Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K users can now utilize bigger, standard Sony batteries to increase the life of their cameras.
Addressing perhaps the biggest complaint of the BMPCC4K, its battery life, Blackmagic announces support for Sony batteries through a new battery grip.
The Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip will feature a slide out tray designed to replace the camera's standard LP-E6 battery with two L-series batteries for over 2 hours of record time before charging.
"The new Pocket Battery Grip is exciting because it lets you power external flash disks allowing customers to record to the disk used for editing. It will even power the camera for over 2 hours on a single charge. As it’s designed to integrate into the cameras design, it’s more comfortable to hold the camera on longer shoots. Unlike regular external battery packs that hang off the camera, the Pocket Camera Battery Grip is integrated into the cameras design itself, so it doesn’t add a lot of weight and it fits perfectly!" - Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO
The carbon fiber, non-slip grip will also be able to charge in the grip via the BMPCC4K's 12V DC connection between shots. Blackmagic has offered a simple under-the-camera design which slides in through the old detachable LP-E6 battery door and locks into place for a tight fit which features no extra hanging.
The Blackmagic Pocket Camera Battery Grip will reportedly cost $245 and will be available in August, 2019.