April 10, 2018
NAB 2018

Blackmagic Updates Its Pocket Cinema Camera with 4K and Improved Low-Light Performance

Meet Blackmagic's new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. 

Blackmagic unveiled its Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, the new handheld digital camera that features a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) HDR sensor, native 4096x2160 resolution, dual native ISO up to 256000, and 13 stops of dynamic range.

The 18.96mm x 10mm sensor offers 4096x2160 (4K DCI), 3840x2160 (Ultra HD), 1920x1080 (HD) recording at frame rates 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps. 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW and 10-bit ProRes codecs are available including CinemaDNG RAW 3:1 and ProRes 422 HQ. 

According to Blackmagic, "Fourth generation color science lets customers shoot HDR images in film, video, and new extended video modes." The new extended modes combine the "latitude of digital film with an optimized video file" to provide images that don't need a lot of color correction. 

Though the updated version no longer fits in your pocket as the form factor has a larger grip, the carbon fiber body is still lightweight, plus you get a bright 5" screen, 4 built-in microphones along with external buttons and dials that we're familiar with from Blackmagic.  A new USB-C Expansion Port allows you to record to an external SSD. Internally, you can record to three kinds of media: SD, UHS-II or CFast 2.0 cards. 

Its audio features a mini XLR input with 48v phantom power and a 3.5mm stereo audio jack. There's also a built-in audio recorder. There is a full-size HDMI connector that can output HDR and a clean 10-bit video feed. The camera uses LP-E6 batteries and can be charged via USB-C or the locking DC power connector. 

The cameras OS is the same as the URSA Mini and in addition, 3D LUTs can be applied to both recording and monitoring. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K will cost $1,295.

Tech Specs

  • Full size 4/3 sized sensor
  • Native 4096 x 2160 resolution 
  • 13 stops of dynamic range 
  • Up to 25600 ISO 
  • Carbon fiber polycarbonate composite body
  • Built in SD, UHS-II and CFast card recorders
  • USB-C expansion port for external SSD or flash disk
  • Features full size HDMI output
  • Professional mini XLR
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Built in 5” LCD touchscreen a
  • 3D LUTs 
  • 4th generation Blackmagic color science
  • Supports remote camera control via Bluetooth

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28 Comments

Finally! This is hands down my next camera purchase!

I don’t see why anyone needs to get the GH5S / A7Sii now, especially at $1295

April 10, 2018 at 12:24PM, Edited April 10, 12:24PM

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Zachary Lewis
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Yep. If the specs hold up with out issues such as the old black sun, fixed pattern noise etc, this is the perfect indie camera. Relieves you from the temptation to upgrade your camera every few years.

Low light, 4K, raw, LP-E6 battery, external recording via usb-c, mini XLR input, 120fps, bigger brighter screen than BMPCC. A speed booster is not even needed.

April 10, 2018 at 12:42PM

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Rajesh Naroth
Filmmaker
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Uh where exactly doesn’t it say 120 FPS?

April 11, 2018 at 3:59AM

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Tarik
Wannabe Filmmaker
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On blackmagics website, No Film School just seemed to miss it in this article. It happens.

April 12, 2018 at 9:04AM

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Charles C.
Editor/ Director/ Director of Photography/ Wannabe Thinker
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I thought I heard them mention 120 in the video?

April 30, 2018 at 2:38PM

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You're comparing the BMPCC and the GH5S to the Sony A7SII? The A7SII is not even in that same ballpark of cameras and I still have my reasons to buy the Sony A7SII than the BMPCC.

April 10, 2018 at 1:20PM, Edited April 10, 1:20PM

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No, I’m comparing this new 4K version to the GH5s and A7s ii.

With RAW, internal ProRes, full size hook ups, a standard 4/3 sensor, 5” display, black Magic’s color science, dual native iso, the option to record straight to ssd’s, slow mo frame rates, and a DaVinci Studio license why in the world would it not be better than the other two?

If this camera is what they say it is then it’ll blow away the image capture abilities of gh5s and a7sii

Plus their UI is already leaps and bounds ahead of anyone else

April 10, 2018 at 3:13PM, Edited April 10, 3:16PM

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Zachary Lewis
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Maybe if you do stills work. If you do both, I'd stick to the A7S line. But, for video, this is a no-brainer. I have no doubt that Sony will take a hit to their market share on this one due to the low barrier of entry, specs, and having a mount that is easily adaptable. To say the BMPCC2 and GH5s aren't in the same ballpark shows either unrealistic expectations or too much brand loyalty to Sony. Either way, choose the tool that's best for your workflow and enjoy.

