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Blackmagic Unveils 4K “Compact” Camera
By Joseph Tepper, April 11, 2018 @ 08:47 AM (EST)

Blackmagic Design has unveiled their Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, a slimmed-down mirrorless-style setup that offers 4K RAW recording and a host of other pro features.

The 4K version is a follow-up to 2013’s Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera, which did catch on a bit in the underwater imaging realm with housings offered by Nauticam, Subal and Recsea. Built around a 4/3 HDR sensor with 4096x2160 resolution, the new camera offers recording up to 4K/60p, 13 stops of dynamic range, and a native ISO of up to 25600.

There are dedicated buttons for ISO, shutter, aperture, white balance, and more. There are a bunch of connection options, such as HDMI, USB, a mini LXR connection with 48 volts of phantom power for pro mics, a 3.5mm mic input, and a locking DC power connector.

Interestingly, the price tag of the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K ($1,295) sits below that of such 4K video powerhouses like the GH5 ($1,800 +). It will be interesting to see if users are willing to forgo much of the still photography prowess of hybrid mirrorless cameras for the more affordable, and slightly smaller option. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K will be available later in 2018.


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