One of the most serious challenges that the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K poses to users refers to storage media. Like most professional cinema cameras nowadays, the BMPCC 4K uses CFast media as its primary storage medium. Unfortunately, CFast cards don’t offer high enough capacities for an affordable price tag, which is a problem especially since the BMPCC 4K can use up a lot of drive space in a short period of time.
Thankfully, Blackmagic Design had thought one step ahead of its competition by including a USB-C port on the camera, that of which can be used to record footage onto an external SSD. This is where the Wise Advanced SSD for the BMPCC 4K might come in pretty handy. Not only is it compact and lightweight, but it’s one of the most reliable and fast SSDs one can currently get for their Pocket 4K.
In a nutshell, the Wise Advanced SSD is an incredibly slim, conveniently compact flash storage drive with a discrete, matte black aluminum build. It’s extremely lightweight at merely 0.06lbs and is available in 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1TB capacities.
Performance-wise, the drive works rapidly with a write speed of 520 MB/s and a read speed of 550 MB/s. In fact, the unit is officially approved for use with the BMPCC 4K by Blackmagic Design themselves. Best of all, the SSD supports 4K DCI RAW lossless recording up to 30 fps.
Beyond that, you can easily mount the drive onto the camera without a cage, via the included SSD shoe mount. While the cord may stick out from the side, the low-profile form factor of the Wise Advanced SSD makes it extremely easy to carry around on multiple occasions, allowing you to record long-form with ease.
Wise-Advanced SSD for the Pocket 4K Specs
- Capacity: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
- Read Speed – 550 MB/s
- Write Speed – 520 MB/s
- Interface – SATA Revision 3.0
- Dimensions: 102x32x9mm
- Weight: 0.06lbs/29g
- Certified by Blackmagic Design
So, if you’re thinking of purchasing this drive for your own BMPCC 4K, you might find that to be slightly difficult as the SSD seems to only be available directly from approved dealers.
According to the video, the drive starts at $200, but the final price will depend on the capacity you’re planning to get, in addition to the location of where you’re purchasing your drive from.
[source: Of Two Lands]
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