Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K firmware boosts battery, autofocus

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K firmware boosts battery, autofocus

We were very impressed with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, which is well worth considering if you're looking at the best 4K cameras for filmmaking. The latest firmware release addresses a couple of sticking points, particularly the battery life issue. 

A number of users have run into the problem where the camera would suddenly shut down, despite indicating a remaining battery life of 20% or even 30% – obviously a big drawback, if you're in the middle of filming something.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.