Unveiled: Blackmagic Design URSA 4K Digital Cinema Camera

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For NAB 2014, Blackmagic Design introduced a new 4K cinema camera—the URSA. The URSA features a flexible form factor that is designed to adapt easily to shoots of all sizes, from solo shooters to full-scale production crews.

The camera is available in two versions: one with an EF Mount for Canon EF lenses, and one with a PL Mount. It features a Super-35-sized, global shutter CMOS sensor with a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 and 12 stops of dynamic range. With this sensor, it can output 16:9 UHD 4K video. On top of this, the lens mount and sensor assembly is interchangeable, so it can be upgraded down the road, helping to make the URSA a genuinely future-proofed camera system.

URSA records to CFast 2.0 memory cards, the high-speed successor to Compact Flash. It can record in either 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW or Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), and can also record in 1080p for non-4K productions. In addition, a 12G-SDI output makes it possible to connect external recording devices or monitors. Through the SDI, the camera outputs 4:2:2 10-bit video at up to 60 frames per second. Two card slots allow the operator or camera assistant to hot-swap media for uninterrupted continuous recording.

For monitoring, the URSA features a very large, 10.1" flip-out LCD screen with 1080p resolution that all but does away with the need for an on-camera field monitor. Additionally, there are two 5" capacitive touchscreens on either side of the body, so the menu is accessible, regardless of how the camera is placed.

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What's the expected in stock date @ B&H?

Hi Jonathan -

We do not have a firm date, but we are expecting Black Magic to start shipping around the end of JUNE.  You may sign-up for an e-mail notification on our web site:

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Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Where is the preorder page?

How is all this jucie stuff powered ? Is it internal and or has an external hook up?

Hi Richard, 

There is no internal power. There is a 4pin XLR input for AC as well as a place for mounting a Gold mount or V-mount plate.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

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What is the power rating for this monster? does it have ND filters?

The power input is a 4pin XLR at 12-20V.

The Blackmagic Ursa Broadcast has a built in ND filter wheel. The other versions do not.

I would like to know when this camera is available.

Hi Jonathan -

We do not have a firm date, but we are expecting Black Magic to start shipping around the end of July 2014.  You may sign-up for an e-mail notification on our web site:

http://bhpho.to/1kKUPwF

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

how machi cast 

Hi Gopi -

We do not have a firm date, but we are expecting Black Magic to start shipping around the end of July 2014.  You may sign-up for an e-mail notification and current pricing on our web site at the link below:

http://bhpho.to/1kKUPwF

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

what are the ISO ratings

is it the same flawed sensor as the Production 4k camera that has all the horrible banding and speckeling issues?

how much does the external bettery cost

and does it record 4k at 60 FPS internally? and if now how much more will i have to shell out for whatever ill need to t 60 FPS?

There is no listing yet for the ISO ratings.

It is the same sensor as the Production 4K model. Hopefully all issues will be worked out before shipping.

For battery power you will need to buy a Gold Mount or V mount plate to mount to the back.

It does not record 4K 60P internally. You would need to purchase an external recorder capable of 4K 60P. Right now the only thing I know wil handle it would be the Blackmagic Design Teranex Express and that would need to record direct to a computer.

Hello! I would like to know if you have news about the shipping date?

Hi Raphael -

We do not have a firm date, but we are expecting Black Magic to start shipping sometime soon.  You may sign-up for an e-mail notification and current pricing on our web site at the link below:

http://bhpho.to/1kKUPwF

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Kindly let me kno when black magic ursa camera or cion Aja Camera starts commercial shipment of their Camera and also which of the 2 Camera is better.

Hi HS -

We do not have a firm date, but we are expecting Black Magic to start shipping sometime soon.  You may sign-up for an e-mail notification and current pricing on our web site at the link below:

http://bhpho.to/1kKUPwF

Unfortunately, we do not have a firm ETA for the CION 4K/UHD and 2K/HD Production Cameras from AJA at this time.  The price will be listed on the camera's page on our site as soon we receive release information from AJA Video.

All current info released on the product can be found on the Cion Page

Until we have both cameras on-hand and have a chance to use both of them - any speculation as to which camera is "better" is moot.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com