Blackmagic Production Camera 4K at NAB 2013

The first day of the NAB exhibition brought us exciting new announcements from Blackmagic Design, who announced their Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Mat was first in line to review the new additions to the Blackmagic range. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a true Super 35 digital film camera that’s small enough to be taken anywhere, and record 1080HD resolution ProRed 422 (HQ) files direct to Fast SD cards for immediate, on-the-go editing.


Last year, Blackmagic announced their 2.5K Cinema Camera, and 2013 sees them firmly established in the emerging 4K market. It boasts a whole host of new features, but this time theres the inclusion of a new Super 35 sensor which eradicates the enormous 2.6 crop factor which was a downside of the previous Cinema Camera.


This camera is comparative to the Red Scarlet, and delivers on Red’s initial stance on 4K for 4K.  In many ways it is similar to the Cinema Camera, and like its predecssor comes boxed with Da Vinci resolve 10. It is priced at a modest $3,995 and, according to Black Magic, will be available for purchase from July.


With its Super 35 sensor, this camera is undoubtably a head to head competitor with the Red Scarlet.



Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Next Mat got his hands on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. This product looks like any other digital compact you see on the market, and supports 1080p and has a Super 16 mil sensor. The controls are identical to a Cinema Camera, so fans of that product should have no problems operating the pocket version. This attractive, portable device can be obtained for $995 from July.


In a future episode, we’ll cover the new DaVinci Resolve 10. In the meantime, let us know what you think about Blackmagic’s latest announcements, which position them as key players in the 4K market. Tweet us @filmlive and we’ll get back to you if you have any comments on this episode or if you have any suggestions for anything you’d like us to cover over NAB 2013.