Wooden Camera unveiled a working prototype of an external camera and accessory battery at this year’s IBC.
The battery pack is specifically designed to work with smaller cameras, such as the Black Magic Pocket Cinema 6K and other cameras of this ilk. It can also power a number of accessories alongside the camera using its multitude of connectors.
Housed in the sturdy molded plastic case is a 98Wh battery, at the rear of the case on the screen side you can find three D-tap ports and a USB-out.
The 98Wh battery will provide approximately 5 hours of shoot time with the Pocket 6k, under ‘normal’ shooting conditions. Charging the battery will be done using a P-tap adaptor that will be released by Anton Bauer (both Wooden Camera and Anton Bauer are companies owned by the Vitec group).
The DC out offers 8.4v which is enough for most DSLRs and of course the Black Magic Pocket cameras.
Wooden Camera will offer a range of dummy batteries that can be used to take the power from the 8.4v socket of the battery pack directly into the battery slot of the camera.
As of yet, it’s unclear exactly which cameras the Wooden Camera battery pack will support, but we expect Black Magic and the other main manufacturers to be catered for.
As mentioned, at the back of the battery pack is a small LCD screen which gives basic information about battery capacity and charge remaining.
The battery pack is connected to the camera base using the ¼” 20 thread. The screw bolts right through the battery and creates a solid connection to the camera (there are several similar connectors on the base of the battery).
As yet, the prototype battery pack is unnamed, but Wooden Camera will be pricing the unit at around $250 and expect it to be available around the end of 2019.
Keep a close eye on their website for more details as the prototype develops.
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