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Blackmagic Design has announced their latest and greatest pocket cinema camera, capable of shooting 6K like the original but they have added a tilt-screen, 2 mini XLR inputs, a bigger battery and built-in ND $2495 USD. They have also launched an optional EVF for the new camera. With this camera and the upcoming Sony Alpha FX3, I think this is a space Canon needs to get into as soon as possible.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro 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.

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Press Release

Fremont, CA, USA – Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro, a new more powerful model that includes features for high end digital film. This new model includes a brighter 1,500 nit adjustable HDR touchscreen screen, built in ND filters, larger battery, plus support for an optional electronic viewfinder. This model also includes 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.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide 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 defocussed backgrounds and gorgeous bokeh effects.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro includes additional pro features such as built in 2, 4 and 6 stop ND filters, adjustable tilt HDR LCD with a bright 1500 nits that’s ideal for use in bright sunlight. It also includes two mini XLR audio inputs and a larger NP-F570 style battery.

Whether users are shooting in bright sunlight or in almost no light at all, the 13 stops of dynamic range with dual native ISO up to 25,600 provide stunning low noise images in all lighting conditions. Plus the 6K models feature a larger Super 35 sensor that allows shooting with a shallow depth of field and anamorphic lenses. All models let customers shoot up to 60 fps in full resolution or 120 fps windowed. An amazing sensor combined with Blackmagic color science means customers get the same imaging technology as the most expensive digital film cameras.

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The 6K models feature an EF lens mount so customers can use lenses customers already own from other cameras such as DSLR, URSA Mini Pro or even the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Customers can use commonly available photographic lenses that provide incredible creative choice and wonderful feature film quality lens effects. The active lens mount lets customers adjust focus and iris from the buttons on the camera or the touch screen.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro features high quality, motorized IR ND filters that let customers quickly reduce the amount of light entering the camera. Designed to match the colorimetry and color science of the camera, the 2, 4 and 6 stop filters provide customers with additional latitude even under harsh lighting. 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. User selectable filter settings can even be displayed as either an ND number, stop reduction or fraction on the LCD.

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The Pocket Cinema Cameras feature dual native ISO up to 25,600, which means they’re 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, so it’s easy to capture great images when customers don’t have time to set up lights.

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. Developers can download and use the free Blackmagic RAW SDK to add support into their applications. Best of all media files work on all operating systems plus customers can format media cards and disks in HFS+ for Mac and ExFAT for Windows.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a large, bright 5-inch touchscreen that makes it easy for customers to frame shots and accurately focus. On screen overlays show status and record parameters, histogram, focus peaking indicators, levels, frame guides and more. The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro LCD monitor is a more advanced HDR display that can be tilted up and down so it’s easy to monitor their shot from any position. Plus the 6K Pro model’s HDR display features 1500 nits of brightness, ideal for use in bright sunlight.

Featuring the same generation 5 color science as the high-end URSA Mini Pro 12K, the new Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro delivers an even greater advancement in image quality with stunning, accurate skin tones and faithful color in every shot. Customers get a new dynamic 12-bit gamma curve designed to capture more color data in the highlights and shadows, for 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 customers can use in post-production.

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The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro supports an optional viewfinder to make outdoors and handheld shooting accurate and easy. Customers get an integrated high quality 1280 x 960 color OLED display with built-in proximity sensor, 4 element glass diopter for incredible accuracy with a wide -4 to +4 focus adjustment. A built-in digital focus chart ensures customers get perfect viewfinder focus setup. Customers can also view critical status information such as frame guides. 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.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras feature 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 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 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 trickle charge the battery, so customers can use portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers or laptops. The optional battery grip lets customers add extra batteries to dramatically extend the power of the camera so customers can keep shooting all day.

All Pocket Cinema Camera 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 the 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. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro Side 728x481 - Industry News: Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro

“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!”

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BroderLund

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I already use a few BM cameras. Love their codec! I really wish they had better auto focus, as that is kind of their Achilles heel. While I get their reasoning of this camera being part of their existing Pocket lineup, I kind of wish it had RF mount, and not EF mount. This camera is kind of their take on the C70, but without auto focus and EF mount.
 
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codynpatterson

Canon 80D // Sigma 18-35 f1.8 // Sigma 70-200 f2.8
I already use a few BM cameras. Love their codec! I really wish they had better auto focus, as that is kind of their Achilles heel. While I get their reasoning of this camera being part of their existing Pocket lineup, I kind of wish it had RF mount, and not EF mount. This camera is kind of their take on the C70, but without auto focus and EF mount.
Their 4K and 6k have great auto focus. Especially the 6k since it’s got a bigger sensor.
 

Dearl4

I'm New Here
Nov 13, 2018
11
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First BlackMagic camera I'm genuinely tempted by.
Looking forward to seeing reviews for it.
This is why I'm hoping that the C50 will be a simplified version of the C70 and not a box camera (yes, I know that's likely not going to happen).
Something like that could fill this slot.
 
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telemaque

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Obviously, it is important nowadays to stay tuned...
Big news almost every day !
So let's see the image quality as soon as some footage will appear on the internet.

I noticed in the recent article of Sundance awards, that BM 4K and 6K were used a lot by fiction people just after Alexia. When C300 mkII was more a documentary camera.

