Blackmagic have just updated their well-liked Pocket Cinema Camera with 4K functionality. The brand new camera has packed high-end imaging and advanced features into a portable and reasonably priced package.
Though technology will keep getting more compact and cheaper, there are however some big advances that must be made before professional-grade gear can be called “affordable” by average buyers. Blackmagic’s new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K aims to fill that gap.
The new handheld digital camera that features a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) HDR sensor, native 4096×2160 resolution, dual native ISO up to 256000, and 13 stops of dynamic range. The 18.96mm x 10mm sensor offers 4096×2160 (4K DCI), 3840×2160 (Ultra HD), 1920×1080 (HD) recording at frame rates 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps. 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW and 10-bit ProRes codecs are available including CinemaDNG RAW 3:1 and ProRes 422 HQ.
As outlined by Blackmagic, “Fourth generation color science lets customers shoot HDR images in film, video, and new extended video modes.” The new extended modes combine the “latitude of digital film with an optimized video file” to deliver images that do not require a lot of color correction.
Other specifics consist of a MFT lens mount, large 5-inch touchscreen monitor, 10-bit ProRes and 12-bit RAW recording, 4 built-in microphones, mini XLR audio input with phantom power, Bluetooth wireless camera control, HDMI on-set monitoring output, and the ability to record directly onto the same external USB-C media drives used for editing. And the new camera is built out of carbon fiber.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K costs less than the $2,500 Panasonic GH5s, another mirrorless camera capable of recording 4K RAW footage. Priced at just $1,295 USD, Blackmagic Design has packed a whole lot of power in its latest portable video camera.