HDSLM: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

The ultra-compact cinema camera was introduced in 2014.

In addition to DSLR cameras (Digital Single Lens Reflex), another type of camera system has been developed in this field - the DSLM camera (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless). These cameras do not have a folding mirror mechanism, but still operate with large sensors and interchangeable lenses. They typically have a much smaller form factor than DSLR cameras, however they were designed to be used as stills cameras and have only recently become popular as a video acquisition tool.

Data management is straightforward due to the use of largely established consumer formats. Depending on the model and required memory speed, SDHC and SDXC cards can be used.

Blackmagic Design makes the Pocket Cinema Camera which features a Super16mm CMOS sensor and 13 stops of dynamic range. The maximum resolution is full HD in the frame rates 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, and 30fps. Media is stored internally in lossless CinemaDNG RAW or ProRes to 422HQ on SDHC or SDXC cards.

The RAW shooting on such a small form factor camera allows for portability as well as easy integration into the post-production workflow. The camera provides a broadcast-quality, full HD-resolution signal from internal recording. The cameras relatively small sensor cannot record 4K, although it can be operated without any attachments, and can be paired with the use of an external recorder to produce 10-bit 4:2:2 in RAW. The ProRes codec used internally is ideally suited for further processing and distribution.

Blackmagic Pocket Summary

  • Sensor type: Super16 CMOS sensor (12.48mm x 7.02mm)
  • Lens mount: Micro FourThird-Standard
  • Encoding: CinemaDNG RAW, ProRes 422HQ, 422, 422LT, Proxy (220-45 Mbit / s)
  • Framerates: HD 1920x1080 23.98p, 24p , 25p, 29.97p, 30p
  • Signal: 12 bit 4: 2: 2 RAW, 10 bit 4: 2: 2 ProResĀ 
  • Storage media: SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card (Compatible with SDHC / SDXC memory cards by UHS-3 standard)
  • Interfaces: USB 2.0, Micro HDMI type D