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Blackmagic Design announces new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K with EF mount

FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a new handheld digital film camera with a full Super 35 size 6K HDR image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, an EF lens mount and dual native ISO up to 25,600 for incredible low light performance. This new model builds on the popularity of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K but has a larger Super 35 sensor size with 6K resolution, allowing higher image quality. The EF lens mount model works with a wide range of lenses from companies such as Canon, Zeiss, Sigma and Schneider.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is available immediately from Adorama for US$2,495.

The elegant design of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera packs an incredible number of high-end digital film features into a miniaturized, handheld design. Made from lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite, the camera features a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle right at their fingertips. Because it’s an advanced digital film camera, the sensor is designed to reduce thermal noise allowing cleaner shadows and higher ISO. Plus the large 5 inch LCD makes it possible to get perfect focus at 4K and 6K resolutions.

Featuring a larger 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K lets customers use larger EF photographic lenses to create cinematic images with shallower depth of field, allowing creative defocused backgrounds and gorgeous bokeh effects. This means that customers can shoot in 6K and then in post-production zoom and re-frame to allow wide shots and close-ups to be created, all from a single camera and without losing image quality.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K both have an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range which means they preserve more detail in the lightest and darkest areas of an image than simple video cameras can. This allows customers to set the exposure for an indoor scene such as a cafe and still retain the details of bright outdoor light coming through a window. Customers even get more colors than the standard DCI-P3 colorspace used for feature films.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features dual gain ISO up to 25,600, which means both the 4K and 6K models are optimized to minimize grain or noise in images while maintaining the full dynamic range of the sensor. The native ISO of 400 is ideal for scenes with on-set lighting. The gain is set automatically as customers adjust the ISO setting on the camera, so it’s easy to capture great images when customers don’t have time to set up lights.

The new 6K model will shoot up to 50 fps at 6144 x 3456 16:9 or 60 fps at 6144 x 2560 2.4:1 and 60 fps at 5744 x 3024 17:9. For higher frame rates they can window the sensor and shoot up to 120 fps at 2.8K 2868 x 1512 17:9. Customers can even work in true anamorphic 6:5 using anamorphic lenses in 3.7K 60 fps at 3728 x 3104.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records using standard open file formats so customers don’t have to waste time transcoding media. Recording works in industry-standard 10-bit Apple ProRes files in all formats up to 4K or 12-bit Blackmagic RAW in all formats up to 6K. Best of all media files work on all operating systems plus they can format media cards and disks in HFS+ for Mac and ExFAT for Windows.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features built-in CFast and SD UHS-II card recorders, and a USB-C expansion port for recording directly to an external media disk. Customers can use regular SD cards for HD or higher performance UHS-II and CFast cards for native 4K or 6K when using Blackmagic RAW. Imagine capturing over an hour of full-resolution 6K images on a single 256GB SD UHS-II card.

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from their camera. Video formats such as H.264 are highly compressed, plus add noise and weird artefacts, causing original sensor detail to be lost forever. Blackmagic RAW eliminates this problem and gives customers stunning images with incredible detail and color throughout the production pipeline from the camera to edit, color and mastering. It also saves camera settings as metadata so customers can set ISO, white balance and exposure in-camera or override them later while editing, all without any loss of quality. Blackmagic RAW files are also small and fast to use making them easy to work with.

The rear of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a large, bright 5-inch touchscreen that makes it easy for customers to frame shots and accurately focus. It’s like getting a built-in Blackmagic Video Assist with their camera. The touchscreen displays critical information while you’re shooting, menus for setting up the camera and intuitive touch to focus controls. On-screen overlays show status, a histogram, focus and peaking indicators, levels, frame guides, playback controls and more.

With the advanced Blackmagic OS, they get an intuitive and user-friendly camera operating system based on the latest technology. The interface uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. Customers also get full control over advanced camera features such as on-screen focus and exposure tools, 3D LUTs, HDR, metadata entry, timecode, Blackmagic RAW settings and more.

Featuring the same Generation 4 Color Science as the high-end URSA Mini Pro G2, the Pocket Cinema Camera delivers stunning, accurate skin tones and faithful color in every shot. Blackmagic Generation 4 Color Science uses a complex dynamic 12-bit gamma curve designed to capture more color data in the highlights and shadows, so they get better looking images. The color science also handles some of the complex Blackmagic RAW image processing, so color and dynamic range data from the sensor is preserved via metadata which they can use in post-production.

The camera includes a full-size HDMI connector for monitoring with support for HDR and clean 10-bit output. There’s also a mini XLR connection with 48-volt phantom power for attaching professional microphones, a 3.5 mm video camera style microphone input, headphone connection and a professional locking DC power connector.

