The Black Magic Cinema Camera has come a long way since its initial release in 2012. The original BMCC was the opposite of ergonomic but it had impressive image quality and for the price, it was an absolute steal. Then came the 4K Black Magic Production Camera and the first-ever Pocket Cinema Camera. A Super-16 camera that could fit in the palm of your hand. Both were priced under $4,000 and released in 2013. Black Magic was beginning to create a revolutionary lineup of low-priced cameras that could capture stunning images.
With each release, they would improve on previous designs and listen to their audience’s feedback. Then in 2018, the Black Magic Pocket Camera 4K was released. The Pocket 4K made waves in the camera community because it could record DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) in 12bit RAW for only $1,295. $700 less than the Panasonic GH5. This led to a new lineup of Pocket Cinema Cameras. A year later the BMCC 6K was released and now, Black Magic is releasing another Pocket Cinema Camera called the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro 6K.
There are notable differences between the Pocket 6K and the 6K Pro. The BMCC 6K Pro is priced $440 more than the BMCC 6K. So, let’s look at what you get with the BMCC 6K and what you could be getting for $440 more.
The 6K and Pro 6K share many similarities. Both have the same Super 35 sized sensor, dual native ISO, resolutions, frame rates, lens mount (EF), and anything that has to do with internal image quality. In fact, the only differences between the 6K and the 6K Pro seem to be in hardware.
The biggest and most notable difference between the two cameras is with ND Filters. Whereas the Pocket 6K had to shoot through ND filters externally, The Pocket 6K Pro has ND filters built into it. There are 3 ND filters built into the camera. 2 stops, 4 stops, and 6 stops of ND. They all filter out IR and optical wavelengths.
Fans of the Black Magic Pocket Series have been complaining for years about the inconvenient LCD Screen. The pocket camera LCD Screens are known for their low brightness which makes it impossible to see the screen in the sunlight. The LCD Screen are also known to be unmovable. The 6K Pro fixes all of that with an LCD Screen that can tilt out to give the user a better viewing angle and an LCD Screen that can brighten up to 1500 nits.
Unlike the BMCC 6K, the 6K pro does not use Canon’s LP-E6 batteries. Instead, they use Sony’s NP-F570 which gives a little extra battery power. Although, the 6K Pro still devours batteries relatively fast. Much like its predecessors.
6K Pro has a bit of a different design from the 6K which is bad news to anyone hoping to transfer their BMCC 6K rig to the 6K Pro. On top of the 6K Pro, there is a piece added which you can use to attach the Pro EVF or Electronic Viewfinder. The Pro EVF, however, is close to $500 which can seem like a steep purchase considering the 6K Pro is close to $2500.
The BMCC 6K has a mini XLR input. The BMCC 6K Pro has added another mini XLR input right next to it. It is likely that the extra mini XLR input along with the Pro EVF accessory on top of the camera, are the reasons for the design change.
Black Magic continues to impress and is showing no signs of slowing down. Their Ursa and Cinema Camera lineups defy their audience’s expectations time and time again. The 6K Pro is a welcomed addition to their Pocket Cinema lineup but if you already have the 6K, you may find it hard to justify buying the Pro 6K. When deciding on getting either the BMCC 6K or the Pro 6K, just ask yourself, “Are the differences in the Pro 6K worth the extra $440?”