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Blackmagic Launches 6K Pocket Cinema Camera with EF mount

Blackmagic Design announces 6K Pocket Cinema camera with EF mount

Blackmagic Design has announced an updated offering to its Pocket Cinema Camera lineup by announcing a 6K Pocket cinema camera with an EF mount. It features a larger 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount. So now the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K can be used with all our larger EF photographic lenses to create cinematic images with shallower depth of field, allowing creative defocussed backgrounds and gorgeous bokeh effects! The extra resolution also gives scope for reframing during editing and color correction. This means that you 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!

 

Lightweight CarbonFiber Polycarbonate Composite

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has a miniaturized, handheld design with lot of high end features. 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 your fingertips. According to Blackmagic the sensor is designed to reduce thermal noise allowing cleaner shadows and higher ISO. The large 5 inch LCD makes it possible to easily get critical focus at 6K resolutions. The battery door is removable. There are 4 shock proof microphones, heavy duty EF lens mount and built in speaker.

 

Multifunction Gripwith Fingertip Controls!

The multifunction handgrip features a comfortable and familiar design that puts important functions such as ISO, WB and shutter buttons right at your fingertips. There’s even a scroll wheel under your index finger for making quick iris adjustments! You get additional controls that go beyond those found on a DSLR, which means you don’t have to go hunting through menus on a tiny screen to find a command!

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features easy to reach recording and still buttons that are placed exactly where you expect them to be, including user assignable function keys and control buttons for high frame rate, focus zoom, menu operation, playback and more.

 

Fingertip Shooting Controls

The front and top of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features record start/stop and still photo buttons along with dedicated controls for iris, ISO, white balance and shutter speed. The main power switch is located on the top next to a row of 3 customizable function buttons.

 


Shoot Incredible HighDynamic Range (HDR) Images

The distance between the lightest and the darkest parts of an image is called dynamic range and is measured in stops.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K has13 stops of dynamic range. If true then it is much better than the DSLRs and average video cameras in preserving more detail in the lightest and darkest areas of an image. This allows you to set exposure for an indoor scene such as a cafe and still retain the details of bright outdoor light coming through a window. You even get more colors than the standard DCI‑P3 colorspace used for feature films.

Also, as a part of its strategy Blackmagic is giving DaVinci Resolve Studio software free with its cameras. With the Blackmagic 6K pocket camera purchase you will also get a official copy of DaVinci Resolve Studio software for free.

 

Dual Gain ISO for Exceptional Low Light Performance

The Blackmagic 6K Pocket Cinema Camera features dual gain ISO up to 25,600, which means there will be minimmum 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 secondary high base ISO of 3200 is perfect when shooting in dimly lit environments. The gain is set automatically as you adjust the ISO setting on the camera, so it’s easy to capture great images when you don’t have time to set up lights.

Dual Native ISO at 3200 BMD 6K Pocket Camera

Multiple Resolutions and Frame Rates

Depending on the model, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can shoot in all standard resolutions and frame rates from HD up to DCI 4K and even 6K. You can also shoot still photos at 21.2 megapixels on the 6K model. 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 you can window the sensor and shoot up to 120 fps at 2.8K 2868 x 1512 17:9. You can even work in true anamorphic 6:5 using anamorphic lenses in 3.7K 60 fps at 3624 x 3020.

 

Use Standard SD Cards, UHS‑II or CFast 2.0 Media!

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features built in CFast and SD UHS‑II card recorders, and a USB‑C expansion port for recording direct to an external media disk. You can use regular SD cards for HD or higher performance UHS‑II and CFast cards for native 4K or 6K when using Blackmagic RAW.

Even an hour of full resolution 6K images on a single 256GB SD UHS‑II card can be captured. The ProRes and Blackmagic RAW files work with all video software.

 

The Quality of RAW and the Speed of Video!

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from your camera. Video formats such as H.264 are highly compressed, plus add noise and weird artifacts, causing original sensor detail to be lost forever. Blackmagic RAW eliminates this problem and gives you stunning images with incredible detail andcolor throughout the production pipeline from camera to edit, color and mastering. It also saves camera settings as metadata so you can set ISO, white balance and exposure in camera or override them later while editing, all without any loss of quality! Only Blackmagic RAW gives you the highest quality, smallest files and fastest performance! 

 

Large 5″ Touchscreenfor Fast and Accurate Focus

The rear of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a large, bright 5 inch touchscreen that makes it easy for you to frame shots and accurately focus. That means you don’t have to carry around an external monitor or viewfinder. It’s like getting a built in Blackmagic Video Assist with your 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. You can quickly apply 3D LUTs for monitoring shots with the desired color and look, or you can choose to bake it into the recorded footage.

 

The Advanced OS with Features from URSA Mini Pro!

With the advanced Blackmagic OS, you get an intuitive and user friendly camera operating system based on the latest technology. Blackmagic OS is a true modern operating system where all camera features run independently for smoother control, plus the camera powers on virtually instantly. It features the same controls and menus as other Blackmagic Design cameras so you can move between cameras on set easily. The interface uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. You 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!

