Blackmagic Design has announced an update to the popular Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K.
Priced at US$2,495, the new camera boasts a 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and an EF lens* mount. That makes it a US$1,200 more expensive than the already aggressively priced Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.
The most notable feature of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is an upgraded sensor; moving up from Micro 4/3 on the 4K model to Super 35 on the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. Super 35 is the current motion picture standard featured on Red and ARRI cameras.
There are a lot of similarities between the 4K and 6K models, and fans of Blackmagic cameras will find no big surprises outside the above. Blackmagic Design is claiming the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K will be capable of the same 13 stops of dynamic range*, and have dual native ISO* up to 25,600, with native ISO at 400 and 3200. Thanks to the larger sensor, the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K will be able to shoot 21.2-megapixel* still photos.
Unfortunately, many of user’s gripes are likely to remain, including a disappointing 45-minute battery life. Overall, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K seems designed for budget filmmakers who want more resolution* without paying a premium* for a higher-end camera.