UPDATED: Blackmagic Cinema Unveils 4K Camera For Under 4K

On the night before the NAB trade show was to open, a photo leaked to the web suggesting the existence of two new Blackmagic Design cameras: a 4K version of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and a smaller S16 HD “pocket cinema camera”.

The 4K Production Camera specs are as follows: Super 35 Sensor, global shutter, Ultra HD and 4K support, built in SSD recorder, touch LCD metadata entry, compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes recording, Thunderbolt, and EF lens compatibility. Includes DaVinci Resolve and UltraScopes. The MSRP suggests $3,995.

UPDATED, from the Blackmagic official press release:

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is housed in the same chassis as the current Blackmagic Cinema Camera so all the third party accessories that have been developed will fit perfectly. It features an EF compatible lens mount as the sensor in this camera is way too large physically, to fit in a MFT lens mount.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K also includes 6G-SDI output for monitoring on Ultra HD displays with includes overlays.This output can be down converted to regular HD when you want to use a more common and smaller monitor. The 6G-SDI output supports Ultra HD down the single BNC cable so it’s compatible for use with a live production switcher such as the new Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio 4K.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K will be available in July for $3,995.

The Pocket Cinema Camera sports 13 stops dynamic range, Super 16-sized 1080sHD sensor built-in SD card recorder, ProRes and lossless CinemaDNG RAW recording, MFT lens compatibility, and micro HDMI monitoring with overlays. The MSRP on that one is $995.

UPDATED, from the Blackmagic official press release:

The camera’s Micro Four Thirds lens mount is compatible with Super 16 cine lenses via an adapter.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will be shipping in July for $995.


With specs like 4K CinamaDNG RAW and a global shutter, the production camera comes dangerously close to undercutting the best reasons to own a Sony F5 or F55. The pocket model will be great for documentary work, travelogues, and of course, crash cam material.

Get the full specs at Blackmagic Design.

[Images via Blackmagic Design]

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