After the update of the broadcast camera, Blackmagic Design is now releasing the next iteration of the BMPCC 6K.
blackmagic design is not known for a whole lot of fanfare when releasing updates to its hardware. Even the release of the URSA Mini 12K Pro received the same casual delivery, a powerful move that Grant Petty has become famous for.
Today, Petty stepped back into the spotlight to announce the BMPCC 6K G2, the second generation of BMD’s popular 6K Pocket line (along with a very cool software update). But what’s new for the G2? Is it worth the upgrade? Have you reached your credit card yet?
Before you do this, let’s see what you get.
Pro Body, Semi-Pro Features
From what I see, the BMPCC 6K G2 is pretty much the exact same camera as the BMPCC 6K Pro, but with one piece missing.
The internal ND filters. That is it. They are gone.
You also get a full-fledged 6K Pro with all the bells and whistles. Tilty screen, Gen 5 color science of the URSA Mini 12K, Super 35 6K sensor, Sony NP-F570 battery and support for the EVF Pro. All for about $500 less than the actual Pro model.
Okay. You are all caught up. Thank you for reading.
Oh, you’re still here. Well, I asked the same question myself. Why not just jump in for the BMPCC 6K Pro and be done with it? Are internal ND filters really that important?
According to Petty, some people don’t like it and prefer to use matte boxes or screw-on filters.
But from where I sit, the lack of internal NDs is interesting for one reason.
Changing your lens mount. Especially for ARRI PL.
While Wooden Camera has a PL mounting mod for the 6K and 6K Pro, there are limitations to the lenses you could use. In the 6K G2, modders could theoretically produce a mount that would accept a wider range of lenses. Also the Magic Booster P6K from LucAdapters is now officially viable again and gives you the option to get a full frame like Pocket 6K Pro.
The BMPCC 6K G2 isn’t exactly a camera to upgrade to, especially if you already own a 4K or first-generation 6K. But it’s the perfect camera to switch to if you’re just entering the BMD ecosystem.
It seems that Blackmagic Design is not trying to reinvent the wheel here. The 6K needed a facelift to get back in line with the evolutions of the 6K Pro. The G2 does just that.
But the star of the show from today’s announcement isn’t about cameras.
Camera software update 7.9
The new software update is out today for all four Pocket cameras. The BMPCC 4K and all three 6K models. And it is packed with cool features.
For starters, there are some interesting tweaks and redesigns to the user interface. There is a slider to adjust the intensity of the focus assist for compatible lenses. You can now choose between recording to the SD and SSD via the menu. Frame guides now have color options and there are improvements to lens control and autofocus. Also, future software updates after this one won’t delete your custom presets or LUTs, which is nice.
Petty, however, stops us. Apparently all Pocket cameras have a super secret feature. They have a built-in gyro sensor.
With this new software update, this sensor data can be included in the BRAW file and then used in DaVinci Resolve to stabilize the images. And it looks damn good. The camera stores the motion data as a metadata track in the BRAW file, which can then be stabilized in Resolve using BMD’s proprietary AI-powered algorithm. While other companies have had this capability in one way or another (looking at you, Sony), it’s nice to see that BMD supports multiple generations of cameras with this feature.
Yes, all current generation Pocket cameras have this feature enabled. Though you have to wait for Resolve to get the software update the next day or so.
Where, when and how much?
As always, the software update is now free and available. So jump on it if you have a pocket camera. The BMPCC 6K G2 is also available for pre-order now, replacing the first-generation 6K for $1,995.
If you’re already in the Pocket family, you may want to skip this update as you already have most of the features. But if you’re a creative who’s been thinking about making the switch to BMD, the new BMPCC 6K G2 has some nice upgrades over the original, which should sweeten the pot a bit more.