Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

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Product Highlights

  • Super 16mm Sized Image Sensor
  • Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • 13 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Records Full HD 1920x1080 CinemaDNG RAW
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 220 Mbps
  • Portable Design (5" Long and 12.5 oz)
  • 3.5" LCD Display with 800x480 Resolution
  • Uses SDXC and SDHC Memory Cards
  • EN-EL20 Compatible Rechargeable Battery
  • HDMI, LANC, 3.5mm Audio Input and Output
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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema overview

  • 1Description

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design is a compact Super 16 format camera designed for digital film production. The Super 16 sized sensor has an effective resolution of 1920 x 1080 and is capable of capturing 13 stops of dynamic range. The Pocket Cinema Camera records Full HD video in either the lossless CinemaDNG RAW or Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) format. The active Micro Four Thirds lens mount can accommodate a growing range of MFT format lenses as well as a host of excellent legacy lenses via optional adapters. Blackmagic Design has packed all of these impressive features into a remarkably compact (5 x 2.6 x 1.5") and lightweight (12.5 oz) magnesium alloy chassis.

Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera lets you use an extensive range of lenses. With full electronic control of an MFT lens, you can simply point and set iris all on command. The Micro Four Thirds lens mount also gives you the flexibility to adapt to PL or other lens mounts as required. Moreover, the Super 16 size sensor is compatible with a wide range of adapters for film quality Super 16 lenses.
13 Stops of Dynamic Range
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera delivers a film-like look with a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops. This means you retain all sensor data for DaVinci Resolve color grading. Plus, you get two dynamic range settings, film Log or video REC709, so you can choose the right dynamic range for your project. Using DaVinci Resolve Lite, which can be downloaded free from Blackmagic Design's website, you can color correct files natively or transcode them into a different file format to suit your post production workflow.
Record to SD Cards
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a built-in SD card recorder that captures ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG files to fast SDXC cards. SD cards are commonly available and can be formatted for either HFS+ or exFAT, making them compatible with either Mac OS X or Windows.
CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records into high quality ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW files so you retain fine image detail with wide dynamic range for amazing images. This means that the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera supports true open file formats, so you're not locked into a strange file format that your editing software can't handle.
Portable Design
Designed as an ultra compact, digital film camera the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a lightweight, elegant design that fits into your pocket. Produced from magnesium alloy, it includes a high resolution LCD for precise focusing and a built in SD card recorder, so you get a complete solution without the need to buy expensive accessories.
High Resolution Display
The 3.5", 800 x 480 resolution LCD allows you to monitor while shooting and review files recorded on the SD card. The high resolution screen makes it easy to focus accurately and lets you zoom in to 1:1 size so you focus precisely every time. Camera status displayed at the bottom of the screen shows record status, shutter angle, time lapse interval, aperture setting, ISO, battery level and record time. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera even includes built-in metadata entry.
SDXC and SDHC Memory Cards
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a built-in SD card recorder. With the fast read/write capabilities of SDXC and SDHC cards you can record digital film quality images to a memory card that is smaller than a postage stamp. The camera creates 12-bit lossless compressed CinemaDNG and 10-bit ProRes 422 (HQ) files that are way beyond broadcast standards. When using ProRes you can record for more than 50 minutes on a 64GB SD card at 24 frames per second.
Removable EL-EN20 Compatible Battery
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes a removable and rechargeable lithium ion battery, which provides up to an hour of continuous recording time. The Nikon EL-EN20 battery type is commonly available, so you can purchase multiple batteries if you need to shoot for longer periods. The battery charge time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with the camera off. Plus, with a wide 12-20V power input range the camera can easily be powered and charged from larger professional camera batteries and other power sources.
Professional Connections
The connections on the side of the camera include a micro HDMI output with optional overlays for easy on set monitoring. You also get a standard mini jack microphone input that is compatible with common AV style microphones, plus a mini jack headphone socket for audio monitoring using headphones. A LANC control input is also included for remote operation, and you can power the camera and recharge the removable battery with the 12V DC input.
Metadata Support
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can record metadata such as automatic camera data and user data like shot numbers, custom filenames and keywords. A four-way directional control pad allows users to navigate the menus and enter metadata.
Mounting Options
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a 1/4"-20 UNC threaded mounting point on the top and bottom of the camera. This enables any number of support configurations, from mounting the camera on a tripod and attaching accessories to car mounts, pole mounts and practically any type of set-up you can imagine.
Other Features
The camera's FOCUS button turns on and off the peaking focus assist feature, and the IRIS button automatically adjusts the iris setting when used with a compatible lens. Other features include focus peaking display and 1:1 scale display.
In the Box
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera
  • Wrist Strap
  • Turret Dust Cap
  • 12V AC Adapter
  • Set of Four International Socket Adapters
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (EN-EL20)
  • SD Card with User Manual and Camera Utility Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema specs

