Price crash on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Temptation is supposedly one of the seven deadly sins (isn’t it?) but what are you supposed to do when Blackmagic Design slash – that really is the only appropriate word – the price of their teensy little Pocket Cinema Camera to just $495 – that’s around ¬£300 GBP in real money, ex VAT.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with lens
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with lens

If you’ve forgotten all about it, the BMPCC spec includes:-

  • A Super16mm 1080 HD sensor
  • 12-bit RAW and ProRes 4:2:2 recording
  • 13 stops of dynamic range
  • Micro 4/3 lens mount
  • SD card recording ie cheap media

The price cut isn’t necessarily permanent but a summer promotion that the company is running until August 31st this year; they say there’s limited stock available (but they would say that, wouldn’t they?)

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera - back
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera – back

There are some well-documented flaws and irritations of the camera – Google the innumerable reviews for more – and you’ll probably want to add some accessories such as separate sound recording gear since it only offers a 3.5mm jack

For the full press release, click to

[EDIT: 17 July 2014] The best price we spotted when this announcement was made yesterday, for the camera body only,¬†exc. lens was ¬£295; weirdly it’s now shot up by ¬£30 at both places we listed, so it’s now¬†¬£325 at ProAV¬†and¬†the same¬†at Creative Video. No, we don’t know why that should happen overnight :-(

(Update November 2014: If you want to buy one now we recommend clicking on our Amazon link not least because we get a small commission that way and are very grateful for it.)

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