Unboxing of the Blackmagic Pocket 4K camera with must have accessories

Unboxing of the Blackmagic Pocket 4K camera with must have accessories

The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K camera's have arrived, so I dived into opening up one of the boxes to check it out. I also have some mentions of some cool accessories that could be a good fit for this camera.

Items shown in video:

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

G-Technology 0G06053 1TB G-DRIVE R-Series USB 3.1 Type-C mobile SSD

Metabones MB_SPEF-M43-BT4 Canon EF to Micro FourThirds

Core SWX Powerbase EDGE Battery

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio - Activation Card or Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio - Dongle


Joel Wallis here with the DVEStore. So today we're gonna be unboxing the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. All right, let's unbox this camera and see what's inside. We'll just take a razor blade knife here and we'll go ahead and get this guy opened. It's like getting a new present. Let's take a look, see what we got in here. 

So right at the top here we got the software and the owner's manual on the SD card and then we got the DaVinci Resolve Studio version. Looks like it has the activation key here and then, all right, up at the top we got a Canon-style battery from Blackmagic. We also have, the charger for it and it looks like it goes to a 2 pin for the AC power and then up top here we have the universal adapters depending on which country you're in. We'll be wanting to use the U.S. version here. Let's see if this battery has any juice though. We'll leave the charging AC components off to the side. 

Here it is, guys this is the camera. Overall size, you know, it's pretty much like a standard DSLR-style camera. Nice big screen that I'm already noticing here on the back. So we're gonna pop that off. One thing I'm kinda noticing here is that it would be cool that if the screen could shift so that way when you're having like a low shot then you could have the screen propped up. So versus having to, like, you know, duck down to see. So that'd be a pretty cool addition for later on like a version two on this camera if they had it where the screen could tilt up, so that way you could see your shot from the awkward angles. Or if you had the camera high up, then you could tilt the screen back and be able to see it from down below at an easier angle. Looking on top here, we have our record button. We got a photo buttons because this camera will do stills. Pretty cool feature on there. It has a physical hard button to turn the camera on. Looks like we have a couple presets that we can program the function in there. We have, looks like a, the auto iris and focus. Probably a zoom in for the critical focus to be able to zoom in and then pull your focus and then you would be able to have a zoom out or there could be a zoom feature here. 

On the left side of the camera looks like we have an external microphone input that we can put in. We also have headphones, so then we can hear what we're recording. We also have a HDMI jack and it's a full-size so, yes, we don't have to convert any of the micros or mini HDMI's or any of that fun stuff. Coming in here, let's see. We have, looks like the power. So here's where we'll have, from earlier we had our power adapter. So for AC we have the two prongs. This guy will just plug right in there so for running it off AC power, that will line up right there. We also have a mini XLR to be able to bring audio in, very nice, and then USB C. Oh, that's pretty cool. So what I've heard and seen from users with this camera is that you can actually use a SSD card or an SSD drive to be able to record instead of using, say like, you know, with a compact flash here. These guys are a little pricey, so a lot of people are using the SSD drives and then you can go in USB C with one of these. This is the G-technology 1TB SSD and it will do approximately about 560 megabytes per second for its read/write speed. So this could be paired up with the camera and then you would just go right in to the side here, USB C. So a cheaper alternative to go with an external recorder versus using the CFast 2.0 card, I'm assuming it's got to be 2.0 going off of the earth's and minis. So then your CFast card will go in right here and then you have your SD card slot on the right side of the camera here.

This camera will use a micro 4/3 lens. For those of you that are using the Canon EF lenses or any EF lenses, a Metabones speed booster adapter might be something pretty handy. This will allow you to convert your Canon lenses over to the micro 4/3 so you could use this with the camera. And this here, this one's the Metabones. This is their EF to Micro Four Thirds mount speed booster and this is the 0.71X. This will help adjust the lens perspective from going from the larger style lens for the smaller fitment with the sensor. It'll pop in right there so now we'll be able to attach in an EF lens and be able to use our existing glass if you already own the EF lenses. If you're brand new to this camera, you could just start buying up Micro Four Thirds lenses. 

