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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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Overview

  • 1Description

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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    • 1Description

    Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Specs

    Image Sensor
    Image Sensor Size 18.96 x 10 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 Mini XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Mic/Line Level 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
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    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
    Tripod Mounting Thread 1/4"-20 Female
    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 4.4 out of 5 by 78.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Defective item on delivery I was very excited to receive my BMPCC4K. Camera was backordered a couple months but finally arrived. First test showed errors when playing back clips in ProRes. Also had a dead pixel that was being recorded to clips. Going to return camera for a replace one time. If the replacement has issues also im moving on to a different brand.
    Date published: 2019-01-22
    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 2 out of 5 by from Perfect IQ, unreliable, bad firmware, bad support The IQ, whatever mode you use, is great. Very cinematographic. The camera tends to be unreliable, can shutdown or reboot itself while recording. After a few weeks using it, I had a white screen issue, the camera was unusable, I sent it back to warranty. When the send it back to Mexico, they didnt declare for customs it as they should have. Now my camera is blocked in Mexican Customs, who want may to pay again the whole importation taxes I already paid (USD 370), and Blackmagic US support dont even answer me anymore!!!!
    Date published: 2019-01-24
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Defective Camera I was very excited to receive my BMPCC4K. Camera was backordered a couple months but finally arrived. First test showed errors when playing back clips in ProRes. B&H are the best they make so easy the exchange of the camera for a new one in the next batch. Let’s go to see what happen. I worried about the Blackmagic customer service they are the worst, seems like they are no prepare for massive production or demand. Like I said before B&H are the best the make everything more easy.
    Date published: 2019-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect camera (with a few flaws) I dont think theres much I can tell you about this camera that you couldnt learn from the million reviews that have been done about it. First let me say, besides my Alexa, I am deeply invested in the Blackmagic ecosystem.  I believe that this company is always pushing for better tech at lower prices.  I own four Ursa mini pros, And now I have purchased two of these cameras.  I love them both! Pros: Amazing image quality, Blackmagic Raw, great low light , intuitive interface, bevy of different recording options in both format and cards. Cons: As many have said, You are going to need both power and monitoring solutions this thing chews their batteries and doesnt have a tiltable or rotatable screen.  You will also need to purchase a speed booster to adapt to EF.  This is not a deal breaker. Other than that, I LOVE THIS CAMERA!  Just buy it!
    Date published: 2019-03-24
    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 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 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
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    question

    Any huess on how well the BMPCC 4K will work with the Panasonic Leica 100-400mm and Ronin-S?
    Asked by: Kai
    Two things: 1. We feel there is a strong possibly that the lens will be too long to properly balance on the Ronin S and: 2. A 100-400mm is too long a lens for a stabilizer. The problem would be keeping the subject in frame unless they are a hundred feet away. Generally, stabilizers work the most effectively with wide lenses. A lens like the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens B&H # PA123528A would be far more appropriate.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    I understand that this will not have continuous autofocus, but can a blackmagic design expert confirm the double tap to pull focus explained in this link?https://youtu.be/QcEnwIGYPKM?t=3m5s
    Asked by: Ese M.
    Double tapping zooms in on that part of the image. In previous cameras, it zoomed in on the center of frame, but now it zooms to the part you tapped on. It does not focus for you.
    Answered by: Dom C.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    Does this camera have weather sealing?
    Asked by: NICHOLAS
    There is no special weather protection.
    Answered by: AskBMD Black magic Design Expert
    Date published: 2019-02-14

    Does the bmpcc 4k support power delivery via usb ...

    Does the bmpcc 4k support power delivery via usb C? So that i can use my anker powercore pd as power source? like with the fuji xt3
    Asked by: Joubert
    The USBC port may be used to charge the internal battery when the camera is not recording. It will not power the camera separately.
    Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
    Date published: 2019-03-13

    What is the noise like on the mini-XLR using, for ...

    What is the noise like on the mini-XLR using, for example, a Rode or similar class boom (or any mic)? Is it comparable to DSLR or cameras it competes with?
    Asked by: David
    The Mini XLR cables should give you the same kind of performance you would get from cameras that have a 1/8" input for a microphone or standard XLR connections. The quality of the microphone used will determine how it sounds more than anything else.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2019-02-10

    Is Samsung Portable SSD T5 external fast enough ...

    Is Samsung Portable SSD T5 external fast enough to record 12 bit RAW 4K?
    Asked by: Mohamed
    Yes, up to 30 fps.
    Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
    Date published: 2019-01-16

    Can anyone tell my the crop factor of this ...

    Can anyone tell my the crop factor of this camera? I saw it was 1.9x but it can get up to 4x in 1080?
    Asked by: Josh
    When using an EF adapter, the crop factor (when compared to full frame 35mm 16:9) when shooting in 4096x2160 is 1.9, when shooting in 3840x2160 it's 2.0, and in 1920x1080 it's 4.0.
    Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
    Date published: 2018-12-06

    Whats the best adapter for Canon EF lenses and ...

    Whats the best adapter for Canon EF lenses and how does the autofocus work?
    Asked by: Dennis
    I cannot recommend adapters. Auto focus is a single focus not continuous. You may tap the viewfinder at the area you want to focus.
    Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
    Date published: 2018-12-17
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