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.
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
- 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
- f/2.8 to f/4.5 lens aperture
We really do like Fujinon’s lenses and we wish they made more cinema products.
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
- 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.
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:
- 4K 30FPS
- H.265 10-bit
- SD and SSD recording (via USB)
- Live streaming
- RAW (via USB-C on SSD)
- Smaller that E2
This will hopefully be shipping in March. Stay tuned for more information.
Blackmagic RAW is an attempt to give you the majority of the benefits of RAW in a video file that can be smaller than some existing codecs. It’s a great thing and it will make media costs go way down. We’ll be doing all our shooting in BRAW. There are gains to be had by shooting DNGs but it’s diminishing returns.
Key features include:
- 1-Inch sensor
- 20X Optical zoom lens
- OLED viewfinder
- 3.2-Inch monitor screen
- Optional wireless abilities
- Rings for zoom, focus, and iris
- 10-bit 4K
The one thing that surprised us is that both 4K and 1080P have a max 60 FPS rate. We were expecting 120 FPS or more in 1080P mode.
We find that larger sensors are needed for 4K video cameras than what were used in 1080P video cameras, so we will welcome this new camera from Panasonic.
No, there is no BRAW in firmware 6.1, nor do we have an ETA on when BRAW might be coming to the Pocket 4K, but they have added the following:
- Added support for pixel remapping in camera.
- Added 2:1 monitoring frame guide.
- Improved media formatting user interface.
- Improved audio monitoring latency performance.
- Improved auto focus performance.
- Improved signal to noise ratio performance of camera internal microphone.
- Improved power efficiency for improved battery life.
- Improved 3.5mm audio input selection interface.
- Improved AV sync performance.
- Fixed an issue where time and date is not updated on camera when connected to the Blackmagic Camera Setup utility.
- Fixed an issue where the 3.5mm audio input level is 6dB lower than expected.
- Fixed an auto focusing issue with Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens.
- Fixed an issue where some USB-C external SSDs were not detected when connected before camera is powered up.
- Fixed an issue where some batteries might shut off earlier than expected.
- Fixed an issue where low battery indicator is not displayed appropriately.
- Fixed an issue with camera not being detected by host computer when connected to certain USB ports.
- Updated dynamic range and ISO chart in user manual.
No surprise that the RED is better, but what may surprise some is just how much the Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4K holds its own when you consider the price differential. Blackmagic has taken the throne away from Panasonic for their budget cinema offerings.