When the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera first appeared on the market the Panosonic GH5 was a long way in the distant future and the GH4 would not be released for another year. What Blackmagic’s pint-sized camera did offer over its competitors was lossless 12-bit CinemaDNG files as well as Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), albeit at 1080p. The Pocket Cinema Camera was a titan in its day but has been usurped by more capable cameras from Sony and Panasonic. At this year’s NAB trade show Blackmagic Design looks to regain the throne with the much-awaited follow up to this little giant, with the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.
The predominant feature of this new handheld unit is its ability to record in 4K. Unlike its predecessor, which was limited to 1080p, the new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K records 4096 x 2160 at 60 fps in 10-bit ProRes or 12-bit RAW. A cropped 1080 120 fps mode will be available as well.
Unfortunately, it won’t be able to shoot in Apple’s new ProRes RAW as of yet, but there is talk of