Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera

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Product Highlights

  • Super 16mm-Sized Image Sensor
  • Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • 13 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Records FHD 1920 x 1080 CinemaDNG Raw
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 220 Mb/s
  • Ultra-Compact Design
  • Expansion Port with Radio Control Ports
  • SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • HDMI & Composite Output, 3.5mm Audio In
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Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera overview

  • 1Description

The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is a miniature digital camera with a Super 16mm-sized sensor designed to be operated remotely and capture footage from virtually anywhere. The image sensor supports 1080p video up to 60 fps and 13 stops of dynamic range. The camera is equipped with an active MFT mount that can accept native MFT lens or be adapted to a wide range of other modern and vintage lenses using optional third party adapters. Video is recorded to SDHC/SDXC memory cards using the 12-bit CinemaDNG Raw format or 10-bit Apple ProRes family of codecs.

Compact in size, the Micro Cinema Camera is similar in size and shape to an action camera, making it well suited for mounted on helmets for POV action sequences, suspended from quadcopters for aerial shots, or any place where a larger camera can't fit. To facilitate camera control when the camera is mounted in impossible-to-reach locations, you can operate it remotely and view a live video feed thanks to the camera's expansion port. An included breakout cable supports four analog PWM radio remote control inputs, so you can map camera functions to the dials, knobs, buttons, and joysticks on model airplane remotes, such as start/stop recording, focus, and iris (with compatible MFT lenses). For more control, you can use the 18-channel S.bus control input with Futaba radio control equipment or custom embedded controllers.

In addition to radio control support, the breakout cable also provides LANC control, power, genlock, and composite video output for connecting to wireless video transmitters, letting you see what you're recording while remote controlling the camera. For higher quality monitoring, the camera has an HDMI output. For remote recording, you can attach a Canon LP-E6 type battery to the back of the camera to power is for up to 1.5 hours. One LP-E6 battery is included. The camera also has a 12V DC input via the breakout cable for powering the camera from external power supplies for longer shooting times.

Compact Size
With a compact miniature design of the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera combines advanced miniaturization and a unique expansion port in a digital film camera that lets you create personalized rigs for remote operation and monitoring. Use it like an action camera for high-quality POV shots, or using it with a quadcopter for stunning aerial shots Its core is made out of a lightweight magnesium alloy that makes it durable enough to shoot anywhere. You can control the Micro Cinema Camera directly from the front buttons when it's mounted, or remotely when it's out of reach.
Super 16mm Sensor with 13 Stops of Dynamic Range
The Super 16mm-sized sensor delivers 1080p video up to 60 fps with a film-like look with a wide dynamic range of 13 stops. This means you retain all sensor data for DaVinci Resolve color grading. Plus, you get two dynamic range settings, Film Log or Video REC709, so you can choose the right dynamic range for your project. Using DaVinci Resolve Lite, which can be downloaded free from Blackmagic Design's website, you can color correct files natively or transcode them into a different file format to suit your post production workflow.
Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera features an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount let lets you take advantage of the wide-range of native prime and zoom MFT lenses available. The focus, iris, and zoom on active MFT lenses can be controlled remotely from the camera's expansion port. Iris can also be controlled on-camera via the Rewind and Forward buttons. Many MFT lenses also have built-in optical image stabilization, making them perfect for use in places where there might be a lot of movement, shocks, or vibration. If you don't need electronic control, you can also use optional third party adapters to use a nearly endless selection of modern and vintage lenses.
Raw and ProRes Recording
The camera records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards in either in either CinemaDNG Raw or ProRes. Cinema DNG Raw files are 12-bit log and give you all of the data from the camera's sensor, so you have the latitude to change things like white balance and exposure long after the camera stops rolling. If you need smaller file sizes and longer recording times, you can use the 10-bit ProRes family of codecs to get broadcast quality images. Both formats can be easily edited and color corrected with the free DaVinci Resolve Lite software for Mac and Windows.
Expansion Port and Remote Control
The DB-HD15 expansion port lets you create custom remote control, external power, and monitoring solutions. The included breakout cable gives you access to many of the camera's unique functions. In addition to LANC, power, video out, and genlock, you also get four analog PWM radio remote control inputs so you can map camera functions to the dials, knobs, buttons, and joysticks on model airplane remotes. For even more control with greater precision, you can use the 18-channel S.Bus control input with Futaba radio control equipment or custom embedded controllers.
Remote Monitoring
The expansion port includes NTSC and PAL composite video output that can be connected to cost-effective wireless video transmitters for remote monitoring. That means you can see exactly what the camera is recording whether the camera is in the air or hidden on set. For higher quality monitoring, the Micro Cinema Camera also has an HDMI output for wireless HD video transmitters and direct wired connection. Both the composite and HDMI outputs can display overlays for camera status, lens settings, file formats, histogram, audio meters, battery life, and more.
The camera's built-in stereo microphone is omni-directional and features a mechanical design to help reduce unwanted wind noise so you get a clear recording. There's also a built in 3.5mm input connector so you can plug in an external microphone. The 3.5mm input jack supports both mic or line level devices and automatically disables the internal mic when an external one is connected.
Canon LP-E6 Battery Compatible
For remote recording, you can attach any readily available LP-E6 battery to the back of the camera to keep it powered for up to 1.5 hours. The battery level is shown in an overlay when the camera is connected to an HDMI display or on the PAL/NTSC video output so you can monitor battery levels even when the camera is operated remotely. There is also an LED on the camera to indicate low battery condition as well as record status. Additionally, the included breakout cable has a 12V DC input jack so you can use external power supplies to keep the camera powered longer.
Camera Setting Adjustment
You can quickly adjust camera settings using the row of buttons located on the front of the camera. Because they're on the front, the buttons are always accessible, whether the camera is strapped to your body or mounted in tight locations. Camera settings are displayed on an external monitor using the HDMI or composite video output. You also get power, record, stop, fast forward, and rewind buttons, along with an LED light on top that shows recording status and has memory card and low battery warning indicators.
Additional Features
  • Three 1/4"-20 mounting threads on bottom, one 1/4"-20 thread on top
  • USB 2.0 port for software updates
In the Box
Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera
  • LP-E6 Battery
  • Expansion Cable
  • 12V AC Adapter
  • Turret Dust Cap
  • SD Card with User Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera specs

