NAB: Blackmagic Design unveils two new cameras

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Picture: Blackmagic Design.
Australian broadcast equipment to camera maker Blackmagic Design has used NAB to announce not one, but two new cameras.

The first camera, the 4K resolution Blackmagic Production Camera, is similar in design to the existing Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC) but has a larger, Super35mm sensor that can record video in 4K resolution. It also has a global shutter for an even more film-like look.

But although some pundits had expected a 4K model from Blackmagic at some point, the second camera, the Pocket Cinema Camera, was not expected.

The full HD compact camera, based around a Super 16mm chip, looks similar to a compact system camera, and especially, the Sony NEX-5n. The camera will have an active micro four thirds mount, compatible with the growing range of Panasonic, Olympus and third-party lenses. The manufacturer also claims 13 stops of dynamic range.

Although the BMCC records on to a solid state drive docked in the camera body, the Pocket camera records ProRes 422 (HQ) and CinemaDNG RAW using standard SD cards.

At the moment it seems the Pocket camera will have 30fps and the film-standard 24fps, as well as Europe’s preferred 25fps. The camera has a minijack audio (and headphone socket) and HDMI with overlays, but with a proposed price tag of $999, and its compact size, video producers looking for a high-quality portable camera are likely to accept these as small trade offs.

The Production Camera records video at 24, 25 and 30fps to a 2.5 inch SSD, in the same ProRes 422 (HQ) and CinemaDNG RAW formats. It will come with Thunderbolt and 6G-SDI connections and is expected to cost $4000. The camera will feature an EF mount for Canon lenses.