The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is the second, fully-updated iteration of the Pocket Cinema Camera. It features a Micro 4/3, 18.95 × 10mm CMOS sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, and it captures DCI 4K at up to 60p in RAW (12-bit) and ProRes (10-bit). It also takes 4K stills simultaneously.
This prosumer camcorder works beautifully in low light thanks to the large sensor size and dual ISO. Dual ISO puts the control in your hands, allowing the The Lens Loft modification of native ISO whenever you need to reduce noise; in a range of 100–25600.
Thanks to the micro 4/3 mount, this camera is compatible with a variety of lenses. Use the light Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Lenses or use lenses from other manufacturers with C, EF, and PL adaptors.
Composition and settings changes are easy thanks to the 5-inch, 1080p touchscreen that runs on the same operating system as Blackmagic’s URSA mini. You won’t necessarily need an external monitor because of the large display size, but you can attach one via HDMI. Clear audio is possible thanks to four built-in microphones, and professional quality audio is an input away: the Blackmagic 4K has 3.5mm and +48 V Phantom Power XLR inputs.
Although the quality is high, you’ll want to consider your power and storage needs. When recording 4K (60p) RAW files to CFast 2.0 and SD UHS-II, you’ll get approximately 7 minutes of recording time for each 256GB. You’ll want an external USB-C drive for longer shoots. This camera works with Canon’s LP-E6 and LP-E6n batteries; however, battery life is about an hour.
This is a hardy camera, and its compact body is wrapped in carbon fiber to keep it lightweight. The rubberized grip makes it easy to hold onto, and the intuitive design makes this a perfect choice for vloggers and videographers alike.
- Sensor: Micro 4/3; 18.95 × 10mm CMOS sensor
- ISO Range: 100–25600
- Display Size: 5 inches
- Image Stabilization: No
- File Format: RAW | ProRes
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Weather Resistant: No
- Built-in Flash: No
- Battery: Canon LP-E6
- Connectivity: USB Type-C | HDMI Output | Mini XLR Input with +48 V Phantom Power| 3.5mm