Your complete overview of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Gear Oct 07, 2019

The new innovative Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is the camera that has surprised many video creators and filmmakers by its new features and design.  The combination of the latest advanced digital film technologies and the design, allows you to have it all just in a palm of your hand.

Lets take a closer look at the BMPCC 4K itself including;

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Description of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K features a 4/3 size sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and a dual native ISO up to 25,600, meaning that you will get amazing HDR images and astonishing low light performance. External controls are able to give you quick access to the main functions, while the large 5inch touch-screen makes it simple to frame shots, focus accurately and change camera settings. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K includes features as built in SD/UHS-II or CFast 2.0recorders ir RAW or ProRes at up to 120 fps. Moreover, the camera has an MFT lens mount, built-in microphones, full sized HDMI, XLR input, 3D LUT support, Bluetooth and more.

The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has a 5″ touchscreen LCD display, which reduces the needs for an external, on-board monitor, at the same time as a full-sized HDMI port allows you to take the signal to a larger display.

As more about audio features, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K includes a mini XLR input with phantom power, a 3.5mm jack and an internal stereo microphone. In addition, the camera also includes a Bluetooth remote control. Moreover, for adjustable post-production control, a license key for DaVinci Resolve Studio is included.

Specifications of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

General

Model Name: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Weight: 1.5 lb / 680.38 g

Size: 7 x 3.8 x 3.4" / 177.8 x 96.52 x 86.36 mm

Waterproof: No

Image sensor

Sensor Type: CMOS

Effective Megapixels: 8

Sensor Format: 4/3

Sensor size: 18.96 x 10 mm (4/3")

Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter

Advertised Dynamic Range: 13 Stops

ISO: 100 to 25,600 (Expanded)

Camera

Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds

Lens Communication: Yes

Built-In ND Filter: None

Built-In Microphone Type: Stereo

Recording Mediar: 1 x CFast 2.0 Card Slot 1 x SDXC UHS-II Card Slot

Internal Recording

Raw Recording: Raw: 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (21 to 203 MB/s)

Recording Modes:

ProRes 422HQ: 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (117.88 MB/s)

3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (110 Mb/s)

1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (27.5 MB/s)

ProRes 422: 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (78.63 MB/s)

3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (73.6 MB/s)

1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (18.4 MB/s)

ProRes 422LT: 4096 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (54.63 MB/s)

3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (51 MB/s)

1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (12.75 MB/s)

ProRes 422 Proxy: 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (24.25 MB/s)

3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (22.4 MB/s)

1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (5.6 MB/s)

External Recording

Video Output: 4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI: 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps

Raw Output: USB: 4096 x 2160 12-Bit at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps 3840 x 2160 12-Bit at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps 1920 x 1080 12-Bit at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps

Interfaces

Video Connectors: 1 x HDMI Output

Audio Connectors: 1 x Mini XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Mic/Line Level Input 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output

Other I/O: 1 x USB Type-C Video Output 1 x 3.5 mm Timecode Input (Shared with 3.5 mm Mic/Line input)

Wireless Interfaces: Bluetooth Control

Display

Display Type: LCD

Screen Size: 5"

Touchscreen: Yes

Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Storage Features

Storage Type: 1 x CFast 2.0. 1 x SD UHS-II card. 1 x high speed USB-C expansion port for external media

Recording Formats: Blackmagic RAW Q0, Q5, 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 at 4096 x 2160, 3R0 and 1920 x 1080 with film, extended video or video dynamic range. ProRes at 4096 x 2160, 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080 with film, extended video or video dynamic range or custom 3D LUT

Storage Rates: 4096 x 2160 Blackmagic RAW 3:1 - 135 MB/s Blackmagic RAW 5:1 - 81 MB/s Blackmagic RAW 8:1 - 51 MB/s Blackmagic RAW 12:1 - 34 MB/s Blackmagic RAW Q0 - 81 to 203 MB/s * Blackmagic RAW Q5 - 21 to 58 MB/s ** Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 117.88 MB/s Apple ProRes 422 - 78.63 MB/s Apple ProRes 422 LT - 54.63 MB/s Apple ProRes Proxy - 24.25 MB/s 3840 x 2160 Blackmagic RAW 3:1 - 127 MB/s Blackmagic RAW 5:1 - 76 MB/s Blackmagic RAW 8:1 - 48 MB/s Blackmagic RAW 12:1 - 32 MB/s Blackmagic RAW Q0 - 76 to 190 MB/s * Blackmagic RAW Q5 - 19 to 55 MB/s ** Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 110 MB/s Apple ProRes 422 - 73.6 MB/s Apple ProRes 422 LT - 51 MB/s Apple ProRes Proxy - 22.4 MB/s 1920 x 1080 Blackmagic RAW 3:1 - 33 MB/s Blackmagic RAW 5:1 - 20 MB/s Blackmagic RAW 8:1 - 13 MB/s Blackmagic RAW 12:1 - 8 MB/s Blackmagic RAW Q0 - 20 to 49 MB/s * Blackmagic RAW Q5 - 5 to 14 MB/s ** Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 27.5 MB/s Apple ProRes 422 - 18.4 MB/s Apple ProRes 422 LT - 12.75 MB/s Apple ProRes Proxy - 5.6 MB/s

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes

Built-In GPS: No

Microphone Jack: Yes

Headphone Jack: Yes

Total Video Inputs: None

Total Video Outputs: 1 x HDMI Type A

Analog Audio Inputs: 1 x mini XLR analog switchable between mic with phantom power support and line level (up to +14dBu). 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Input. Can also be used for Timecode input

Computer Interface: USB Type-C for external drive recording and software updates

Power

Power Supply: 1 x External 12V power supply

External Power Input: 1 x 2-pin locking connector

Battery Type: Canon LP-E6

Battery Life: Approximately 60 minutes (recording at 24 fps without any external USB-C device connected)

Power: 12V-20V

Software

Software Included:

Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Operating System

DaVinci Resolve Studio on SD Card

Blackmagic Camera Setup

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FAQ

How is the Autofocus working on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K?
The autofocus on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is not continious. It has a touch autofocus, which works very well, especially when moving.

How is the battery life on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K?
It can work up to 55-60 minutes on continuous recording.

How sharp is 120fps?
120 fps is not the sharpest footage, but nevertheless, it gives an amazing quality of an image. It is still sharp enough to shoot an extreme slow-motion shot, depending on the preferences.

Places for you to purchase and rent the BMPCC 4K

If you are considering getting started shooting with the BMPCC 4K, you can rent daily, weekly or monthly from Wedio, a camera-sharing community, or buy from your local retailer.

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