Let’s agree to use the word ‘pocket’ loosely. The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K was announced at NAB and is the next generation of the company’s pocket cinema camera line. If your pockets are the size of a snuggie. Yes, it’s small, but in no way is it fitting in a jacket pocket.
The new camera borrows the name of its predecessor, but that’s where the similarities stop. Its body is larger and made from a new carbon fiber polycarbonate composite. Battery life is around 60 minutes thanks to the Canon LP-E6 battery. Real-world factors will dictate the actual battery life, but it can make use of an external battery pack we all have lying around.
Owners of the URSA Mini Pro will feel at home with the giant touchscreen on the back. It’s close to a copy and dead simple to navigate. Blackmagic is leveraging that in their marketing:
“It also uses the same Blackmagic OS as URSA Mini so customers can use simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status,” Blackmagic says. “On screen overlays make it easy to see recording parameters, status, histogram, focus and peaking indicators, and playback controls.”
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera sports an all-new full-size 4/3 HDR sensor with a 4096 x 2160 resolution. Why does the full size make a difference? Blackmagic aims to reduce the crop factor by matching the MTF lenses.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K SPecs
It wouldn’t be an announcement without the spec readout:
Full 4/3 HDR sensor
Dual native ISO up to 25,600
MFT lens mount
13 stops of dynamic range
Internal SD/UHS-II and CFast 2.0 card recorders
Can record to any external USB-C disk
Mini XLR input with P48
Power via a Canon LP-E6N or locking 12 volt DC power connection
You’ll want to keep the 12V DC power connection nearby. Or have enough Canon batteries to fill a backpack.
Frame rates depend on the resolution and code selected, but owners can expect frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported. Off-speed frame rates up to 60 fps in 4K DCI, 120 fps in HD windowed.
Button controls include a shutter for taking stills, ISO control, aperture, and white balance. Audio is handled with four built-in microphones and a mini XLR input.
What about pricing and release date? The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K will ship in September for $1295 (preorder at B&H). You’ll want a stable of MTF lenses, but it does come with Davinci Resolve Studio.