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Blackmagic unveils 6K Pocket Cine Camera

Australian-based camera company Blackmagic Design has announced its new handheld Pocket Cinema Camera, which can shoot 6K video and comes equipped with a Canon EF lens mount. US price is US$2495.
Compared with its 4K predecessor, the Pocket Cinema Camera has a larger Super 35 6K sensor at 23.10 x 12.99mm, and exchanges a M43 mount for a Canon EF. Blackmagic says the EF mount has full electronics, allowing the camera to support lens’ image stabilisation, aperture and focus control.

The compact 6K Cinema Camera has 13 stops of dynamic range, same as the 4K model, which allows it to preserve more detail in challenging light conditions. For instance, Blackmagic says exposure set for indoor shooting will retain detail from bright outdoor light.

The camera has dual gain ISO up to 25,600.

As for the frame rate: 50 fps at 6144 x 3456 16:9, or 60 fps at 6144 x 2560 2.4:1 and 60 fps at 5744 x 3024 17:9. Up to 120 fps at 2.8K 2868 x 1512 17:9.

The body is made of carbon fiber polycarbonate composite, with a 5-inch touchscreen LCD, and a handgrip with controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle. It has dual Cfast and SD UHS-II card ports, and a USB-C expansion port for recording direct to an external disk.

Regular SD cards ca be used for HD recording, or higher performance UHS-II and CFast cards for native 4K or 6K when using ‘Blackmagic RAW’.

Blackmagic RAW is a ‘revolutionary new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from their camera’.

‘Video formats such as H.264 are highly compressed, plus add noise and weird artifacts, causing original sensor detail to be lost forever. Blackmagic RAW eliminates this problem and gives them stunning images with incredible detail and color throughout the production pipeline from camera to edit, color and mastering,’ Blackmagic claims. ‘It also saves camera settings as metadata so customers can set ISO, white balance and exposure in camera or override them later while editing, all without any loss of quality. Blackmagic RAW files are also small and fast to use making them easy to work with.’

Other features include:
– Blackmagic OS as used in URSA Mini and URSA Broadcast cameras;
– Blackmagic Generation 4 Color Science;
– Professional mini XLR input with 48 volt phantom power;
– 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording;
– Built in timecode generator for sync muli-camera shoots;
– Still frame capture up to 21.2 megapixel;
– Bluetooth connectivity;
– Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio software for post production.

Local resellers include Michaels in Melbourne and Dragon Image in Sydney.

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