Camera Overview

Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is Blackmagic Design’s second-gen update of their popular Pocket Cinema Camera. With many new features and a host of improvements over its predecessor, it is an enticing option for filmmakers and video enthusiasts on a budget.

Experts' Opinion / Reviews

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is a highly capable movie camera with nothing else like it in the current market. It can natively shoot in lossless Raw formats up to 4K-60p with fantastic video quality. It is a great fit for serious video projects, with its excellent pro-level connectivity and multiple storage options while being easy-to-use. It does have a few drawbacks like short battery life and no continuous autofocus, but its capabilities outweigh the downsides.

Overall, BMPCC 4K is a truly revolutionary camera and an incredible value-for-money option for anyone serious about video work. Photographers looking for a stills camera should stay away.

Pros

  • Great 5-inch Full HD touchscreen
  • Superb RAW formats
  • Fantastic 4K video quality
  • DCI 4K & UHD up to 60p
  • Dual native ISO
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount
  • Intuitive & easy-to-use user interface
  • Comprehensive connectivity options
  • Dual Card Slots with multiple storage options
  • Lightweight and tough build quality
  • Excellent price
  • Free DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Superb value for money

Cons

  • Fixed touchscreen with no articulation
  • No continuous autofocus
  • Weak battery life

Camera Details

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Rating

10 Reviews
9.0

Date

April2018

MSRP

$1,295

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Digital Camera WorldSep 10th, 2018
9.0

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K review

With a Micro Four Thirds sensor and lens mount, dual native ISO and a hardware/software combination you would expect to see in a £2,000+ movie camera, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K looks versatile and capable. When you consider its asking price of £1,134/$1,300 – significantly less than the Panasonic GH5S – for video, it makes a lot of sense.

Basil Kronfli, Ben AndrewsReview
TechRadarNov 26th, 2018
9.0

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K review

We’ve seldom reviewed a product that has so many positives, from value for money right through to features. In turn, while 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.

Basil KronfliReview
EngadgetOct 26th, 2018
9.0

Blackmagic BMPCC 4K review: A pint-sized video powerhouse

The much-anticipated successor to Blackmagic’s original Pocket Cinema Camera was well worth the wait. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is around the same size as a mirrorless camera, but has vastly superior video quality. It’s the cheapest and smallest camera, by far, that can record uncompressed RAW DCI 4K video, giving filmmakers more options when shooting and editing. With no in-body stabilization and continuous autofocus, however, it’s not ideal for photographers who dabble in video. At $1,300, though, it will go to the top of any serious videographer’s list.

Steve DentReview Video
Digital TrendsJan 4th, 2019
9.0

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K review

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is a revolutionary product, one that has again lowered the bar for entry into professional video production. It will find a warm welcome in independent productions, student films, and documentaries. Indie filmmakers can actually afford to buy it, rather than having to rent a camera; students will benefit from its professional workflow, simple to learn interface, and low cost; documentarians will appreciate its small size and ease of use, which makes getting set up on location a breeze.

Daven MathiesReview Video
Trusted ReviewsApr 30th, 2019
9.0

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Review

A superb pro-level filmmaker’s camera at a manageable size and a great price

Sam KieldsenReview
Expert ReviewsDec 13th, 2018
8.0

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K review

It might be a bit of a niche product and one that’s rather basic in some respects, but the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is also revolutionary.

Jonathan BrayReview
Camera JabberSep 7th, 2018
9.5

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K review

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is a camera with true crossover appeal. Professionals will appreciate its dynamic range and audio options, as well as the ability to record directly to an external hard drive. It can proudly serve as a secondary camera on shoots and is compatible with a wide range of Micro Four Thirds lenses.

Jeff MeyerReview
Tech Guide (AU)Apr 1st, 2019
9.0

Blackmagic Pocket 4K Cinema Camera review

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K Camera is an excellent package that offers a lot of bang for your buck whether you’re a seasoned professional, an enthusiast or a beginner who want to learn more and achieve amazing results.

Stephen FenechReview
KitGuruNov 20th, 2018
8.5

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Review

You have to work to get the best from the BMPCC 4K but the results are worth the effort.

Leo WaldockReview Video
fullexposure.photographyNov 4th, 2018
9.5

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Review

Superb all round performance, at a steal of a price. Look no further than the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K for all your professional video needs. Its internal 4K 60p RAW and ProRes capabilities at this $1295 price point, makes it a no brainer for anyone in the studio, broadcast and Youtube sections.

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