August 28, 2019

6 Reasons to Buy the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Right Now

Fawning over the BMPCC6K, you better act fast!

How do you feel as a collective digital film and video community now three weeks into receiving the news of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K? Are you still in shock like the rest of us? Have you donated your BMPCC4K to your 12-year-old nephew with the rest of your obsolete toys? Are you using your speedbooster as a coffee table coaster?

In the wake of this 6K craziness. We’ve found that we’ve woken up in a new world where nothing is stable and everything is changing. (For the better perhaps, but at what price?) If you are on the fence about what you should do as you face down the decision of whether or not you should buy a BMPCC6K, here are the six reasons why you simply have no choice.

1) It’s 6K

Boom! 4K is now officially the way of Full HD, SD and flip-phone cameras. Regardless of the workflow concerns as to how you could actually work with 6K footage with all your recently upgraded to 4K storage, monitors and processing powers. 6K is absolutely the here and the now.

Until, you know, 8K replaces it. Which apparently is happening very soon.

Blackmagic 6K

2) It EF-Mount

For many filmmakers and videographers who for years worked with their Canon 5Ds, 7Ds, etc… and invested heavily into EF-mount lenses, this might have been one of the few drawbacks to diving all in on the BMPCC4K. It’s both great and a shame that Blackmagic recognized this only after the fact of the BMPCC4K being released.

However, if we’re going to nitpick, the BMPCC4K has plenty of adapter options to work compatibility with EF lenses. It just adds costs, which gets it pretty close to what you’re getting with the BMPCC6K now.

3) It’s Full-Frame

This point only matters for those who believe that full-frame matters. To some, full-frame filmmaking is the only true form of coverage. For others, the argument is usually that the format is simply a filmmaking tool, and it’s not the tools that make a job. It’s the tool-user. (That’s you, the filmmaker.)

If you are curious and don’t know if you care if this matters, here is a good article for you.

4) It’s only $2,500

What a price! And technically speaking, it’s actually $2,495.00 over at Adorama. But what’s in a price? According to Lewis McGregor (aka UglyMcGregor on Youtube), the true cost of the BMPCC4K eventually adds up to between $2,800 to $3,600 once you add in everything you need to feasibly go and start filming professionally. We also covered this idea of the cameras 'real price' recently

While the BMPCC6K might not cost you as much additionally if you were going to need to invest in some sort of EF-mount adapter, it does require some start-up costs. But then again, what camera doesn’t?

5) It’ll be a great A-cam partner for your B-cam BMPCC4K

A while ago wrote about comparing the BMPCC4K with the old Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro. Obviously, the URSA Mini Pro is going to be the superior camera. And the new URSA Mini Pro G2 even more so. 

However, if you don’t own or want to rent an URSA Mini Pro and if you are a BMPCC4K owner and looking at the BMPCC6K for whatever your reasons may be, having the 4K serve as your B-cam to your 6K A-cam does make a little bit of sense.

6) The BMPCC8K will come out in 6 months

And the number one (er, #6 reason I guess?) why you should absolutely buy the BMPCC6K camera right now is… because we can only assume a BMPCC8K will be coming out in another 6 months. SO! If you want to maximize the amount of time in which you’re utilizing one of the best pieces of filmmaking equipment currently on the market, you’ll have to act fast.

If you wait a few weeks or months, you might find yourself in the unlucky spot of paying the new price for something that drops in (perceived) value a few days after your first shoot. Don’t let that happen! Buy now!     

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19 Comments

Is this whole article trolling us? Sensor is (barely) S35, not full frame.
Just because they released a 4K then 6K, that does not mean they will release an 8K pocket camera in 6 months. Besides, that would be an argument to hold off on buying it: either wait to buy an updated version, or buy when the price drops.
There's no reason to consider buying this camera without discussing production and post production workflow. There are a ton of issues shooting 6K raw. It's a camera optimized for few actual people.

August 28, 2019 at 1:49PM, Edited August 28, 1:57PM

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Sandy Chase
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This is the least classy, most-salesy NFS article yet.

August 28, 2019 at 2:53PM

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geoff webb
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Don't get all upset ... there is a lot of satire in this article ... well hopefully. And BTW ..there is no 6k raw .... or the ability to actually record it ..... well not yet anyway

August 28, 2019 at 3:30PM

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It's not Full Frame. Absolute incompetence. Complete ineptitude. This is just a filler, bullsh*t article. I'm disappointed in the people nofilmschool is choosing to bring on as contributors.. what's the vetting process?

August 28, 2019 at 3:56PM

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This is a low-quality article. Wolfcrow has far superior analysis

August 28, 2019 at 4:16PM

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Not full-frame. EF-mount is ridiculous on a mirrorless camera. Who is this article for?

August 28, 2019 at 6:13PM

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This article is trash and mostly comprised of hearsay and completely false information. Get it right next time Jourdan.

August 28, 2019 at 6:27PM

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Graham Uhelski
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Update: I've counted back from ten and now understand this article to be entirely sarcastic. Hurray!

August 28, 2019 at 6:30PM

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geoff webb
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This article and it's author is a complete waste of time.

August 28, 2019 at 8:23PM

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Very satirical indeed. Def not a full frame. This comedy video is what a true BMCPC 6K satire looks like... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gHDNZEOM8o

August 28, 2019 at 10:59PM

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Dean
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This is the saddest article I've read in a long time. It made me want to do the same stunt I've pulled on a forum, years ago, and when I came clean I was banned from it, or I should say my IP was.
I filmed my little neighbor, 7 year old, playing with her mom in her yard. I used my old Canon XH-A1. I beautifully filmed it and grade it in Resolve and uprez it to 2.5K. I uploaded it as being filmed with the BMCC 2.5K and everybody thought it was the best BMCC 2.5K footage they had seen. People raved about it. I won't even tell you the kind of insults I received when I told them it was out of a XH-A1. I'm starting to wonder about NFC, really!

August 29, 2019 at 4:29AM, Edited August 29, 4:29AM

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Buy now, before the 8K camera arrive. I think is an ironic article.

August 29, 2019 at 5:26AM

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Eusebio Abbondanza
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If so.... who is aimed at with this stupid article?

August 29, 2019 at 10:22AM

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JeffreyWalther
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This article sucks so badly.
I've never seen such an ultra bad article for a while on NFS.

August 29, 2019 at 10:21AM

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JeffreyWalther
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August 29, 2019 at 11:54AM

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Villo Codes
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I thought it was aps-c sized sensor.

August 29, 2019 at 1:50PM

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Not full frame. Others have said it, I couldn’t resist also saying it. Lazy reporting.

August 29, 2019 at 9:59PM

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August 30, 2019 at 3:10AM

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Mafia
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Now how about a 6 reason to NOT buy? ;)

September 4, 2019 at 7:26AM

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