Product review: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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Many video creators and filmmakers were somewhat surprised when Blackmagic released their innovative Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. The camera combines the latest advancements in the digital film technology arena with a design that allows you to have it all just in the palm of your hand.

4,3/5

4,3

Based upon2 reviews from Wedio members

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Effectiveness

3,0

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Usability

5,0

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Value for money

5,0

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Overall rating

4,3

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Is it worth it?

Yes

BPCC is a mighty camera for beginners and aspiring filmmakers. It even has a stills function - but is definitely a video camera and not a machine designed for photography.

No

This is not a camera for all you vloggers and YouTubers out there, since there is no continuous autofocus and no flippy screen. But great for shooting while travelling, indie filmmakers, small production companies and for documentaries.

Pros

Price

Utility

Dual native ISO

HDR

Pro audio and power input.

Cons

small sensor

Not weather sealed because it needs air cooling

Battery life

Complete Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Review

Image quality

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at 60fps, features a 4/3 CMOS size sensor, and a dual native ISO up to 25,600, meaning that you will get amazing HDR images and excellent low light performance. External controls give you quick access to the main functions, while the large 5-inch touchscreen makes it simple to frame shots, focus accurately, and change camera settings.

The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has a 5″ touchscreen LCD, which reduces the need for an external monitor. At the same time, it includes a full-sized HDMI port, allowing you to easily connect to a larger display.

Connectivity

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K includes a mini XLR input with phantom power, a 3.5mm jack, an internal stereo microphone and includes a Bluetooth remote control. A license key for the post-production DaVinci Resolve Studio is also included. Am I the only one who thinks, that's a genius name for software?

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K includes features such as built-in SD/UHS-II or CFast 0 recorders in RAW or ProRes at up to 120 fps in full HD. The camera has an MFT lens mount, XLR input, 3D LUT support, and more.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K vs. Z CAM E2-S6 Super 35 6K

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Z CAM E2-S6 Super 35 6K

Weight

680.38 g

1090 g

Lens Mount

Micro Four Thirds

Canon EF

Dimensions

11.3 x 10.8 x 5.8

4.81 x 3.91 x 3.6"

ISO Sensitivity

100 to 25,600

400 to 1250

Battery type

Canon LP-E6

Sony L-Series

Operating Tempature

32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C

32 to 72°F / 0 to 40°C

Display Type

LCD

Fixed LCD

Advertised Dynamic Range

13 Stops

14 Stops

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Final verdict

This gimbal is perfect if you’re a vlogger or event photographer or need a gimbal that you can take with you on your travels.

The Weebill 2 Pro combo kit is a great stabilizer. In addition, its small size and relative lightweight, even when loaded, make it an attractive gimbal option.

The size and balance are all exceptionally well thought out. Once the follow focus is connected, the smoothness of the rotation and degree of adjustment make it a potent tool.

Considering the Weebill 2 Pro Combo kit’s price and size, it’s an excellent tool and certainly a worthy candidate, even compared to some of the more expensive and sturdier gimbals on the market.

Are you thinking of shooting with the BMPCC 4K? You can rent it daily, weekly or monthly through Wedio (Available in Denmark, Berlin, Amsterdam, and London), the camera-sharing community. You can also buy it from your local camera retailer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K worth it?

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is definitely not perfect, with stunning 4K capture and a comprehensive array of connections, its pros heavily outweigh its cons.

Does Black Magic Pocket 4K have autofocus

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K doesn't have the autofocus system found in most cameras you can purchase today. However, the autofocus it does have is easy to use — just tap on your subject via the touchscreen. However, it won't follow your subject and adjust focus automatically.

Does Blackmagic pocket 4K have image stabilization?

Blackmagic Pocket 4K/6K cameras gain in-body stabilization through firmware update. : r/bmpcc.

Is Pocket 4K full-frame?

The BMPCC 4K is NOT a full frame camera. It comes with a Four Thirds (4/3) HDR sensor, which basically means the sensor size is smaller than a full-frame sensor, which is equivalent to a 35mm film format.

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Review by Nineties1

Nineties

Aarhus C, DK

5,0

Video Film

København NV, DK

3,7

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How we tested this product

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