During IBC 2019, we met Dimitar from CINE-X to talk about their new battery grip solution for the BMPCC 4K and 6K cameras. This CINE-X battery grip can be an excellent alternative to the official Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4k Battery Grip that was announced a couple of months ago. Indeed, the CINE-X version features additional D-taps and USB ports. Let’s take a closer look at it!
CINE-X Battery Grip
The team at CINE-X developed their battery grip solution for the BMPCC4K and 6K cameras. The CINE-X battery grips get attached to the bottom of the camera, and you can put two Sony NP-F batteries in it. To power the camera, there is a dummy battery that goes inside the BMPCC 4K/6K. This dummy battery is then attached via a cable to the inside of the battery grip. Also, the Sony NP-F batteries on the back are hot-swappable, which means you don’t have to shut your camera off.
On the back of the CINE-X battery grip, there is a little LCD. It shows you the state of each NP-F battery as well as how much remaining battery life you have.
On the left side of the CINE-X battery grip, there is one 12V D-Tap port as well as two 5V USB ports. You can use these ports to power accessories or charge your smartphone.
On the front, there are some small wooden handles that give you additional grip, as the BMPCC 4K and 6K are relatively small cameras. Also, there is another 12V D-Tap port to power wireless follow focus motor, for example.
Pricing and Availability
The CINE-X battery grip is still in the prototype stage and the guys at CINE-X are looking at the possibility of starting a crowdfunding campaign soon.
In terms of design, I think that the CINE-X battery grip is pretty similar looking to the Atomos power station. Also, you usually grab your camera with your left hand touching the bottom left, where the D-Tap/USB ports are located. Hope that won’t be an issue while filming.
For more information, please head to CINE-X website.
What do you think about the CINE-X battery grip? Do you consider getting it for your BMPCC 4K or 6K? Let us know in the comments!