at 20%, and are chargeable externally. Boot up takes between about 5 seconds. The power switch is a welcome change from the original BMPCC. ProRes LT 4K 60p DCI is possible to a SanDisk Extreme Pro V30 UHS I (rated for 95 MBps read, 30 MBps write speeds). I believe the camera has a buffer good enough for about 19 seconds and 30 frames. Please share what you find. macOS 10.14 does not mount SD or CFAST cards via USB C. Investing in a SD/CFAST 2.0 readers may be a must. Also, a MacBook Pro 15" did not charge the BMPCC 4K's battery via USB C but the Mac wall charger did. My BMPCC 4K is paired my with an ONA Bowery bag. It fits perfectly with accessories and one lens. This camera that it reminds me of 2008 and the Canon 5D Mark II; it changed everything. Can't wait to shoot more!
    Date published: 2018-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does What its Supposed to Very Well As an owner of the Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K, this the perfect B camera. Paired with the Olympus 12-40 Zoom it is a great walk around camera. Theres just too many times that I see something for the reel or for stock but the idea of setting up the Ursa to shoot just a few seconds when the light is right, just doesnt make sense. The images are gorgeous, and I cannot wait until Braw is available for this camera.
    Date published: 2018-11-21
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