Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Battery Grip

April 9th, 2019

First things first: There is no new camera from Blackmagic Design at this years NAB. But, if you happen to own a Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, you might be happy about this: They introduced a new BMPCC4K Battery Pack which enables shooting for 2 hours straight.

BMPCC4K Battery Pack

This new BMPCC4K battery pack is really pretty straightforward: Remove the little battery cover from the camera, mount the battery pack to the Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, replacing the Canon LP-E6 style battery inside the camera and put two Sony L-series batteries into the pack. Wait, what?

BMPCC4K Battery Pack

So this device takes two Sony L-series batteries. That’s good because these hold much more power in comparison to the Canon LP-E6 style batteries you had to carry in order to power the BMPCC4K before. But Blackmagics decision to swap battery sytsems is still a bit odd, I think. Why not using L-series batteries for the camera in the first place?

BMPCC4k battery packPlus, this battery pack will make the term Cinema Pocket Camera sound even more laughable than before. But, and that’s a good thing, you’ll be able to shoot longer with less batteries. You even can swap batteries without having to remove the camera from your tripod because the actual battery sled is accessible from the side. The L-series batteries also can be charged through the 12V DC connector build into the camera.

And as a nice touch you can store the removed battery cover from the camera in the unit itself so you won’t loose it.

Pricing and Availability

The BMPCC4K battery pack will be available for purchase from August 2019 on and it will be $245.

Link: Blackmagic Design

Are you a BMPCC4K shooter? What do you think about this new battery pack? Is it good? Is it odd? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Mel Feliciano
Mel Feliciano
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Why they didn’t go with the Sony L series batteries internally in the first place? The only problem I see is that they come in different sizes.

 Richard Wait
Richard Wait
MemberApril 9th, 2019

Looks like a good compact solution. However the choice of batteries is very confusing. So one Canon battery lasts 45-50mins, yet they replace with 2x sony’s to give you two hours – I think I would of preferred 2 canons for 100mins…

David Unoi
David Unoi
GuestApril 9th, 2019

Is this for shooting movies in portrait?

Lloyd
Lloyd
GuestApril 12th, 2019

So you have spend an extra 20 percent of the price of the camera because of a design flaw.

James Zsigmond
James Zsigmond
GuestApril 9th, 2019

Lol

The Dude
MemberApril 9th, 2019

They should have developed this with the camera, and made something similar to the GH4 YAGH interface.

 Say Effect
Say Effect
MemberMay 3rd, 2019

It seems a costlier and bulkier option. They could provide with a external pack with a wire to the power plug.

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Please check out our new BMPCC4K Controller app to control your Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4k from your Android phone. A lot of time and resources have been spent to make the app perfect for your use.

http://bit.ly/2Y03BR4

Enak
Enak
GuestJuly 21st, 2019

Since I’m a complete noob when it comes to power, hope someone can help here.

I have a SWIT S-8U93 which I used to use for the sony fs7
It had a D-tap out.
Specs are 14.4V 6.0Ah(86Wh)

I saw D-tap to BMPCC4k DC cable online.
https://www.videoholland.nl/nl/core-swx-coiled-p-tap-cable-for-pocket-cinema-came.html?id=188718415&gclid=EAIaIQobChMImsTmpoXG4wIVweF3Ch0aSAXpEAQYBCABEgIFPfD_BwE

I was thinking on powering my Feelword 4K 5,7″ F570 with it and then use the D-tap to power the Bmpcc4k also.

Would this work?

Thanks!

Max
Max
GuestJune 30th, 2020

Been nice if I’d know about this before I bought my cage. This would completely ruin my setup, imma just get a v mount adapter, it’s cheaper anyways

Lindsey
Lindsey
GuestApril 9th, 2019

Haha Oh Blackmagic. The only thing of theirs that does make sense is their Ursa Mini 4K where you can pop in an SSD drive, a battery and you’re good to go.

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