    Image Sensor
    Image Sensor Size 12.48 x 7.02 mm (Super16)
    Effective Sensor Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Advertised Dynamic Range 13 Stops
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Lens Communication Yes
    Built-In ND Filter None
    Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
    Recording Media 1 x SDXC Card Slot
    Internal Recording
    Raw Recording CinemaDNG:
    1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/60 fps (65 MB/s) 
    Recording Modes ProRes 422 Proxy:
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/60 fps (5.6 MB/s) 
    ProRes 422 4:2:2:
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/60 fps (18.4 MB/s) 
    ProRes 422 4:2:2:
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/60 fps (27.5 MB/s) 
    ProRes 422 4:2:2:
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/60 fps (12.75 MB/s) 
    Video Connectors 1 x HDMI Output
    Audio Connectors 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Input
    Other I/O 1 x DE-15 LANC Data, Control, Monitor Input/Output
    1 x USB Mini-B Data Input/Output
    Battery Type Canon LP-E6
    Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
    Operating Humidity 0 to 90%
    Accessory Mount 4 x 1/4"-20 Females
    Dimensions 3.25 x 2.74 x 2.57" / 8.26 x 6.96 x 6.53 cm
    Weight 11.0 oz / 311.8 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 7.4 x 3.2"

    Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera reviews

    Micro Cinema Camera is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Micro is amazing I love it! I do a lot of work with small cameras and this is a gem to have in the arsenal. I have only one thing I wish was different so far: 1. It's awkward and time consuming to set a manual f-stop if not using a remote. The color space, the dynamic range, the ability to use whatever lens I want on a small camera like this is pure gold. And it doesn't hurt that Davinci is so easy to use. All in all a dynamite package.
    Date published: 2016-03-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Manufacturer Ships Camera with Quality Control Issues Feature wise, it's an easy 5 stars. Quality control, it's an easy 2 stars. I'll settle at 3 stars because the camera more than likely could be shipped back to BM to get fixed. Purchased the Micro online and did some tests, the daylight images looked great; however, there is more magenta with the BMMCC than the BMPCC, which appears to make highlights turn magenta as well. Aside from that little discovery, I figured the camera was ready for a pro shoot, especially with accessories such as a Mosaic Engineering VAF and a BMPCC to EF adapter from Metabones... Unfortunately, the brand new camera suffers/suffered from fixed pattern vertical banding noise, the middle grey areas are really bad. Applying noise reduction only makes it stand out more. It happened at 24 P with plenty of light reaching the sensor. Disappointing for this to happen. In fact, this is not the first time that I've bought a brand new Blackmagic Camera and have had to immediately ship it out for repairs.
    Date published: 2016-04-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tiny, But Powerful! While the controls take a bit of getting used to, once you do get them, you can do it with one hand, and you've got the power and beautiful picture of the Pocket Cinema Camera in a smaller body and with 60fps. I'm really loving it. I've used it for some feature pickups, home videos, stock footage, and will be using it on some EPK/BTS and interviews in the coming weeks.
    Date published: 2016-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Camera The camera has been in use with my production company for two weeks. In that time it has been on a powered slider, the windshield of an automobile, and on a handheld rig. There is nothing else to say about this camera other than it is excellent. Don't believe anything you might read about it being plastic. It is built solid and has a very impressive feel. Your only concern will be memorizing the small menu buttons. Same with the breakout cable. It's tedious but for everything you're getting in this camera, well worth it. There is one final thing I would like to mention that is incorrect about the spec sheet on this camera: It states that, unlike the micro 4K camera, the iris on the micro cinema camera is accessed through the breakout cable. This is not completely correct. With a supporting lens, the iris is fully functional and accessible with the up-and-down buttons on the side of the micro cinema camera.
