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Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design

Pocket Cinema Camera

Pocket size digital film camera


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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

4K Pocket size digital film camera

On launch, the 1080 Pocket Cinema Camera, however, was an instant sensation. The size of a smartphone, it's a true go anywhere system but this is no point and shoot device. Full HD, very low compression rates, great filmic effects from the large sensor and 13 stops of dynamic range means it's a really exciting prospect.

We highly recommend purchasing the power pack for markedly longer recording times.

Technology Guides

  • Ultra Portable Design
  • Lightweight and Rugged
  • Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • High Resolution Monitoring
  • Professional Connections
  • Removable Battery (additional battery packs are available)
  • Records to qualified SD Cards only: (such as SanDisk Extreme SD-XC 64GB | Extreme SD-XC 128GB)


Warranty information available from Blackmagic Design's website

A true Super 16 digital film camera that's small enough to take anywhere - Introducing the pocket sized Super 16 digital film camera that's small enough to keep with you at all times, so you'll never miss a shot! Get true digital film images with feature film style 13 stops of dynamic range, Super 16 sensor size, high quality lossless CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes™ recording and the flexibility of an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount, all packed into an incredibly tiny size! The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records 1080HD resolution ProRes 422 (HQ) files direct to fast SD cards, so you can immediately edit or color correct your media on your laptop. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is everything you need to bring cinematic film look shooting to the most difficult and remote locations.

Shoot True Digital Film

The ProRes digital film camera that's always with you.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a true high dynamic range film look camera in an extremely portable size, so now you can shoot cinema quality in situations never before possible! Imagine shooting a documentary, episodic television production, television commercial or independent film in the true quality of digital film. With its extremely compact size, you can covertly shoot important and historic events such as wars, protests and other conflict in cinema quality and get a more realistic record of the event. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a true revolution in how you can shoot digital cinema.

Wide Dynamic Range

Retain more image detail for more color grading power

Regular video cameras shoot limited dynamic range, which is why their pictures look like video. Digital cinema cameras have a much wider dynamic range and is the reason why high end television commercials and feature films look so beautiful.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera delivers a true film look because it captures a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops, so your images look truly cinematic. This means you retain all sensor data for DaVinci Resolve color grading.

Highest Quality

The technology of a digital film camera packed into a tiny size

Precision engineered with state of the art technology, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera takes all the high quality features of a professional digital cinema camera and packs them into an incredibly small size. This premium quality design features a solid magnesium alloy chassis, an MFT mount for interchangeable optics, Super 16 size sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and high quality ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless CinemaDNG RAW file formats! Every aspect of the image path has been totally optimized for quality.

Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Flexible lens mount for all types of quality glass

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera lets you use the most incredible range of lenses. With the Super 16 size sensor you can use a wide range of adapters for film quality Super 16 lenses, or use commonly available low cost Micro Four Thirds lenses and more. With full electronic control of your lens, you can simply point and set iris all on command! The Micro Four Thirds lens mount also gives you the flexibility to adapt to PL or other lens mounts as required.

Record to SD Cards

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a built in SD card recorder that captures stunning ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG files to fast SDXC cards. As an open format, it's compatible with most popular NLE software so you get a digital camera that's perfectly designed for post production workflows. When you’ve finished recording you can easily mount the card straight into a laptop, ready for editing. You can even color grade direct from the card with the included DaVinci Resolve Lite! SD cards are commonly available and can be formatted for either HFS+ or exFAT, making them compatible with either Mac OS X or Windows.

Compatible cards include: SanDisk Extreme SD-XC 64GB | Extreme SD-XC 128GB

Open File Format

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records into high quality ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG files so you retain fine image detail with wide dynamic range for amazing images. This means that Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is one of the few cameras to support true open file formats, so you're not locked into a strange file format that your editing software can't handle. You get two dynamic range settings, film Log or video REC709, so you can choose the right dynamic range for your project. Using DaVinci Resolve Lite you can color correct files natively or transcode them into a different file format to suit your post production workflow.

Ultra Portable Design
Lightweight and incredibly strong

Designed as the world's most compact digital film camera, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a lightweight, elegant design that fits into your pocket. Produced from magnesium alloy for incredible strength, it includes a high resolution LCD for precise focusing and a built in SD recorder, so you get a complete solution without the need to buy expensive accessories. That's vital in such an ultra compact design! With integrated stereo microphones you can also capture great quality sound. The removable rechargeable battery can be swapped quickly, so is perfect when you're on the run.

High Resolution Display

Crystal clear view of your shots

The extremely high resolution 3.5” LCD allows you to monitor while shooting and review recorded files on the SD card. The high resolution screen makes it easy to focus accurately and lets you zoom in to 1:1 size so you focus precisely every time. Camera status displayed at the bottom of the screen shows record status, shutter angle, time lapse interval, aperture setting, ISO, battery level and record time. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera even includes built in metadata entry.

