22. February 2021
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro is a powerful new addition to the Blackmagic Design line of professional digital cinema cameras, represented on the Czech and Slovak markets by Syntex. The new model offers a high brightness (1,500 cd/m2) HDR touch screen, integrated ND filters, power supply via NP-F570 batteries, and an optional electronic viewfinder. It also boasts Blackmagic Design's latest "Generation 5 Color Science" image processing algorithms, a Super 35-size image sensor with 13 EV of dynamic range and dual native sensitivity (ISO 400/3,200), as well as an EF lens mount.
The sleek camera body offers -- despite its compact, handheld design -- a wealth of professional features. The camera is crafted from advanced carbon composite material and features a multi-function handle equipped with controls for start/stop recording, sensitivity, white balance, aperture and shutter speed settings. The manufacturer has also paid attention to reducing sensor noise for cleaner rendering of darker parts of the image and higher sensitivity. The integrated 5" LCD screen makes it much easier to set the correct focus.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro features a large Super 35 sensor with a resolution of 6,144 x 3,456 and an EF mount for the use of larger photographic lenses and a shallower depth of field. The new "Pro" variant also adds integrated neutral density filters (ND 2, 4 and 6), a positionable HDR LCD display with 1,500 cd/m2 brightness for use in sunlight, a pair of audio inputs with Mini XLR connectors and power via an NP-F570 battery.
Whether users will be shooting in bright sunlight or near darkness, the 13 EV dynamic range, dual native sensor sensitivity and maximum ISO up to 25,600 ensure perfect image quality, with minimal noise. 6K models feature a Super 35 size sensor, which allows for shooting shots with shallow depth of field or using anamorphic lenses. All models in the range can shoot at frame rates up to 60 fps in full resolution or 120 fps in crop mode.
Both 6K models are equipped with an EF mount, allowing users to use existing lenses previously purchased for DSRL/DSLM cameras, URSA Mini Pro cameras and the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera models! The electronic interface of the bayonet allows focus and aperture adjustment via the touch screen or camera buttons on compatible lenses.
An exclusive feature of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro model is the integrated, motorized stack of neutral density gray filters (ND 2, 4 and 6) specifically designed with camera colorimetry in mind. The filters uniformly reduce both the visible and infrared portions of the spectrum to minimize IR contamination of the image. The activation buttons for the ND filters are located on the rear panel of the camera, so they can be easily operated with the thumb of the right hand.
The devices in the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera line also offer a dual native sensor sensitivity mode (ISO 400/3,200) and ISO up to 25,600 for noise minimization and wide dynamic range. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras use the standard 10-bit Apple ProRes format (up to 4K resolution) or 12-bit Blackmagic RAW format (up to 6K) without the need for format conversion during post-production. A free Blackmagic RAW SDK is also available for developers allowing them to implement Blackmagic RAW support in other applications. Recording media (CFast, SD UHS-II, external USB-C 3.1 Gen 1) can be formatted for both HFS+ (macOS) and ExFAT (Windows) file systems.
The rear panel of the device hosts a large, 5" touchscreen display to facilitate shot composition and precision focusing. The monitor displays camera status information, histogram, focus assist function output, levels, guides, etc. The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro model is newly equipped with an advanced HDR LCD display with 1,500 cd/m2 brightness for good readability even in harsh sunlight, plus it can be easily positioned.
The "Generation 5 Color Science" algorithms for processing the image sensor data have been adopted from the high-end URSA Mini Pro 12K and guarantee perfect image quality, including natural skin tone rendering, as well as improved rendering of the darkest and brightest parts of the image. The algorithms take care of conversion to Blackmagic RAW format, which preserves the wide dynamic range and colour response of the sensor thanks to metadata that can be used for further processing of the footage.
The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro also supports the connection of an optional external viewfinder with a high-quality OLED display with a resolution of 1,280 x 960, a glass optic consisting of four lenses for focus adjustment from -4 to +4 and a viewfinder view sensor. Important status information (focus, guides, etc.) is of course displayed. The viewfinder of the Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF connects via an integrated connector, is positionable within 70° and comes with four different eyepieces for both left and right eye.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera models feature a Mini XLR connector including 48V phantom power for connecting professional condenser microphones. The 6K Pro model features a pair of Mini XLR connectors for recording two audio tracks without the need for external mixing equipment. A quad of integrated microphones with low noise and high immunity to shock and wind blast ensure quality audio recording without the need for external microphones. There is also a 3.5mm microphone input, headphone output or integrated speaker.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K models use standard LP-E6 batteries, while the 6K Pro variant is powered by a larger capacity NP-F570 battery. There is also the option of powering external DC power supplies, including an included power supply that is capable of simultaneously powering the camera and recharging its internal battery. A locking nut on the power connector ensures operational reliability. The USB-C interface extends power options to phone chargers, laptop power supplies, external batteries, etc. An optional battery grip replaces the internal battery with a pair of batteries for significantly longer battery life.
All models in the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera series also include a full version of the renowned DaVinci Resolve Studio application with cutting-edge audiovisual processing features. DaVinci Resolve includes a revolutionary new Cut section for maximum ease in finding and editing videos, as well as professional features for color correction, editing, audio post-production and visual effects!
Key Features of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro
- Advanced carbon composite body
- Super 35 sensor with 6,144 x 3,456 resolution, 13 EV dynamic range and dual native sensitivity
- Compatible with a wide range of EF lenses
- Integrated motorized ND filters (ND 2, 4 and 6)
- Sensitivity up to ISO 25,600 for recording in low ambient light levels
- Standard recording formats compatible with common editing applications
- Positionable HDR LCD display with 1,500 cd/m2 brightness
- Blackmagic Generation 5 Color Science algorithms for image processing
- Optional Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF
- Professional Mini XLR audio inputs with 48V phantom power for microphones
- Powered by NP-F570 batteries or optional Blackmagic Pocket Camera Battery Pro Grip accessory
- Full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio post-production application
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About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design's products are the industry leaders in video editing, digital film cameras, color correctors, video monitoring, signal switchers, disc recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software, in film, post-production and television. Blackmagic Design's DeckLink series of video recording cards have started a revolution in quality and accessibility. DaVinci's line of color video editing products have dominated the film and television market since 1984 and have been awarded Emmy™ awards, the television equivalent of the Academy Awards. Blackmagic Design continues to create innovative products in the field of stereoscopic production and 4K video processing. Blackmagic Design was founded by specialists in post-production and video editing and has offices in the U.S.A., the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, visit www.blackmagicdesign.com.
Syntex, a Prague-based company, was founded in 1994 to distribute products and solutions for computer-to-video animation transcription, computer graphics, professional editing and video processing. It is one of the pioneers in the Czech Republic and has established itself as a reliable and strong partner in the field of digital image and sound processing. Syntex is dedicated to product distribution, technical support and consulting in many sectors of video and audio production and post-production. Since 1999, a subsidiary company, based in Bratislava, Slovakia, has been available to customers in Slovakia. Syntex is a distributor of Blackmagic Design products for the Czech and Slovak markets. See www.syntex.cz for more information.