Blackmagic is releasing a brand new, “Pro” model of its Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, which seems to repair a variety of the ache factors we discovered within the unique. It provides a tiltable, brighter display screen (and an optionally available digital viewfinder attachment), an even bigger battery, and built-in ND. The digicam is slotting into Blackmagic’s line-up above the common 6K, coming in at $2,495, about $500 greater than the non-Pro model.
While the brand new options nonetheless gained’t make the digicam splendid for customers, they are going to deliver some quality-of-life enhancements to filmmakers and video manufacturing homes on a funds — particularly that tiltable display screen. I’ve used a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera earlier than, and it’s a dream mounted on a tripod at eye-level, however an ergonomic nightmare whenever you’re attempting to get a shot handheld or at a excessive or low angle. Being in a position to tilt the display screen up or down will assist make the digicam simpler to make use of, and will even take away the necessity for an exterior monitor, relying in your capturing type.

This can be an annoying shot to get with the common model.Image: Blackmagic

In our evaluate, we additionally discovered that the unique Pocket Cinema 6K’s show was arduous to view outside, however the Pro has two totally different options for that. One is that the display screen now runs at 1,500 nits, which is as vibrant or brighter than most of SmallHD’s devoted on-camera screens, and will assist the monitor’s visibility in vibrant daylight. The second is an optionally available, $500 OLED digital viewfinder, which makes use of a devoted (however seemingly proprietary) connector as a substitute of taking on the digicam’s single HDMI port like a Zacuto EVF would.
To energy all that, it makes use of a bigger battery than the unique, however Blackmagic solely quotes an hour of capturing time with the display screen at 50 % brightness (although that’s an enchancment over the unique’s estimated 45 minutes).
The Pro is extra aggressive with Canon’s C100 MK II
More thrilling, particularly for many who shoot outdoors quite a bit, are the built-in ND filters. The digicam has 4 built-in filters that lower down mild by two, 4, and 6 stops for when the solar is shining a bit too brightly. Of course, I might’ve liked to see an electronically variable ND filter like on Sony’s cameras, which give a steady vary as a substitute of discreet stops, however at this value level I can perceive why Blackmagic didn’t go that route.
Throw in an additional mini-XLR jack for a complete of two, and the Pro is a pleasant improve to the unique Pocket 6K. It additionally makes the digicam extra aggressive with Canon’s C100 Mark II, which has an analogous Super-35 sensor, EF mount, and built-in ND. The cameras might attraction to several types of shooters, however I do know I’ve discovered myself cross-shopping Canon and Blackmagic’s choices earlier than, particularly once I’m unsure about what sort of initiatives I wish to work on.
If, like me, you had been postpone by among the asterisks and caveats of the unique model, the Pro model could also be value one other look — particularly since all the additional options come at a comparatively low value premium.