Blackmagic Design has announced its most advanced compact camera for cinematography, the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. It seems pretty comparable to the 4K camera introduced last year, which is to assume that it looks like a Minolta SLR from the 90s, but it has a larger sensor — it operates in Super 35 format (similar to APS-C) with a resolution of 6144 x 3456.
Resolution aside, the switch to Super 35 provides for much better low-light performance and control over depth of field. The 6K camera also accepts Canon’s EF lens mount, instead of the 4K’s Micro Four Thirds; furthermore, Blackmagic denotes 13 stops of dynamic range with dual native ISO of 400 and 25,600.
The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K possesses many connectivity features: full-size HDMI, mini XLR, DC power, USB-C, mic input, and headphone output. The identical five-inch touchscreen chiefly works the same as the 4K version that can shoot up to 50 fps at 6144 x 3456 16:9, 60 fps at 6144 x 2560 2.4:1, or 120 fps at 2.8K 2868 x 1512 17:9.
The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is available for sale now and priced at $2,495 — nearly twice as much as Blackmagic’s 4K version.