August 2, 2014

This May Be Your Last Chance to Grab a $500 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

It's unclear what Blackmagic may be doing with their lowest-end camera in the future, but one thing is for sure right now: the $500 discount on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is only for a limited time. How limited? Though they mentioned it would last until the end of the summer, the other stipulation was that the special price was "subject to limited availability." This means that once a certain amount of stock runs out, retailers will begin charging the full price again. This seems to already be happening in many places, though a few, like B&H, still have the camera listed at its discounted price for a little while longer.

Here's a snippet from their previous press release (emphasis mine):

Blackmagic Design today announced an exciting Summer Special discount for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for the low price of US$495. With a normal recommended retail price of US$995, this Summer Special represents incredible value and is available for a limited time and will end on the 31st of August 2014. This Summer Special price is subject to limited availability, after which the price will return to the usual recommended retail price of US$995.

B&H is stating on their website that this offer will last only until Monday, August 4th, likely because of limited stock. Some other places have already started selling at full price again, but if you really want this deal, this might be the last time we see it for quite a while. The value of the Pocket Cinema Camera is definitely higher with the recent ProRes Proxy/LT/422 update, which allows the camera to record much, much longer at reduced data rates, meaning you can fit more on a single card, and save on hard drive space later.

Blackmagic has given huge discounts on their cameras before, but this is the first time they've done a temporary discount. Judging by the way they've done business in the past, there may be a new product or a more permanent price reduction down the road, but it would be surprising to see anything new in this category at least until NAB 2015 (though they have announced product additions at IBC, which is coming up again in September). Then again, Blackmagic has rarely done what people have expected them to do, so there's always a chance for surprises.

Check out the link below for the ongoing deal.

Link: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera -- B&H

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53 Comments

If I were a betting man, I'd wager there's a slightly larger version down the pike or they're going to set the price at $750.

August 2, 2014 at 11:06AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Chris H

I am glad that I got in at the $495 price, now the waiting game... At least Beards and Hats is stating that they still have some set aside until the 4th-means my order 10 days ago is locked in at the bargain.

August 2, 2014 at 11:08AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Chris H

When did you order?

August 2, 2014 at 3:39PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Benjamin S

At that price does it still include Davinci Resolve?

August 2, 2014 at 11:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dave Osbun

It always just included Resolve Lite which is free anyway, if I'm not mistaken.

August 2, 2014 at 12:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Matt

resolve only comes with the other Blackmagic Cameras .. just not with the Pocket ... would have been too good to be true

August 2, 2014 at 12:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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yeahplease

I got the impression that Da Vinci Resolve Lite is only restricted to working with 1080 therefore not 4k or 2.5k. All other features are included and as the bmpcc is 1080 it is not worth having the other options.

August 3, 2014 at 5:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Keith N

With Resolve Lite you can work above 1080.
The limitation is you can't use the stereoscopic 3d or the noise reduction features.

August 3, 2014 at 9:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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tungah

Just to comment on european situation, I want to mention that since almost a week now, BMPCC has returned to its original price (850-900€/995$) on most of large retailers, like PBS-Video in France or Marcotec in Germany. I'm glad I've ordered mine just the day before the price goes up again, but like many others, now it's the waiting game...

August 2, 2014 at 1:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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do anyone know any UK seller still with the discount?

August 2, 2014 at 2:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Sorry, this camera is completely unknown to me.
But I keep hearing people making comments that the price may be cheap, but it'll take a few more items and much more money to make it functional for filmmaking. Is that true?
Besides lenses, what else is needed?

August 2, 2014 at 2:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jeffrey

Jeffrey, IMO it's not that much different than many other cameras. I recently purchased one, here is what I bought.
Pocket cinema camera $495
2 64 GB Sandisk Extreme Pro memory cards $200 This will hold 40 minutes of raw or 3 hours (ish) of prores
You might be able to try a somewhat slower card if going prores, but these are tried and true and give you the option for raw
4 watson batteries, I hear they last an hour or so. They're cheap though, 60 bucks
Metabones speedbooster $659 (you can bundle it with the camera for 100 cheaper at many places)
this allows me to have full iris control of all my canon glass and makes all my lenses faster and wider and makes it more or less a s35 sensor. You can use a 20 dollar "Dumb adapter" that doesn't give full control over canon iris glass. If you have micro 4/3 lenses or are investing in lenses for your first time you won't need this.
Zacuto Z-finder $190 This will allow you the screen well in the bright sunlight.
So 1600 total (1000 without the speedbooster). I think it's still a steal. With any camera you buy you need to invest in lenses, batteries and memory cards.
If you want to run audio into camera you might need a couple more items, I run my sound separately. Let me know if you have any more questions.

