Blackmagic unveils its new Pocket Cinema 4K Camera | Mosaicoon Lab

Blackmagic unveils its new Pocket Cinema 4K Camera


The wait is over: Blackmagic finally presented its new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K during the NAB 2018 in Las Vegas. Compared to the previous model, the new compact camera brings a nice set of improvements and features.

Blackmagic unveils its new Pocket Cinema 4K Camera | Mosaicoon Lab

Blackmagic unveils its new Pocket Cinema 4K Camera | Mosaicoon LabThe first change is resolution: despite having the dimensions of a common mirrorless camera, the new Blackmagic Pocket can shoot in 4K (4096×2160 pixels, 60 fps and full HD at up to 120fps with an enhanced crop factor). You can record footage in 10-bit ProRes or 12-bit RAW formats.

But 4K is just part of the deal.

The new USB-C port for power or recording to external SSD is quite a nice feature.

Thanks to the mini XLR audio input with phantom power, you can record audio from a professional microphone directly into the camera.

The camera body is way more robust and resistant, as it is made of carbon and policarbonate. That makes us turn a blind eye to the design, which could have actually been more appealing.

The image quality has also improved: the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema features a full-size 4/3 HDR sensor with native 4096 x 2160 resolution, 13 stops of dynamic range dual native ISO with up to 25600 ISO for incredible low light performance. Compared to the previous model, mounting a Super16 sensor with a 3x crop factor, this new version is designed to perfectly match MFT lenses so that the crop factor is greatly reduced, giving you a wider field of view.

And now to the power supply: the Pocket Cinema Camera features a standard Canon LP-E6 battery and can be charged via USB-C or the locking DC power connector, which keeps the camera firmly plugged in while shooting.

On the back there’s room for a large 5 inch touchscreen monitor with Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels).

Last but not least, the camera will be launched at a very competitive price ($1,295), including a full DaVinci Resolve Studio license to work on color correction. This provides extra value for the money, as the license costs $299 if bought separately.

Being affordable and technologically advanced, this camera already had a great success at NAB and is definitely one of the most interesting products of 2018.

Blackmagic announced that it will be released in September.