    Image Sensor
    Image Sensor Size 12.48 x 7.02 mm (Super16)
    Sensor Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Sensor Resolution Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Effective Sensor Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Color Filter Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    ISO Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Advertised Dynamic Range 13 Stops
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Lens Communication Yes
    Built-In ND Filter None
    Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
    Recording Media 1 x SDXC Card Slot
    Internal Recording
    Raw Recording CinemaDNG:
    1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps 
    Recording Modes ProRes 422HQ 4:2:2:
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps (220 MB/s) 
    Video Connectors 1 x Micro-HDMI Output
    Audio Connectors 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Output
    Other I/O 1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control Input
    1 x USB Mini-B Data Input/Output
    Display Type LCD
    Screen Size 3.5"
    Screen Resolution 800 x 480
    Battery Type Nikon EN-EL20
    Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
    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%
    Accessory Mount 1 x 1/4"-20 Female Thread
    Tripod Mounting Thread Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dimensions 5.04 x 1.49 x 2.6" / 128 x 38 x 66 mm
    Weight 12.52 oz / 355 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.6 x 7.8 x 2.1"

    Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema reviews

    Pocket Cinema Camera is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 305.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must have for Pro's PROS: I am using this alongside it's big brother as a second camera and in many cases as the camera to keep with me on the streets shooting from a monopod or hand-held. Great for 'getting those moments'. Paired with a M43 Panny 12-35mm lens this is a great combination. Superb image with high dynamic range in prores for a simple workflow. Raw is coming soon! CONS: It may be small and less than $1,000 but this is made for pro's not amateurs. Not easy to use to get professional results but the superb image is worth the effort. The LCD screen is almost unusable in daylight. Audio is an afterthought like it's big brother. So that's why I took a star away...
    Date published: 2013-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't be fooled with one star reviews so funny reading all the bad reviews. all of which are due to lack of experience... any editor, producer, cinematographer worth a d**n, will always preach neutral, and flat. This camera is designed for colour grading, and if your not colour grading your projects, you don't belong in the class of professionals that this is designed for. auto focus ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Big files, also take NO time to transcode, DNXHD, or keep it prorez. an amazing dynamic range camera, with a price point that is unbeatable.
    Date published: 2015-02-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dedicated camera for Dedicated Shooter's This is a very specialized product only intended for those shooters who need it's very specific shooting characteristics. It requires a very dedicated workflow and expensive SD cards and is NOT suitable for the casual or enthusiast shooter. It is a camera aimed solely at those shooters who demand the greatest dynamic range at the cost of lots of post production work to extract the colors and tones this camera is capable of capturing. For most shooters a Panasonic GH3 is a much better option. For those very dedicated shooters who shoot under controlled environments and wish the greatest exposure latitude currently available in a pocketable camera- this camera will fit the bill.
    Date published: 2013-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little thing that really works! For the money, for the size, this is an incredible value.I bought this and a Rokinon 16mm lense (32mm equivalent) on a full-size sensor and this thing really performs.This is not for a hobbyist, it requires an urge to make high-quality film-like digital video and you will need accessories.I shot my first video this past weekend, outdoors in malibu, using a Holymanta Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds adapter with built in variable neutral density filter and the footage is super nice.With decent glass and some other necessary accessories, a 64GB sdxc card at a minimum being one of those things, this baby really outshines it's price range by a long shot.