August 2, 2014 at 3:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jacob

Thanks for the info Jacob

August 3, 2014 at 5:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jeffrey

I am starting from scratch with the BMPCC after borrowing a Nikon D800 with lenses to go through a pseudo-film school. Any recommendations on lenses? I don't have plans on getting a DSLR for photography right now, but may in the future. I am looking for the BEST lens to shoot short documentaries with the main subjects being people in the outdoors or people in their daily life. My priority for lenses is on filmmaking, with them being used on a DSLR for stills later... Any advice?

August 11, 2014 at 5:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Elle

Tried to order on B&H but won't let me checkout and says purchases cannot be made on the website until 6th August, but offer is over on the 4th!!!!! Any help?

August 2, 2014 at 5:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Conor

Try Adorama. They still have it for $495 and they are a good company. Link: http://www.adorama.com/BMCCP.html

August 2, 2014 at 5:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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John

It’s still the Sabbath in New York City (or ‘Eastern’ time---B&H is owned and operated by observant Jews)....wait a few hours and you will be able to order tonight.

August 2, 2014 at 6:35PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Deb E.

Me thinks that the various camera manufacturers know a lot more about their competitors than an average consumer. If one uses Panasonic FZ 1000 as a reference, then any volume manufacturer should be able to deliver a 4K, 60-100 Mbps camera for under a grand (a larger sensor cost will be more than offset by the absence of an attached lens). That camera will also include all the Z1000 features such as fast AF, flat cine profile, image stabilization, focus peaking, zebras, some HFR capabilities, etc. One will probably need an external recorder for a higher bit rate with better color space 4K via HDMI (though FZ 1000 itself is only 4:2:0)

August 2, 2014 at 5:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

Many are interested in this camera (Panasonic FZ 1000).

August 3, 2014 at 12:41AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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MovieFan

Only shoots 30p ... (it shoots 25p in PAL but it's obviously crippled by Panasonic in that regard) ... my point was that one can buy a 1080p Raw camera $500 right now or maybe wait for a few months and buy a 4K camera for ~ $1,000 ... who knows .. a bird in hand ...

August 3, 2014 at 6:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

At my work I have access to the whole BMD line. I had a chat to their Australian distributor, they over subscribed the sale. I tried to buy one a week after and they had already closed it, and that was with the knowledge it was a staff purchase. The reason there are still available is because ones like b&h bought bulk.

August 2, 2014 at 7:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jackson

I have been trying to find an Australian seller for the past week that has the discounted price still. Anyone know of one? Might just have to go the B&H route.

August 2, 2014 at 7:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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ninHendo

I just grabbed it from Adorama have them in stock. http://www.adorama.com/searchsite/default.aspx?searchinfo=BlackMagic+Des... pocket

August 2, 2014 at 8:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Adorama is back ordered until at least Aug 11. I put my order in 7/19 and 8/11 was their best estimate.

August 3, 2014 at 3:51AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ahh, they did not mention that when I ordered. Good to know. This is going to be my b-camera so I guess I can wait, didn't want to miss the deal.

August 3, 2014 at 8:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Got an email from Adorama today confirming my backorder. ;( with no ETA.
Better than a cancelled order, I guess.

August 4, 2014 at 3:31AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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msnyderfoto

My biggest gripe in all of this is i now have 5 BMPCC batteries, an EF to m43 lens adapter, a 128gb 95MBs card, and a quick charger..but NO camera.

August 4, 2014 at 7:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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msnyderfoto

I ordered one from Camera House in QLD as soon as the sale was announced and was told only days later that they absolutely positively couldn't get one for me at the sale price, if at all. I then tried other online Aussie retailers but all of them had jacked the price back up to over $1,000. I put in an order with B&H and am now waiting in the queue. B&H ships to Australia so I'm looking at about $550 inc freight. No biggie.

August 2, 2014 at 11:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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An email to your fellow Aussie Grant Petty is is order!

August 2, 2014 at 11:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I have been going back and forth on ordering primarily because I do not like how de-saturated the colors seem to look even in everyone's graded footage online. Then I sat down tonight and finally got some original DNG clips online and imported them in after effects. The automatic color change without BMC's color science created a clip that looked much more natural to me and I loved it. The bad news? I read this article and found Adorama's website to be down. So I placed an order with B&H on the night of Sat 2 (already Sun in NY) and it took! Fingers crossed!

August 3, 2014 at 2:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jonathan P

Ordred one from Adorama too. I'll just cancel whichever decides they don't want to honor the sale.

August 3, 2014 at 2:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jonathan P

Great idea! Just did that too. I can't imagine they would not honor an instant rebate situation as the money is coming directly from BM. My guess is they had a set amount of rebates they were allotted.

