Blackmagic Design has announced its new 4K resolution Pocket Cinema Camera, which presents some major improvements for 4K shooting over its 1080p predecessor. The new model of the Cinema Camera can shoot in 10-bit pro-res or 12-bit pro-res straight to external drives over USB-C, which can come extremely handy for users when recording traditionally heavy 4K raw footage.
The highly anticipated Blackmagic camera has been scheduled to start shipping by September for $1,295, $300 more expensive than the previous model. It has also been reported that it is expected for this model to beat records in shipments.
Introducing Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K! Next generation 4K cinema camera with full 4/3 HDR sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, dual gain ISO up to 25,600, dual SD/UHS-II and CFast card media plus direct recording to external USB-C media disks. Only US$1,295! pic.twitter.com/Q7LasTTlyc
— Blackmagic Design (@Blackmagic_News) April 9, 2018
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: specs
The new cinema camera’s dimensions have been enlarged in order to support a 5-inch viewfinder, upgrading its predecessor’s 3.5-inch display. Also, it includes a full-sized Micro 4/3 sensor. It has a similar design to that of a handheld camera, with an update to the DaVinci Resolve 15 software in a “budget-friendly” piece of hardware that will enable users to access a resolution of 4096 x 2160.
The camera records in an astonishing 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with the duality option that allows HD capture at 120 frames per second. The portable and flexible camera allows users to shoot without the need of any external devices in both HDR and film modes.
4K RAW and ProRes (up to 60fps)
ISO Max 25600 (dual native at 400 & 3200)
Record to SD or Cfast
1080p up to 120fps
13 stops DR
$1295 in Sept
— David Cogen (@theunlockr) April 9, 2018
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: features
Blackmagic took pride in stating that one of their goals was to help filmmakers reduce the amount of postproduction work by delivering high-quality alternatives to DLSR and costlier cinema camera users.
The camera has also been designed to withstand bumps and common accidents due to its heavier, denser carbon fiber and polycarbonate body composition. It is an ideal piece of gear for indie, sports, and home filmmakers since its high-performance body is meant to provide users with a lighter experience when handling the camera.
These are some of the many reasons Blackmagic design took pride in its product, but not all. The new model gives people some top audio qualities for the audio, including an XLR input, HDMI, and a 3.5mm stereo jack. The Pocket Cinema Camera can capture sound with up to 4 built-in mics. All data will be stored in 2.0 CFast SD cards, and unlike its previous models, the 4K cinema camera will run on Canon LP E6N instead of Blackmagic’s traditional lithium batteries.
Source: Blackmagic Design