Answering all your questions about the Pocket 6K Camera

After I released my review of the Pocket 6K camera and then doing the 2019 cinema camera tests you guys had a lot of questions about the Pocket 6K and 4K cameras. So I took the most common and interesting questions so I can answer them for you.

Watch the video below for all the answers.

Here is a list of the questions with a timecode for the video where you can see me answer in more details.

➡ 0:18 How is the Autofocus?
There is no autofocus in the Pocket 4K or 6K cameras.

➡ 2:30 Are there any IR pollution problems when using ND filters?
Short answer is NO… if you use the same ND filters that I use, which are the PowerXND available from:
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➡ 3:33 Can we mount EF-S lenses?
Yes and they work exactly as EF lenses. Stabilization and AF works.

➡ 3:59 In 1080 or 2.8K is it cropped? If so by how much?
Watch the video above to see how much it zooms in.

➡ 5:15 What are the different frame rates this camera offers?
It can shoot in timelapse all the way up to 120 fps. To shoot above 50fps you will have to use smaller resolutions in windowed mode. Watch the video above for more info and examples.

➡ 6:31 Is 6K only available in full sensor?
Yes.

➡ 7:07 Is there moire?
Yes, every camera has some moire. This camera is about average.

➡ 8:03 Are you able to simultaneously record audio from both the mini XLR as well as the minijack input?
Yes you can.

➡ 9:31 Is the Canon EF mount on the Pocket 6K sturdy?
It’s very sturdy.

➡ 10:05 Have you found any way to record full 6k 3:1 50fps without dropping frames?
For up to a minute I can record on my Samsung T5 SSD, after that it can stop depending on how filled up is your SSD.

The SSD I use to record on the Pocket 6K camera is available here:
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➡ 13:14 I would like to see a side-by-side 120fps slow-mo.
Watch the video above to see examples of that.

➡ 13:51 Can I use the same rig from the Pocket 4k on the Pocket 6K? Or is there a difference in size?

Yes, if you use the same cage as I use which is available here:
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Adorama https://adorama.evyy.net/A5zB7
SmallRig website http://www.smallrig.com?afmc=g0

➡ 16:01 I want to see night (low light) footage on this camera.
Watch the video above to see examples of that.

➡ 17:38 Does the 6K fit on Ronin-S, Ronin-SC, Moza Air 2 or Crane 3 LAB?
It fits on all those gimbals but the Ronin-SC will not be able to handle the weight with any mid size or heavier lens.

➡ 20:38 Is there more jello when shooting 6k?
No it’s identical. Watch the video above to see examples of that.

➡ 21:22 Can you use this camera for live streaming for many hours?
Yes you can. It can also record for unlimited amount of time and can be powered none-stop.

➡ 22:09 Can any other lenses be adapted to EF mount?
I only adoped Nikkor lenses with this mount and those work great.

➡ 22:56 Is there stabilization?
There is only optical lens stabilization but no in-body stabilized sensor.

➡ 24:09 What is the highest usable ISO while still retaining the 13 stops of dynamic range?
Either of the native ISO’s which are ISO 400 and 3200

➡ 25:12 Are there any overheating problems?
Nope. I’ve used it outside in full sun at over 100 degree Fahrenheit for about 4 hours without any problems.

➡ 25:56 Is the 4k footage from the P6K sharper than the P4K?
Watch the video above to see examples of that and decide yourself.

➡ 26:22 What extra accessories do you recommend for the Pocket 6k?

Definitely get the things I show in my rig for the Pocket 4K which you can find out here.

Also this great microphone that is designed specifically for the Pocket 4K and 6K cameras:
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➡ 27:26 Do you think that the upgrade from Pocket 4k to 6k is worth it?
Don’t think of the 6K as an upgrade. It’s simply a different camera option. If you want more resolution or native Canon EF mount then get the pocket 6K. If you don’t care about those things then save yourself some money and get the 4K.

➡ 29:30 Do you think major TV networks and on demand studios such as Netflix will accept shows filmed on the BMPCC 6K?
This camera already meets Netflix’s camera specs. Will Netflix ever officially put it on their list of “approved cameras”? I don’t know since they haven’t updated that list in years.

Check out how the Pocket 6K compares to top cinema cameras from Red and Arri in my camera tests of 2019 here.

➡ 30:45 Reliability wise, would you bring it on a professional commercial shoot? If so, what codec & settings would you use?
Yes, I have done it and I usually shoot in 6K or 4K BRAW at 5:1 or 8:1 compression ratio.

➡ 32:21 How much time do you get on the ssd in some of the shooting formats?
Watch the video above to see examples of that.

The SSD I use to record on the Pocket 6K camera is available here:
Amazon https://amzn.to/2JXWRiy
Amazon Canada https://amzn.to/2SKRGFi
Amazon UK https://amzn.to/2YaL0qa
Amazon Germany https://amzn.to/2JWXfxD
Amazon France https://amzn.to/2ylMazv
B&H https://bhpho.to/2WCqo4o
eBay https://ebay.to/2YrmaNG

➡ 35:00 Can you go wider with the pocket 6k or the pocket 4k with speedbooster?
The 4K with a speed booster is wider. Watch the video above to see examples of that.

➡ 35:33 Can you record 6K Q0 and 3:1 on the T5 without dropping frames?
Yes, in 24 fps I have been able to record none stop until my hardrive fills up.

➡ 36:16 Which one makes the better coffee?
The URSA Mini Pro 😉

➡ 36:23 Do you think there will be a BRAW plug-in for FCPX? How is the current workflow with BRAW?

I am not sure about FCPX but possibly since there is already a plugin for Adobe Premiere that does that, which you can download here.

➡ 38:44 Do you think anyone will develop a speedbooster for the 6k?

There is one company already working on a speedbooster for this camera. You can contact them on their facebook page.

➡ 40:31 Is the 6K more reliable than the Pocket 4K?
They’re both identical and both very reliable.

➡ 42:08 Is the Ursa Mini Pro better than the Pocket 6K?
In terms of dynamic range the URSA Mini Pro is better but in size and ease of setting up the Pocket 6K is better.

Hope this video helps you guys out and if you got more questions then please let me know below. Thanks!

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One thought on “Answering all your questions about the Pocket 6K Camera”

  1. Hello! I want this camera but how will I handle the focus? I want it for shooting weddings. Which lens to buy and how to focus is difficult. If the people involved in the video are 10 how will I focus everyone.

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