It feel like a joke is being played on us with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. The specs are too good and the price is too low for it to be a real thing. I recently said to a friend of mine, when asked what I would like to see from Blackmagic this year at NAB, was a 4K 60fps raw Pocket 2, with a possible dual ISO sensor for the Ursa Mini Pro. I never would have dreamed that they would combine the two.
Let’s just run down these specs:
- 4/3 Sensor (2x Crop instead of the 3x Crop of the Pocket 1)
- DCI 4K at up to 60fps (Raw and ProRes)
- Full HD 1080p at up to 120fps (Raw and ProRes, Windowed)
- Cinema DNG Raw, 3:1 and 4:1
- ProRes 422 HQ, 422, 422 LT, 422 Proxy
- Dual Native ISO 400/3200
- 13 Stops of Dynamic Range
- 5” Touchscreen Monitor
- CFast and SD card Slots
- Canon LP-E6 Battery Powered
- Includes Da Vinci Resolve 15 Studio
- Price: $1295
It feels like Blackmagic paid close attention to their target consumer with the Pocket 2. Low light has always been a problem for Blackmagic, but with this new sensor being a dual native iso sensor of 400/3200, clean lowlight images should no longer be an issue. There’s rumors that the Pocket 2 shares the same sensor as the Panasonic GH5s. If that’s true, mixed with Blackmagic’s color science, we should be in for a treat. The addition of 4K 60fps and 1080p 120fps, was a big bonus as well, as many were expecting 30 tops.
Due to the sheer size of this camera, it shouldn’t be called the Pocket 2. This more resembles their first 2.5K cinema camera, in both size and design. It’s not massive by any means, but when compared to the original pocket, it has certainly put on a few ounces. To me, it looks like an Ursa Mini Pro is bursting out of the chest of a Minolta Maxxum. It has every feature I could want, including one beautifully gigantic back monitor, and all the buttons in the right place, it’s just ugly. At the end of the day, I don’t really care what a camera looks like, but I had been impressed by Blackmagic’s designs in the past and this left me scratching my head.
Looks aside, it has almost everything you could want in a camera, on paper that is. Though Blackmagic hit a home run with the unexpected release and delivery of the Ursa Mini Pro, their past still haunts them in getting products to market on their stated delivery date. In the case of the Ursa Mini 4.6K, there was also a loss of a global shutter, as well as the URSA crowd still waiting for an updated sensor that was promised for their cameras. I have faith that Blackmagic has learned their lesson in this department, and that we’ll see cameras showing up in stock come September 2019…I mean 2018.
Look for our hands on review, once we get our hands on it! Preorders are up below.