By now, you’ve seen cameras—even these connected to smartphones—with specs boasting the power to shoot 8K footage. It’s a formidable quantity and it appears to be like nice on advertising and marketing materials, and it does turns out to be useful for some particular functions. However for a lot of professional and high-end shooters, it’s nonetheless overkill.
This week, Blackmagic Design launched a brand new mannequin in its Pocket Cinema Digicam, the 6K Professional. Like the remainder of its siblings, the 6K Professional makes use of Black Magic’s barely odd-looking physique design with a Tremendous 35mm sensor inside and a Canon EF mount (its autofocus DSLR lenses) on the entrance.
The again of the digicam, nonetheless, is the place you’ll discover the most important improve, at the very least from a usability standpoint. The brand new 6K Professional now has a five-inch tilting HDR touchscreen show with a 1920 x 1080 decision. It additionally places out 1,500 nits of brightness, which is sufficient illumination that it needs to be straightforward to see even in brilliant environment. For reference, the iPhone 12 Professional maxes out round 1,200 nits on its brightest HDR setting.
Inside, Blackmagic has outfitted the 6K Professional with the identical colour processing tech present in its IMAX-worthy (and 2020 Better of What’s New award-winning) URSA Mini Professional 12Ok. The additional decision permits for oversampled 4K footage, which pulls in additional particulars than native 4K. That may turn out to be useful later for enhancing and colour grading.
Along with the sensor itself, the 6K Professional contains motorized impartial density filters that may block two, 4, or six stops of sunshine coming into the digicam. For those who’re a nonetheless shooter, this will likely not sound very useful, however it’s extraordinarily helpful for video. Taking pictures with shutter speeds which are too quick could make video look jittery, which could be cool for John Wick-style motion sequences, however doesn’t actually work in lots of different situations. By decreasing the quantity of sunshine hitting the sensor, impartial density filters enable shooters to shoot at slower shutter speeds and wider apertures, even in brilliant settings.
For energy, the 6K Professional attracts on Sony’s NP-F570 batteries, that are extraordinarily widespread and moveable between completely different units within the cinema world. Including the elective grip ups the capability to 2 batteries for extra-long recording classes. The earlier fashions utilized the widespread Canon EP-L6 cells, which aren’t as versatile and don’t present the identical form of battery life.
Whereas the 6K Professional’s physique is constructed to suit simply right into a cinema rig, Blackmagic additionally sells a detachable digital viewfinder that sits on high of the digicam to present it a extra DSLR-like kind issue. It comes with 4 interchangeable eye-pieces relying on what the shooter feels most snug with. The finder tilts upward, which makes it appear and feel much like the modular EVF discovered on the unique Fujifilm GFX medium format digicam.
For all that firepower, Blackmagic is asking $2,495 for the digicam physique, plus $495 if you need the extra viewfinder. The grip will value $145.