Powering the BMPCC Range: 12V vs. Dummy Battery
When it comes to Blackmagic Design's BMPCC (Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera) range, choosing the right power solution is crucial. The 4K, 6K, and 6K Pro models offer various options, leading to a critical choice between a 12V input and a dummy battery solution. Let's explore this topic and consider the benefits of each, focusing on Blind Spot Gear's products that effortlessly power these cameras.
The BMPCC 4K and 6K: Dual Powering Options
Both the BMPCC 4K and 6K models use Canon LP-E6 batteries, which can be limited by their relatively short lifespan. This is where dummy batteries step in. Blind Spot Gear's Canon LP-E6 Dummy Battery, available in both USB-C and DC versions, allows power from an external source for longer camera runtimes.
The USB-C version can pair perfectly with Blind Spot's Power Junkie V2, featuring a USB-C PD (Power Delivery) output. This combination means you can utilise more powerful and long-lasting power sources, such as an NP-F battery or any USB-C PD power bank.
The DC version of the dummy battery provides flexibility with any DC power source, compatible with the Power Junkie V2's DC outputs.
Besides, these models also support a 12V power input via a 2-pin connector. This 12V option, coupled with Blind Spot's Power Pipe BMPCC, enables direct powering of your camera from a USB-C PD power bank, power junkie or mains ac. This arrangement ensures a secure power connection, leading to extended shooting times.
The BMPCC 6K Pro: The Power of 12V
The BMPCC 6K Pro distinguishes itself by adopting the Sony NP-F battery type. Yet, it also retains the 2-pin 12V input, becoming the ideal solution for extended shooting times. With the Power Pipe BMPCC and Power Junkie V2's USB-C output, users can directly connect their camera to a USB-C PD power bank for more extended, uninterrupted shooting sessions.
Deciding the Ideal Power Solution
The choice between a dummy battery solution or a 12V input depends on your shooting scenario, the reliability of your power connection, and your continuous power requirement. Both solutions carry distinct benefits: the dummy battery setup offers versatility and ease of implementation, while the 12V power input ensures a more secure connection and typically a longer power supply.
Blind Spot Gear's power product range offers the confidence to tackle any shooting situation with your BMPCC 4K, 6K, or 6K Pro. The Power Junkie V2, Canon LP-E6 Dummy Batteries (USB-C and DC), and the Power Pipe BMPCC work together to guarantee that your camera keeps rolling for as long as you need.