Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K review

Get into the filmic looks with one of the most affordable full-frame cinema cameras

Blackmagic Cinema Cam 6K in a pair of hands
(Image: © Adam Duckworth / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K offers an affordable full-frame sensor with internal video Raw capabilities, perfect for deliberate, cinematic shooting. It delivers detailed Raw files, ideal for high-quality, controlled output. However, it's a sizable camera, especially with optional add-ons like the battery grip and viewfinder. With no continuous autofocus or image stabilization, it's not suited for quick, on-the-go shooting. However mastering its unique features can help create stunning, cinematic films with an epic look.


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    Full-frame sensor

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    Great value for money

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    Blackmagic Raw quality


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    Raw video only – no ProRes

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    No continuous AF, AE or IBIS

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    No built-in ND filters

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Finally, Blackmagic has gone full frame with the Cinema Camera 6K and dropped the name ‘Pocket’ which was always a misnomer as the camera is simply huge – as were the crop-sensor versions that came before it. 

It’s also the third lens mount as the original Pocket Camera used a Micro Four Thirds sensor and matching lenses, which was then upgraded to an APS-C – called Super35 by filmmakers – then a Canon EF mount fitted in the 6K Pro version. Now it’s gone full-frame 6K and there’s a Leica L mount. 

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SensorFull-frame (35mm) CMOS, dual native ISO
Image stabiliserNone
ISO range400-3200, extended 100-25,600
Dynamic range13 stops
Lens mountLeica L
LCD5in LCD touchscreen, 1920x1080
Auto focusContrast detect, one-shot
Recording formatBlackmagic Raw 12-bit 6K 6048x4032, 36p, 6048x3200 to 48p, 6048x2520 to 60p, 4096x3072 to 50p. DCI 4K 4096x2160 to 60p, 1920x1080 to 120p
External recordingNone
ConnectivityUSB-C, HDMI, mini XLR, 3.5mm stereo input for mic and timecode, Bluetooth, iOS app
Storage1x CFexpress type B
BatterySony NP-F
Dimensions (WxHxD)179.8x94x122mm

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Adam Duckworth

Adam Duckworth is an award-winning professional photographer and videographer based in the UK. He has worked for many top magazines, newspapers and corporate clients for more than 25 years. He was named SWPP UK Commercial Photographer of the Year, and is an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. He has also worked for international publications like Motor Cycle News, Racer X, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, ZOO, Golf World, Today's Golfer, and Mountain Bike Action, among others.