Professional Connections

The professional connections on the side include a micro HDMI out with optional overlays for easy on set monitoring. You also get a standard mini jack microphone input that's compatible with common AV style microphones, plus a mini jack headphone socket for audio monitoring using headphones. A LANC control input is included for remote operation, and you can power the camera and recharge the removable battery with the 12V DC input. Additional battery packs for the Pocket Cinema Camera are available.

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

4K Pocket size digital film camera

What SD cards should I use with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera?
The following SD cards are recommended for Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) recording:
  • Delkin Devices 16GB Elite SDHC UHS-I
  • Delkin Devices 32GB Elite SDHC UHS-I
  • Sandisk 64GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I
  • Sandisk 128GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I
  • Sandisk 16GB Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I
  • Sandisk 64GB Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I
What lenses can I use with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera?
The following lenses have been tested to be compatible with the Pocket Cinema Camera.
  • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0
  • Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5
  • Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 (with stabilization)
  • Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (with stabilization)
  • Panasonic Lumix G 35-100mm f/2.8
  • Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R

*Lenses unlisted may also be compatible but have not been extensively tested.

*The following lenses have been tested with the Olympus MMF-3 Four Thirds Lens to Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount Adapter. When changing lenses that require the adapter, we recommend press the lens release button on the Pocket Cinema Camera after the lens change to ensure that the camera initiates communication with the Four Thirds lens.

Will Pocket Cinema Camera support optical image stabilization?
The Pocket Cinema Camera will support Micro Four Third lenses with built in optical image stabilization that can be enabled via a physical switch. The Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm lens requires optical stabilisation to be enabled via a software command. Unfortunately, this command is not part of the Micro Four Thirds specification and undocumented. The optical stabilization feature on this lens will not work with the Pocket Cinema Camera.
What features of the Pocket Cinema Camera can I control over LANC?
With a suitable LANC controller, the follow features in the Pocket Cinema Camera can be controlled:
  • Record Start and Stop
  • Focus adjustment
  • Autofocus
  • Aperture adjustments
  • Auto iris
* All lens related remote adjustments will require the use of a supported active Micro Four Thirds lens.
What kind of lens adapter can I use?

Due to the short focal flange distance of the Micro Four Thirds standard, you can use a lens adapter if you want to use lenses made for other camera mounting standard on the Pocket Cinema Camera. For example, you may want to use a Nikon F-mount to Micro Four Thirds mount adapter so you can use your Nikon F-mount lenses on the Pocket Cinema Camera.

As there are too many lens adapter available in the market, we recommend you test them out first before commiting to your purchase as lens mount tolerances may be different.

The electronic lens contact on the Pocket Cinema Camera is designed only for the Micro Four Thirds standard. If you mount a lens that can only be controlled electronically on its native mount, you will not be able to control it with the Pocket Cinema Camera.

Can I power the Pocket Cinema Camera externally?
Yes, the Pocket Cinema Camera can run while connected to the DC adapter even if you don’t have a battery inserted. It can also seamlessly switch between the battery and external power without interrupting recording.
What is the measurement of the power connector for the Pocket Cinema Camera?
If you want to use an external power source, use a barrel connector with the following dimensions:
  • Length of plug: 9.5 mm
  • Hole diameter: 0.7 mm
  • External diameter: 2.35 mm
To prevent interfering with HDMI connectors that may also be connected to the camera at the same time, it is recommended that your connector has an external body diameter of not more than 8.3 mm.
What is the maximum power I can send to the Pocket Cinema Camera?
The maximum input voltage limit is +18V. When using an external power source, it is very important to make sure you do not exceed the 18V limit or you will risk damaging the Pocket Cinema Camera.
What type of battery does the Pocket Cinema Camera use?
The Pocket Cinema Camera uses an EN-EL20 rechargable battery.
How long does it take to charge the Pocket Cinema Camera battery?
It takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to fully charge the Pocket Cinema Camera if the battery is empty. If the camera is also being used, the charge time will be approximately 2 hours.

The Pocket Cinema Camera has a small HDMI output, what live resolutions does it provide?

Yes the camera has a Micro HDMI type D output, the only video format provided is 1920x1080p 25.

Can I feed a video switcher or monitor with the live HDMI output from this camera?

Yes, but only if the monitor or switcher  can accept 1920x1080p 25 video format.

New launches at ISE 2020

Here's an overview of our vendors exhibiting at ISE 2020. Please call us on +44 (0)1457 851000 if you would like to book a stand tour with one of our manufacturers. BLACKMAGIC DESIGN HALL 3, STAND C140 The Video Assist 12G 5” and 7” monitor recorders are now shipping. The original HD versions were incredibly popular with AV technicians who wanted to verify SDI and HDMI feeds and check waveform levels. For production teams, their 4K HDR capture makes them a superb on-camera SD card recorder. The ATEM Mini is a very small, cost-effective 4 channel HDMI video switcher with streaming output. Great as a portable mixer or a signal switcher, it’s being adopted by everyone from conference producers to AV technicians looking for simple HDMI switching.

