Blackmagic Design has released the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro, which offers a 5" 1,500-nit adjustable HDR touchscreen, built-in ND filters, a larger (NP-F570) battery and support for an optional electronic viewfinder. It also features latest-generation color science, a Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, a dual-native ISO of 25,600 and an EF lens mount.
“With this new model, we wanted to include all the high-end features of digital film cameras in a Pocket Cinema Camera design,” says Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “This means you get an extremely portable digital film solution but with all the advanced features like amazing ND filters, optional viewfinder and bright HDR touchscreen. We think our digital-filmmaker customers will love it!”
Made from lightweight carbon-fiber polycarbonate composite, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro features a multifunction handgrip with controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle.
Featuring a 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor, the camera includes motorized 2-, 4- and 6-stop ND filters and two mini XLR audio inputs. The 13 stops of dynamic range with dual-native ISO up to 25,600 provide low-noise images in all lighting conditions. Customers can shoot up to 60 fps in full resolution or 120 fps windowed. 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 the user’s thumb. User-selectable filter settings can be displayed as an ND number, stop reduction or fraction on the LCD.
The camera records 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 the free Blackmagic Raw SDK to add support into their applications. Media files work on all operating systems, and users can format media cards and disks in HFS+ for Mac and ExFAT for Windows.
Tapping the same color science as the Ursa Mini Pro 12K, the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro offers a new, dynamic, 12-bit gamma curve designed to capture more color data in the highlights and shadows. The color science also handles some of the Blackmagic Raw image processing, so color and dynamic-range data from the sensor is preserved via metadata.
The camera supports an optional viewfinder, offering an integrated 1280 x 960 color OLED display with built in proximity sensor, a four-element glass diopter with a -4 to +4 focus adjustment, and a built-in digital focus chart. Users 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 four types of eyecups for both eyes.
A locking DC power connector ensures users won’t lose power during a shoot. An included AC plug pack can power the camera and charge the battery simultaneously. The USB-C expansion port can trickle-charge the battery, so customers can use portable battery packs, mobile-phone chargers or laptops. Users can access additional batteries via the optional battery grip.
All Pocket Cinema Camera models include DaVinci Resolve Studio.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro lists for $2,495.