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The magic kingdom grows by 6K!

Posted on Aug 17, 2022 by Samara Husbands

Blackmagic Design’s brand-new Pocket Cinema 6K has been branded the G2. At £1659/$1995, it’s the mid-point between the 4K Micro Four Thirds model and flagship 6K Pro. Many of its features come from the 6K Pro, but to save money, the built-in ND filters are gone.

G2 replaces the original Pocket Cinema 6K and is now fitted with a tilting touchscreen – not as bright as the Pro model – plus a larger NP-F570 battery and support for an optional electronic viewfinder. It has the latest Blackmagic Generation 5 colour science and retains the Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, dual native ISO and EF lens mount from the last model. Like the 6K Pro, it  now features buttons above the LCD. 

Made from carbon-fibre composite to keep weight low, the camera includes a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, white-balance and shutter angle. There are mini XLR audio inputs and on-screen focus and exposure tools, 3D LUTs, HDR, metadata entry, timecode, Blackmagic Raw settings and more. Overlays show status and record parameters, histogram, focus peaking indicators, levels and frame guides.

With dual native ISO up to 25,600, this machine can shoot up to 60fps or 120fps windowed. 

The G2 has an optional viewfinder – a 1280×960 colour OLED with built-in proximity sensor and four-element glass dioptre with -4 to +4 focus adjustment. The EVF joins via one connector, has 70° swivel and comes with four types of eyecup for left and right eyes.

As well as large NP-F570 batteries, a locking DC power connector and included AC plug pack can power the camera and charge the battery simultaneously. A USB-C expansion port trickle-charges it, and the optional grip takes extra batteries, too. All models include a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio software.

For more information head to the Blackmagic website.

Originally featured in the August 2022 issue of Pro Moviemaker.

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