    Date published: 2016-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mighty little micro cam Truly impressed with this little camera. Bought this as a B cam to accompany my Ursa Mini. The quality of the video it produces is so great for something so small. The prores it records is fantastic. I did notice a bit of fixed pattern noise when shooting in raw under good lighting conditions, but it's not too bad. My only issue with the camera is the giant bundle of cables that is needed to connect to the camera in order to power it via AC or charge in the attached/supplied LP-E6 battery. I bought a genuine canon charger and it will NOT charge the generic battery that came with the bmmcc. You have to use the bundle of cables connected via the db15 expansion port to charge it. There is also no charging indicator or the camera to let you know when charging is complete. If you wish to use batteries, your best bet is to get a genuine Canon LC-E6 charger and a few genuine canon batteries. Avoid generics and be wary of knock offs. Although I hear good things about wasabi brand equivalents. You can also power the unit with an LP-E6 dummy battery pack and external source of the correct voltage. Currently using this with FD primes, a Lumix 14mm as well as a sony CLM-V55 external monitor.
    Date published: 2016-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Little Camera I've had this camera for a few months now and so far it has worked great! I use it professionally to shoot commercials for a TV station. It has a nice cinematic look to the footage and the ability to shoot in RAW or ProRes makes it very easy to adjust in post. In low light the footage can be a little grainy but it's really not any worse than my 5D video. I run it through a Noise Reduction Plug in and it looks great. It's so small and modular I can set it up for any situation and it's nice and light for working with a shoulder rig or on a stabilizer. The buttons and menu can be a little annoying to navigate but you get use to it. I plan on eventually upgrading my camera but for $1000 this is a great camera to start with and when I do upgrade this will make a great 'B' camera. I did a lot of research before purchasing it and am very happy with my decision.
    Date published: 2017-02-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lot of potential I own two Pocket cameras, so I'm familiar with the quirks of BM's little offerings. First, the positives... The Micro seems to have a better image, and definitely exhibits less aliasing and moire. 60fps is nice, although I don't use it much. The menu is more straightforward, and the camera boots very fast, and is recognized immediately by my Z-Finder, whereas the Pockets are a little flakey and can take several tries. It has AGC, which is great for reference audio (the fan makes nose-mic audio unuseable), and the camera can be set at auto-exposure, although it's a menu setting and difficult to change. Wish there was a push on-off option. It has a full size HDMI. Big deal. The negatives... I don't know who thought up the buttons, but they are horribly designed and make the camera virtually useless without a remote - and (for conventional cinematography) there are no mass-produced hard-wired remotes available. A grip, like the Ursa Mini's, should be available but is not. There are some small company after-market controls becoming available, but they're hard to find and harder to get. I'd give the camera five stars if I could actually use it.
    Date published: 2016-10-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect! I just rented this little cam for the last 9 days. I was using it as a B-cam to my BMPC4k. I can honestly say that I could notice a guy difference in dynamic range between this and the production camera...with the advantage going to the micro cinema camera. To me, it's nearly perfect. Everything you need and nothing you don't. For someone like me who already has an mft EF speedster, and a few monitors, this camera is perfect. Also, the Film color profile is much more of a log profile and a dream to grade even in prores 422, which is what i was shooting the last 9 days. The fact that this has 60FPS makes it the perfect solution for BM fans who don't want a huge camera like the URSA Mini. Okay, now for the bad. The power cable is feathered to a bunch of other cables, so to plug in, you have these dreadlocks of cables hanging off your camera. Not the worst, but if you're picky about cleanliness like I am it's a bit annoying. Also, they really should have a 4k option. I know, 4k's not all that, but just so I can say to my client Yes, we're shooting 4K. I don't need 4k 60fps, RAW, just give me 4k, prores, at 24fps and I'm happy. I have a hunch at next years NAB they'll release a 4k version of this cam. Speaking of clients, my last critique is very much a nice to have feature. But a variable frame rate up to 60fps would be awesome just for the 24p playback in slow motion. When a client sees 60fps footage it looks weird to them. That's one thing that was cool about the GH4 is that it plays back the 96fps footage at 24p and my clients would flip because it looked like real slow motion...because it was. If we lived in an HD world I'd honestly give this 5 out of 5 stars because the image is just absolutely butter, gorgeous, sharp and we have so much info with the dynamic range. However, we live in a world of buzzwords, and I want to tell my clients they have 4k. For my personal projects, this is now my #1 choice.
    Date published: 2016-06-10
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