Blackmagic Design has just launched a new addition to its line of pocket cinema cameras, the BMPCC 6K G2, an interesting entry into the cinema camera market. I recently predicted that Blackmagic would come out with a new Pocket Cinema 6K camera, and I hate to say I told you so, but I did. The new BMPCC 6K also comes with improved autofocus, again as expected, but it likely won’t rival Canon, Sony or Nikon. However, it is much faster, more compact, and produces cleaner images.
You may be wondering how did you know this so quickly. Have you already received a review unit? No, I haven’t, but someone is on the way. I know this because Blackmagic has updated the focus system via firmware for the other BMPCC cameras, 4K, 6k and 6K Pro. The update, which you can find on the Blackmagic website, is now available to all owners of the previously mentioned cameras. I updated my 6K and 4K and it blew away due to the faster autofocus, but also the improved image quality. The user interface remains largely the same, but looks a bit cleaner, and a recording icon has been added to the display, making touch recording even faster.
Enough of my dash. Let’s talk about the new BMPCC 6K G2.
Features of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K G2
Tiltable LCD screen
Super35 HDR sensor
Gen 5 Color Science
Dual XLR inputs
Canon . Active EF Mount
NP-F570 . Battery
Record 6K 6144 x 3456 at up to 50 fps
Original duplex 400 and 3200 ISO to 25600
CFast 2.0 and SD/UHS-II card slots
Record at up to 120fps Windowed HD
USB Type-C recording, 3D LUT support
13-stop dynamic range, AF support
The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K G2 shares many of the 6K Pro’s features such as a 5-inch flip-up LCD touch screen with 1,500 nits of brightness so you can use it while shooting outdoors in sunlight. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K G2 features Blackmagic’s latest 5th generation color science and retains its Super 35 HDR Cinema Image Sensor with 13-stops of dynamic range, dual native ISO, and a previous-style EF lens mount.
Another nice new feature is that Pocket Cinema Camera 6K models support an optional viewfinder to improve the accuracy of outdoor and portable shooting. It’s a high-quality integrated OLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 960 with a built-in proximity sensor, and a 4-element glass diopter for incredible resolution with a wide focus setting from -4 to +4.
The body is made of a composite of carbon fiber and polycarbonate and is extremely strong. Blackmagic also promises better battery life performance with the new G2 and we’ll bring it all to you in our next review.
The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K G2 camera is available at B&H Photo (Opens in a new tab) Now for $1,995.