    Date published: 2014-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'll be adding another to my system. Primarily used in a four camera live event workflow. Setup of the camera to the Yuan four camera capture devise is virtually plug-n-play. I pipe through a micro converter HDMI to SDI. (There is no SDI out, the only mechanical thing I wish it had.) Image quality is beautiful. Like all of the Blackmagic cameras, there is no custom white balance, rather there are several preset Kelvin levels. White balance live has to be adjusted through the software after. The small body size is great for mounting in difficult places. This camera is rugged and lives up to everything the Blackmagic Design website advertises.
    Date published: 2016-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera This is a great camera! After switching from DSLR's to this. I won't be going back. It's great quality, convinent size, so light weight. Yes, you need to put in some work in post, it's not meant for lazy people who just want the footage straight out of the camera. You have to correct and grade the footage which to me is still part of the creative process. It's not just about filming and done. My only complaint is the battery. You need an external. Other than that, it's a great camera for serious filmmakers.
    Date published: 2015-02-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A perfect first pro camera. If you're switching from DSLR to a serious cinema rig this is the best place to start. Fortunately for you all the firmware updates are completed and the camera was finally finished about a year and a half after it was released. First let's address all the best of complaints - You can format cards in camera It is audio levels Focus peaking Several flavors of prores It also has raw (which you'll almost never use) Problems that aren't going away - It still has rolling shutter It isn't fantastic in lowlight The crop factor is a bummer YOU WILL NEED A RIG AND POWER SOLUTION (it still eats batteries for lunch) You will need external sound as the pre amps are total trash. Internal mic is for reference sound only. Advice from a user of over two years - Do yourself a favor and skip the micro 4/3 glass and buy the metabones EF mount speed booster when you pick up this camera (this will help marvelously with the low light issues and reduces crop from 3x to about 1.75x). Start collecting cinema prime glass at the small and big ends. The Samyang/Rokinon stuff works beautifully. And get a decent constant Aperture EF photog zoom lens for the focal lengths in between. Most importantly shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. When you're done shooting go crazy with color grading because this camera will make you a better colorist. The codec lets you push your creativity in a hundred different directions. If you're using this camera you're getting honest and real and organic images that are tough to duplicate on a DSLR (especially one in this price range). The more you shoot with this camera the better your eye for composition will get.
    Date published: 2016-01-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera I have mixed feelings about my new Pocket Cinema Camera. It has lots of pluses and 6 major minuses. Here's my thoughts regarding the camera operating on Firmware 1.4.1 released 8-23-13. Hopefully, by the time you read this, Black Magic Designs will have corrected many of the problems indicated below via updated firmware. I work in broadcast television production, specifically, TV commercial production for clients and ad agencies across the US. I shoot a lot of hospital TV campaigns and I wanted a small camera that could be used for cutaways in crowded operating rooms and other areas where a full-size camera is awkward and attracts too much attention. Let me state that this camera, although small and consumer like in physical appearance is not a consumer camera. It can only shoot video, no stills. The plusses: 1. Excellent resolution, the camera will actually do 1000 lines of horizontal resolution as tested on the 3 foot resolution chart in our offices. And that's 1,000 lines looking at the encoded ProRes422HQ file! I've never seen that resolution on a DSLR (unless you're shooting RAW). 