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Blackmagic Design Releases 6K Pocket Cinema Camera

BMD Pocket6K CameraIn an August 8th Blackmagic Design webcast, CEO Grant Petty announced the release of their Pocket Cinema Camera 6K.  The new camera shares many attributes of the micro 4/3 mount Pocket 4K, but features a larger 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount.  This allows for a shallower depth of field, allowing creative use of defocussed backgrounds and extra resolution which can be of value for reframing in editing and color correction. The idea is that you can capture in 6K and then zoom to re‑frame in post or allow for digital post stabilization while still maintaining 4K resolution.  The use of the Canon EF mount also lets users take advantage of the expansive array of EF-mount lenses available.

The compact 6K version of the Pocket Cinema Camera retains the controls and menu layout of the 4K version with only a slightly larger form factor to accommodate the EF lens mount. Features such as ISO support up to 25,600, 13 stops of dynamic range, 1920 x 1080 monitor output, and a bright 1920 x 1080 touchscreen 5″ LCD are carried through from the BMPCC 4K as well.  Professional audio support includes a mini XLR input with phantom +48V power and four built-in mics. The camera body is made from a carbon fiber polycarbonate composite for lightweight and durability.

Recording options include capture in Blackmagic Raw or ProRes 422 with resolution combinations that can include 6144 x 3456 (6K), 6144 x 2560 (6K 2.4:1), 5744 x 3024 (5.7K 17:9), 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 1920 x 1080 (HD), and more.  Internal recording is to CFast 2.0 or SD/UHS-II card slots; and external recording is available using the USB-C output to an external drive.  Additional features include lens metadata support, 3D LUT application for both monitoring and recording, and up to 21.2MP still image capture.  The camera is now shipping with an an MSRP of $2,495US including a license for the most up to date version of Resolve, (currently version 16.1.)