Fremont, CA—Blackmagic Design introduced the Blackmagic Studio 6K Pro camera. The more powerful studio camera model features an EF lens mount as well as a larger 6K sensor for improved colorimetry and fine detail handling.
In addition, the camera provides ND filters and built-in livestreaming via Ethernet or mobile data. Further, the 6K camera shares the same compact all-in-one design of the studio camera family. It has a lightweight carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate body, a 7-inch integrated HDR viewfinder and broadcast connections.
The company also announced the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2. The updated model now includes built-in livestreaming.
“The Blackmagic Studio Camera 6K Pro features an incredible 6K sensor that has amazing low-light performance. Plus, it has an EF lens mount so it supports a massive number of lenses that customers already own,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO.
“It has all the high-end features of the 4K models but adds remote-controllable ND filters and built-in livestreaming. I think this is amazing, as customers will be able to place cameras almost anywhere in the world! We think our live production customers will love it!”
Blackmagic Studio 6K Pro
Blackmagic Studio cameras have the same features as large studio cameras, miniaturized into a portable design. Moreover, with digital film camera dynamic range and color science, the cameras can handle difficult lighting conditions while producing cinematic-looking images.
Furthermore, the sensor features an ISO up to 25,600, enabling the creation of images even in dimly lit venues. Advanced features also include talkback, tally, camera control, built-in color corrector, and Blackmagic RAW recording to USB disks.
Since both the new Blackmagic Studio 4K Pro G2 and 6K Pro models add built-in livestreaming via Ethernet or mobile data, filmmakers can place a camera in a remote location and generate a H.264 HD livestream. The content is sent over the Internet back to the studio. Filmmakers can also connect a 4G or 5G phone to the cameras’ USB-C port to stream via remote data.
While the Blackmagic Studio camera is for live production, it is not limited to use with a live switcher. That’s because it records Blackmagic RAW to USB disks. As a result, filmmakers can use it in any situation where customers use a tripod.
In addition, its 7-inch viewfinder makes it a solution for chat shows, television production, broadcast news, sports, education, conference presentations and even weddings. The bright touchscreen display with side handles and physical controls makes it easier to track shots as well as comfortable for use during long periods.
The sensor also combines with Blackmagic generation 5 color science to give filmmakers the same imaging technology used in digital film cameras. They can even control the color corrector from the switcher. Further, with 13 stops of dynamic range, the camera has darker blacks and brighter whites, making color correction easier.
Moreover, for both HD and Ultra HD production, the new 4K models feature a resolution of 3,840×2,160 and the 6K model has a resolution of 6,144×3,456. All models support 23.98 to 60 fps.
With the popular EF or MFT lens mounts, Blackmagic Studio cameras are compatible with a range of affordable photographic lenses designed for high-resolution photography. Plus, to eliminate the need to reach around to adjust the lens manually, the optional focus and zoom demands let users adjust the lens from the tripod handles just like a large studio camera.
However, unlike consumer cameras, the Blackmagic Studio 4K Pro G2 and 6K Pro models have SDI connections. The connections include talkback, so the switcher operator can communicate with cameras during live events. That means the director can talk to the camera operators to guide shot selection. Additionally, the talkback connector is built into the side of the camera and supports standard 5-pin XLR broadcast headsets.
The cameras also connect to both consumer and broadcast equipment. They support broadcast workflows, so they have 12G-SDI, 10GBASE-T Ethernet and balanced XLR audio inputs. Moreover, 10G Ethernet permits all video, tally, talkback and camera power via a single connection for faster setup.
What’s more, the Blackmagic Studio 6K Pro’s remote-controllable ND filters reduce the amount of light entering the camera. Matching the colorimetry and color science of the camera, the 2-, 4- and 6-stop filters give users additional latitude even under harsh lighting. They also filter both optical and IR wavelengths evenly, eliminating IR contamination of the images. Filmmakers can electronically control the ND filters via the function buttons on the back of the camera.
The Blackmagic Studio 6K Pro has a suggested retail price of $2,495.