Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K: Zero Two

Manchester-based DP, Dima Kalenda talks about his recent camera tests of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K which he shot at night between 7pm and 3am. Shooting in anamorphic 6K using Blackmagic RAW, Dima wanted to use the camera with only one light source relying totally on practicals for his late night shots.

“When Blackmagic gave me this new camera to test, I wasn’t asked to use any specific features of the camera. I had total freedom to do what I wanted. My task was to play with the camera and try to push it to its limits. I thought with a project like this, it was better to show how a camera of this calibre and flexibility can be so forgiving to work with.”

“I tried putting it into environments where you have much less control and where you have to work with what you get. So we shot all of these scenes between 7pm and 3am to really test its low light capabilities. All I did for lighting was use everything that was available at that location and one LED Colorspike as a fill light that you can control with an app off your phone. And that was it!”

“The first thing I have got to say about the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is it’s a camera for people wanting to do some really cool stuff. Having such a small camera that can do such big things, gives you a lot of freedom to shoot the way you want to shoot.”

Cinematography: Dima Kalenda
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K
Blackmagic RAW Constant Bitrate 5:1
ISO 3200
6K (6144 x 3456) 50 fps
Atlas Orion Anamorphic T2 32mm @ T4 (EF mount)