Blackmagic Design’s 4K Production Camera (with EF Mount) gives filmmakers a relatively affordable 4K option. Key features include:
- 4K RAW Recording. With its 4K image sensor, the camera is capable of capturing Apple ProRes in 4K & 1080p to removable SSD drives (not included), while delivering 12 stops of dynamic range. 4K RAW recording is also available, but only with a select few SSDs (please check their list for the current compatible drives).
- Competent Design. The camera is housed in an elegant, minimalist enclosure, crafted from a single block of aluminum. It can be used hand held or mounted on industry standard hardware. The lens mount accepts Canon EF and Zeiss ZE lenses, and the LCD touchscreen provides monitoring, plus the ability for the user to add metadata such as shot number, filenames and keywords.
- Workflow. To handle the high data video output, the company offers a lite version of DaVinci Resolve, its premier color correcting software for Mac and Windows (downloadable on their website). Also included is a copy of UltraScope. When connected to a computer via Thunderbolt, the software provides technically accurate waveform monitoring, displaying six live scope views on a single monitor.
- Target Users. Since everything has been designed to provide high quality acquisition, the camera is perfect for independent film, music videos, commercials, and television production. And being affordable, it will also find its way into wedding and event videography.
- No lens included.
- The dongle that enables the full version of DaVinci Resolve is not included. Resolve Lite can be downloaded for free here. Be aware that Resolve Lite doesn’t allow exporting projects at resolutions larger than UHD (3840 × 2160).
- Camera does not have a hotshoe mount, nor does it include any kind of hot shoe adapter. If you intend to use any shoe mountable accessories, you will need to provide your own adapter.
- This camera’s internal battery only lasts about one hour. If you need more battery life, make sure to rent an external battery pack.
- Please check Blackmagic’s approved SSD list for compatible cards. If shooting 4K RAW, you’ll need one of the Sandisk Extreme Pro 240GB / 480GB / 960GB SSDs.
- The BMPC4K does not offer a way to interface with a computer and serve as a card reader. If you do not own an SSD dock/reader, you will need to rent the StarTech USB 3.0 SSD Drive Adapter Cable.
- Active Sensor Resolution
- 3840 × 2160
- Shooting Resolutions
- 3840 × 2160, 1920 × 1080
- Frame Rates
- 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
- Effective Sensor Size
- 21.12mm x 11.88mm (Super 35)
- Dynamic Range
- 12 stops
- Lens Mount
- Integrated mono microphone
- Mounting Options
- 3 × 1/4"-20 thread mounting points on top of camera. 1 × 1/4" thread tripod mount with locator pin.
- Integrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery. 12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
- Battery Life
- Approximately 60 minutes
- Camera Body Dimensions
- 166mm x 113mm x 126mm
- Camera Weight
- 1.7 kg / 3.75 lb
- Storage Type
- Removable 2.5” SSD
- Storage Rates
- Recording Formats
- 4K RAW, Apple ProRes (4K & 1920×1080) 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
- SDI Video Output
- 1 × 6G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
- Analog Audio Input
- 2 × 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
- Analog Audio Output
- 1 × 3.5mm stereo headphone output
- SDI Audio Output
- 4 channels in HD-SDI
- Remote Control
- 1 × 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
- Computer Interface
- Thunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audioUSB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration
- Camera with body cap
- Charger / AC Adapter
*Please note, this rental does not include DaVinci Resolve or Ultrascope. Both may be downloaded here.
- StarTech USB 3.0 SSD Drive Adapter Cable
- Sandisk Extreme Pro 240GB / 480GB / 960GB SSDs (supports 4K RAW recording)
- Sandisk Extreme 120GB SSD, 240GB SSD, 480GB SSD (these SSDs do not support RAW recording)
- We have the following options for alternative battery power for the Blackmagic 4K Production Camera.
- Switronix Powerbase-70 for Blackmagic Cinema Camera
- Blackmagic Cinema Camera Anton Bauer Gold Mount Power Kit
- Apple Thunderbolt Cable
- Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera Handles
- Wooden Camera Quick Kit
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