Blackmagic is a well-known brand among beginners. The new flagship Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro looks likely to empower strengthen its reputation. A revised version of the existing Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is the new Pro model. It brings some very handy new features, including a tilting screen, better battery, and built-in ND filters. The new model sits at the top of Blackmagic’s now 3 powerful versions of Pocket Cinema Cameras, alongside the standard 6K model and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. It offers a lot of filmmaking bang for its buck is the range’s most premium model. The new Pro version has a Super35 sensor like the existing 6K model. It works with Canon EF lenses along with a huge range of compatible glass.
The camera’s name “Pocket“, is a slight misnomer as it’s a little beefier than the 6K model, weighing in at 1,238g and measuring 123x180x112mm. This gives it a DSLR-style heft, but also means it’s able to be the most powerful camera in the range so far. The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro has a tilting screen, which was a much-requested feature from fans of its previous cameras. This 5-inch touchscreen LCD is also brighter than the standard 6K model’s display. It offers a maximum of 1,500 nits, which should make it much more usable in daylight. Another bonus is the improved NP-F570 battery and promises to last for around 60 minutes from a full charge. There is also a new Blackmagic Pocket Battery Pro Grip if you’re planning a long shoot out in the field away from charging points.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro brings a range of other handy new features for its relatively low price tag. One of the most useful is its built-in ND filters. These motorized filters let you reduce the amount of light entering the camera to achieve smoother motion in bright conditions. These filters are available in two, four, and six-stop variants. They’ve also apparently been designed to match the color science of the camera, which is now the same as the higher-end Ursa Mini Pro 12k. This new Pocket Cinema Camera also has boosted audio options. You can record 2 separate audio tracks using two microphones, without needing an external mixer. You will also get a 3.5mm audio input for hooking up external microphones, plus a built-in speaker and a 3.5mm headphone jack for playback. The new Pro model will cost you around $495.