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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – Frequently Asked Questions


Introducing the next generation handheld 4K digital camera

What’s all the fuss about?!

Blackmagic Design’s original Pocket Cinema Camera took the industry by storm. It was, and still is, used extensively throughout the industry for everything from shooting Vlogs to filming big budget movies as a B-camera. Whether stripped back for use in-car, or rigged with follow focus, matte box, external monitors and battery systems on-set, the Pocket Cinema Camera with its RAW and ProRes recording capabilities established a new benchmark for the industry.

The revolutionary new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is the next generation 4K camera with dual native ISO up to 25,600, giving you stunning HDR images and incredible low light performance, full 4/3 HDR sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, ProRes or RAW recording to internal SD/UHS-II and CFast cards, as well as a USB‑C expansion port for recording to external drives and more! Featuring an all new handheld design that puts the latest advanced digital film technology into the palm of your hand.

Key features include:

  • 3.5mm stereo inputs perfect for video microphones & can even accept LTC timecode
  • Full size HDMI connector – robust connection with 10-bit clean output or overlays
  • DC power-professional locking DC power connector
  • USB-C expansion port-high speed connection for direct external recording
  • XLR audio – one mini XLR connection with 48V phantom power & low noise pre amps
Why does it stand out from the rest?

Well here’s a few reasons:

  • Elegant Modern Design: Designed to be portable, packed with features and fully expandable
  • Portable, Affordable and Professional: Now you can shoot anything in 4K
  • 4K Digital Film Sensor: Excellent low light performance and wide dynamic range
  • Blackmagic OS: Get the same advanced features as larger cameras
  • MFT Lens Mount: Compatible with your current lenses
  • Recording Media: Record using standard SD cards, UHS-II cards or CFast 2.0 media
  • Super Large Touchscreen: Large and bright 5” touchscreen makes focusing fast and easy
  • Expansion Port: High speed USB-C connection for direct external recording
  • Professional Audio: Built in microphones and a mini XLR input
  • Advanced Connections: HDMI monitoring, mini XLR audio input, power and more
  • Flexible Power Options: Battery, DC and USB-C so you can shoot all day
  • Includes DaVinici Resolve Studio: Professional editing, visual effects, colour correction and audio post.

It’s no wonder the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has been in such high demand with customers on waiting lists for months to have the opportunity to own one of these truly stunning cameras. But with all new technology there’s always certain queries that arise, we’ve done our best to answer those for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a cinema camera?

Developed and manufactured by Blackmagic Design the cinema camera is a line of digital movie cameras that shoot in either 4K, 2.5K and 1080p and are meant to be versatile compared to standard digital movie cameras.

How much does it weigh?

Only 720g (1.59lb) The highly compact form factor features a carbon fiber reinforced composite body that makes it extremely durable and lightweight so you can take it anywhere.

Does it come with warranty?

Yes, the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K comes with a 12 month limited manufacturer’s warranty.

What’s in the box?

  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
  • Lens turret dust cap.
  • 30W power supply with locking connector and international adapters.
  • SD card with software and manual.
  • Welcome card.
  • DaVinci Resolve Studio with activation key.

What connections does the camera have?

  • Total Video Outputs: 1 x HDMI Type A
  • Analog Audio Inputs:
  • 1 x mini XLR analog switchable between mic with phantom power support and line level (up to +14dBu).
  • 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Input. Can also be used for Timecode input.
  • Analog Audio Outputs: 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Computer Interface: USB Type-C for external drive recording, software updates and media download.

What’s the battery life?

Approximately 60 minutes; using standard LP-E6 type batteries. The included 100 ‑ 240 volt plug pack can be used to simultaneously power the camera and charge the LP-E6 battery. The USB-C Expansion Port accepts power so you can charge the battery from portable battery packs, a mobile phone charger or even your laptop computer! The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K gives you a wide range of flexible power options so you can shoot all day!

Is it easy to change settings?

The external controls give you quick access to essential functions

How does it help me take the perfect shot?

The 5-inch touchscreen makes it easy to frame shots

What lenses are compatible with the Pocket Camera?

This camera uses the same MFT (micro four thirds) lens mount as the original Pocket Cinema Camera so you can use the lenses you already have! You can get adapters for PL, C, EF and more, so you can use lenses from manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica and even Panavision.

How does the audio sound?

The camera features a mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power for connecting professional microphones such as lapel mics and booms. There are also built in microphones with an extremely low noise floor so you can capture great sound on location. There’s even a 3.5mm stereo audio jack so you can use different types of video camera microphones.

How do I make regular updates on my camera?

All of the cameras uses Blackmagic’s proprietary Camera Utility software, in which all need to be connected to a computer via USB to install the firmware and are obtained through Blackmagic’s Support Center.

What options do I have when it comes to recording media?

Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Camera 4K gives you 3 kinds of media to choose from. Images can be recorded onto standard SD cards, faster UHS‑II cards or CFast 2.0 cards. High definition video can be recorded using regular inexpensive SD cards. Higher performance UHS‑II and CFast cards can be used for recording 4K DCI in all supported formats and frame rates. With Blackmagic RAW 12:1, you can even record 4K DCI images to an SD UHS‑II card, giving you stunning cinematic quality images on incredibly small, inexpensive cards. For longer recording times, you can also record directly to an external SSD or flash disk using the built in USB‑C Expansion Port. You can even mount the media cards on your computer and start editing directly from them using the included DaVinci Resolve Studio software.

Blackmagic OS

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K uses the same Blackmagic OS as URSA Mini Pro. That means you get the world’s most advanced camera operating system and many of the same professional features found on larger cameras.

Do I have to pay for DaVinci Resolve?

No, The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio, which is a complete post-production solution. You get the world’s most advanced solution that combines professional editing, colour correction, audio post and visual effects all in one software tool.

Does it perform well in low light?

Featuring dual native ISO up to 25,600 you get incredible low light performance

What is the picture quality like?

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K features a full size 4/3 sensor that gives you 4096 x 2160 resolution with an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range for true digital film quality.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K can record at up to 60 frames per second in 4K and up to a massive 120 frames per second for windowed HD. The camera features fourth generation Blackmagic Design colour science with film, video and extended video modes. The new extended mode gives you the latitude of film with the convenience of video, so you get great looking images without having to do a lot of work in post production.

Do the RAW settings alter the pixel data?

Blackmagic RAW uses BMD Generation 4 Colour Science for reproducing extremely accurate skin tones and gorgeous, life like colours. Images are encoded using a custom non‑linear 12‑bit space designed to provide the maximum amount of colour data and dynamic range. It harnesses the power of metadata to ensure that the creative vision of the cinematographer is carried through to post production. Most importantly, the free SDK lets third party software applications use the embedded sensor profile metadata if required.

Click the image below to watch ‘Nature’ by Mark Wyatt; a truly stunning example of just how well the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K works in extreme lighting conditions:

Blackmagic Design have put together a whole host of videos taken across various locations pushing the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K to its limits.

Who is it for?

Everyone! Whether you’re shooting a feature film, television show, music video, corporate production or YouTube shoot, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K fits the bill.

So what are you waiting for; pre-order yours now!

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