2. For all practical purposes, there's no visible aliasing or moir pattern interference in the recorded images. I've deliberately tried to create problems for the camera with certain fabrics, venetian blinds, brick patterns etc. The picture is very, very good. 3. The ProRes422HQ encoder is excellent. As far as I'm concerned, the best there is for compressed media. It's the encoder Canon should have used in their C300 & C100. It does require a very fast memory card. I bought the 64Gig Sandisk Extreme Pro card. ProRes422HQ burns through a 64GB card in about 35+ minutes. 4. The camera's HDMI output (and recording) is 10bit 4:2:2. This means no banding or distinct visible steps in a gradated sky or BG. The HDMI is selectable between a clean feed or with visual overlays added. The live HDMI also has embedded audio. (All current DSLR's have only 8 bit video, and Canon in the 5D Mk3 does not embed live audio, so external recordings from HDMI are silent.) The 1024 steps from black to white allow very good detail in blacks and whites. 5. The camera and its lens mount are very strong and made of CNC machined metal. Other than the buttons and LCD screen, there's no visible plastic. 6. The camera uses an active 4/3 lens mount for its super 16 sized sensor. This was a good choice as with inexpensive adapters, almost any lens can be used on the camera. Having owned an 16mm Arriflex SRII, the hardest thing you'll be trying to find is a really good wide-angle, fast lens. You really need a 10mm lens as your wide-angle. Most of the older 16mm C mount lenses will vignette on this camera. If you go that route, make sure to see the lens work on your BMPCC before spending lots of money. Some older C mount wide-angles might cover the sensor, but have far less resolution at the edges. (Some company needs to make a 10mm, 4/3 mount lens with an F2 aperture.) 7. The camera has a built-in log low-contrast film setup that works very well for post-production grading. (The camera's video setting clips too much white and black detail for me.) Now the unfortunate minuses: 1. The present firmware failed to properly switch the gain of the mic/line input so a typical mic level external microphone can be used. It currently works very well with external, unbalanced line level sources (-12db) The tiny internal mics pick up ambience when the level setting is 90% or more. 2. The camera literally eats batteries. It uses inexpensive Nikon EN-EL20 batteries. I'm sure the battery was chosen because it's the biggest lithium-ion battery that will fit in the handgrip. Without exaggeration, a battery lasts 15 to 20 minutes. You'll need 6 or more batteries. There's lots of inexpensive ones available on the internet that seem to work as well (or as poorly) as the camera supplied battery. You should also buy a couple inexpensive wall chargers for your collection of batteries. 3. If the camera sees a bright specular highlight, like a bare CFL bulb in your shot, the clipped white bulb will appear to be bigger than it really is. The same with car headlights at night. It's not as bad as it sounds. Several people I showed video to didn't notice the effect until I pointed it out. On certain shots, such as sun reflections on rippled water, it actually looks pretty good. 4. The dreaded black dot sun. When a 14 bit A to D converter hits maximum input from the CMOS sensor (IE: 14 ones 11111111111111) the next step roll over of the A-D is to zero or (00000000000000). This effect only happens when you're shooting directly into the sun or possibly the open filament of a clear lightbulb. I've only seen the problem when I intentionally try to cause it. I believe the larger Black Magic camera has the same problem. 5. On a bright, sunny day, the camera's LCD screen is not usable. It's a pretty low contrast LCD and I had to use an external Zacuto EVF to shoot outdoors. Maybe some company will at least offer an attachable 16x9 rubber hood with eye diopter for the camera. 6. There are no VU meters or any other sound level indicators on the camera. This is a real problem if you're shooting a critical interview. However, an external Zacuto EVF or Alphatron EVF will display HDMI audio levels on their LCD screens. Despite its low points, I love the look of the final graded image. The color is very true to reality and not very punchy. At 800 ASA, it has a tiny bit of noise which looks very much like 35mm film grain. As I said at the beginning of this writing, hopefully by the time you read this, Black Magic Designs will have addressed the problems with a firmware update. It's a shame the BMPCC camera was released before its firmware was ready, but that's an every growing trend today with manufacturers. The camera has a lot of potential.
    Date published: 2013-09-09
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