Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro with built-in ND and Tilt Screen. Fremont, CA, USA – Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Blackmagic Design announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro. The advanced Pocket Cinema Camera 6K model has built-in ND filters, adjustable HDR screen, Gen 5 color science, larger battery, and optional viewfinder.
The camera is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$2,495. Blackmagic Design creates video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, etc.
The camera has more pro features compared to the earlier models pocket 4k and pocket 6k. The pocket 4k and 6k models became very popular among videography and cinematography enthusiasts and professional users for using them as a B cam. The image quality offered by these cameras is comparable to more expensive cameras like Urs Mini Pro and others.
The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro offers value for money when we compare the features available on this camera and the price. For $2495 it one-ups the competition by a big margin. The Sony A7Siii for example starts at $3500.
Blackmagic says the powerful new 6k Pro camera includes features for high-end digital film. It includes a brighter 1,500 nit adjustable HDR touchscreen screen, built-in ND filters, a larger battery, plus support for an optional electronic viewfinder. It also includes the latest generation 5 color science, Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, dual native ISO of 25,600, and a popular EF lens mount.
The new camera is made up of lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite, the camera features a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, WB, and shutter angle. It’s an advanced digital film camera, the sensor is designed to reduce thermal noise allowing cleaner shadows and higher ISO. The camera also features a large 5 inch LCD.
The camera has a Super 35 (6144 x 3456) sensor with an EF lens mount. EF lens mount is the standard lens mount for Canon and other popular cameras with many different size lens options. The active lens mount lets customers adjust focus and iris from the buttons on the camera or the touch screen.
The new 6k Pro camera comes with a built-in ND & IR filter. A feature that was missing from Blackmagic’s other 4k and 6k cameras. ND filter or Neutral Density filter allows photographers more control in selecting shutter speed and aperture combinations in different lighting conditions. The 6k pro comes with built-in 2, 4, and 6 stop ND filters. The IR filters have been designed to filter both optical and IR wavelengths evenly, eliminating IR contamination of the images. Activation buttons are located on the rear of the camera body, placed within easy reach of their thumb from the multi-function hand grip. Users can select filter settings that can even be displayed as either an ND number, stop reduction, or fraction on the LCD.
The camera has an adjustable tilt HDR LCD with 1500 nits brightness. Again the tilt LCD is not available in the previous non-pro cameras. It also includes two mini XLR audio inputs and a larger NP-F570 style battery.
Blackmagic says the new 6k pro will offer 13 stops of dynamic range with dual native ISO up to 25,600 for low noise images in different lighting conditions. Customers can shoot up to 60 fps in full resolution or 120 fps windowed. The native ISO of 400. The gain is set automatically as customers adjust the ISO setting, so it’s easy to capture great images when customers don’t have time to set up lights.
Recording Format: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records using standard open file formats. The camera allows for industry-standard 10-bit Apple ProRes files in all formats up to 4K or 12-bit Blackmagic RAW in all formats up to 6K. Developers can download and use the free Blackmagic RAW SDK to add support to their applications.
The camera features the same generation 5 color science as the high-end URSA Mini Pro 12K.
Also Read: 8K camera from Sony, the Alpha1.
Blackmagic 6K Pro comes with an optional viewfinder to make outdoors and handheld shooting accurate and easy. The viewfinder has an integrated high-quality 1280 x 960 color OLED display with a built-in proximity sensor, 4 element glass diopter for incredible accuracy with a wide -4 to +4 focus adjustment. The Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF connects quickly to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro via a single connector. The viewfinder has a 70-degree swivel range and comes with 4 different types of eyecups for both left and right eyes.
The camera is equipped with a mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power for connecting professional microphones such as lapel mics and booms. The 6K Pro model features 2 mini XLR connections, allowing customers to record 2 separate audio tracks using 2 mics, without an external mixer. The four built-in mics have an extremely low noise floor and are shock and wind-resistant, capturing great sound in any location. There’s also a 3.5mm audio input for connecting video camera microphones, along with a built-in speaker for playback and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The older 4K and 6K use removable LP-E6 type batteries while the 6K Pro model uses larger NP-F570 batteries. A Locking DC power connector is used so customers won’t have to worry about losing power during a shoot. Plus the included AC plug pack can power the camera and charge the battery simultaneously. Even the USB-C expansion port can charge the battery, so customers can use portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers, or laptops. An optional battery grip adds extra batteries to dramatically extend the power of the camera to shoot all day.
“With the new Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro, we wanted to include all the high-end features from digital film cameras into a Pocket Cinema Camera design,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “This means you get an extremely portable digital film solution but with all the advanced features like the amazing ND filters, optional viewfinder, and bright HDR touchscreen. We think our digital filmmaker customers will love it!”
All Pocket Cinema Camera models include a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro with built-in ND and Tilt Screen Features
- Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite.
- 6144 x 3456 sensor with 13 stops and dual native ISO up to 25,600.
- Compatible with a wide range of popular EF lenses.
- Built-in motorized 2, 4, and 6 stop ND filters.
- Up to 25,600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
- Standard open file formats compatible with popular software.
- Adjustable, HDR 1500 nit LCD screen.
- Includes Blackmagic Generation 5 Color Science.
- Optional Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF.
- Professional mini XLR inputs with 48-volt phantom power.
- Larger NP-F570 battery, optional Blackmagic Pocket Camera Battery Pro Grip.
- Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio for post-production.