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by Paula Bernstein
February 10, 2014 10:55 AM
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Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is Now The Cheapest 4K Pro Camera on the Market

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Think you can't afford a 4K digital production camera? Think again. The highly anticipated Production Camera 4K is now shipping -- and here's the good news. Blackmagic has dropped the initial $4,000 price more than $1,000 to make the camera more accessible to filmmakers at $2,995, Blackmagic Design announced today. The new pricing makes the camera the cheapest 4K pro camera on the market -- at least for the moment.

The new price -- the lowest of any 4K digital production camera -- will be available for all customers, including pre-orders. It will be available at Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a super high resolution 4K digital production camera for Ultra HD television production. It features a large Super 35 sensor, professional global shutter and EF and ZE compatible lens mount.

"The support from the creative community for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K has been amazing," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design in a statement. "As with all of our products, we work hard in production to reduce costs so we can pass along the savings, even to our first Blackmagic Production Camera 4K customers. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a perfect companion for ATEM Production 4K switchers and we hope the new low price will help more customers to expand their Ultra HD live production set ups with even more camera angles!

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Here are the key features according to Blackmagic:

Key Features
  • Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • ProRes 422 (HQ)™ recording
  • Super 35 sensor
  • Global shutter
  • EF and ZE compatible lens mount
  • Built-in SSD recorder
  • 5" LCD touchscreen
  • Metadata entry
  • 6G-SDI output for 10-bit HD and Ultra HD


14 Comments

  • castlelo | May 22, 2014 5:59 AMReply

    It's good how can get it ,is it on amazon

  • Dude007 | February 24, 2014 6:08 PMReply

    BMD 4K cams come with Resolve ($999) for free. S35 sensor with 12 stop DR, ProRes Or CinemaDNG RAW (future Free firmware upgrade), 6G SDI, Thunderbolt port and stuff.. accept a bunch of Cine lens at price of $2995 (u can sell Resolve for 500-700 easily if u don't need it.)..GH4 does this?

  • doraJ | February 10, 2014 9:46 PMReply

    GH4 is rumor ware until it is actually for sale and still subject to changes ...... much like the Black Magic 4K offering was yesterday...That being said it is generally understood that the PRO GH4 will actually have more "PRO" features than the "PRO" Black Magic 4k camera sans raw ...Hence it will be adapted into use by "PROS" quicker......Black magic must think so as well hence the $1000 price reduction to help it compete the the GH4 ( pure speculation of course...and probably just a coincidence ....)

  • Robert J | February 14, 2014 4:37 PM

    It is pretty much confirmed that the GH4 will have 200 mbps maximum bit rate for 8 bit 2k. 100 mpbs 4k recording in camera at 8 bit. 96 fps highest frame rate and you can review the slow motion footage on the LCD before the edit. The HDMI out is supposed to be 4-2-2 and 8 or 10 bit depending on your recorder. It will have focus peaking and zebras as well unlike the GH3. Improved resolution EVF and LCD screen. 12 stops of dynamic range, in camera of course, since it does not have raw capabilities. There is an external recorder attachment available for it that will have two XLR outputs and audio monitor controls as well but I do not think it is cheap. It also retains recording in smaller bit rates for 2k footage of 50 or 100 mpbs in addition to the max of 200. I have heard that it might have better low light performance better then the Blackmagic 4K cam because of the global shutter but I know this is not confirmed.

    There are a few things it seems to have that the Blackmagic cams are usually lacking. I think the preference will depend on if you are more of a post production person or a quick edit shooter. The GH4 pretty much has everything that most quick edit shooters like myself would want with fewer compromises then any stills camera that has been released to date. Since I am also a fan of stills shooting it sounds like a great camera for me. If it comes in under $2,000, like some have said $1,500-$1,600 it will be hard for me to pass up. Even at $2,000 it is still loaded with a lot of features for the money.

  • DP | February 11, 2014 12:35 PM

    More pro features? Now I have not been following the gh4 rumors very closely so i'm just asking this ask a question, but the "Super 35mm sensor, ProRes 422 recording, RAW, a global shutter, built-in SSD recorder, 6G-SDI output for 10-bit HD and Ultra HD, a huge 5” LCD touchscreen as well as a mount for EF and ZE lenses" are some pretty pro features so what are the Pro features that the GH4 will offer more of?

  • Radek | February 10, 2014 2:57 PMReply

    Prores, so only for mac users.

  • Dude007 | February 24, 2014 5:57 PM

    ProRes can be read by any PC NLE with , u can't encode to it unless u on OSX.

  • DP | February 11, 2014 12:39 PM

    And if you use Adobe Premier on a PC I believe you can use ProRes just fine. You just have to export it in a different format once you are finished editing. (disclaimer: I don't use a pc but I've sent ProRes video to an editor who uses a pc and there were no problems)

  • Jeremy W | February 10, 2014 3:43 PM

    If you aren't into ProRes, simply use the CinemaDNG RAW.

  • Vincent | February 10, 2014 2:42 PMReply

    Uhm... not true? The gh4 is?

  • Jarrrod | February 10, 2014 3:27 PM

    The title says 'pro' - the GH4 is not pro.

  • Chris Lyon | February 10, 2014 11:04 AMReply

    The thing they don't mention is how much hard drive space you'll be required to purchase to store a short or feature. Tens of terabytes. Hundreds or thousands of dollars. This as opposed to ARRI ProRes444 or REDCODE which use visually lossless codecs to enhance usability.

  • jeremy w | February 10, 2014 3:59 PM

    the official site says ProRes 4k will be 480 GB for 72 minutes. So about 400 GB for 60 minutes. Better get a 6 or 8-TB RAID to start.

  • TonyBR | February 10, 2014 3:25 PM

    A half cup is always = half empty to some people, eh? A 4K for 3K and you compare with cameras costing at least 8 times more??? I really hope you can afford the ARRIs, cause I can´t... and I say thank you to BMD for getting me closer to heaven.