We have been massively impressed by the affordability of 2021’s Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Digicam 6K Professional, a compact (if not fairly pocketable) filmmaker’s good friend that made us really feel like Baz Luhrmann on a finances.
Smash-cut to a 12 months and alter later and it’s getting a sequel of types – and guess what? This one’s even cheaper. Priced at £1659 and accessible now, the brand new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Digicam 6K G2 slots into Blackmagic’s PCC vary between the 6K Professional (presently £2069 – and getting used to movie Taika Waititi’s TV sequence Our Flag Means Loss of life, in the event you’re questioning simply how pro-friendly an affordable cinema digital camera actually may be) and the 4K (£1079).
The 6K G2 seems to be similar to the 6K Professional each on paper and within the flesh. It presents the identical polycarbonate physique, tilting, shiny 5in LCD touchscreen, NP-F570 batteries, and Blackmagic era 5 color science as its pricier large brother; the principle distinction between the 2 fashions appears to be that the G2 lacks the built-in ND filters of the Professional.
Just like the Professional, it’s suitable with an elective OLED viewfinder (a £475 accent) and might document video in all kinds of resolutions (the best being 6144 x 3456), body charges and codecs.
If you happen to’re questioning how it may be so inexpensive with this spec, it’s as a result of it’s a pure cinema digital camera missing lots of the user-friendly niceties you’d get from a video-centric mirrorless mannequin from the likes of Sony, Panasonic or Canon. There’s no optical picture stabilisation or quick, correct face-tracking autofocus right here, making it far much less straightforward to select up and use in the event you’re not au fait with the filmmaking fundamentals. You possibly can’t actually take nonetheless pictures value a rattling both – it might probably snap a 21MP freeze-frame in a pinch however it actually is a pure cinema digital camera moderately than a jack of all trades.