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New Features Added To Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K

In-Camera Horizon Tool and 8x magnification are a couple of the hightlights

Today, Blackmagic Design announced what can be called a pretty huge update to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. The Australian company has loaded a whole slew of new features to the mighty little 4K camera and a few added features to the slightly newer Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. Of the best features, like the horizon tool and 8x focus assist magnification, both the 4K and 6K get them.

Pocket 6K

I shot a down and dirty test of the horizon feature. As you can see, the horizon feature is a cross-hatch at the center of the LCD screen. When the camera is not level, like tilting up or down, the center cross-hatch reveals an overlay showing the tilt up or down. When the camera is level the cross-hatch horizon indicator highlights blue. The bonus part of the new horizon feature? You can map the feature out via the HDMI output. To test this I set up my camera with a SmallHD Focus monitor and dived into the menu to set the horizon overlay. Poof! On a much more usable monitor, I can now see if my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is level or not. This is very useful in both Monitors or EVFs and can help a shooter be more confident in keeping a camera level.

I also tested the 8x magnification feature. For those who are not using a monitor like the SmallHD Focus 7 the 8x magnification will be very useful. If you are shooting with a monitor that already does a similar magnification then you may stick with the monitor. I will say after using the camera’s LCD screen and the Monitor, the LCD screen was a little easier to see what is actually in focus. Having the option to check both is always good.

The new frame guides, the 2x desqueezze when recording 4K 4:3 and the USB PTP control support may excite some operators. For me, making either the Pocket 4K or 6K more shooter friendly is always top of mind. Below you can see exactly what has been updated. For those who will update their cameras I experienced the update stopping at 70% for a few minutes only to then be “complete.” Do not panic if you experience the same thing.

Pocket

What’s new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.6

New features in Blackmagic RAW

  • Blackmagic RAW Avid Media Composer plugin general performance and stability improvements.
  • Blackmagic RAW Adobe Premiere Pro plugin general performance and stability improvements.
  • CUDA general performance and stability improvements.

New features for Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

  • Added support for Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip.
  • Added support for language localization.
  • Added support for built-in camera horizon tool.
  • Added support for 4K 2.4:1 4096 x 1712 recording in Blackmagic RAW up to 75 fps.
  • Added support for 2.6K 2688 x 1512 up to 120 fps recording in Blackmagic RAW suitable for Super16mm lenses.
  • Added support for 2.8K 4:3 2880 x 2160 recording in Blackmagic RAW up to 80 fps for anamorphic lenses.
  • Added support for 2x de-squeeze preview when recording 4K 4:3.
  • Added support for 1.33x de-squeeze preview.
  • Added support for pinch to zoom up to 8x magnification.
  • Added USB PTP control support.
  • Added ability to embed custom 3D LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips as metadata.
  • Added common off-speed frame rate options above slider when changing frames.
  • Added common ISO options above slider when changing ISO settings.
  • Added 1:1 and 4:5 frame guide options.
  • Added ability to type in customized frame guide ratios.
  • Added ability to monitor voltage level when powering via 12V DC connector.
  • Improved autofocus performance.

New features for Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

  • Added support for Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip.
  • Added support for language localization.
  • Added support for built-in camera horizon tool.
  • Added support for pinch to zoom up to 8x magnification.
  • Added USB PTP control support.
  • Added ability to type in customized frame guide ratios.
  • Improved autofocus performance.

Pocket 6K


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Brian Hallett, is an award winning cameraman, editor, and producer. He has shot everything from Network broadcast news, promotional image campaigns, music videos, short films, and documentaries. Check out his reel at hallett-brian.com

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