 

Generation 4 Color Science

Stunning Skin Tones and Faithful Color Reproduction

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 you 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 you can use in post production. That means you get images that have a natural, film like response to color adjustments in post with DaVinci Resolve Studio.

 

Professional Connections for Custom Rigs!

BMD 6K professional connections for rigs

Though small and portable, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a wide range of connections for audio, monitoring, power and more. The camera includes a full size HDMI connector for monitoring with support for HDR and clean 10‑bit output.

That means you can connect an HDMI display or television for on set monitoring of images, with or without overlays that show critical information and camera status. 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! The USB‑C connection lets you connect and record direct to your media disk!

  1. Microphone Input
  2. 2. 3.5mm Stereo Output
  3. Fullsize HDMI Connector
  4. DC Power
  5. USB Expansion Port 6. XLR Audio Connection

 

 

4 Built‑in Microphones and Professional Audio Inputs

With professional, high fidelity audio recording built in you’ll never have to carry around a separate sound recorder again! Both Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera models feature a mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power for connecting professional microphones such as lapel mics and booms. The four built in microphones have an extremely low noise floor and are shock and wind resistant, allowing you to capture great sound in any location. There’s also a 3.5mm audio input for connecting video camera style microphones, along with a built in speaker for playback and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

 

Load Custom 3D LUTsto Recreate Film Looks!

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 you to apply a “look” to the monitor so you get an idea of how the finished images will look like when editing. LUTs can be applied temporarily for monitoring only, or they can be recorded into the Blackmagic RAW files for use in post production. The Pocket Cinema Camera works with industry standard 17 and 33 point 3D LUT files, or you can work with the built in LUTs such as Extended Video, Film to Video, Film to Rec.2020 and more.

 

USB‑C for RecordingDirect to External Media Disks

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features an innovative and high speed USB‑C Expansion Port that operates at up to 5 Gb/s. USB‑C is available on most new computers and even provides power. That means you can connect external accessories such as flash drives and SSDs for significantly longer recording times. A high speed external disk allows shooting 6K in the highest constant quality 12‑bit Blackmagic RAW in the Q0 setting or at high frame rates. Best of all, when shooting is complete you can simply move the external disk to your computer and start editing and color correction from the same disk, eliminating file copying.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (12:1)

250GB 500GB 1TB
24fps 65 mins

 

130 mins

 

260 mins

 

60fps 30 mins 60 mins

 

120 mins

 

 

Built‑In Timecode Generator

Get Fast Multi Camera Shoots in Perfect Sync!

Professional cameras include professional features and you 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 you don’t need to waste time sorting through thousands of shots!

 

Shoot Still Framesup to 21.2 Megapixels!

In addition to shooting video, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can also capture high resolution stills. Simply press the dedicated stills button to record 21.2 megapixel images on the 6K model or 8 megapixel images on the 4K model. Still images are saved as fully uncompressed DNG frames, so you get the maximum image quality, which is perfect for making professional prints. Capturing still images is great for keeping track of continuity between shots or for sharing images to get approval from clients that are not on set.

 

Wireless Bluetooth Camera Remote Control

If you’re positioning the camera on the end of a boom, or in another hard to reach location, you can get full control via Bluetooth from up to 30 feet away. You can download the Blackmagic Camera Control app for your iPad or use third party apps such as Bluetooth+ or tRigger on your iOS and Android devices. There’s even a free developer SDK with sample code available from the Blackmagic Design developer website, so you can create your own remote camera control and digital slate solutions! Imagine building an app that can jam sync timecode and trigger all cameras to record at the same time. The possibilities are endless!

 

Power from Batteries and12V DC or Recharge via USB‑C!

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera uses standard removable LP‑E6 type batteries and also features a locking DC power connector so you 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. You also get a set of international socket adapters so you can travel and use it worldwide. The USB‑C expansion port can also be used to charge the battery from portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers or a laptop computer. You can even add an optional Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip that lets you use 2 batteries to dramatically extend the power of the camera. That’s the widest range of power options so you can shoot all day!

 

Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio

Get ProfessionalEditing, Color Correction, Audio Post and VFX!

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 you quickly find the footage you want, edit it together and output it fast. In addition to the new cut page, you also get DaVinci’s legendary professional editing, advanced color correction, audio post and visual effects tools, all in a single software application! Now you can use the same high end software that professional editors and colorists use!

Price: $2495 USD

 

B&H Link:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1499529-REG/blackmagic_design_cinecampochdef6k_blackmagic_design_pocket_cinema.html/BI/19990/KBID/13252

 

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Sabyasachi is an award winning Cinematographer and shoots for international broadcasters, feature films and corporates to make a living. He is a passionate wildlife filmmaker and photographer and has won awards and accolades for his documentary 'A Call in the Rainforest'. He has been striving to make his films and photographs full of life and emotion and write articles to educate and evangelise the need for conserving the last tracts of vanishing wilderness and wildlife in our country. He hopes that his wildlife films, photographs and writings force people to pause, look, ponder and ultimately take action.
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