Blackmagic Gets NAB Buzzing Over 4K Pocket Camera

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

It always happens this way. You fly into Vegas for the NAB Show and you have your shuttle swing by the convention center to grab a peak. And what do you find? Blackmagic’s banner teasing another headline, and finally. FINALLY! It’s for a 4K Pocket Cinema Camera!

At this point. That’s really all we know, as the banner has an image mostly in shadow.  But based on what I can see, it will look a bit different from its 1080p older brother. So speculation will be just that.

Some on Twitter are wondering if what looks like a central core is a 4K micro Cinema Camera that docks into a pocket case. That would be crazy. But we’re talking Blackmagic here. Anything is possible.

The Original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

However, I think we can come pretty close by looking at the specs from the original and simply take the next step.

It’s officially called the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. This is in keeping with BMD’s nomenclature of adding resolution on the tail end.

4k (obviously)

Raw. Since the original Pocket received a firmware update for Raw down the road, it would be a given. But will the 4K Pocket shoot in Apple’s latest ProRes RAW? Well that’s a good question, but if that were the case, I’m guessing it’ll be with a firmware update later in the year.

I’d also expect 60 FPS, at least in HD, but 4K would be better. Maybe even 120p HD.

Micro 4/3s sensor (the original had a super 16) and Mount. And maybe WiFi or even broadcast/streaming. And I’d love to see an articulating screen.

Price? Well the MSRP of the original was $995. I’d expect Blackmagic to meet or beat it.

Outside of that, we won’t find out until first thing Monday morning at the Blackmagic Presser. And that will be a wild ride.

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Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.


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