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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 (opens in new tab), which is well worth considering if you're looking at the best 4K cameras for filmmaking (opens in new tab). 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.

Another commonly reported issue is that of dead pixels, which turn out not to be dead but rather 'stuck' to a single colour and in need of remapping. 

The latest firmware makes some key fixes to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

The latest firmware makes some key fixes to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Thankfully the firmware update included in Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.1 (opens in new tab) address these and a number of other issues, including improved autofocus – particularly with the popular Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens.

The key updates include:

• Added support for pixel remapping in camera
• Improved power efficiency for improved battery life
• Fixed an issue where some batteries might shut off earlier than expected
• Fixed an issue where low battery indicator is not displayed appropriately
• Improved auto focus performance
• Fixed an auto focusing issue with Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web 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 as diverse as 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, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). 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.