Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K uses the same Blackmagic OS as URSA Mini. That means you get the world’s most advanced camera operating system and many of the same professional features found on larger cameras! If you’re just getting started, you can learn how to use the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K today and move up to an URSA Mini when you’re ready! If you already use an URSA Mini, there’s nothing new to learn!

You get a modern touchscreen interface that uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. The Blackmagic OS gives you incredible control of advanced camera features including 3D LUTs for both recording and monitoring, HDR output via HDMI, metadata entry, custom presets, extended video format, Bluetooth remote control, external timecode from the audio input, RAW recording and more!

Shooting Resolutions

4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 1920 x 1080 (HD).

Frame Rates

Maximum sensor frame rate dependent on resolution and codec selected. Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported.
Off-speed frame rates up to 60 fps in 4K DCI, 120 fps in HD windowed.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – Newsshooter at NAB 2018 from Newsshooter on Vimeo.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

5 thoughts on “NAB 2018…BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K £1029

  1. Why no view finder? Just how good will it be for use in bright sunlight. They suggest event use but you need to see to use it!

  2. Now that does look like an interesting camera. It appears to have ignored what everyone else is doing and is something really original. Love the large screen, of course it would have been nice to have been able to see it while filming yourself but it sill looks like a lot of camera for the money.

    This might well be my first Blackmagic camera

  3. It’s a micro four third sensor(little wider), compared to a fullframe 35mm that would mean a ~ 2x crop factor. It will give you 24mm fov when you put on a 12mm ff lens, 400mm fov when you put on a 200mm ff lens.

    I’m curious if there will be any (simple) autofocus stuff using canon EF lenses with a active adapter compared to native Panasonic/Olympus lenses.

    Would the 5 inch screen will allow calibration like the new atomos ninja V?

    What about lossy cineform codec, which is already supported in Davinici Resolve, instead of the licensed Prores or avid dnxhd stuff.

  4. Had the opportunity to take some Video footage with this beast Camera at a Trade show. I was able to do a few recording sessions as well in doors and outdoor but only for a few mins. I recorded through all the settings that the Camera had to offer. the footage is great, but prefer the Panasonic GH5s to be honest. Great Camera though, maybe once it is released it will be better. Thanks Blackmagic for the opportunity.

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