August 8, 2019

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Has Landed

With a new 6K sensor and EF mount, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is announced.
Blackmagic shocks us with the new Pocket Cinema Camera, which shoots 6K Super35mm video and has an EF lens mount for under $2500.

The first half-hour of today's Blackmagic Design started to shape up as just a quick update on some organizational improvements with DaVinci Resolve 16. And while they were sweet to see, we really were hoping for more. Well, Grant Petty delivered by dropping a 6K nuclear bomb on the cinema camera industry, announcing the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K with an EF mount. WOW.

"The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K features incredible new 6K imaging and EF lens support that customers have asked for," said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. "It has all of the great features customers love from the 4K model, but now adds an EF lens mount, increased 6K resolution for even higher quality images and more. Plus, with the built in Video Assist features, customers don't have to purchase and carry around extra equipment. DaVinci Resolve Studio is also included, making it an incredible all in one solution that enables anyone to be creative and tell a story."

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K
Credit: Blackmagic Design

Feature for feature, the BMPCC6K is essentially the same as its 4K younger brother, except for the obvious addition of an EF mount lens. Petty explained that they just couldn't slap an EF mount on a 4K camera and call it a day. If you really wanted to take full advantage of using EF mount lenses, you had to have a larger Super35 image sensor as well. The result was a 23.10mmx12.99mm image size with a resolution of 6144x3456. Other features of the new Pocket Cinema Camera 6K include:

  • Use for independent films, documentaries, blogs and more.
  • Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite.
  • Multifunction grip allows single-hand operation.
  • 2 models with 6K at 6144 x 3456 and 4K at 4096 x 2160.
  • Compatible with MFT or EF lenses.
  • Wide 13 stops of dynamic range for film looks.
  • Up to 25600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
  • Records full resolution up to 60 fps or 120 fps windowed.
  • Standard open file formats compatible with popular software.
  • Built in SD, UHS-II and CFast card recorders.
  • Features incredible quality Blackmagic RAW recording.
  • Built in 5" touchscreen allows accurate focus when shooting 6K.
  • Blackmagic OS as used in URSA Mini and URSA Broadcast cameras.
  • Includes Blackmagic Generation 4 Color Science.
  • Features full-size HDMI for monitoring with status overlay.
  • Professional mini XLR input with 48-volt phantom power.
  • 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.
  • USB-C port allows recording directly to an external disk.
  • Built-in timecode generator for syncing multi-camera shoots.
  • Supports still frame capture up to 21.2 megapixels.
  • Supports remote camera control via Bluetooth.
  • Powers via 12V DC input and can recharge via USB-C.
  • Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio for post-production.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Side view
Credit: Blackmagic Design

As you can see, it's the same basic feature set as the 4K model. Petty also mentioned that the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera was very popular with users, who supported BMD at the beginning, and Blackmagic wanted to reward them by giving them an easier upgrade path so they could continue using their investment in EF mount lenses. 

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Grip
Credit: Blackmagic Design

But the larger question is, how will it handle battery life. We all know that the BMPCC4K is ravenous when it comes to its battery power, and I have a hunch it'll be even more hungry in 6K. But that's what the Pocket Cinema Camera Grip is supposed to be for, am I right? "The reason why we announced the Pocket Cinema Camera Grip for September," says Blackmagic President Dan May, "is because we knew we really needed it for this 6K camera."

With Camera Update 6.6, Multiple language and level support comes to all cameras

The BMPCC6K, as well as the other cinema cameras in Blackmagic's lineup, will also be getting a camera update, version 6.6, this Fall, which promises multiple languages, and a software-based leveling feature that will tell the shooter if their camera is level right on the screen. The Pocket Cinema Camera Models will also enjoy a new Super16 Crop (4K model only), 2.8K 4:3 Anamorphic Mode, and standard widescreen options.

The 6K BMPCC is in stock now from Blackmagic at a price of $2495.  Dan May also said that those who have had their 4K camera on backorder, can essentially cancel that order and get a 6K BMPCC within a matter of days. 

"I'm hoping we see unboxing videos by the weekend," May said.     

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uh... what???? Is Blackmagic Design using actual black magic now???

August 8, 2019 at 6:03PM, Edited August 8, 6:03PM

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David Cunningham
freelance filmmaker/photographer
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wow ... most of us, well at least me!, haven't even mastered their Pocket 4k yet ...lol

August 8, 2019 at 6:56PM

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Well, I’m selling my personal camera for this now.

By the way, you’re link to buy the camera goes to the battery grip not the camera itself.

August 8, 2019 at 7:16PM

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Callum Hayes
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The only reason I didnt pick up the 4k was because the lack of EF. Glad I held out. Just picked one up from B&H

August 8, 2019 at 8:46PM

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Walter Wallace
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Kicking myself for buying the 4K...I got mine on 7/3.

