Blackmagic Design has released the first update for its Pocket Cinema camera series since it revamped the UI with version 7.9.0 in late June this year (article here). The new Blackmagic Camera 7.9.1 release brings some improvements and bug fixes.
Building on the foundation laid with version 7.9.0 (fresh UI, access to gyro data and more), Blackmagic Camera 7.9.1 now squishes a few bugs while also fine-tuning some features under the hood.
According to Blackmagic Design, this release features “Improved reliability of recording to USB-C SSDs.” for example.
The lag time when starting and stopping recording has also been improved. All in all, this version isn’t really anything special, but it’s nice to see that the company is actively developing the camera’s firmware to further improve the Pocket Cinema camera series.
Blackmagic Camera 7.9.1
Affected by this new update are almost all Pocket Cinema cameras: the BMPCC 4K, 6K, 6K G2 and 6K Pro models for most of the updates, as well as the Pocket Cinema Camera 4k for some additional improvements. Here is the full list of fixes and improvements:
Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, 6K, 6K G2 and 6K Pro
- Improved reliability of recording to USB-C SSDs.
- Improved reliability when updating the camera software.
- Improved lag time when starting and stopping recording.
- Fixed issue where Blackmagic RAW clips with LUT applied may not preview correctly in camera.
Pocket Cinema Camera 4k
- Improved motion sensor data accuracy.
- Improved reliability in detection of physical OIS switches on MFT lenses.
- Fixed issue preventing users setting frame rate above 60 fps when shooting 4K 2.4:1.
Also new is version 2.6 of Blackmagic Camera RAW software, which features the following improvements (especially interesting for FUJI XH2s owners):
- Adds support for Fujifilm XH2s Blackmagic RAW clips captured by Blackmagic Video Assist.
- Adds adjustable white balance and accuracy for Panasonic GH5S, BGH1.
- Improved white balance accuracy for Panasonic S1H, S1, S5, BS1H.
Pricing and availability
If you are running macOS, you need at least macOS 11.1 (Bug Sur) or macOS 12 (Menterey) or higher to run the Blackmagic Camera Setup software, which installs version 7.9.1 on your connected camera.
For Windows users, Windows 10 or Windows 11 (both 64-bit) is required. The download itself is free. Simply connect your camera via USB and the Camera Setup Tool will detect it and install the latest update.
Download Link: Blackmagic Design
What do you think? Do you own a BMPCC and have you experienced any of the above issues with version 7.9.0? Share your experiences in the comments below!