April 10, 2018 at 5:22PM, Edited April 10, 5:23PM

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RJ Ortiz
Cinematographer
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I can not hardly wait until September! I have been using a BMMCC and have come to love love love it ... Now if BM will just adopt Apple ProRes and send some firmware updates .... BAM

April 10, 2018 at 1:14PM

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ALL Blackmagic Design cameras shoot ProRes (Except for the Broadcast cameras), as well as RAW.

April 10, 2018 at 2:32PM

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Tobias N
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ops left a word out .... Apple ProRes Raw

April 10, 2018 at 3:06PM

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The one answer I can't seem to get is whether or not they kept Global Shutter. That was one of the biggest plusses for the original BMPCC.

Don't get me wrong, this is a great package at an insanely good price but something missing from DSLR's is cinematic motion cadence and it's one of the (admittedly, few) things the original BMPCC really got right and gave it a very good look even though the color was garbage.

April 10, 2018 at 1:26PM, Edited April 10, 1:26PM

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No this isn't global shutter. I didn't think the original was either? It's speculated that it's the same sensor as the GH5S.

April 10, 2018 at 2:28PM

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Jeremiah Kuehne
Filmmaker
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but the original BMPCC did not have Global Shutter and neither will the BMPCC4K

April 10, 2018 at 2:29PM

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Tobias N
Director of Photography
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From their website:

"...the high performance sensor has fast refresh rates, even when shooting at low frame rates, so you get rock solid images that don’t have wobbly shutter artifacts."

Not sure how much of a difference it'll make but I'd be interested to see.

April 10, 2018 at 2:48PM

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Frank Anderson
Filmmaker/Graphic Designer
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25,600 ISO not 256,000 ISO. Pretty big difference there.

April 10, 2018 at 2:29PM, Edited April 10, 2:29PM

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Jeremiah Kuehne
Filmmaker
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Great specs, design team just copy a minolta film camera from the 80's.

April 10, 2018 at 5:03PM, Edited April 10, 5:03PM

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Looks like a sweet camera. Have had iffy results with new BM releases though, so may wait a year or so after release for them to iron the kinks out.

Also . . . why does this video look like it's in ungraded Log?

April 10, 2018 at 10:18PM, Edited April 10, 10:18PM

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Christopher Kou
Production Manager
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So is this camera a good replacement for the old Production camera 4k? Quite same size, improved specs! It's just a pity I cannot use SSDs but expensive CFast cards. And I should buy a metabone...

April 11, 2018 at 4:40AM

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ginuz
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Actually, you can use SSDs: "A new USB-C Expansion Port allows you to record to an external SSD."
You just need an external mounting solution. ;)

April 11, 2018 at 6:34AM, Edited April 11, 6:38AM

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Frank Hoeben
Filmmaker / Engineer
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Original 4K camera was nothing but close in size. BMC4K was actually closer to Red Epic than DSLR

April 11, 2018 at 4:13PM

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They won't be out until September so I will get mine with my tax refund.

April 11, 2018 at 9:52AM, Edited April 11, 9:52AM

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Freddy Long
Writer-Director
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Very intriguing product, for sure. My only question would be battery performance. Those LP-E6 batteries don't pack much punch, and I imagine shooting an interview with the camera phantom powering a mic would require the AC power supply.

April 11, 2018 at 12:38PM

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David Patterson
videographer/editor
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You make a valid point that wasn't discussed in detail. Especially with on-location shooting without any outlets.

April 11, 2018 at 3:40PM

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Freddy Long
Writer-Director
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My big question is ..... with all of my Nikkors and metabones (both for my bmpcc and bmcc) adapters.... will the 4/3 frame be covered? maybe with the bmcc model since that sensor looks to be about 4/3 sized.
hate to have to buy new adapters.

April 11, 2018 at 3:26PM

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I would take stabilization over 4k.

April 12, 2018 at 2:48PM

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You must be sitting at the kids table .....

April 12, 2018 at 2:54PM

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fabulous post.

July 23, 2018 at 2:52AM

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Morgan Weiler
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