For many years, Blackmagic Design has been a major player in the film industry, supplying all types of great equipment for videographers and filmmakers, including equipment for the beginner all the way to high-end equipment for professional studios. Blackmagic Design cameras are well-liked and offer many industry leading features.
One of their newest releases is the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. This camera is being touted as “the next generation handheld 4K digital film camera”.
The camera has a four-thirds size sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, and dual native ISO up to 25.600. Additional features include a very bright 5-inch touchscreen, both SD and CFast card slots, 4 built-in microphones, a mini XLR input with phantom power, a 3.5mm stereo audio jack, a USB-C Expansion Port, a full-sized HDMI port and Bluetooth. CFast 2.0 cards can record in RAW format, and ProRes at up to 120 frames per second. If there is a need for a long high-resolution recording, you can also record directly to an external SSD or flash disk via the built-in USB-C Expansion Port. The built-in audio recorders have high-quality preamps and eliminate the need to use a separate audio recorder.
The new handheld design makes the camera easier to grip, and its features make it a capable digital cinema camera for many types of events ranging from fashion shows and weddings to independent films and documentaries.
Despite its powerful features, the compact size of this camera makes it very portable. It uses standard removable LP-E6 type batteries, and if installed, they can be charged while using the AC adapter to power the camera. The batteries can also be charged using portable battery packs plugged into the USB-C Expansion Port since that port also accepts power.