Blackmagic Design has released a free, downloadable update that applies to all camera models in its line-up.

The new Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8 software features a completely new code base that provides a foundation for new features,  improves performance and includes a new modern user interface. Other enhancements include:
– Support for compressed RAW DNG for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K model.
– Enhanced lens control support for EF lens mount cameras provides new access to auto focus when pushing the focus button on active EF based lenses. The cameras will mathematically analyse the centre of the image and optimise the focus for maximum sharpness. Because this update uses the focus button for auto focus, the focus peaking feature is now enabled by double pressing the focus button.
– DaVinci Resolve 11, also available today, fully supports RAW grading and rendering to final output direct from the RAW camera original files.
– The focus peaking display is improved to provide optimal sharpness.
– The iris control has been changed, due to customer requests, to hold its setting between record and playback.
– Improvements for the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera models include enhanced audio performance and a completely rewritten new higher quality de-bayer processor. The latter will deliver sharper and cleaner looking ProRes and DNxHD files.
– Dynamic range enhancements for the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera will provide improved performance when shooting at ISO 1600.
– Additional improvements for the Pocket Cinema Camera include new focus peaking and improved de-bayer quality, plus additional active MFT lens support for lenses including Sigma and Lumix.

The update can be downloaded from the company’s new  support center.