Fremont, CA—Blackmagic Design introduced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K G2 camera. The next–generation model includes an adjustable touchscreen for easier framing of shots; a larger battery for longer shooting; as well as support for an optional electronic viewfinder.
Moreover, the new cinema camera has the latest Blackmagic generation 5 color science technology. It also retains the cinematic Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range; dual native ISO; and the EF lens mount from the previous model.
Adopting generation 5 color science used in the high–end Ursa Mini Pro 12K, the new camera delivers a greater advancement in image quality. It offers more accurate skin tones and faithful color. There is also a new dynamic 12-bit gamma curve that captures more color data in the highlights and shadows.
The color science also handles some of the complex Blackmagic RAW image processing. Subsequently, color and dynamic range data from the sensor is preserved via metadata that videographers can use in postproduction.
“Since the release of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro, customers have asked for some of the features to be added to the 6K model,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design’s CEO.
“We’ve been able to achieve even greater manufacturing efficiencies, which means that we are now able to release this new 6K model which adds an adjustable LCD touchscreen, larger longer battery life, support for the OLED viewfinder and improved on screen menus. We are excited to be offering these additional features that have been so popular with customers!”
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K G2 Features
Blackmagic made the camera’s miniaturized, handheld body from lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite. It also integrated a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle right at users’ fingertips. In addition, the camera’s sensor reduces thermal noise, allowing cleaner shadows and higher ISO.
As a result of the camera’s larger 6,144×3,456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount, users can utilize larger EF photographic lenses. Consequently, they can create cinematic images with shallower depth of field, allowing creative defocused backgrounds and bokeh effects. The sensor also permits users to shoot with anamorphic lenses.
Furthermore, due to the Blackmagic OS, the camera is more intuitive and user friendly. In fact, the interface uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. Users also get full control over advanced camera features; these include screen focus and exposure tools, 3D LUTs, HDR, metadata entry, timecode as well as Blackmagic RAW settings.
What’s more, whether shooting in bright sunlight or in almost no light, 13 stops of dynamic range with dual native ISO up to 25,600 provide low–noise images. In addition, all models shoot up to 60 frames per sec or 120 fps windowed.
The camera’s large, 5–inch LCD also makes it possible to focus more efficiently at 4K and 6K resolutions. On–screen overlays show status and record parameters; histogram; focus–peaking indicators; levels; as well as frame guides. The new model’s LCD monitor is also a more advanced display that tilts up and down.
In addition, the 6K models use larger NP-F570 batteries for longer shooting times without needing to change or charge batteries. A locking DC power connector is used, so customers won’t have to worry about losing power during a shoot. Also, the included AC plug pack powers the camera and charges the battery simultaneously.
Even the USB-C expansion port can trickle charge the battery. As a result, cinematographers can use portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers or laptops. In addition, an optional battery grip lets them add extra batteries to extend the power to shoot all day.
The Pocket Cinema 6K camera also supports an optional electronic viewfinder to make outdoor and handheld shooting easier. It features a 1,280x,960 color OLED display with a built-in proximity sensor; a four-element glass diopter for accuracy; and a wide -4 to +4 focus adjustment.
The viewfinder’s integrated digital focus chart helps ensure users get perfect viewfinder focus setup. They can also view critical status information, such as frame guides. Moreover, the Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF connects via a single connector. The viewfinder also features a 70º swivel range and comes with four types of eyecups for both left and right eyes.
Finally, all Pocket Cinema cameras include a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio. The software is used in Hollywood for creating feature films, episodic television shows as well as commercials.
DaVinci Resolve offers the new cut page with intelligent editing tools and new features to help users quickly find the footage they want, edit it together and more quickly output it. Customers also get DaVinci’s professional editing, advanced color correction, audio post and visual effects tools—all in a single software application.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K G2 camera is available now. It has a suggested retail price of $1,995.