Blackmagic is releasing a brand new, “Professional” model of its Pocket Cinema Digicam 6K, which appears to be like to repair quite a lot of the ache factors we found in the original. 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-Professional model.
Whereas the brand new options nonetheless received’t make the digicam preferrred for customers, they’ll convey some quality-of-life enhancements to filmmakers and video manufacturing homes on a price range — particularly that tiltable display screen. I’ve used a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Digicam earlier than, and it’s a dream mounted on a tripod at eye-level, however an ergonomic nightmare if you’re attempting to get a shot handheld or at a excessive or low angle. Having the ability 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.
In our overview, we additionally discovered that the unique Pocket Cinema 6K’s show was onerous to view open air, however the Professional has two completely different options for that. One is that the display screen now runs at 1,500 nits, which is as shiny or brighter than most of SmallHD’s dedicated on-camera monitors, and may assist the monitor’s visibility in shiny daylight. The second is an optionally available, $500 OLED digital viewfinder, which makes use of a devoted (however seemingly proprietary) connector as an alternative of taking over 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).
Extra thrilling, particularly for many who shoot outdoors rather a lot, are the built-in ND filters. The digicam has 4 built-in filters that minimize down mild by two, 4, and 6 stops for when the solar is shining a bit too brightly. In fact, I’d’ve liked to see an electronically variable ND filter like on Sony’s cameras, which give a steady vary as an alternative 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 Professional 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 identical Tremendous-35 sensor, EF mount, and built-in ND. The cameras could enchantment to various kinds of shooters, however I do know I’ve discovered myself cross-shopping Canon and Blackmagic’s choices earlier than, particularly after I’m unsure about what sort of initiatives I need to work on.
If, like me, you had been delay by a number of the asterisks and caveats of the unique model, the Professional model could also be value one other look — particularly since all the additional options come at a comparatively low value premium.