Blackmagic Announces Battery Grip for the Pocket 4K

We usually don’t spend too much time discussing camera accessories on this site, but the Pocket 4K is such a good value we also want to discuss the accessories that modify it. Blackmagic has released a battery grip (that unfortunately won’t be shipped for a while) that allows up to 2 hours of recording time. This is cheaper and nicer looking than a lot of the other power solutions out there.

Panasonic G95

We are fans of Panasonic. They have often created the best value 4K cameras. The G85 was a good value because it gave you excellent image quality (better than the GH4 in several ways) as long as you could live without the 4K slow motion or V-Log.

But with the Panasonic G95 (also known as the G90 and G99 depending on your region) we still lack 4K slow motion, 10-bit or V-Log, and the price has gone up. There are some improvements for sure, but we fill Panasonic missed their target on this one. Just wait for a sale on a GH5 or a G85 to get the best value. The G95 is too close the GH5 to make sense for a lot of people.

Key features of the Panasonic G95:

  • 4K at 30FPS
  • 1080P at 120FPS
  • V-Log L (but 8 bit codec)
  • Better autofocus than the G85
  • $1200
  • IBIS
  • More of a crop than the G85 on account of the 20MP sensor

Canon VIXIA G60 4K Video Camera

Canon has announced two new 4K video cameras, the LEGRIA HF G50 and LEGRIA HF G60.  Like usual from Canon’s consumer line, the products are overpriced, underwhelming, but ultimately useable.  The lack of 4K 60FPS is supremely disappointing.

Canon HF G50:

  • 20x optical zoom IS
  • 4K sensor
  • 30FPS
  • f/1.8 to f/2.8 lens aperture

LEGRIA HF G60 Key features

  • 15x optical zoom IS
  • 1.0 inch 4K sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 30FPS
  • f/2.8 to f/4.5 lens aperture
  • $1700

Z-CAM E2-S6 Cinema Camera

We don’t have a photo of this camera yet, but we were surprised to hear about the Z-CAM E2-S6 Cinema Camera coming out this year (October).  The following is the information we do have:

  • Max resolution of 6244 x 4168 at 30 FPS
  • 4K DCI at 60 FPS
  • CMOS Sensor (23.4mm x 15.67mm)
  • 26 Megapixel
  • 10-bit H265 with a maximum bit rate of 300Mbbps
  • CFast 2.0
  • Raw 12 and 14 bit
  • Dual native ISO (320/100)
  • Ethernet port
  • $4000
  • 91.2mm x 99.2mm x 90.1mm

This is a very interesting camera at a very interesting price.  We looking forward to seeing if it can meet our expectations.


Low Cost Z CAM 2 Coming

The Z CAM E2 is an itneresting m43 video camera with a $2000 price tag.

We’ve learned now that there will also be a Z CAM E2C which is a lower cost version. Main points of the E2C are:


  • $800
  • 4K 30FPS
  • H.265 10-bit
  • SD and SSD recording (via USB)
  • Live streaming
  • RAW (via USB-C on SSD)
  • Log
  • Smaller that E2

This will hopefully be shipping in March.  Stay tuned for more information.