Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Gets $500 Price Drop

April 24th, 2020
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Gets $500 Price Drop

Blackmagic Design just announced a $500 price drop for its Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K ( BMPCC 6K). This Super 35 6K-capable camera with EF lens mount is now therefore available for $1,995.

BMPCC6K Gets $500 Price Drop. Source: Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K was announced last year in August. With that camera, Blackmagic Design offered an alternative body for customers who liked the Pocket 4K but wanted a larger sensor with 6K video and Canon EF mount. If you want to refresh the camera’s features and specs, make sure to check our extensive coverage of the BMPCC6K:

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Gets $500 Price Drop

The BMPCC6K features a Super 35 sensor with 6144 x 3456 resolution (16:9 ratio). It can record up to 6K 50fps video in Blackmagic RAW. In some resolutions, there are also various flavors of ProRes available. The camera has a Canon EF lens mount and the same dual gain ISO as the Pocket 4K – ISO 400 and 3200 (maximum ISO value is 25,600).

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features built-in CFast and SD UHS-II card recorders, and a USB-C expansion port for recording directly to an external SSD. On the back of the camera, there is a 5-inch touchscreen for monitoring and camera control.

BMPCC6K Gets $500 Price Drop. Source: Blackmagic Design

Only a few weeks ago, Blackmagic Design announced its new ATEM Mini Pro along with firmware update 6.9 for the BMPCC cameras. With the new firmware, Pocket 4K and 6K cameras can better function as studio cameras for live production with ATEM Mini. Video and control can be done via the HDMI connection, which is available as soon as the cameras are plugged in.

The record light becomes a tally light so customers can see which camera is on air. The ATEM Software Control camera page has a camera control unit (CCU) style interface for adjusting and matching their cameras. Users can move the CCU control vertically for iris and left to right to adjust the black level. It’s the same as a broadcast CCU. There are also controls for color tint to balance camera as well as focus, gain, and shutter speed. At the same time, customers can still record Blackmagic RAW in the camera for editing later.

BMPCC6K Gets $500 Price Drop. Source: Blackmagic Design

Altogether, the BMPCC6K was offering a lot for its price even before the price drop. Now with the $500 off, it is a lot of camera for relatively little money in my opinion. If you are interested in buying the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, we will be happy if you use the following links to our partner stores. With no extra cost, we get a small commission from your purchase which helps us running cinema5D.

Were you planning on buying the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K? What do you think about this price drop? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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 Erik Rubner
Erik Rubner
MemberApril 24th, 2020

Hmmmm, too much stock? Or maybe a new version coming out? Full frame would be a killer.

Clayton Burkhart
Clayton Burkhart
MemberApril 24th, 2020

I think they are responding to the release of the new Canon R5, which will do 8K in Prores Raw.

Gedas
Gedas
GuestApril 24th, 2020

It will do Raw in Canon’s Cinema raw light, not prores raw.

Nick Lam
MemberApril 28th, 2020

With IBIS, with Autofocus, weather sealed. DAMN. And if RAW is too much they have 10-bit 4:2:2 as well!

AND 4K 120fps.

Full Frame!

DAMN DAMN DAMN

Roly Osborne
Roly Osborne
GuestApril 24th, 2020

Interesting.

For us Europeans, though, your CVP link leads to B&H…

Dean Butler
Dean Butler
GuestApril 26th, 2020

This camera was already a great price. It has it’s quirks. (Needs protection against IR pollution and the sensor speed isn’t crash hot). But the potential image quality and codec mix of prores and braw make it a potent B or C cam for interviews and gimbal use alongside an Ursa or Alexa rigged for sticks and handheld.

I don’t use it all the time but I’m really happy to have it in my kit… Would be tempted to get another one at this price but I’m intrigued by what’s around the corner from BMD, not to mention Canon’s new developments I’m sure have all of us wondering what our next purchase decision will be. Whether that is relatively soon or a year or two away.

Steve N
Steve N
GuestApril 24th, 2020

Still not really a pocket camera. I was a fan of the original. I’ll pass this one and wait till they’ve a true compact ( à-la-Sigma) cinema camera with a tilt screen.

 Nicholas Tinsley
Nicholas Tinsley
MemberApril 24th, 2020

According to the reviews and sentiment I’ve seen: at 2x the price for (basically) 1.5x the performance, the BMPCC6K was a bit of a hard sell against its little brother. Now with it down to 1.5x the price, it’s starting to make a lot more sense.

 Wayne S
Wayne S
MemberApril 25th, 2020

It should be $1595, and a new pocket 4k $995, and a new micro $795 or much less.

Nick Lam
MemberApril 28th, 2020

It’s the battery life that makes it a drag in production.

Eugenia L
MemberApril 27th, 2020

I personally consider the BMPCC 4k + speedbooster a superior camera to the BMPCC 6k (that doesn’t take speedboosters). The first choice has a 1.35x crop, while the second one is a 1.61x, and it costs much more. Even when you put together the price of a BMPCC 4k plus a Viltrox speedbooster ($150, works fine!), it’s still less than a BMPCC 6k. Also, even when using the camera naked, the BMPCC 4k can take more kinds of lenses, since it’s an MFT that almost everything can be mounted on. Not so on an EF camera.

As for 6k, it’s overkill. I’m more interested in the classic Hollywood film look (think 1960s), and resolution barely goes over 1080p in these situations. So 4k is already good enough for what I want to do.

Also, I never use more than 30p, and even that, rarely (for slowed-down music videos). 99.9% of what I shoot is 24p. I find slow motion, that has polluted Youtube wannabes, cheesy as frack. A video is not “cinematic” because it has slow motion. True Hollywood cinema RARELY uses slow motion in their movies. So, no. I don’t get why people get unhappy when their camera doesn’t do more than 30p on 4k.

John Bull
John Bull
GuestApril 28th, 2020

You my friend are the true definition of an IDIOT ???
I blaim whoever made the internet accessible to everyone.

Garen
Garen
GuestMay 6th, 2020

clearly you’re not working in the real world.

BOUNCE
MemberApril 25th, 2020

I’ll pass. This camera is just is too weird for me. Too large to travel with, but too unergonomic to use comfortably as a cinema camera. I which they had adopted a more traditional video camera form factor. Perhaps version 2 will be more conventional? I wouldn’t mind seeing a S35 version of the Micro Studio 4K.
I feel the upcoming EOS R5 will be a better choice than this. Undoubtedly it will cost considerably more. As I already own $10k plus in RF glass I’m really looking forward to that body. Canon screwed up with adopting EF for the C300 Mk3… I love that camera, but it’s lacks support for RF glass. Had they equipped it with an RF Mount, EF could still be used with the excellent adapters. Too bad really. I might still pull the trigger on one, but it’s a less attractive option because of the mount.

 Tom Roper
Tom Roper
MemberApril 26th, 2020

I was closer to unloading a bunch of great EF mount “L” lenses than reinvesting with Canon the same general focal lengths I already owned just for RF. Waste of money. The P6K gives new life to existing EF and EF-S lenses and adding BRAW with selectable bit rates, the best menu system going, higher frame rates, resolution, latitude, and features, DaVinci Resolve Studio for very little money. Makes better use of Canon resources than Canon.

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