Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K vs. Panasonic GH5S

April 11, 2018

By Greg Scoblete

With the announcement of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K camera and Panasonic’s recently introduced GH5S, filmmakers have a potent pair of lightweight, low-cost video cameras to choose from. While the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K isn’t due until later this year, here’s a look at how these two models stack up on paper.


Pocket Cinema 4K: Four Thirds size

Panasonic GH5S: Micro Four Thirds size

Max Resolution & Frame Rates

Pocket Cinema 4K: 4096 x 2160/60p

Panasonic GH5S: 4096 x 2160/60p


Pocket Cinema 4K: 12-bit CinemaDNG, 10-bit ProRes 4:2:2 HQ

Panasonic GH5S: H.264, H.265, AVCHD Progressive; 10-bit ProRes 4:2:2 (externally)

Max Bit Rates

Pocket Cinema 4K: 270Mbps

Panasonic GH5S: 400Mbps


Pocket Cinema 4K: Dual native ISO; 25,600 max ISO

Panasonic GH5S: Dual native ISO (400, 2,500); 160 – 51,200 (80 – 204,800 expanded)

Recording Media

Pocket Cinema 4K: SD & CFast plus USB-C port for recording to external drives

Panasonic GH5S: Dual SD card slots


Pocket Cinema 4K: mini XLR input w/ phantom power; 3.5mm mic jack, built-in stereo mic

Panasonic GH5S: 3.5mm mic jack; built-in stereo mic


Pocket Cinema 4K: HDMI for lossless CinemaDNG RAW

Panasonic GH5S: HDMI for 4:2:2 10-bit 4K/60p


Pocket Cinema 4K: fixed 5-inch touch screen

Panasonic GH5S: free-angle 3.2-inch touch screen


Pocket Cinema 4K: N/A

Panasonic GH5S: 1.46 pounds


Pocket Cinema 4K: $1,295

Panasonic GH5S: $2,500

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