Hands-on with the £47 Blackmagic Pocket Bluetooth Controller

CDA-TEK PBC with Tilta Nucleus Nano

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The Pocket Bluetooth Controller started off as a simple remote control start-stop trigger but is now so much more. Orders start today on the crowdfunding campaign here. I had a hands-on with it in Manchester today.

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PBC Pocket Controller for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

PBC Pocket Bluetooth Controller for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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Soon CDA-TEK will be taking pre-orders for their Pocket Cinema Camera 4K bluetooth pocket controller. It acts as a wireless interface “hub” as well, not just a way to quickly access camera settings without diving into any menus. The hub allows wireless follow focus control of most lenses on the camera, when paired with a Tilta Nucleus, for example.

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Shooting Formula 1 at the Italian Grand Prix with the legendary Canon 200mm F1.8 and Blackmagic Pocket 6K

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I bought the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K recently and decided to take it on a shoot at Monza, to film last weekend’s Formula One race and famous old banking (where sequences for 1966’s John Frankenheimer film Grand Prix were shot). I also had a few stills cameras with me including the Canon EOS RP, and considerably more capable Fuji X-T30 and Samsung’s famous last camera, the NX1, the only good one they ever made. These are super-fast small bodies for travelling light and the NX1 in particular with it’s stunning 4K quality turned out to be perfect for sports photography with the 15fps continuous shooting rate.

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Jinni Tech claims RED Compressed RAW patent filing is invalid

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It’s common knowledge in the camera industry that RED owns an important patent for a cinema cameras featuring compressed RAW.

Now British third party accessory manufacturer Jinni Tech alleges RED “deceived the US patent office” and filed the critical patent late.

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Blackmagic Pocket 6K surprises with Super 35 sensor, anamorphic modes and 5.7K 60p RAW for $2495!

In an understated announcement which was a surprise to almost everyone, Grant Petty CEO of Blackmagic just announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K in a YouTube video. Blackmagic have not just put the cat amongst the pigeons with this camera but a proper lion in a field of flamingos.

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Blackmagic Pocket 4K – why I am staying with the Cinema DNG firmware

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Something for Blackmagic to look into here on the EOSHD Forum thread for the Pocket 4K. Anecdotal evidence say the camera is suffering from macro-blocking and banding in blue skies which you don’t expect to see with a 10bit codec let alone a RAW codec. Since the BRAW codec update, various users have been claiming it’s a backward step for the film-look of lossless Cinema DNG raw.

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