BMPCC 6K: Blackmagic will give you what Canon won’t!

– Hey guys my name is Matt Johnson, and this is my Canon 7D. This is the first DSLR I ever purchased, and also the first camera that I ever used to film a wedding. This camera is also 10 years old. I bought it whenever it came out in 2009. The 7D has a 1.6x cropped sensor and it records 1080p HD video at up to 30 frames per second. It also has an EF lens mount and uses Canon LPE-6 batteries. This camera and the 5D Mark II that came shortly before it, are arguably the best cameras
you could buy in 2009. Now here we are 10 years after the release of this camera in 2019, and what if I told you that a new camera has just been announced that
has a similar size cropped sensor to this camera. It has this same exact EF lens mount. It also takes the same
exact LPE-6 batteries, but this new camera records
up to 60 frames per second in 6K resolution and up
to 120 frames per second in 2.8K resolution. Oh and it records it all in RAW. Is this new camera the 7D Mark III? Well Matt from 2009 would have never doubted
that Canon would be the one releasing this camera. Matt from 2019 Knows better. This camera is the new Blackmagic
Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, and while it does share some features from my 10 year old Canon 7D, it really serves as
more of an object lesson of what is possible from a camera in 2019. And it arguably shows
how far Canon has strayed from their days of
pioneering video with a DSLR. This video today isn’t entirely
about bashing Canon though. It is about the Blackmagic
Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and its impressive video features list. Today I want to walk you
through this camera specs and give you my thoughts about them, as well as talk about
this camera’s competition from Panasonic, Sony, and yes Canon. Let’s start with the
launch of this camera. Wednesday August 7th started
out like any other day. But then at 9:26 a.m.
Blackmagic sent out a tweet But that they would be
having a production update at noon pacific time the next day. So, we could hear about new developments in cameras and post-production. I saw a few people
talking about this online and the general consensus
was that this was going to be a pretty low-key announcement. We may see DaVinci Resolve 16 officially come out of beta. Maybe a firmware update or two for some of their cameras, but
it was highly doubtful that we would be seeing
the launch of a new camera. Especially considering
there had been zero leaks from anyone about there
being a new camera. About 27 hours after this first tweet, Blackmagic held their live stream and they unveiled the Blackmagic
Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a camera which took basically
everyone by surprise. Now let’s talk about the
video specs of this camera. The Pocket 6K builds upon
the success of the Pocket 4K that was announced a little
less than a year ago. You get a similar body size, similar build quality, similar
inputs and connections, similar audio et cetera. So if you already own a Pocket 4K any accessories or support
gear you have bought for it should also work with a Pocket 6K, there are of course
though some major changes. We need to talk about 6K
which is 2K’s more than 4K, which is 4Ks more than 1080p, which uses P’s not K’s. So that’s enough letters. As I said earlier, the Pocket
6K is capable of recording 6K and up to 60 frames per second. But that is fudging the
numbers a little bit. The maximum resolution
this camera records at is 6144 x 3456. Yes 3456, which is in
the 16:9 aspect ratio, which is very popular. I’m actually using it right
now to record this video. The camera can’t record
60 frames per second at this resolution though. It can only record in
50 frames per second, which I’m sure all of my
Eastern Hemisphere friends shooting in PAL will love. Downscale the Pocket 6K resolution a bit to 6114 by 2560, which is
the 2.4:1 aspect ratio, and now you can record
in 60 frames per second. But if you want to get closer
to the 16:9 aspect ratio at 60 frames second, you’re
going to need to downscale even further to 5644 x 3024, which is actually 17:9 but you can crop the sides a little bit to make it fit into a 16:9 window. There is one thing you need to know when you scale down from
the maximum resolution. Every time you do this the camera is going to crop the image a little bit. So, the max resolution of 6144 x 3456 is at super 35 millimeter size, which is about a 1.55x
crop from full-frame, but if you want to shoot at 5.7K so, you can hit 60 frames per second, the camera is gonna crop down to about a 1.7 times crop. The Pocket 6K can also record 2.8K at up to a 120 frames per second for those of you that want
