April 8, 2019
NAB 2019

Blackmagic Announces Battery Grip for Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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.

Blackmagic Pocket 4K Grip
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I know everyone rigs their "stuff" differently ... need, budget, whatever .. but it seems to me, one of the beauties of this camera is to have cinema quality / capability with out a large footprint. This piece seems to scream put me in a studio/set on a tripod.

April 8, 2019 at 5:54PM

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> This piece seems to scream put me in a studio/set on a tripod.

The camera itself is meant for a tripod, this is not a run and gun camera (and not for the size, for the capabilities, e.g. no image stabilization etc.).

Besides even with the battery pack it's still tiny compared to studio rigs.

April 9, 2019 at 10:05AM

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So.... how is this supposed to fit under my cage? Looks like fits flush to the body. Not worth 250. For less than 100 I rigged a dyi power solution that lasts just as long as this. If I had enough I could spend as much money as this accessory and get a power solution that lasts 4 times as long. Ya’ll need to stop complaining about battery life and treat this like a brain. No one complains about red cameras having crappy battery life, instead they buy a giant battery.

April 9, 2019 at 12:13AM

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Couldn't agree more...

April 9, 2019 at 2:44AM

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Kayode
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Yep thought the same about the cage. Dummy battery to NPF batteries is perfect for me.

April 9, 2019 at 5:54AM

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Matthias Pöltinger
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> So.... how is this supposed to fit under my cage?

Who said it has to fit your particular cage? Get another cage.

April 9, 2019 at 10:05AM

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"This piece seems to scream put me in a studio/set on a tripod."

It doesn't scream anything of the sort. Looks very much like a Canon dSLR with a grip, perfectly suited to carrying around. Clearly it wont work with a cage, but when carrying with an IS'd lens as a light weight set up I think it will work perfectly, and will double battery life and balance the camera with bigger lenses

April 9, 2019 at 6:09AM

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If this would have came out initially with the camera, I’d likely ordered BMPCC4K but these rolling pay as you go accessories are making investment in the GH5 more worthwhile. The vlog-L and Rokinon Cine lenses are orgasmic.

April 9, 2019 at 1:23PM, Edited April 9, 1:25PM

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Freddy Long
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As someone who uses the smallrig cage + shoulder rig with the BMPCC4K, this grip is not going fulfill my needs. That said, most of my shoots are in very controlled environments. I would consider this if I suddenly found myself having to travel for shoots and needed a very small setup. That said, it sucks that I would not be able to use the current smallrig cage.

April 9, 2019 at 6:26PM

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George Gomez
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The camera cuts off without warning when shooting. That’s a huge problem. The rush to get products to market seems to make companies cut corners where they shouldn’t and this is just a bulky patch. The issue for me isn’t necessarily the battery life (although it’s quite short) the issue is that the battery will die without warning like when I was in the middle of filming famous actress Tes

April 9, 2019 at 7:09PM

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