I have been utilizing our college’s assortment of Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Digital camera 6Ks for a couple of years and wished to see how the lower-priced Pocket Cinema Digital camera 6K G2 held as much as its older sibling. Blackmagic Design dropped the value of the Pocket Cinema Digital camera 6K in 2020, after which made Pocket Cinema Digital camera 6K G2 for a similar value, however with extra options.
The Pocket Cinema Digital camera 6K G2 is a really solidly constructed digicam—very like a DSLR on steroids. My evaluation unit featured the five-inch tilting LCD touchscreen, three F570 batteries, the Blackmagic Pocket Digital camera Battery Professional Grip, and the non-compulsory digital viewfinder
The Tremendous 35 23.1 x 12.99mm HDR Gen 5 CMOS sensor sits behind a Canon EF mount that can settle for a mess of lenses. With recording choices in Blackmagic RAW at 6144 x 3456 and 6144 x 2560 at 23.98 by means of 50fps; 5744 x 3024 from 23.98 to 60fps; 4096 x 2160, 3728 x 3104, and 2868 x 1512 at 23.98 by means of 29.97fps—you will have many choices. Inside this, it’s essential to choose your compression degree in both Fixed Bitrate’s 3:1, 5:1; 8:1; or 12:1; or Fixed High quality’s Q0, Q1, Q3, or Q5. ProRes permits 4096 x 2160 and 3840 x 2160 as much as 59.94fps and as much as 119.88fps if utilizing 1920 x 1080 at HQ, 422, LT or PXY compression.
The unit can document onto SD media (UHS-11), a CFast card, or and exterior SSD if the model is on Blackmagic’s really useful media checklist. The storage media of alternative will seem on the underside proper of the LCD display.
The highest of the digicam has a slide on/off energy swap, three customizable operate keys, and buttons for ISO, Shutter, White Stability, Nonetheless Picture Seize and a Document button on the finish of the hand grip. Whereas holding the digicam to shoot, the left-hand facet has lined Microphone and Headphone mini jack inputs; HDMI; USB 3.1 enter; 3-pin mini XLR Audio inputs 1 and a couple of; and the 12-volt DC enter. The rear options the Iris and Focus buttons, Excessive Body Charge (HFR), Zoom, Menu, and Playback. You may additionally entry many of those options on the five-inch tilting 1920 x 1080 LCD Touchscreen. The underside has two tripod-mounting holes and the battery compartment.
When powered on, the on-screen menu provides tabs for Document, Monitor, Audio, Set-up, Presets, and LUTS—every with a number of choices. Anybody who has used Blackmagic Design cameras up to now shall be very conversant in these settings.
The non-compulsory equipment I acquired have been the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Digital camera Professional EVF which installs simply on the highest of the digicam and comes with a number of rubber eyepieces to go well with the shooter’s wants, and the Blackmagic Pocket Digital camera Battery Professional Grip which homes two F570 batteries and mounts into the interior battery compartment with a couple of different minor changes. Each non-compulsory equipment are very useful, and I’ll focus on them intimately later.
Utilizing the newest software program replace, the built-in gyro sensor permits transferring pictures to be stabilized when capturing in Blackmagic RAW. The software program makes use of this information and AI to drastically easy out your pictures. The gyro senses the info and stabilizes the footage in submit.
Having the right movie venture lined up for the Pocket Cinema Digital camera 6K G2, I wished to ensure I had indoor, outside, and pictures that wanted to be stabilized. As an enormous advocate of 6K RAW capturing, I set the digicam to 6144 x 2560, 5:1, at 24 fps.
Utilizing two totally different Canon EF mount lenses (16mm – 35mm f/2.8 and 24mm – 70mm f/2.8), I got down to shoot “Goodbye, Mr. Bonde” a six-minute quick about an getting old undercover agent not fairly able to throw within the towel. The primary exterior shoot could be the longest within the scorching and humid Pennsylvania August climate. I put in the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Digital camera Professional EVF with the most important rubber eyepiece as a result of seeing the LCD touchscreen could be troublesome outside. When utilizing the eyepiece, a sensor mechanically shuts off the LCD display saving battery drain. The non-compulsory viewfinder is value each penny—particularly when capturing outside. As talked about earlier, when you’ve got a number of totally different shooters the a number of eyepiece rubber cups will make everybody blissful.
The Blackmagic Pocket Digital camera Battery Professional Grip held two batteries which drastically prolonged the capturing time – roughly an additional hour per battery. Nevertheless, the grip does add a little bit of weight when you intend to handhold the shot. On a tripod, you might be simply blissful having an extended shoot with an additional battery. For those who intend to change forwards and backwards with the grip and no grip, be sure you go away sufficient time to make the conversion. The LCD contact display is the most important energy draw, so having two batteries within the grip is useful.
Eradicating the grip and switching again to the interior battery, I wished to essentially check the Pocket Cinema Digital camera 6K G2’s stabilization capabilities. As an alternative of utilizing the tripod for many pictures, I had the actor stroll into or out of the hand held pictures. Greg, who’s my human stabilizer, had his pictures of him additional refined by the digicam’s gyro stabilized pictures which we’d see in submit.
With a number of pictures, he would handhold the digicam and transfer slowly left or proper realizing that the digicam gyro characteristic in DaVinci Resolve would easy every thing out. I acquired about an hour of capturing time with one battery. One small nitpick—the batteries are charged by a USB cable connection reasonably than utilizing AC. This is perhaps extra handy for some, nevertheless it seems so as to add rather a lot to the charging time.
The remainder of the shoot went properly with Greg doing each transferring shot requested of him. I personally desire minor enhancements to cameras reasonably than main overhauls. With the Pocket Cinema Digital camera 6K G2 it was as if I used to be carrying a favourite snug shoe. I do know the place every thing was, what the digicam may do, and the added peace of thoughts realizing that it might do all of it properly.
I needed to set up the newest model DaVinci Resolve 18 to edit the Blackmagic RAW recordsdata. Despite the fact that I shot in 6K, I used a 1920 x 1080 timeline set to middle crop to edit the footage. The HD timeline speeds modifying, and I nonetheless have the complete 6K body if I must push into any shot. Anxious to stabilize the hand held footage, flattening the digicam gyro characteristic in Stabilization, I chosen Analyze and it a couple of moments the shot was freed from unnatural motion. That is the quickest I’ve ever stabilized any shot!
There’s actually rather a lot to rave about and only a few complaints. When a product will get higher and the value drops—you’ll be able to’t lose!
Software and Key Options
Multitude of Blackmagic RAW capturing codecs, articulated LCD contact display, consumer pleasant interface, in-built gyro stabilization—all from an organization you’ll be able to belief with a flexible digicam package deal that does extra for much less.
Value – Accessible by means of Blackmagic Design approved resellers
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Digital camera G2 – $1995
Blackmagic F570 Battery (2) – $55 every
Blackmagic Pocket Digital camera Battery Professional Grip – $149
Blackmagic Pocket Digital camera Professional EVF – $495
DaVinci Resolve Studio – Included free with Pocket Cinema Camera6K Professional G2
Complete Bundle – $2,639
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