The Pocket 6K has an almost similar physique, button structure and display to the final mannequin. The one change is true within the center, with a mount that is wider and stands proud farther. That makes it fairly a bit extra cumbersome than the BMPCC 4K, which wasn’t precisely pocket-sized to start with.

The explanation for the hump is that it now makes use of Canon EF DSLR glass, relatively than Micro 4 Thirds lenses just like the BMPCC 4K. These are designed to be farther from the sensor than mirrorless lenses to account for mirror motion. The sensor can also be bigger at 23.10 mm x 12.99 mm. That is Tremendous 35 dimension, which is barely smaller than the APS-C sensor on Canon’s 7D II DSLR, however a lot bigger than the sensor on the Pocket 4K. The crop issue in comparison with full-frame is a 1.56x, in between full-frame and Micro 4 Thirds cameras.

A few of you would possibly assume Blackmagic would have been higher off adopting a mirrorless mount to maintain the digicam extra compact. However I disagree, as a result of EF is extra mainstream, and EOS R glass is just too costly. Positive, you could possibly use Canon’s EOS R adapter, however that might be an additional price and problem for many customers.

Because it stands, you may now have a better time discovering high-quality lenses. Whereas it is not full-frame, which is the on-trend sensor dimension proper now, that may make it arduous to maintain issues in focus — particularly with out an autofocus system. Tremendous 35 is in a candy spot, and nonetheless delivers cinematic pictures with shallow depth of discipline.

Contemplating that it is a cinema-caliber digicam, the BMPCC 6K is surprisingly easy to be taught. Whereas it might take hours and hours to grasp an everyday mirrorless digicam, I had the BMPCC 6K arrange and able to use in about 15 minutes.

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That simplicity works due to Pocket 6K’s glorious ergonomic design and visible, intuitive touchscreen-driven menu system. Primary settings, like aperture, ISO and shutter angle may be modified utilizing the handbook dials. With the identical shiny, 5-inch contact show because the final mannequin, I might additionally change settings instantly from the principle display. Nearly as good as it’s, the show is a fingerprint magnet, nonetheless.

Once I wanted to dive in and alter the decision, RAW or ProRes, reminiscence card and different settings, it was simple because of the easy menu system organized by theme. I’d sound like a damaged report right here, however the menus on Sony, Canon and Nikon cameras pale as compared, and people producers ought to have a look at what Blackmagic is doing.

Connectors, storage and battery

Blackmagic Design BMPCC 6K pocket cinema camera review

The BMPCC 6K kills each different mirrorless digicam on the connection aspect. On high of the three.5mm microphone and headphone ports, you get knowledgeable mini-XLR mono locking connector for high-quality skilled mics. You need to use each the three.5mm and XLR jacks on the similar time for backup or improved high quality, the place all different mirrorless cameras provide only a single audio channel.

In the meantime, the built-in stereo microphone delivers higher high quality than the built-in mics on any mirrorless digicam I’ve ever examined. Different ports embody a USB-C and full-sized HDMI connector for exterior recording.

Battery life is just not nice, supplying you with simply 45 minutes when recording at 6K RAW with 50 % display brightness, in response to Blackmagic. In the actual world, it struggled to ship simply 30 minutes with the Canon LP-E6 batteries. Fortunately, these are fairly low cost and simple to seek out, so if I purchased the digicam, I might get loads of batteries to hold round.

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Ought to it’s worthwhile to shoot for longer, Blackmagic has a $245 digicam grip that may energy the Pocket 6K for 2 hours. It additionally has a 12 volt energy enter that locks the cable in place to run it on AC energy or use a bigger exterior battery pack.

The BMPCC 6K has some fairly beefy recording codecs. The one mirrorless digicam that even comes near that’s Panasonic’s GH5/GH5s, which may shoot 10-bit, however not RAW, video.

With the 12-bit Blackmagic RAW codec, you possibly can shoot at as much as 6K (6,144 x three,456) or wider-screen 6K 2.four:1 (6,144 x 2,560) at as much as 50 fps. Dropping right down to 2.8K (2,868 x 1,512) provides you a max taking pictures pace of 120 fps. The latter two codecs are windowed and do not use the complete sensor dimension, which suggests the picture will likely be cropped in by various quantities. When it comes to body charge and backbone, the BMPCC 6K beats each mirrorless digicam, and lots of way more costly skilled cameras. Panasonic’s S1H will reportedly hit 5.9K decision however price round $four,000, and the one different choices for 6K (and up) are cinema cameras from RED, Arri and Sony which might be priced effectively over $20,000.

Blackmagic Design BMPCC 6K pocket cinema camera review

Compression ratios differ from 12:1 to three:1 (81 MB/s to 323 MB/s). Not like the Pocket 4K, there isn’t any possibility for uncompressed video. However on condition that 6K at three:1 compression makes use of 323 Mb/s of bandwidth, uncompressed 6K video would require almost a gigabyte per second — effectively past what even Blackmagic’s newfangled CFast storage can deal with.

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Oddly, you possibly can’t shoot 4K, DCI 4K or Full HD video in Blackmagic RAW mode, as a substitute it’s a must to use 10-bit ProRes mode for that. (On the similar time, you possibly can’t shoot 6K in ProRes.) On this mode, you possibly can shoot 4K at 60 fps utilizing the complete sensor and 1,920 x 1,080 HD at 120 fps in cropped mode. That matches what you are able to do with Panasonic’s GH5/GH5s.

The shortage of RAW 4K is not too massive a deal, since you’re shopping for this digicam for the 6K functionality, proper? If you really want 4K RAW, the older BMPCC 4K can deal with that. Nevertheless, this may be a difficulty for some of us preferring to stay to ProRes, so I’ve reached out to Blackmagic Design to see if which may change sooner or later.

To seize all this footage, there’s one slot for SD UHS-II playing cards and one other for CFast playing cards. UHS-II, with most speeds of 300 MB/s, is finest for taking pictures ProRes, whereas the CFast card’s most 525 MB/s speeds are quick sufficient to assist all of the RAW 6K codecs. As earlier than, you possibly can’t shoot to each playing cards without delay to have a backup, so the digicam is just not very best for occasion videography.

Efficiency and video high quality