August 8, 2019 at 8:59PM, Edited August 8, 8:59PM

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Plenty of people still waiting on their orders, list yours on eBay for the same price you bought it for, I bet it'll get snapped up.

August 9, 2019 at 10:24AM

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Morgon Dickerson
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I dont think anyone could have predicted this was coming...

August 10, 2019 at 10:35PM

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Walter Wallace
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No, if you really wanted to take full advantage of using EF mount lenses, you would put a full-frame sensor in the camera. As it stands, their 4K model with a speedbooster will give you a wider field of view, shallower depth of field (at equalized field of views), and more light - and it's half the price. And you can use the same lenses. Unless you have a "need" for 6K, this product doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

August 8, 2019 at 9:32PM

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Umm... Seeing as how they have a 4K MFT cam, 6K EF Super 35 cam, I'm pretty sure the next upgrade for Ursa is going to be a full frame.. Also to put a full frame sensor in a camera this small will have severe heating issue implications. Personally, I'd rather request them to stick with an Ursa sized body for a full frame RAW shooting camera, as of now.

August 9, 2019 at 1:27AM

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Janmejay Singh
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I'm more than happy with my bmpcc4k, but it's great to see a new camera in the lineup!

August 9, 2019 at 12:58AM, Edited August 9, 12:58AM

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Gerard M.
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Anyone here knows if the camera would also have an active EF-S mount support?

August 9, 2019 at 1:28AM

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Janmejay Singh
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Don't see the point here. An EF lens on a Super 35 sensor without a speedbooster means crop factor and loss of light, right?
Also, do we need 6K? It's already hard to manage 4K rushes... I love my BMPCC4K, but I'm buying a Alpha 7 III as a second camera because I also need something easier to use for my work.

To me the BMPCC4K makes sense, especially at that price point. that 6K though? not so much.

August 9, 2019 at 6:13AM

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I've had my Pocket 4k since late December and I LOVE it. The announcement of the Pocket 6k was a little bit annoying (it hasn't even been a year yet, c'mon guys), but the news that really grabbed me yesterday was the firmware update. FULL GIMBAL CONTROLS!!!

Does anyone know what models the firmware will make the P4k compatible with? They didn't go into much detail in the video.

August 9, 2019 at 9:03AM

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James Couche
Independent Filmmaker
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Where did you hear about the future firmware update? I haven't heard anything about it?

August 9, 2019 at 9:18AM

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Leslie
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It's mentioned in the above article. V6.6 coming soon

August 9, 2019 at 9:28AM

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Daithi Conrai
Freelancer
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It was the last thing they covered in the video presentation. The news of the P6k took all the attention away from the firmware announcement. I have no intention of dumping my P4k, and the firmware update just gives me more cool stuff to dig into and use.

August 9, 2019 at 9:30AM

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James Couche
Independent Filmmaker
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What's with all the talk about a S35 being pointless for EF mount?

Canon C100/300? Etc. You just out super 35 EF lenses on it and not full-frame...

August 9, 2019 at 9:47AM

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Is it possible/convenient to use Sony E-mount lenses on this body?

August 9, 2019 at 10:06AM

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looks like they had this surprise in their back pocket 6k! sorry had to do it.

this pretty awesome actually blackmagic used to under deliver and now they over deliver. Great work BMD. Maybe Canon can get their act together

August 9, 2019 at 11:30AM, Edited August 9, 11:32AM

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Mark K.
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"Supports still frame capture up to 21.2 megapixels."
in what format does the photo save them now that it no longer supports CinemaDNG?

August 9, 2019 at 11:43AM

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cinemaDNG is different than dng. I believe the photos are still dng

August 9, 2019 at 12:12PM

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DR 13 stops?!

August 9, 2019 at 6:53PM

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Richard Krall
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Does the Titla 4k cage work on this camera?

August 10, 2019 at 10:42PM

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Walter Wallace
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I’ll work around whatever lens mount they offer, but blimey o’rimey, I wish BMD would give us a decent battery.

August 11, 2019 at 1:29PM

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I own a sony alpha a6500 and was looking forward to buy an "A" cam for some time now, I was thinking well I did own canon and have a few glasses so maybe I'll buy a mc11 sigma to use with the sony and buy an A73 but then the p4k is cool and while I'll have to invest in mft lenses is a great option, and now this!!! Finally I found the right time to buy the right cam.

August 12, 2019 at 7:20AM

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One one hand this is huge resolution and Raw.

On the other hand... 13 Dynamic Range is kind of putting it into the same range as the original BMPCC.

Sort confusing they are not including the grip... or better power solution in the box.

August 13, 2019 at 1:24PM, Edited August 13, 1:25PM

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Kyle Dockum
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