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Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (PL Mount)


The world's smallest super wide dynamic range PL mount 4K digital film camera
  • Cinematic production in 4K
  • 22mm x 11.88mm Super35 Sensor
  • Built-in SSD recorder
  • 12-bit RAW files recorded at 4000 x 2160
  • 12 stops dynamic range

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The world’s smallest super wide dynamic range PL mount 4K digital film camera features cinematic Super 35 sized sensor with global shutter. Includes 12 stops of dynamic range, built in 4K RAW and ProRes SSD recorder, touch screen with metadata entry, strong machined aluminum chassis and more. Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio software for a complete solution for shooting, editing, color correcting and finishing 4K digital film.

Super 35 Sensor with Global Shutter
With a large Super 35 size sensor you get familiar framing and behavior from the lenses you already own. The sensor features a global shutter so you get perfect panning, without rolling shutter artifacts.

PL Lens Mount
The PL lens mount lets you use professional cinema lenses from manufacturers such as Panavision, ARRI, Zeiss, and Cooke. This gives you access to some of the highest-quality modern and vintage optics available.

Ultra HD 4K and 1080HD ProRes Recording
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K records Ultra HD 4K (3840x2160) and 1080p using the ProRes 422 family of codecs (HQ, 422, LT, Proxy). At a massive 3840 x 2160 pixels, Ultra HD 4K is four times the resolution of 1080p. The camera also features a single 6G-SDI output which supports Ultra HD live production.

CinemaDNG RAW Recording
For the highest quality and most post-production flexibility, the camera can record using the compressed, yet visually lossless, 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW. RAW recording yields 4000x2160 resolution, using every pixel from the sensor. This gives you a little extra width to work with, useful when cropping to 3840x2160 or upscaling to DCI standard 4096x2160 for your final deliverable.

Built-in SSD Recorder
The camera's built-in recorder utilizes removable 2.5" SSDs. You can playback directly from the camera, mount the disk to any computer, or use Blackmagic Design's HyperDeck Studio deck. When finished shooting, simply connect the SSD to a computer and edit or color grade shots straight from the disc.

12 Stops of Dynamic Range
With 12 stops of dynamic range you get amazing looking images beyond those of regular video cameras or even many high-end broadcast cameras. All this dynamic range is captured into ProRes or CinemaDNG files at 4K resolution, so images retain a beautiful film look. By capturing more detail from the sensor you have greater creative flexibility in post production. You can really push the shadows or highlights in either direction and preserve fine details.

Standard Connections
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K uses standard connections, so you never need to source custom cables. It includes a 6G-SDI connection

Camera Features
Sensor Size22mm x 11.88mm (Super 35)
FocusFocus button turns on peaking
ControlsOn screen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control
Raw Resolution12-bit RAW files recorded at 4000 x 2160
Shooting Resolution4K RAW at 4000 x 2160.
ProRes at 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates4K RAW at 4000 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
Ultra HD 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
HD 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
Iris ControlCompatible with manually operated PL mount lenses
MicrophoneIntegrated mono microphone
Dynamic Range12 stops
Screen Dimensions5" and 800 x 480 resolution
Screen TypeIntegrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
SpeakerIntegrated mono speaker
Mounting Options3 x 1/4"-20 UNC thread mountin points on top of camera.
1 x 1/4"-20 UNC thread tripod mount with locator pin
Lens MountPL mount for manually operated lens with manual iris control
Metadata SupportAutomatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames, and keywords

Storage Features
Storage TypeRemovable 2.5” SSD.
Please refer to either the Manual or the Information Note at for compatible media
Storage FormatMac OS Extended or exFAT format. SSDs can be formatted in camera, or on any Mac or Windows computer. Formatting in camera recommended.
Storage Rates4000 x 2160
CinemaDNG RAW - 265 MB/s 3840 x 2160
Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 110 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 - 73.6 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT - 51 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy - 22.4 MB/s 1920 x 1080
Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 27.5 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 - 18.4 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT - 12.75 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy - 5.6 MB/s
Storage rates based on 30 frames per second.
Recording FormatsLossless CinemaDNG RAW with film dynamic range at 4000 x 2160. Apple ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy at 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080 10-bit YUV with either film or video dynamic range.

SDI Video Output1 x 6G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video dynamic range.
Analog Audio Input2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output
SDI Audio Output2 channels 48 kHz and 24-bit.
Remote Control1 x 2.5mm LANC for Record Start and Stop.
Computer InterfaceThunderbolt port for waveform monitoring of 1080 HD video, and capture of Ultra HD and 1080 HD video. USB 2.0 Mini-B port for software updates and configuration.

SDI ComplianceSMPTE 292M, SMPTE 424M Level B , Draft SMPTE 2081-1.
SDI Audio Sampling48 kHz and 24-bit

Software IncludedDaVinci Resolve Studio grading software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows. Blackmagic Camera Setup for Mac OS X and Windows.

Blackmagic UltraScope. Blackmagic Media Express software. Disk Speed Test.
Software ApplicationsDaVinci Resolve, Fusion, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC, Pro Tools, UltraScope, Media Express, Disk Speed Test.

Operating Systems
IOSMac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later.
WindowsWindows 8.1 or Windows 10.

Power Requirements
PowerIntegrated Lithium-Ion Polymer rechargeable battery
11V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
External Power12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Battery LifeApproximately 90 minutes.
Battery Charge TimeApproximately 2 hours when not in use.

Optional AccessoriesBlackmagic Cinema Camera Handles.

Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
Storage Temperature-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)
Relative Humidity0% to 90% non-condensing
  • Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL
  • Sun Shield
  • Camera Strap
  • Turret Dust Cap
  • 12V AC Adapter
  • SD Card with software and manual
  • DaVinci Resolve Studio USB dongle
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