Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K
Blackmagic Design introduced the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K in IBC 23’, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 15, 2023, a cutting-edge digital film camera featuring a full-frame 6K sensor, an impressive dynamic range of 13 stops, an L-Mount lens mount, and dual native ISO capabilities reaching up to 25,600, delivering exceptional low-light performance. It also allows for recording onto CFexpress cards. This new model boasts a sizable 24 x 36mm 6K sensor, enabling cinema-quality images in a compact and lightweight body. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K utilizes an L-Mount lens system, compatible with a wide array of both modern and vintage lenses, offering greater creative flexibility. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K is readily available from Blackmagic Design retailers worldwide at a price of AED 10,355, excluding VAT.
Description of the new BMCC 6k
The new Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K produces exceptional quality and is known for its ability to deliver precise skin tones and vibrant, natural colors. This camera boasts an expansive full-frame 24 x 36mm 6K sensor with an impressive dynamic range, a versatile L-Mount for lens compatibility, and a custom-designed optical low-pass filter perfectly matched to the sensor. Additionally, users benefit from the inclusion of high-speed CFexpress media support, with the added convenience of compatibility with Pocket Cinema Camera accessories. Notably, for tasks involving cloud and mobile applications, this camera simultaneously records both high-bit-depth Blackmagic RAW and H.264 proxies, a feature that sets it apart from any other camera in terms of technology, image quality, and portability.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K boasts an expansive full-frame sensor with a native resolution of 6048 x 4032 pixels. This is nearly three times larger than a Super 35 sensor, granting users the ability to achieve a shallow depth of field and utilize anamorphic lenses without any cropping, resulting in a truly cinematic aesthetic. Whether shooting in bright daylight or challenging low-light conditions, the camera’s 13 stops of dynamic range, coupled with dual native ISO settings of up to 25,600, deliver impeccable, low-noise images.
FPS and Ratio
Furthermore, users can capture footage at up to 36 frames per second at the full sensor resolution or 120 fps in a windowed mode. The substantial full-frame sensor of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K provides flexibility when working with various film formats and aspect ratios, all without compromising on image quality. Utilizing the entire sensor area allows for a distinctive open gate 3:2 image, facilitating post-production reframing options. Additionally, the generous sensor size enables seamless 6:5 anamorphic shooting without any cropping, resulting in highly detailed widescreen cinematic imagery.
For added versatility, users can employ the Super 35-sized sensor window to instantly create “close-up” shots that seamlessly blend with open gate footage. These capabilities empower content creators to produce unique cinematic content of the utmost quality.
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The Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K comes equipped with an L-Mount, a sophisticated lens mounting system designed to accommodate full-frame sensors while ensuring compatibility with both new and vintage lenses. The L-Mount boasts a generous diameter of 51.6mm, making it compatible with the latest full-frame lenses from renowned manufacturers like Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma. Furthermore, its remarkably short flange distance of only 20mm enables users to effortlessly attach adapters for various lens mounts without compromising image quality. The L-Mount offers users a versatile solution, allowing them to use a single mount with virtually any lens, providing them with endless creative possibilities.
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In terms of its imaging capabilities, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K is versatile, supporting a wide range of standard resolutions and frame rates, ranging from HD to DCI 4K and even 6K. Users can also capture high-resolution still images at 24.6 megapixels. This camera can achieve a maximum of 36 fps at 6048 x 4032 in the 3:2 open gate format, or 60 fps at 6048 x 2520 in the 2.4:1 aspect ratio, and 60 fps at 4096 x 2160 in 4K DCI. For even higher frame rates, users can opt to crop the sensor and capture footage at up to 100 fps at 2112 x 1184 in Super 16 format. Additionally, the camera supports true anamorphic 6:5 shooting at significantly higher resolutions compared to other cameras, specifically in 4.8K at 24 fps with a resolution of 4838 x 4032. It’s also capable of recording at 120 fps in 1080HD resolution.
File Recording in Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6k
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K comes with an integrated CFexpress card recorder and a USB-C expansion port for direct recording onto external flash media disks or an SSD. CFexpress media offers enhanced durability and faster performance compared to older media, making it an excellent choice for recording full-resolution, 12-bit Blackmagic RAW files. Just think about the possibility of capturing more than an hour’s worth of full-resolution 6K images on a single 256GB CFexpress card.
Screens and Monitors
Furthermore, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K boasts a spacious and vivid 5-inch HDR touchscreen, simplifying the process of framing shots and achieving precise focus, regardless of the shooting conditions. The on-screen overlays provide valuable information such as status and recording parameters, histogram, focus peaking indicators, levels, frame guides, and more. Users can swiftly apply 3D LUTs to monitor shots with their desired colors and aesthetics. Additionally, the LCD monitor is adjustable, allowing it to be tilted up to 180 degrees flat and down to 47 degrees, ensuring convenient monitoring from virtually any angle. Moreover, the HDR display delivers an impressive brightness of 1500 nits, ensuring that users can always frame their shots accurately, even in bright sunlight.
Optical Finder in Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6k
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K offers support for an optional viewfinder, which greatly enhances the accuracy and convenience of shooting outdoors and handheld. This feature provides customers with an integrated, high-quality 1280 x 960 color OLED display equipped with a built-in proximity sensor. Additionally, it includes a 4-element glass diopter that ensures exceptional precision, allowing for a wide focus adjustment range from -4 to +4. Connecting the EVF to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K is a breeze, as it securely attaches to the camera’s top with a single screw.
Battery and Power
For power, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K relies on high-capacity NP-F570 batteries. These batteries come with a locking DC power connector, offering peace of mind during shoots by eliminating concerns about unexpected power loss. Furthermore, the included AC plug pack serves a dual purpose—it can power the camera directly or charge the battery when the camera is not in use. Even the USB-C expansion port can provide a slow but steady charge to the battery, allowing customers to utilize portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers, or laptops. Additionally, the optional battery grip offers the flexibility to add extra batteries, significantly extending the camera’s runtime, enabling customers to shoot all day long.
Grant Petty, the CEO of Blackmagic Design, shared insights about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K, stating their intention to create a highly portable camera tailored for top-tier, large-format cinematography. The approach involved a complete overhaul of the internal electronics around a full-frame sensor and L-Mount, while leveraging the Pocket Cinema Camera platform. This innovative design delivers exceptional large-format imagery within an impressively portable form factor, ensuring compatibility with existing accessories. The incorporation of the L-Mount also opens up exciting creative possibilities, such as the use of the latest Leica lenses or the reinterpretation of vintage lenses owned by customers. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K stands as a genuine high-end cinema camera crafted for professional work, offering filmmakers a fresh perspective to convey their narratives.
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Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K Features
- 36 x 24mm full frame 6K 6048 x 4032 sensor.
- Open gate 3:2, full height 6:5 anamorphic and Super 35 for creating cinematic content.
- L-Mount compatible with a wide range of still photography and cinema lenses.
- Records full resolution up to 36 fps or 120 fps windowed.
- Extremely fast CFexpress card recording.
- Adjustable, HDR 1500 nit LCD screen.
- Optional Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF.
- Larger NP-F570 battery, optional Blackmagic Pocket Camera Battery Pro Grip.
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Price of Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6k
Blackmagic Design in Dubai is available now for AED 10,506, excluding VAT, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.
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