Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Review

A deeper look 1 year later...

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8.5

Blackmagic didn’t skip the meat; the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K’s combination of high dynamic range, great low light performance and Blackmagic RAW gives you feature film images with precise skin tones and gorgeous organic colors.

To Know:

Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Cameras have everything you need for feature film, television programming and documentaries, however, these same features can also be used to revolutionize other types of work such as vlogs, YouTube content, and more. You get the same features found on expensive digital film cameras, allowing the capture of deeper colors, higher image detail, and a wider dynamic range between the brightest highlights and deepest shadows. It's the key reason why feature films look so amazing and now you can get these same high end production values for any kind of work. Imagine getting film quality on independent film, music videos, weddings, corporate videos, documentaries, and more.

What We Love:

Excellent Depth of Field

The 6k model lets you use larger EF photographic lenses to create cinematic images with shallower depth of field, allowing creative defocused backgrounds and gorgeous bokeh effects.

Strong Resolution

Extra resolution also gives you more room for reframing in editing and color correction.

Multifunction Handgrip

The multifunction handgrip features a comfortable and familiar design that puts important functions such as ISO, WB, and shutter buttons right at your fingertips.

The Details:

Brand: Blackmagic

Price: $1,995.00

Product Type: Cinema Camera

Best For: Filmmaker enthusiasts looking to level up everyday footage from ametuer to professional for Youtube Content or short films.

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A revolutionary digital film camera that fits in your pocket — literally.

As a filmmaker, I’ve personally used Blackmagic cameras way before my years at Moment. I deeply appreciate their innovative approach to creating a pocket-sized version for vloggers and filmmaker enthusiasts alike. I throw on a wide lens and have filmed myself in numerous locations, paying special attention to the clean colors and crisp detail. I’ve always loved the Blackmagic brand, and can confidently say that you will not beat their quality at this price point.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is better than a simple video camera because it has professional features allowing you to create the same "look" as Hollywood feature films. The combination of high dynamic range, great low light performance, and Blackmagic RAW gives you stunning images with precise skin tones and gorgeous organic colors. Imagine getting film quality on independent film, music videos, weddings, corporate videos, documentaries, and more. With professional, high fidelity audio recording built-in you'll never have to carry around a separate sound recorder again. Both Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera models feature a mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power for connecting professional microphones, such as lapel mics and booms.

One major feature to point out are the four built-in microphones; while they do have an extremely low noise floor and are shock and wind-resistant, allowing you to capture great sound in any location — I wouldn’t consider them to be the best on the market. There’s also a 3.5mm audio input for connecting video camera style microphones, along with a built-in speaker for playback and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras have an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range which means they preserve more detail in the lightest and darkest areas of an image than simple video cameras can. This allows you to set the exposure for an indoor scene and still retain the details of bright outdoor light coming through a window. If you're positioning the camera on the end of a boom, or in another hard to reach location, you can get full control via Bluetooth from up to 30 feet away. Download the Blackmagic Camera Control app for your iPad or use third-party apps such as Bluetooth or tRigger on your iOS and Android devices.

Oh, but don’t count on the battery life to be great. Personally, it takes about 5-6 LP-E6 batteries for a full-day shoot’s worth of vlogging content. Though, there are multiple options for recovering battery life, like a V-mount battery to counterbalance the weight on a shoulder rig. Other Youtubers use a display with a chunky Sony-style battery that includes an output to charge your camera, too. Trust me when I say that the Pros certainly outweigh the cons don't let the poor default battery life feature hold you back from purchasing this camera.

  • Active Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Super 35-size sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, and a dual native ISO up to 25,600
  • 1920 x 1080 touchscreen 5" LCD
  • Capture in Blackmagic Raw or ProRes 422
  • Record internally to CFast 2.0 or SD/UHS-II card slots, or capture longer clips using the USB-C output to an external drive
  • Professional audio support includes a mini XLR input with phantom +48V power and four built-in mics
  • Made with a carbon fiber polycarbonate composite that is both lightweight and durable

In Detail:

One starting feature I love are the neck strap holsters; it makes for on-the-go filmmaking that much easier. Comparing this camera to other cinema-based cameras, the built-in screen is incredibly helpful for easy navigation. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features built-in CFast and SD UHS‑II card recorders, and a USB‑C expansion port for recording directly to an external media disk. You can use regular SD cards for HD or higher performance UHS‑II and CFast cards for native 6K when using Blackmagic RAW. Video formats such as H.264 are highly compressed, plus add noise and artifacts, causing original sensor detail to be lost forever. Blackmagic RAW eliminates this problem and gives you stunning images with incredible detail and color throughout the production pipeline from camera to edit, color, and mastering. It also saves camera settings as metadata so you can set ISO, white balance, and exposure in camera or override them later while editing, all without any loss of quality.

What It Does:

  • Works as a studio camera when connected to ATEM Mini.
  • Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite.
  • Wide 13 stops of dynamic range for film looks.
  • Built in SD, UHS-II and CFast card recorders.
  • Features incredible quality Blackmagic RAW recording.
  • Built in 5" touchscreen allows accurate focus when shooting 6K.

What It Has:

  • Active Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • Super 35-Sized HDR Sensor
  • Record 6K 6144 x 3456 up to 50 fps
  • Dual Native 400 & 3200 ISO to 25,600
  • 5" 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen Display
  • Record up to 120 fps Windowed HD
  • CFast 2.0 & SD/UHS-II Card Slots
  • External Recording via USB Type-C
  • 13-Stop Dynamic Range, 3D LUT Support

Specs:

  • Power Supply: 1 x External 12V power supply.

  • External Power Input: 1 x 2‑pin locking connector.

  • Battery Type: Canon LP-E6.

  • Media Format: Can format media to ExFAT (Windows/Mac) or HFS+ (Mac) file systems.

  • Effective Sensor Size: 23.10mm x 12.99mm (Super 35)

  • Lens Mount: Active EF mount.

  • Lens Control: Iris, focus and zoom on supported lenses.

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