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Blackmagic Design’s latest camera promises the latitude of film with the convenience of digital

By Marcus Wong - on 30 Jul 2018, 3:23pm

Blackmagic Design launches their new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Blackmagic Design’s latest camera – the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – features a 4/3-inch sensor for capturing up to 4,096 x 2,160-pixels resolution (4K DCI) images at rates up to 60fps. It has dual native ISO range up to 25,600 and a 13 stops dynamic range, making the camera perfect for HDR and low light. It also comes with fourth-generation Blackmagic Design color science with film, video, and extended video modes for even greater images straight out of the camera.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K measures 17.78 x 9.65 x 8.64 cm. Its rear is dominated by a large 5-inch (1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution) touchscreen that lets you easily change and review settings while removing the need for an external monitor. The camera takes both SD (UHS-II supported) and CFast 2.0 cards (these are speedier CompactFlash cards that are based on the SATA instead of PATA inteface), and is able to record in RAW and ProRes at up to 120 frames per second, so storage isn’t an issue. In fact, you can even plug in an external flash drive to the high-speed USB-C expansion port for longer recording times. No more carrying around stacks of memory cards!

No worries about lack of storage when you can record straight to external disk,

SD or CFast? The choice is yours.

Built to be portable, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has a durable and lightweight carbon fiber reinforced composite body, four built-in microphones, built-in recorders, and enough external buttons and dials to allow for quick access without menu-diving. Quickly check framing and focus, capture audio, and record straight to cards in the camera.  The menu and interface are the same as the ones found on the URSA Mini camera, so current Blackmagic users should feel right at home with the new camera.

For easier expansion options, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K features a full-sized HDMI connector, a mini XLR connection (with 48 volts of phantom power), a 3.5mm microphone jack, and a professional locking DC power connector. The camera’s USB-C expansion port also accepts power, so the camera can easily be charged via laptop or power bank for all-day shoots.

All the jacks you need for professional level audio recording.

To top it off, you also get a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio with the camera, giving you a complete post-production solution for free. Adopt a completely lossless workflow for native editing, color grading, audio post, and visual effects right from the start, and you’ll always have your videos looking their best.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K will be available from September 2018 for US$1,295.00 (body only). Local availability and pricing have yet to be announced.

Sources: Blackmagicdesign, 43Rumors.com, B&H