BLACKMAGIC POCKET CINEMA CAMERA 6K G2 GEAR REVIEW.
PRO OR G2? The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro is stunning, if you realise it’s a mini cinema cam rather than a run-and-gun camcorder – or mirrorless packed with advanced AF tech. But this 6K G2 is precisely the latter, minus the built-in ND filters and super-bright screen, for significantly less money. To some, that’s a bargain; but to others, the bright screen and NDs are worth the extra price. You now have a choice, at least. The G2 has the bigger battery, but still drains quickly – and if you want an EVF, it’s an optional add-on. Autoexposure, continuous AF tracking and in-body image stabilisation are still lacking. A recent firmware upgrade to the whole Pocket Cinema Camera range enables a built-in gyroscope to measure camera movement when shooting. Then, with Resolve, this can remove the shakes to give a stabilising effect that’s better than any NLE’s regular steadying software. But, like the 6K Pro, the 6K G2 is fantastic for considered, slower working when image quality is paramount. Shoot in Raw, then invest time working on the files in DaVinci Resolve, and you’ll get stunning results.
Record with one LUT, then select a Blackmagic LUT in your NLE. We shot in ProRes and imported to Final Cut, getting instant results from a standard Blackmagic LUT. But with files of such high quality, it’s down to you to dial in the look you really want – especially if you use Raw.
very low noise, even at high ISO. Image quality, highlight roll-off, lack of noise and colour science are all astonishingly good. Raw at 6K offers insane amounts of detail, with natural colours, neutral skin tones, no noticeable moiré and little rolling shutter; noise does appear at ISO 6400.
FILM FAVOURITE With Xeen CF Primes attached, the camera’s cinema capabilities are unlocked
“Like the 6K Pro, the 6K G2 is fantastic for considered, slower working when image quality is paramount”
SHED HEAVEN Detail is incredible.
Blackmagic’s advanced colour science is a huge boost to quality
79. SEPTEMBER 2022
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