Digital film cameras shoot logarithmic colorspace to preserve the dynamic range, which is great for later post-production, however when these files are viewed on a monitor they can look flat and washed out. 3D LUTs solve this problem because they allow customers to apply a “look” to the monitor so customers get an idea of how the finished images will look like when editing. The Pocket Cinema Camera works with industry standard 17 and 33 point 3D LUT files, or customers can work with the built-in LUTs such as Extended Video, Film to Video, Film to Rec.2020 and more.

Professional cameras include professional features and customers also get a built-in timecode generator, allowing shooting with more than one camera while keeping perfect sync. Simply plug in an external timecode generator such as Tentacle Sync into the 3.5 mm audio jack and the camera will automatically detect timecode and lock the internal generator. Now each camera can start and stop recording and all the shots from all cameras will have the same matched timecode. Imagine shooting a music festival with multiple roving cameras. Best of all the new DaVinci Resolve 16.1 will automatically find and sync the shots from all cameras so customers don’t need to waste time sorting through thousands of shots.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera uses standard removable LP-E6 type batteries and also features a locking DC power connector so customers never have to worry about losing power in the middle of a shoot. The included AC plug pack can power the camera and charge the battery at the same time. The USB-C expansion port can also be used to charge the battery from portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers or a laptop computer. Customers can even add an optional Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip that lets customers use 2 batteries to dramatically extend the power of the camera.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K models include a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio, which is the same software used in Hollywood for creating high-end feature films, episodic television shows, commercials and more. DaVinci Resolve features a revolutionary new cut page with intelligent editing tools and innovative new features designed to help customers quickly find the footage customers want, edit it together and output it fast. In addition to the new cut page, customers also get DaVinci’s legendary professional editing, advanced color correction, audio post and visual effects tools, all in a single software application.

“The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K features incredible new 6K imaging and EF lens support that customers have asked for,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It has all of the great features customers love from the 4K model, but now adds an EF lens mount, increased 6K resolution for even higher quality images and more. Plus, with the built-in Video Assist features, customers don’t have to purchase and carry around extra equipment. DaVinci Resolve Studio is also included, making it an incredible all in one solution that enables anyone to be creative and tell a story.”

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Features

  • Use for independent films, documentaries, blogs and more.
  • Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite.
  • Multifunction grip allows single-hand operation.
  • 2 models with 6K at 6144 x 3456 and 4K at 4096 x 2160.
  • Compatible with MFT or EF lenses.
  • Wide 13 stops of dynamic range for film looks.
  • Up to 25600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
  • Records full resolution up to 60 fps or 120 fps windowed.
  • Standard open file formats compatible with popular software.
  • Built-in SD, UHS-II and CFast card recorders.
  • Features incredible quality Blackmagic RAW recording.
  • Built-in 5″ touchscreen allows accurate focus when shooting 6K.
  • Blackmagic OS as used in URSA Mini and URSA Broadcast cameras.
  • Includes Blackmagic Generation 4 Color Science.
  • Features full-size HDMI for monitoring with status overlay.
  • Professional mini XLR input with 48-volt phantom power.
  • 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.
  • USB-C port allows recording directly to an external disk.
  • Built-in timecode generator for syncing multi-camera shoots.
  • Supports still frame capture up to 21.2 megapixel.
  • Supports remote camera control via Bluetooth.
  • Powers via 12V DC input and can recharge via USB-C.
  • Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio for post-production.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is available now for US$2,495 at Adorama

Press Photography

Product photos of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, as well as all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/media/images.

peters

EOS T7i
Dec 25, 2017
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Fantastic. I cannot wait to use one of these. Panasonic, Sony and black magic do such a wonderful job of listening to their base.
The codecs and apex list of this thing is something I hope canon is paying attention to
I hope they have a decent Autofocus. Especialy for solo projects and when working on a gimbal, the 1DX II works like a charm. Its still something, that makes me staying at Canon. But I think I will give this camera a shot for our studio work :)
 
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crazyrunner33

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I doubt it. Will be the same as BMPCC 4K.
Correct. Fortunately, the future looks bright for AF on these cameras.


These still won't be my go to run and gun cameras, but it looks like that day might come sooner rather than later.
 
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Dec 11, 2017
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Love it. Looking forward to seeing how it is. The only gripe I'd have is it would have been cool to see it have the new RF mount instead of the EF. RF lenses are the future and if you wanted to use EF you could take advantage of the Canon adapter with built-in ND.
 
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Nice. How long will it take Canon before they give us 6k 50fps?
Who gives a rip about that ... most Canon users shoot photos. When I hike in the redwoods for example, and learn what other photographers do, who own Canon, I haven't met one in 100 yet who shoots video.

I think the higher FPS is null posts on the internet.
 