August 3, 2014 at 9:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I just did the same thing! After my comment, Adorama's site went back up. I feel kind of silly ordering from two sites but I figure I will have plenty of time to cancel one of them.

August 4, 2014 at 12:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jonathan P

Hi Jonathan P! I unfortunatly didn't get the chance to get the camera at this price. Since your ordered two. Instead on cancelling one, could you change the order so this way I'll put my informations (email, adress, credit card etc.)? Depending of the how the site run, I can even pay you directly if you can't change the credit card infos. I waiting for your response.

A desesperate cinematographer? :P

August 6, 2014 at 5:51AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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BlackMagic

Here's a dilemma... getting a little tired of the limitation of the AVCHD codec in my C100, (which I otherwise like) and thinking of either getting a Ninja Star or a BMPCC with Metabones adapter to use the Canon glass I have and get my files in ProRes. Thoughts?

August 3, 2014 at 6:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Define "limitation". A Ninja Star would be the obvious choice, because a BMPCC with a MB adapter still isn´t a complete setup (as the C100 is out of the box).

August 3, 2014 at 8:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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BearWithMe

Limitation as in grade-ability. I love the C100 for many reasons, but the codec isn't one of them. The Ninja star would be an easy solution (and economical), though I'll admit I'm somewhat seduced by the BMPCC's "cinematic" image.

August 3, 2014 at 8:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Amazing little camera. It has a lot of limitations but once you get thru them you can get pretty good results. We bought one of this babies last week and shot this: http://bit.ly/UPBYt3
We used the metabones speedboster with nikon 50mm 1.4 and 28mm 2.8

August 5, 2014 at 7:21AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Kei Kosonoy

Looks great Kei! I'd never expect that image out of a $500 camera!

August 5, 2014 at 8:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Kurt

Thanks! I was amazed too.

August 5, 2014 at 2:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Kei Kosonoy

Wow, great video!

August 5, 2014 at 9:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Bonnie

I just ordered one from DVEstore. Supposed to ship in a couple of weeks.
Here's the link: http://www.dvestore.com/video/blackmagic-cinema/blackmagic-design-pocket...

August 7, 2014 at 10:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Bonnie

For anyone still wondering about getting the camera at a discount, I just successfully ordered one through Texas Media Systems for the discounted price. They are displaying a message saying they have a limited supply, so it might not be long before they are out too...

August 6, 2014 at 9:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Alex Miller

Thanks, Alex! That worked. I thought I was to late.

August 6, 2014 at 11:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Andreas B

So that's it, it seems.
There's no way to purchase this from Spain at promotional price anymore, is it?

August 7, 2014 at 6:18AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Bob

I wonder whats around the corner. I just bought a GH4, so couldnt afford this one. But as a lot of sites have updated their prices back to normal prices. Who will ever buy a bmpc now, if you now you could have bought it half price some days/weeks/months ago. I wouldn't. Or either I would pick a bmpc up if it sells secondhand around the 300€ pricetag. So hopefully black magic pocket camera 2 will come out in a few weeks @ the same pricetag.
I might be interested depending the specs. I love the blackmagic image quality, even more then GH4. But the GH4 has all those nice functions that suit me more for my jobs. (Event video).
+ The rumour that panasonic will release something to GH4 owners makes me currious. Really hope 10 bit internal recording: probably not as YAGH sales would drop. Not sure how many people actually bought the YAGH interface.

August 7, 2014 at 10:39AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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anonymous

It's been 3 weeks since my order at Videocraft Melbourne AUS. I called and they told me the sale was cut off 3 days after they announced it here. But I'm next in line to receive mine. However could be til end of Aug before I get the camera. The new firmware is great and does make the camera more viable.

August 7, 2014 at 6:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Does anyone know a vendor still selling it for $495??? I missed it...seems like deal is over at B/H and Adorama.

August 8, 2014 at 12:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Steve

I ordered mine three weeks ago in the UK and have been informed that Black Magic are struggling to get the cameras out fast enough. The distributors are waiting on stock from Australia. I was told that they are trying to fulfill all orders by the end of August.
I'm not holding my breath based on their past performance.

August 8, 2014 at 4:36AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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August 9, 2014 at 4:26AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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August 9, 2014 at 4:32AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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August 12, 2014 at 9:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ok folks, need a little of your genius. I am looking to purchase a Carl Zeiss Jena Tevidon 16mm f/1.8 lens for my BMPCC (I know, everyone must be getting sick of the constant compatibility posts). The catch is, I need to modify the lens in order to make it a true "C-mount" for a "C-mount to MFT adapter." Multiple boards online state that if you don't, you can't focus to infinity. I came across this adapter gem on ebay, and I am wondering if anyone who is more knowledgeable might verify that this is what I am looking for...?

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Thanks in advance friends!

August 14, 2014 at 10:19PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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