Portkeys Multi-function Handgrip Control for Sony, RED, Z CAM, Blackmagic, Panasonic

Just a few days ago, I wrote about the new Portkeys P6 budget HDMI on-camera monitor, that you can pickup for less than $200, and now Portkeys has also announced a new and exciting piece of kit that will be on my folks’ Christmas season wish list for sure.

The new Portkeys universal Multi-function handgrip has been in development for over a year and features programmable control for all sorts of cameras including those from RED, Canon, Sony, Blackmagic Design, Z CAM and more.

Construction features a milled aluminium frame, a red oak handle with an artificial leather strap. The multi-function grip has a 0.9-inch OLED display on the inner side, and also features a built-in Bluetooth and WiFi control module, which can connect to supported cameras directly without the need to use a smartphone or a mobile phone network.

The unit also has a Built-in LANC splitter to interface with the Portkeys BM5 on-camera monitor (with the additional bluetooth module). The unit also has an ergonomic 9-way joystick as well as a REC button and a focus wheel.

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Portkeys Multifunction Handgrip Bluetooth Control2

Which Cameras Can Portkeys Handgrip Control?

Sony a9, a6000, a6300, a6400, a6500, RX100, RXII:

  • Wired control for:
    • Rec, Iris, ISO, Shutter, Stills, Zoom, AF

Sony A7II, A7III, A7IV:

  • Must be used together with the power supply control component.
  • This control component can ensure that the HDMI image will not be black screen during recording.
  • This will be sold separately, no price yet.

Sony FS5, FS7:

  • Wired control for
    • Rec, Iris, Zoom, Focus,
    • Digital Zoom, Display, Joystick, Playback.

Canon 1D-X Mark II, Canon 5DS, Canon 5DS R, Canon EOS R, Canon 5D Mark IV, 5D Mk III, 5D II, 6D MkII, 6D, 80D:

  • Wired control:
    • Rec, Iris, ISO, Shutter, Stills, Auto Focus

Canon C700 PL, GS PL, C300 Mark II, C200, C200 B, C100, C100 Mark II:

  • Rec, Iris, Focus, Digital Zoom, Display, Joystick, Playback

Blackmagic Pocket 4K and 6K Cameras:

  • Remote control REC, IRIS, ISO, SHUTTER, ZOOM, FOCUS, AUTO EXPOSURE,
  • WHITE BALANCE MODE SELECTION, PROJECT FRAME RATE,
  • CODEC and QUALITY, OFF SPEED FRAME RATE, OFF SPEED RECORDING

Blackmagic URSA Mini and BMPCC:

  • Wired control
    • REC, IRIS, AUTO FOCUS, Manual FOCUS.

Z CAM E2, E2-S6, E2-F6:

  • Wired control:
    • REC, IRIS, ISO, SHUTTER (angle/speed),
    • ZOOM, TOUCH FOCUS, Manual AUTO MODE SWITCHING,
    • RESOLUTION FRAME, Manual FRAME, PLAYBACK

TILTA Nucleus N and M

  • Wired control – CAL RUN, AB LIMIT on Nucleus N/M.

RED Cameras (DSMC2 probably, not specified)

  • Wired control:
    • REC, AV, ISO, SHUTTER, FOCUS
    • ZOOM, PLAYBACK
    • It need to be used together with the power supply control component.
    • This control component sold separately.
Portkeys Multifunction Handgrip Bluetooth Control4

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Portkeys Multi-function Handgrip Control Features

  • Aircraft grade milled aluminium frame
  • Red oak handle, artificial leather strap.
  • Programmable control for various cameras
    • Canon, Sony, Panasonic, BMD, Z CAM, RED
  • Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi control module
  • Built-in LANC splitter
    • supports Portkeys BM5 monitor
  • Battery voltage display.
  • Reverse polarity battery protection
  • Powered via 2x 18650 batteries
  • Wired control and power supply for Tilta Nucleus N/M follow focus
  • RED camera control
    • this will be sold separately
  • Firmware upgrades via USB
  • Promo price (22nd Feb 2020) $299/$399 after
  • Ships March 2020

Portkeys are also inviting filmmakers and future users to submit naming suggestions for their new Multi-function handgrip over on their official Facebook page here.

The Portkeys Multi-function handgrip is now available to pre-order at a special discounted price of $299 USD ($399 after promo period) from December 23rd to February 22nd, 2020. Shipping is estimated for March 2020.

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