Avenger 2.0

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Jul 30, 2017
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Love it. Looking forward to seeing how it is. The only gripe I'd have is it would have been cool to see it have the new RF mount instead of the EF. RF lenses are the future and if you wanted to use EF you could take advantage of the Canon adapter with built-in ND.
What if Blackmagic makes their own mount and designs adapters for it to all other lens mounts. Would even be better as you can change the lens mount depending on the lens you like to use.
 

pmjm

1DX Mk II, 5D Mk IV, 70d
Sep 8, 2016
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Even though the thought of 6k makes me drool, the price really is a testament to just what a bargain the 4k version is even though you still need a lens adapter.
 

cayenne

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Even though the thought of 6k makes me drool, the price really is a testament to just what a bargain the 4k version is even though you still need a lens adapter.

Yeah, I gotta say, I'm saving for this 6K one now.
It apparently also has a locking external AC power source too, which I don't think the 4K one has? They way this thing eats batteries, I'd like this option for when shooting indoors and easy access to AC power.

With the 4K version, I think that's about $1300? Add on the $600 metabones adapter for EF lenses, and bang, you're near $2K there. If you want to add on 1-2 MFT lenses too, well, that puts you in the ball park of the 6K camera, which if you have all native EF lenses, I think would be way to go.

But the 4K is a good deal but when you add the Metabones, that price gets a bit closer to the 6K one pretty quick.

I was saving for 4K, I'll now wait a bit for the 6K to save those extra pickles.

I also have to get a new media work computer first...and THAT is what I'm saving for first.

I am waiting to see what the actual pricing and upgrades for the new Mac Pro will be, hopefully in Sept. I was planning awhile back to get an iMac Pro decked out to near $8K.

I'm of the thought I might see what $8K will get me on the Mac Pro, and feel a little better about being able to upgrade it over time.

My old MBP late 2011 is looking a bit long in the tooth and isn't even spec'ed to run the new Davinci Resolve 16, which I think you would definitely want to run in conjunction with these new BlackMagic cameras for BM raw work....

Oh well, saving money and hey....I have some old lottery tix I need to go check the numbers on!!!!
:p


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jvillain

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The sensor on this is 23.10 x 12.99 mm.
The Canon crop is 22.2 x 14.8 mm.
Normal crop is 23.5 x 15.6 mm.

So it looks like Canon APS-C glass won't be quite wide enough, though if your shooting in 6K you can always crop out the black parts and still end up > 4K resolution. My Canon 10-22 will fit in that category. My two Sigma lenses which are designed for 1.5 crop might be wide enough if the Canon mount on the back of the lenses doesn't cause issues. Then again it also depends on how they handle the aspect ratios. If they are just cropping then every thing should work just fine. If they are down sampling not so much.

Dynamic Range 13 stops
Dual Native ISO 400 and 3200
Shooting Resolutions 6144 x 3456 (6K) up to 50 fps
6144 x 2560 (6K 2.4:1) up to 60 fps
5744 x 3024 (5.7K 17:9) up to 60 fps
4096 x 2160 (4K DCI) up to 60 fps
3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD) up to 60 fps
3728 x 3104 (3.7K 6:5 anamorphic) up to 60 fps
2868 x 1512 (2.8K 17:9) up to 120 fps
1920 x 1080 (HD) up to 120 fps

Soooo much to love here.
 
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dtaylor

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So it looks like Canon APS-C glass won't be quite wide enough, though if your shooting in 6K you can always crop out the black parts and still end up > 4K resolution. My Canon 10-22 will fit in that category.
Depends entirely on the lens. Most probably project a light cone wider than a Canon APS-C sensor, it's just a question of quality loss and/or vignetting.
 
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That's why they're called photographers and not videographers. If there was not a demand for high-res, high-framerate video, Sony wouldn't be outselling Canon.
Sony is outselling Canon where? TV's? DVD Players?

As of 2018 Market Analysis, In the (digital) imaging market, Canon is destroying Sony at ~40% (Canon) to ~18% (Sony) - by more than double. Don't take my word for it, read the Nikkei report yourself.

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Even Sony itself is "bragging" about overtaking Nikon for the #2 spot behind Canon...

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You can even look here on Canon Rumors and see this for yourself, as market analysis are periodically posted. Funny, I did a quick search, and found a post from 2017 which says that Sony was going after the #2...

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Anyway. It's certainly possible you're talking about a specific market segment? In my line of work (marketing), I would consider "high-res" and "high frame-rate video" as features of products (digital cameras) in the (digital) imaging market.

Perhaps just a bit of semantics, but regardless, Sony is not outselling Canon by any stretch of the imagination. From my perspective, public market analysis proves this without question.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a Canon apologist. In fact, my wife has already switched to Fuji completely. While I'm still with Canon for my primary body (5D Mk IV), I too have switched to Fuji for my backup. It's a bit of an ironic moment when someone in the marketing industry realizes they aren't in any of the target market segments of their favorite manufacturer. Ironic, but also expensive. :/