So let's go ahead and put in a battery. Maybe it's got some juice on there still from the manufacturer. Sometimes they ship those batteries and they're already dead. I know that you'll wanna put a full charge on it before using but for this demo, let's go ahead and power this on. Overall, looks like we probably have some built-in microphones which you never really wanna use unless you really have to or you're just using it for reference. It looks like we have a record tally light up here in the side. Looks like we have another option to be able to hit record up on the front of the camera here. We have our ISO button. Looks like we have our shutter control and then we also have white balance here on top of the camera for quick access. So let's pop on a lens. So now we have a lens on here and we can go in and we can change our white balance. I love that they use the touchscreen so then that way you can dial it in or else you can, just go the with the up and down with the arrows. You also have the presets for the indoors, outside, automatic, if you wanna do automatic. Let's see what else do we have here. 

That's pretty cool. You can even see your voltage from the battery when you select that. We have all of our, the tint from there, our ISO. We're gonna be able to go all the way down to a hundred and be able to go all the way up to 25,600. Timecode, we can just have a free timecode, free running or we can have it each clip, I'm assuming probably start and stop. Our iris is full-on touchscreen. We can do a...oh, well, how did I get there? So you probably looks like if you swipe left or right, it looks like a typical Blackmagic product that allows you to be able to set your clips for labeling the scenes on there. We also have an auto exposure right here so then it'll control the shutter or just iris. You got shutter and iris and shutter and then shutter and iris, so it looks like, probably like the aperture priority or shutter priority is gonna be one of those modes there. For the shutter, I see it's still in the degrees. I'm sure there's probably, a setting in there that we can change it. All right, let's see if we can find the menu for this. Looks like, I'm guessing that it's gonna be these three bars button. Looks the closest to anything on here for being able to go into the menu.

Yep, we got the menus so then we can go in and set what we wanna actually record in raw or ProRes. We have definitely some options that we can choose from. You can go and setup your project, setup if you're doing an SD card or a CFast. Lots of options to go through in here. Time-lapse mode for those of you doing like the time lapses. See here, we can control our focus assist, zebra, lots of cool stuff in here. Controlling it on the HDMI for when you're sending it out to a monitor. We have our audio settings in here so I'm assuming you could probably use like the internal camera mic plus then on the other source then you'd have your audio from the mini XLR on the side and then this is going to be our setup feature. Oh nice, looks like they changed it. Now you can do the shutter speed. So if we come back out, this will be the actual shutter speed versus using the degrees for the shutter. I like that. I'm a little more used to that side versus the actual shutter angle with the degrees. You got your 50 Hertz if you're in the UK or 60 Hertz if you're in the US. We got preset so then you can go in and customize.

All right, so then we have HFR. I'm gonna guess that's probably a high frame rate. It's gonna be my guess. I haven't dived into this quite completely, but it looks like it does 60 frames and then you have the option to go to 24 frames depending on what your project that you've set this up on. I'm guessing that's gonna be a high frame rate. It's gonna be my guess. You have your playback to see your footage that you just shot and then we have our zoom feature here. This is gonna be for the critical focus. So it's a digital zoom and it won't record that feature in your footage. It's just there for be able to do the critical focus. So it looks like underneath our features, we have a couple functions in the camera. This probably allows us to be able to do like a per exposure, it looks like. We also have, on the second button, we got a quick link up to the luts and then it looks like on our third button, on the function, this brings up your 16x9 bars for safety. So for action safe or if you were to have title safe. 

The other accessory I wanted to bring up before I also show you with Wooden Camera, they have a bunch of accessories. We'll jump right there in a minute. Core SWX, they have a battery option. So it's a V-mount battery and we'll go ahead and open this guy up and what you get with the Core SWX, this could be a good power option for everyone, is the battery. So it'll have a quick release plate that'll allow you to attach this to the bottom of the camera and then from there you can attach it so you can quick release your camera on and off the battery as needed. So the way that this would be hooked up is then you would have your plug in your VDC power right here and then you have the dummy battery that would go into the bottom of your camera. And it looks like there's not a spot for the actual cord to lay into for this so we'll need to probably remove this door which is just this little switch that's inside of the battery door that allows you to be able to take the door off and then be able to attach our battery to the bottom of the camera. 

And then Wooden Camera. Here we have all the accessories with the Blackmagic Pocket 4K Camera. So there is a ton of stuff that you can deck this camera out with on top of shape as another one. There's also 8Sinn.

So definitely there's a lot of accessories for this camera and different ways you can rig this out. If you had any questions or like to know more, feel free to email me at joelw@dvestore.com. Thank you and stay tuned for our next episodes.

27th Nov 2018 Joel Wallis

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