that super smooth slow motion, but as I said earlier, as
you go down in resolution you are going to see more of a crop. So, at 120 frames per second the camera is going to be
cropping to a 3.3 times crop from a full-frame sensor. If you put a normal 50
millimeter lens on this camera and choose to record in the
maximum resolution of 6K, it is going to take
that 50 millimeter lens and turn it into approximately
a 78 millimeter lens with that 1.55x crop. But if you shoot in 120
frames per second in 2.8K that same 50 millimeter lens is now going to be a 165 millimeter lens. You are going to want
a much wider angle lens whenever you are shooting
at 120 frames per second. Keeping up with me so far I realize that I’m throwing
a lot of numbers at you, but I want you to know what
you’re getting with this camera. Now let’s make things a little weirder. Blackmagic is Known for making cameras that shoot RAW video and the
Pocket 6K is no exception. It shoots Blackmagic RAW and
I’m sure it will be gorgeous, but there is one caveat,
namely the Pocket 6K will only record in RAW
in 6K 5.7K 3.7K anamorphic and 2.8K resolution. You cannot record ProRes in
these resolutions, only RAW. Any other resolution other
than those resolutions, 4K DCI, Ultra HD, regular HD all of those are only going to record in ProRes 422. I love ProRes and I love RAW and I kind of feel like this camera is a little bit of a mixed bag, because I would love to be able to record with either RAW or ProRes
for any of the resolutions not just some of them. Up next we need to discuss storage because 6K RAW footage ain’t small. The Pocket 6K records to
SD or CFast storage cards. At 24 frames per second in 6K RAW with the maximum 12:1 compression, you are looking at filling
up a 256 gigabyte SD card every 65 minutes. If you’re recording at
60 frames per second, you were only going to be
getting 30 minutes of footage on a 256 gigabyte card. Want a less compressed image like Blackmagic RAW’s 3:1 compression? You are looking at only
17 minutes of recording at 24 frames per second before you fill up a 256 gigabyte card. Moral of this story. Buy a lot of SD cards or CFast
cards if you have the budget or just use the USB C
port to record directly to an external SSD. We now have one last thing to talk about and that is the brand
spanking new lens mount. Much like my 10 year old 7D, the Pocket 6K uses an
active Canon EF lens mount, meaning you can slap
basically any Canon lens on it and it will work. Considering how many
filmmakers own Canon lenses, heck I’ve got a few laying around, it makes sense to use this mount. There are two cons to using
the Canon EF lens mount though. First you don’t get the
near-infinite compatibility and adaptability that comes
with the Micro Four Thirds lens mount, which is currently available on the Pocket 4K camera. I realized that this sensor
on the Pocket 6K is larger, so it isn’t really feasible to use the Micro Four Thirds mount, but you can basically
adapt nearly any lens to Micro Four Thirds. At the very least I wish the Blackmagic had chosen a lens mount
that is more adaptable than the Canon EF lens mount. The flange distance for EF lenses is one of the largest of any mounts that makes it hard to use
any lenses other than EF. Canon released the RF mount last year and that mount can take
so many more lenses, while still being able
to completely support older EF lenses as well. I can’t help but wish that if they were going to go the Canon route that they would have gone with
the RF lens mount instead. The second con of the EF lens
mount is of course something that I’m sure many of you
are complaining about, and that is that it is
now impossible to use a speed booster with the Canon EF mount. Many filmmakers are shooting
on Black Magic’s Pocket 4K camera with a speed booster making the two times crop of
the Micro Four Thirds sensor more like a 1.3x crop, nearly a full-frame sensor size. These filmmakers with speed
boosters on their Pocket 4K’s are going to have a wider field of view than anyone shooting
with the exact same lens on the Pocket 6K. This is a major bummer to me. There is one pro of the
EF lens mount though, and that is that the Pocket 6K does support autofocus with
“compatible lenses.” I’m not holding my
breath for anything close to Canon’s dual pixel
autofocus capabilities here, because it looks like continuous autofocus isn’t even a thing with this camera. It is more of a tap once on the screen to focus on something and
then tap again whenever you want it to refocus. And that is the Blackmagic
Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. It makes improvements in
resolution and sensor size over the Pocket 4K, while
still keeping the same form factor, accessories and batteries. Speaking of those batteries, you’ll probably want the battery grip because the runtime is
currently 45 minutes per battery which somehow makes my
sony a7 SII battery life look decent by comparison. The Pocket 6K retails for $2495 and here’s the real surprise. This camera was available
for purchase immediately after the announcement. I have friends of mine that
pre-ordered it immediately as soon as it was announced and they received shipping notifications that the camera was already coming to them the day after the announcement. That is so impressive. Now I’m sure some of you are wondering Matt should I buy this camera? If you were considering
buying the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, I would
probably ask yourself if you need 6K resolution, so you can punch in and reframe your video to deliver it in 4K. If you don’t need that and if you are not
delivering your videos in 4K, then I think the Pocket 4K with its Micro Four Thirds sensor and its ability to use a speed booster is arguably more versatile
than the Pocket 6K but if you need 6K resolution and especially if you already
have a lot of EF mount glass laying around, I think
the 6K is a great choice especially if you want
to future-proof yourself for a while, at least until 2020 whenever the Pocket 8K
camera’s announced right? Let me know in this video by talking about the competition. If you asked me a week ago “Matt which camera company do you think “is gonna be the first out of the gate “with a mirrorless camera that
records in 6K resolution?” I would have said “Well
probably the Panasonic S1H.” They’ve already announced it, we Know it’s coming out in fall 2019. That makes sense to be Panasonic but Blackmagic has snuck
in and stolen Panasonic’s thunder with the Pocket 6K and that is just oh yeah just
a little like secret jab. Oh I love it, that’s awesome. The Panasonic S1H is due in fall 2019 with 6K recording in full frame and a flip around screen and I’m sure a heftier price tag than the Pocket 6K’s $2500. It also has an L lens mount which is much newer and has
significantly less lenses available for it than the EF
or Micro Four Thirds mounts available from the Pocket 4K and 6K. I’m still quite optimistic
about the S1H though, and I think Panasonic is gonna deliver an absolute monster of a camera. I do love me some full-frame too. On the other side of things we have Sony, who in July 2019 announced the a7 RIV, a camera that still only
has a maximum resolution and frame rate of 4K at
30 frames per second. The same resolution and
frame rate as my now nearly four years old a7 SII. I want to believe that
Sony is going to knock it out of the park with the a7 SIII and hopefully be able to
compete with these cameras recording in 6K. I recently made two
videos about this camera. One talking about why it
is taking so long for Sony to release it and the other talking about will the a7 SIII live
up to the near mythical level of hype that has been
generated about this camera. I’ll be sure to link
to both of those videos up in the corner and
down in the description. With the quick announcement and release of the Pocket 6K from Blackmagic, this is just one other camera that the a7 SIII is going
to have to compete with and this is now a competition where I think more and more filmmakers are going to be expecting a camera capable of recording 6K resolution. Sony you have until the end of 2019 to blow all of our collective minds, but as more and more impressive
cameras get released, it seems like it’s gonna
be harder and harder for you to do that. Then there’s Canon, the
company that brought me my first DSLR for filmmaking 10 years ago with the 7D is now the
company that is too afraid to cannibalize the sales
of its higher end cameras to give us 4K video without a massive crop or huge file sizes. I’m hoping that by the year 2029, yes 10 years from now,
we will hear about Canon bringing 6K to their DSLR and
mirrorless cameras as well. With that, thank you so much for watching. If you want to preorder the
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, there are links
down in the description for you to do so. It is also a massive 6K
resolution size help me, if you would consider liking this video, and subscribing if you want to see more camera videos like this in the future. With that thank you so much for watching and have a great day. (peppy music) ♪ Let’s fly away from here ♪ ♪ Need a vacation ♪


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