Blackmagic Design was showing its new long awaited Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas.

“Customers love the original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and have been asking us for a 4K version,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “We’ve listened and built a camera that combines all of our newest ideas and customer feedback from the previous model. The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is exciting because it packs so much technology into an incredibly small design. We feel it will go well beyond what customers expected. It’s perfect for anyone that needs a truly professional ultra compact digital film camera. This is not a consumer camera that’s trying to do high end work, it’s a true high end camera designed for high end work.”

The Pocket Cinema camera 4K is a handheld digital film camera with full 4/3 HDR sensor, dual native ISO with up to 25600 ISO as well as 13 stops of dynamic range. The camera has a new USB-C Expansion Port, which allows you to record using the internal SD/UHS-II and CFast recorders or directly to the same external disks operators will use for editing and colour correction. It’s available later this year for $1,295.

The camera comes with an MFT lens mount, 5 inch touchscreen monitor, 10-bit ProRes and 12-bit RAW recording, 3D LUTs, 4 built in microphones, mini XLR audio input with phantom power, Bluetooth wireless camera control and HDMI on set monitoring output.

The camera’s body is built with a “space age” carbon fibre polycarbonate composite. Images can be recorded onto standard SD cards, faster UHS-II cards or CFast 2.0 cards in either ProRes or RAW formats. It can record 4K images at up to 60 frames per second and windowed HD at up to 120 frames per second.

The new camera uses the same MFT (Micro Four Thirds) lens mount as the original Pocket Cinema Camera so users can still keep with the  lenses they already own. The MFT mount  allows for different lens adapters so you can can also use PL, C, EF and other types of lenses from manufacturers like Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica and Panavision.

The rear of the camera has a 5 inch touchscreen with the same Blackmagic OS as URSA Mini.

Here’s Blackmagic’s list of key features
    •    Full size 4/3 sized sensor with native 4096 x 2160 resolution sized sensor.
    •    Compatible with extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds lenses.
    •    Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture for high end feature film look.
    •    Up to 25600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
    •    Carbon fiber polycarbonate composite body which makes it lightweight, portable and durable.
    •    Multi function grip for quick access to recording start/stop, still photos, ISO, shutter, aperture, white balance, power and more.
    •    Built in SD, UHS-II and CFast card recorders.
    •    USB-C expansion port allows longer duration recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.
    •    Standard open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as 10-bit ProRes and 12 bit RAW.
    •    Features full size HDMI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay.
    •    Professional mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power for connecting to pro microphones.
    •    3.5mm audio jack, headphone jack, and locking DC 12 volt power connection.
    •    Built in 5” LCD touchscreen allows accurate focus when shooting 4K.
    •    LCD supports on screen overlays including status, histogram, focus peaking, and transport controls.
    •    Records 4K images at up to 60 frames per second and windowed HD at up to 120 frames per second.
    •    3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.
    •    Blackmagic OS as used in URSA Mini and URSA Broadcast cameras.
    •    4th generation Blackmagic color science.
    •    Supports remote camera control via Bluetooth.
    •    Includes full license for DaVinci Resolve Studio editing, color, visual effects and audio post production.

Staff Reporter

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