Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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edited September 20, 2018 in Video

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K was announced many months ago, but the product itself was not ready for market. The current shipping date is Oct 5 (expected availability date) so it may be time to start a discussion.

From the Blackmagic site (emphasis mine):

The revolutionary new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is the camera you’ve been asking for! It features an all new handheld design that puts the latest advanced digital film technology into the palm of your hand! The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has a 4/3 size sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and dual native ISO up to 25,600. That means you get stunning HDR images and incredible low light performance! The external controls give you quick access to essential functions, while the large 5 inch touchscreen makes it easy to frame shots, focus accurately and change camera settings. Images are recorded onto standard SD/UHS-II or CFast 2.0 cards in RAW and ProRes at up to 120 frames per second! In addition, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has an MFT lens mount, built-in microphones, mini XLR input, full sized HDMI, 3D LUT support, Bluetooth, USB-C Expansion Port and more!

Effective Sensor Size
18.96mm x 10mm (Four Thirds)

Lens Mount
Active MFT mount.

Lens Control
Iris, focus and zoom on supported lenses.

Dynamic Range
13 Stops.

Dual Native ISO
400 and 3200

Shooting Resolutions
4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 1920 x 1080 (HD).

Frame Rates
Maximum sensor frame rate dependent on resolution and codec selected. Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported.
Off-speed frame rates up to 60 fps in 4K DCI, 120 fps in HD windowed.

Focus
Focus button turns on peaking, auto focus available using compatible lenses.

Iris Control
Iris wheel and touchscreen slider for manual iris adjustment on electronically controllable lenses, iris button for instant auto iris settings on compatible lenses so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video mode.

Screen Dimensions
5” 1920 x 1080.

Screen Type
LCD capacitive touchscreen.

Metadata Support
Automatically populated lens data from electronic Micro Four Thirds lenses. Automatic recording of camera settings and slate data such as project, scene number, take and special notes.

Controls
Touchscreen menus on 5 inch screen. 1 x Power Switch, 1 x Record Button, 1 x Stills Button, 1 x Scroll Wheel with push integrated into handgrip, 1 x ISO Button, 1 x White Balance, 1 x Shutter Button, 3 x software configurable Fn buttons, 1 x High Frame Rate (HFR) Button, 1 x Zoom Button, 1 x Menu Button, 1 x Play Button, 1 x Focus Button and 1 x IRIS Button.

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.

Analog Audio Outputs
1 x 3.5mm headphone jack.

Computer Interface
USB Type-C for external drive recording, software updates and media download.

Price: $1,295 - Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio on SD Card. (DaVinci Resolve Studio is $299 editing software.)

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  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Posts: 20,350Super Moderators moderator
    edited September 20, 2018

    Videos

    Intro

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    10 THINGS TO KNOW - Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - Kinotika

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K ‘Nature’


    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
    Apple ProRes 422
    ISO400, 1250 and 2500
    Sigma 18-35mm, Rokinon Cine 50mm EF lenses
    Metabones Speedbooster to Micro Four Thirds

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    Blackmagic Pocket 4k - Sample Footage ISO 3200 Lowlight


    For the last few weeks, I had the pleasure of testing Blackmagic Pocket 4k camera.
    I call this film “First Light” as we filmed this during sunrise with all natural lights.

    Stacked the Lumix 12-35 ii onto the Pocket 4k with Variable ND Filter.
    The purpose of this test was to see how much details does it really capture in low light situations and how much can we pull in post-production.

    ISO 400,800, 1250, 3200
    4K Resolution
    RAW 3.1

    Most of the shots are filmed on ISO 3200.
    Editing and Graded in Davinci Resolve 15

    In some footages I have pulled highlight down to bring back the sky, the footage did not loose details and stayed clean. On a few ISO 3200 footages, I have increased shadows and mid details. No thanks for online compression it becomes difficult showing any footages correctly at its actual quality.

    Like any camera, no matter it being capable in low light or now if you push too much in post-production the footages could break. Since I recorded raw I had the opportunity of changing exposure in post, that does not mean noise won't appear as I filmed in this a low light situation. On the footage's where noise was noticeable, I have denoised using Davinci Resolve internal denoising.

    I do expect a lot of comments on bending. Have done alot of test on fixing this issue.
    Bending on gradients are coming for many reasons. Online Compression, 8bit color export, codec, 8bit monitor playback and many more.

    The original files do not have gradient bending. When exporting in 10bit color with h265 bending is not noticeable at all. Will explore options to upload the 10bit color option to vimeo.

    Perfect for B Cam with URSA Mini Pro

    The major advantage of the Pocket 4k is the ability to use lightweight setup Gimbals without using the heavier setups as Pocket 4k will match well with the URSA Mini Pro.

    The entire film is shot on Zhiyun Tech Crane 2.
    It was quite simple to balance the camera on Zhiyun’s gimbal.

    The camera performs extremely considering the size and the functions it provides.

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  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Posts: 20,350Super Moderators moderator

    Lenses for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    "wolfcrow" has an excellent page on lens recommendations. The Best Lenses for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Posts: 20,350Super Moderators moderator

    I may have spoken too soon about this camera's shipping date. B&H has changed their shipping date into November and Adorama only says that you can preorder now. Who knows when it might actually ship?

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    Shooting with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - Hands on Review

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    BMPCC4K Review & Guide #2 "Form & Operation" Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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    Your questions answered: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - Part 1

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  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Posts: 20,350Super Moderators moderator
    edited October 12, 2018

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K ‘The Color of Light’

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K 'Life from the Ocean'

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    Max discusses his own camera and a first use family outing review, the good and the bad.

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K first Review - Beautiful but Limiting!

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    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - Test Shots and Full Walkthrough - Hands-On BMPCC

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    Blackmagic Pocket 4K - Real World Footage & Review [ 4K ]

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    Chiang Mai 1 Day trip with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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    A weekend in Romagna - Shot on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC4K)

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    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K review: A pint-sized video powerhouse - Engadget

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    5 Reasons the BMPCC 4K is the Best Video Camera - KaiW

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    This video shows how to add (relatively) cheap storage and battery options, to allow longer shooting and fewer battery changes.

    BMPCC4K IS MIND BLOWING. DO NOT BUY UNLESS. - MAKE. ART. NOW.

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