Major announcements from Blackmagic Design

Not just some new products and technical updates from Blackmagic Design. No, these are major new products and massive technical updates.

Holdan offers Blackmagic Design BVE Show Specials

Special BVE Offers

Inside Blackmagic Design's UltraHD Mobile Demo Vehicle

The Blackmagic Design UltraHD Mobile Demo Vehicle is on tour again and 2 extra dates. Come and see the latest Blackmagic Design Ultra HD Solutions. Featuring thier latest products, including those announced at NAB 2014, the UK tour allows you a unique opportunity to discover and experience these first hand.

Big day of updates for Blackmagic

New product updates

It may have dropped in price, but this is no toy.

The Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera could be the camera that launches 1,000 careers. Oscar audiences over the next few years will probably get bored of cinematographers thanking Blackmagic for giving them their first big break.

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8

Major update for Blackmagic cameras

Pocket Cinema Camera goes RAW

Blackmagic Camera Utility 1.5 adds CinemaDNG RAW recording support for Pocket Cinema Camera.

Holdan tours, bringing 4K to the UK

As the distributor of leading manufacturers, Holdan will be showing a vast range of 4K and HD products at the forthcoming Autumn tour. The events taking place in London, Belfast and Leeds are free entry and will give visitors the chance to try out the latest production, post production and streaming equipment.

Blackmagic Design at NAB 2013: an overview

The new products announced included: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Blackmagic Production Camera 4K DaVinci Resolve 10 ATEM Production Studio 4K Blackmagic Audio Monitor SmartScope Duo ATEM Studio Converter 2 DeckLink Mini Recorder and DeckLink Mini Monitor Blackmagic MultiDock New low prices for the Universal Videohub Family

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.9.6

New features for SMPTE Fiber Converters.

  • Add sidetone adjustment on intercom 1 and 2.
  • Add ability to enable phantom power on intercom 1 and 2.
  • Add Level A and B option for down converted 12G program return.
  • Add ability to lock to bi-level reference.
  • Added passthrough of HDR payload IDs.
  • Improved iris control from 12G SDI signals.
  • Improved reference timing accuracy and stability.
  • General performance and stability improvements.

New features for Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K

  • Fixed issue with some Bluetooth commands not responding.

No new features in 6.9.6 for other camera models.

What’s new in Blackmagic RAW 2.0 Public Beta 2

  • Added support for Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K.
  • Added support for dual card recording.
  • Updated to Blackmagic Color Science Gen 5.
  • Added additional ISO support for URSA Mini Pro G1.
  • Added support for Blackmagic RAW 2.0 on Windows.
  • General performance and stability improvements.

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.9.5

New features for Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K.

  • Improved metadata support for ATEM Mini Pro
  • Added support for manual iris ring control on some Panasonic Leica lenses

No new features in 6.9.5 for other camera models.

What’s new in Blackmagic RAW 1.8
  • Added support for Sigma fp Blackmagic RAW clips captured by Blackmagic Video Assist.

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.9.4

New features for original URSA Mini Pro G1 model.

  • Updated this release to fix highlights issue.
  • Add language localization support.
  • Add slider and 1/3rd stop increments when adjusting ISO.
  • Add common off-speed frame rate options above slider.
  • Add ability to embed custom LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips.
  • Add sidetone level adjustment.
  • Add improved ballistics and scaling of audio meters.
  • Add choice of -18 or -20dB reference levels for audio meters.
  • Add ability to remap the HFR button.
  • Add ability to disable function and HFR buttons.
  • Add ability to remap VTR and Ret buttons on B4 lenses.
  • Add quick media switching from the heads up display.
  • Add support for HDR metadata in SDI output.
  • Add 'LUT' icon to status text overlays.
  • Add 'PRE' icon to status text overlays for preset timecode.
  • Add 2:1, 1:1 and 4:5 monitoring frame guides.
  • Add customizable frame guides.
  • Add ability to lock timecode to SDI Input.
  • Retain jam synced timecode after power cycle.
  • Improved jam sync timecode accuracy after playback.
  • Improved stability when using external or program reference.
  • Improved compatibility for embedded audio on SDI outputs.
  • Improved accuracy of status text on SDI outputs.
  • Improved ND filter status text.
  • Improved auto exposure speed and performance.
  • Improved media formatting user interface.

No new features in 6.9.4 for other camera models.

What’s new in Blackmagic RAW 1.7
  • Added support for Panasonic EVA1 Blackmagic RAW clips captured by Blackmagic Video Assist.
  • Added support for Canon EOS C300 Mark II Blackmagic RAW clips captured by Blackmagic Video Assist.
  • Blackmagic RAW Adobe Premiere Pro plugin general performance and stability improvements.

Download the latest Firmware and Software

  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
  • Wrist strap
  • Turret Dust Cap
  • 12V AC Adapter
  • EN-EL20 Lithium Ion Removable/Rechargeable Battery
  • SD Card with Instruction manual and driver loaded (not for use in Camera *)

* Requires a certified SD card

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