Some 24 hours ago Blackmagic introduced several new products including the interesting new Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a big step up from the original Pocket Cinema Camera but with a number of controversial changes.
Externally the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K looks very similar to the original version except for the much larger mount (and thus thicker and heavier body). Blackmagic decided to go for a larger sensor it calls super 35 sized (its rather small for a super 35mm but it’s surly bigger than the micro 4/3 sensor in the original version).
Moving to a EF mount makes it easier for people who own EF glass (no need for an adaptor and you also have an active mount which can get AF and IS info from the lens) however giving the mount which has a much longer flange distance it means that you can’t really adopt any lenses to it like you could with the micro 4/3 mount of the original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera or something like the Sony E mount for example (which in our mind would have made a lot more sense on this camera).
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K with a Canon EF lens
On the bright side, the sensor should provide better noise performance and possibly a little bit more dynamic range (it is marketed as 13 stops).
Maybe the biggest selling point here is the 6K resolution and indeed on paper, this is very impressive including the 6144×3456 (6k) resolution at 50p which you can only get at the moment in cameras priced much higher.
Although Blackmagic itself didn’t publish a real announcement video of the camera and we have yet to see true hands-on of the camera, many websites provided interesting analysis – some of it positive and some not so much.
Finally pricing, the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K ships now and the $2500 price also includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio. Also, customers who wish to transition a Blackmagic Pocket 4K back order to the new Pocket 6K can do this according to the company.
FennWorld on the pros/cons of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K