Top 15 BMPCC 4K Questions

Sourced from top search results on Answer the Public’s website, here are fifteen questions you might find helpful concerning the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC 4K).

  1. Is the BMPCC 4K/6K Netflix approved? No, the BMPCC line-up of cameras are not Netflix approved. The URSA Mini 4.6K, URSA Mini Pro 4.6K, and URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 are Netflix approved. According to Netflix, “Limited use of non-approved cameras is allowable in certain circumstances (e.g. crash, POV, drone, underwater, Pan-Tilt-Zoom/Robocam etc).”
  2. Is the BMPCC 4K full-frame? No, the BMPCC 4K has a full-sized 4/3 sensor, with a resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels, and thirteen stops of dynamic range. It resolves a two-times focal length image in 35mm equivalence, i.e. a 25mm MFT lens would create a 50mm image (35mm equivalent) on the BMPCC 4K.
  3. What lenses fit the BMPCC 4K? The BMPCC 4K has an active MFT lens mount, with support for EF lenses via Metabones Speed Booster Adapters.
  4. What is the best native lens for the BMPCC 4K? The best MFT lenses for this camera are the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II ASPH Power O.I.S., Olympus M.Zuiko ED Zoom 12-40mm F/2.8 Pro, and Leica prime lenses from Pansonic.
  5. Is the BMPCC 4K mirrorless? Yes, it has a Micro 4/3 lens mount, without a mirror that a traditional DSLR would feature.
  1. Does the BMPCC 4K record in 10-bit? Yes, the BMPCC 4K can record Quicktime ProRes 10-bit 4:2:2 and 12-bit Raw recording internally to SD and C-Fast cards or to an external SSD drive via the USB-C port.
  2. Can the BMPCC 4K take photos? Yes, however the .DNG photos are likely to be used as a reference frame, and not as a traditional camera would be used; the images are 8 Megapixels.
  3. Does the BMPCC 4K have autofocus? Yes, but it is not continuous auto-focus. So, the camera only focuses when the focus button is pressed or subject is tapped on the touchscreen. 
  4. How to update BMPCC 4K? The update process is simple, download the firmware from Blackmagic Design’s website and follow the installation guide. It can be done via USB-C, or through the SD card slot.
  5. How do you charge the BMPCC 4k battery? The included 12V DC power cable will charge the battery while inside of the camera.
  1. What battery does the BMPCC 4K use? The batteries compatible with the BMPCC 4K are Canon-styled LP-E6 batteries, which will last usually about a half-hour to an hour of shooting. 
  2. Can you use BMPCC 4K as a webcam? No, the BMPCC 4K will not natively work as a webcam. In order to have the BMPCC 4K works as a webcam with camera control, you will need to purchase the Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini switcher and connect via HDMI.
  3. How do you clean the BMPCC 4k sensor? As with all camera sensors, it is very delicate, and should be done by a professional or with great care. I would suggest using a lens air-dust blower and microfiber cloth to clean the glass in front of the camera’s sensor.
  4. What is the BMPCC 4K’s native ISO? The sensor on the BMPCC 4K features dual-native ISO technology with native ISO values of 400 and 3200 ISO.
  5. Where can you buy a BMPCC 4K? The BMPCC 4K is available online at retailers like Amazon.com or B&H Photo Video, or can be found at some camera stores or used on Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. The camera retails for US $1295.

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