Blackmagic 4K RAW Update Leaked!

4K RAW Blackmagic Camera Firmware Leaked

Late last night a new firmware for Blackmagic cameras, version 1.8, was leaked. The new firmware not only allows 4K RAW recording, but is also unique because it is the first “unified” firmware from the company. This is great because it is the first step to adding desired features such as audio meters and histograms to all of the Blackmagic Cameras.

As we said, this firmware is leaked. Blackmagic has warned that it is not the final version and you should not update your camera with it right now. Hopefully this means the official version is almost ready to go.

Here’s what is new in the firmware for each camera (thanks to Andrew over at EOSHD):

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

• Updated user interface
• Improved performance when recording using internal microphones
• Improved instances where a grid-like pattern may occur in some flare highlights
• General improvements in autofocus with active MFT lenses
• Adds supports for stabilization in MFT lenses without physical O.I.S switches
• Improved support for Sigma MFT lenses
• Improved support for Lumix 12-42mm PZ lens
• Improved support for Olympus 60mm f/2.8 MFT lens
• Iris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playback

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

• Updated user interface
• Losslessly compressed RAW DNG recording support
• Addresses an issue where pixel artefacts are seen in edges with strong highlights while shooting in 1080 mode
• Adds autofocus support for compatible EF lenses

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

• Updated user interface
• Adds autofocus support for compatible EF lenses
• Improved debayering when shooting to ProRes or DNxHD
• Improved focus peaking display
• Improved ISO handling when shooting at ISO 1600
• Improved general audio performance
• Iris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playback

Blackmagic Studio Camera

• Improved phantom power compatibility
• Addresses an issue with interlace video being output as progressive video

We’re looking forward to the official release of the new firmware by Blackmagic. We’ll be making an update as soon as that happens.

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