I was impressed to see professionals were using a lot of BM cameras costing from 1200 to 2000$.
This means something, no?
 

Matthew1551

CR Pro
Sep 3, 2020
2
2
Well worth the price and hopefully addresses some of the issues we/I had with the previous 6K body. Better battery life to be expected, built in ND filters, flip up screen, EVF addon. Totally worth it to me having used the original 6K body extensively.
 

peters

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Dec 25, 2017
429
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Wish Canon C60:
RF mount, NDs, Flippy screen, BP-A30 - As per C70
5dm4 size.
Optional EVF
One mini XLR is sufficient.
I like Sonys and Panasonics approach to optional ports very much. Including a top handle with a electronic connection to the camera. In the top handle you can include bigger and more ports if needed. Thats a great option to get a versatile, but still small camera.
Panasonic got the same idea for the GH5 - a digital audio interface that can be attached like a battery grip to the bottom of the camera. I think thats the best approach. Canon could put a heatpipe AND an audio interface in the grip, so we would have better heat management and fullsize xlr ports. It would be usefull for videographers, while purely optional, so photographers can enjoy that lightweight, smaller body.
 

BroderLund

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Feb 9, 2015
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Their 4K and 6k have great auto focus. Especially the 6k since it’s got a bigger sensor.
One time contrast-based autofocus, yes. And only in the centre of the sensor. But not continuous during shooting with face tracking like Canon and Sony can do.
 

EOS 4 Life

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One time contrast-based autofocus, yes. And only in the centre of the sensor. But not continuous during shooting with face tracking like Canon and Sony can do.
I would not even put Blackmagic auto-focus on the level of Panasonic, but this type of cinema camera does not really need it.
 

cayenne

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I would not even put Blackmagic auto-focus on the level of Panasonic, but this type of cinema camera does not really need it.
I was kinda thinking along the same lines.....this is the type camera you're more likely to be pulling manual focus on still right?
This isn't really for the vlogger type, holding the camera in front of themselves needing auto focus, etc.....at least that's what I'd assumed these cameras to be used primarily for...
 
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I'm blown away each time I cut pocket cam log prores 422 footage. Cuts like butter in Premiere, the IQ/DR is fantastic, and it's very easy to match colors with my R5 and C200. This 6k Pro seems to fix all the reasons I didn't grab one previously, and at a mind-blowing price. I've wanted a C70 but I'm thinking twice now that I can get one of these for half the price. In this day and age of inflation I never would've thought a S35 6k Proress cam with built in 3-stage NDs and a 5" 1500 nit tilting screen for $2500 was possible. $2500?!?!?! I do wonder if Black Magic is making terrible margins on everything or if they're just small enough to not have the overhead of the larger Sony/Canon/Panasonic giants. Whatever their strategy I hope they stick with it.
 
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EOS 4 Life

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I was kinda thinking along the same lines.....this is the type camera you're more likely to be pulling manual focus on still right?
This isn't really for the vlogger type, holding the camera in front of themselves needing auto focus, etc.....at least that's what I'd assumed these cameras to be used primarily for...
They even put a tilt screen instead of a side flip-out screen to leave no illusions of a vlog camera.
 
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Atlasman

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I'm blown away each time I cut pocket cam log prores 422 footage. Cuts like butter in Premiere, the IQ/DR is fantastic, and it's very easy to match colors with my R5 and C200. This 6k Pro seems to fix all the reasons I didn't grab one previously, and at a mind-blowing price. I've wanted a C70 but I'm thinking twice now that I can get one of these for half the price. In this day and age of inflation I never would've thought a S35 6k Proress cam with built in 3-stage NDs and a 5" 1500 nit tilting screen for $2500 was possible. $2500?!?!?! I do wonder if Black Magic is making terrible margins on everything or if they're just small enough to not have the overhead of the larger Sony/Canon/Panasonic giants. Whatever their strategy I hope they stick with it.
I had pre-ordered the C70 back in October and I got tired of waiting so I cancelled—I had considered the BM 6K but too many deal-breakers, but this 6K Pro has eliminated most of them!
 

jvillain

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I was kinda thinking along the same lines.....this is the type camera you're more likely to be pulling manual focus on still right?
This isn't really for the vlogger type, holding the camera in front of themselves needing auto focus, etc.....at least that's what I'd assumed these cameras to be used primarily for...
Pffffff!!! Josh Yo showed how over blown the focus issues when vlogging with the BMPCC are long ago. :)


OK, maybe it's not the first choice as a vlogging camera. If your new to video and not following Josh your really missing out on some one very creative.

BTW the built in NDs aren't just ND they are IRND curing the IR issues the original BMPCCs have. There is a 2 & 4 stop that can be combined as a 6 stop. I just wish they had narrowed it so it worked on a gimbal better.
 

DBounce

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Obviously, it is important nowadays to stay tuned...
Big news almost every day !
So let's see the image quality as soon as some footage will appear on the internet.

I noticed in the recent article of Sundance awards, that BM 4K and 6K were used a lot by fiction people just after Alexia. When C300 mkII was more a documentary camera.

I was impressed to see professionals were using a lot of BM cameras costing from 1200 to 2000$.
This means something, no?
It’s the exact same sensor from the current 6K, so I wouldn’t expect it to look any different.