Blackmagic Design just announced the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro with a bigger body, new battery, tilt screen, and built-in ND filters.
The camera retains the same EF mount and also uses the same Super 35 sized sensor rated at 13 stops DR with dual native ISO of 400 and 3200. Frame rates and resolutions as well as Blackmagic RAW is the same as on the Pocket 6K.
Also, an interesting new feature is an optional, removable EVF that mounts on top of the camera. Furthermore, the new 6K Pro model moves to the more efficient and longer lasting Sony NP-F batteries.
And as such, there is a new battery grip called (it’s a long one) the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Battery Pro Grip.
At first glance, the BMPCC 6K Pro gets a larger DSLR-like form factor, but retains the design language of the other two models in the Pocket line-up. However, the new model gets a brighter 1,500nit adjustable HDR touchscreen screen.
BMPCC 6K Pro Frame rates and 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
New Adjustable Tilt Screen and Gen 5 Color Science
Unfortunately, it is not a front-facing, swivel type, but let’s face it – you won’t be vlogging with this camera. On the flipside, a tilt screen that goes up and down is much better than the fixed position LCD on the 4K and 6K models.
Gen 5 Color Science makes its debut in the Pocket range in the new 6K Pro model. This means that users get a new dynamic 12-bit gamma curve designed to capture more color data in the highlights and shadows, making for some extra cinematic footage (all things considered, of course).
During the live stream Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty did say the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro is getting the latest Gen 5 Color Science, which will eventually also be ported to the BMPCC 4K and 6K soon via firmware update.
Built-in 2, 4, and 6 stops ND filters
Of course, the big new feature in the new model is the built-in ND filters. This is kind of a big deal as it is a first for the Pocket family. The motorized built-in ND filters design allows for smooth changes from 2 to 4 and 6 stops of neutral density.
In addition, the back of the camera includes a couple of +/- buttons for ND adjustment. This is a fantastic feature for those planning to use the new 6K Pro for run-n-gun and documentary-style work.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro Features
- Bigger body, Canon EF mount
- Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite
- 6144 x 3456 sensor (from the Pocket 6K)
- Dual Native ISO of 400 and 3200
- 13 stops DR and dual native ISO up to 25,600
- Built in motorized 2, 4 and 6 stop ND filters
- Up to 25,600 ISO
- Blackmagic RAW up to 6K at 50 and 60fps
- Adjustable, HDR 1500 nit LCD screen
- Gen 5 Color Science
- Professional mini XLR inputs with 48 volt phantom power
- Larger NP-F570 battery
- Optional Accessories:
- Blackmagic Pocket Camera Battery Pro Grip
- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF – $495 USD
- Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio
- Price: $2,495 USD / Pre-order from B&H
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF
For some users, the new optional viewfinder will come quite handy. It screws on top of the camera where the cold/hot shoe would be if it had one, and features a 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.
Additionally, the detachable EVF has built in digital focus chart ensures you get perfect viewfinder focus setup.
Moreover, users can also view critical status information such as frame guides. Also, the viewfinder has a 70 degree swivel range and comes with 4 different types of eyecups for both left and right eyes.
New Sony NP-F style battery for BMPCC 6K Pro
For the new Pro model, Blackmagic Design decided to thankfully abandon the previous LP-E6 type batteries for the new 6K Pro model. The new camera uses larger NP-F570 batteries. In addition, it also features a locking DC power connector so you don’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 users can use portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers or laptops.
In case you missed it, you can see the full BMPCC 6K Pro live stream below:
Pricing and Availability
The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro priced at $2,495 USD, and available to order now from authorized dealers.
Get all the technical specifications over at Blackmagic Design’s website here.