Video Chat with a Pro Video Expert - Live

Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera

BH #BLMCRCNCAM • MFR #CINECAMMICHDMFT
Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera
Key Features
  • Super 16mm-Sized Image Sensor
  • Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • 13 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Records FHD 1920 x 1080 CinemaDNG Raw
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.
Back-Ordered
$995.00
$83/mo. suggested payments for 12 Mos.
with the credit card.§ 
or Save the Tax with the credit card. 
Ask Our Experts
800.606.6969

Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Compact Size
  • 3Super 16mm Sensor with 13 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • 4Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • 5Raw and ProRes Recording
  • 6Expansion Port and Remote Control
  • 7Remote Monitoring
  • 8Audio
  • 9Canon LP-E6 Battery Compatible
  • 10Camera Setting Adjustment
  • 11Additional Features

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.
Audio
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

Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera Specs

Imaging
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens CommunicationYes
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 2.07 Megapixel (1920 x 1080)
Sensor Type12.48 x 7.02 mm (Super16) CMOS
Image StabilizationNone
Built-In ND FilterNone
Internal Filter HolderNo
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
Advertised Dynamic Range13 Stops
Video Capture
Internal Recording ModesCinemaDNG
1920 x 1080 up to 60.00 fps [65 Mb/s]
ProRes 422 Proxy
1920 x 1080p up to 60.00 fps [5.6 Mb/s]
ProRes 422 4:2:2
1920 x 1080p up to 60.00 fps [12.75 to 27.5 Mb/s]
Sensor Crop ModesSuper16
Fast-/Slow-Motion SupportYes
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording2-Channel
IP StreamingNone
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio4:3
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video I/O1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Input
Power I/O1 x Barrel Input
Other I/O1 x DE-15/DB-15 (LANC) Control/Data/Monitor Input/Output
1 x Mini-USB Data Input/Output
WirelessNone
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Manual Focus
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
Operating Humidity0 to 90%
General
Battery TypeCanon LP-E6
Tripod Mounting Thread3 x 1/4"-20 Female
Accessory Mount1 x 1/4"-20 Female on Camera Body
Dimensions (W x H x D)3.25 x 2.74 x 2.57" / 8.26 x 6.96 x 6.53 cm
Weight11 oz / 311.8 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.095 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.15 x 7.5 x 3.3"

Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera Reviews

Best option when you start in cinematography.

By Jorge Mohacir
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-08

Even though it doesn't have the qualities of a Red Komodo, and it's getting a little older compared to the newer blackmagic models, it starts you out in making, forcing you to learn much more than on a mirrorless or Dslr. Vintage C-mount lenses are a godsend, offering better image character than any modern polycarbonate lens and at a fraction of the price.

Best image bang for your buck

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-08

Like many, I will say this camera is fantastic in regards to image. It is better than anything I've shot with thus far in my career. This is obviously not an ideal run and gun camera, the BMPCC4k is. This is not ideal for quick-turnaround shoots that require a lot of handheld work. But with a rig, tripod, slider, or other professional motion control systems, you will get better image quality at a lower price point than anything that currently exists. If you are shooting a short film or proof-of-concept and want cinema-grade files to work with on a budget, look no further than this. Once you get an external EVF or monitor, plus an external battery (since the LP-E6's only last about 45 mins), this is a decent camera for indie narrative filmmaking.

No Support and Most SD Cards Won't Work With It

By Edward
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-05

Blackmagic has given up supporting this camera. It's pretty much a paper weight because it uses outdated memory cards that you can't even buy anymore. SanDisk and PNY have moved on to better technology and Blackmagic aren't working on a firmware fix.

A Big Paperweight

By Edward
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-20

Camera won't support any recent sd cards on the market, and customer support isn't much help. They just tell you to email the sd card manufacturer.

Camera returned to manufacturer for faulty lens mount

By FrancisCheeFilms
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2017-12-26

This camera is being returned to Blackmagic for a warranty repair/exchange due to a faulty micro four thirds lens mount. The camera never even got turned on. This is not a fault of B and H, just me being unlucky. I have been told by Blackmagic it will be replaced/swapped with a new camera.

Fan noise; no way to monitor image; impractical for carry

By Harlan
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-04

The image from this camera is the best part. It is the best image I've seen from any camera that is not one of those tens of thousands of dollars ones! I wish I could carry the camera with me everywhere because it is so small in itself. The problems are these: 1) The fan noise is too loud to capture clean audio near it, i.e. forget about an on board mic. 2) There is no screen to monitor what you're shooting, if you don't purchase a separate one. This increases the size of the camera so that it is no longer practical to carry around to catch the high quality shots. 3) No image stabilization. If you don't make the camera heavier (see #2 for problems with this), your shaky shots will be unusable. The only way to make this camera usable is to use external audio far away from the camera and to add accessories to it that make it no longer practical for carrying around.

great for its price

By Albert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-30

the size and the fact that it can work in high temp inside a car is a great solution for my needs. well built, fair price and zero faults, i have 16 of them and they keep serving me in many tv shows...

It's a Unique Camera That is Great for Special Use Cases

By Tony
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-10

This camera is a very mixed bag. On the one hand it is very picky about memory cards (details about that below), it has a fair amount of moire, it basically requires an external monitor or display for use, it maxes out at 1080P, maxes out at 1600 ISO and the fan noise makes audio from the internal microphones useless except for syncing with an external mic. Considering all that I'm tempted to give this camera a three. But I was also tempted to give this camera a 5, because it's such a unique camera that might be just right for someone and nothing else will do. It is very small and light, so I can literally mount it on an adjustable arm designed for an on-camera monitor. It has the expansion port that allows for various remote control inputs, it has pretty decent battery life with a Canon LP-E6N battery, it has a full size HDMI port despite its small overall size, it can record cinema DNG Raw video to an SD card and the video is surprisingly clean considering it is a 5 year old camera with a super 16 size sensor. The manual has a pinout diagram for the expansion port so you can buy cheap connectors and wire up custom setups yourself. The menu system is very simple and well laid out, if a bit limited on options. It's basic, but it does what it needs to do. I have a small sound booth where I often record video at a desk and I used to have a tripod with a lateral arm holding a heavy camera over the desk. I have swapped that out for a tiny, dual ball joint monitor arm mounted on the wall that holds this camera out over the desk. I still get quality video with no record limits and the convenience of an SD card, but I am no longer working around an annoying tripod. And while the fan noise ruins the built-in audio, with the camera about 18 to the side of a cardioid microphone it doesn't pick up the fan noise enough to be an issue. As for memory cards, that is a bit of a bummer. Many memory cards simply don't work with this camera, particularly newer Sandisk cards. I have found that some Sony UHS-II cards work, though one G card I tried didn't work. The Sony M cards I tried worked, but I did have one occasion of dropped frames when recording raw 3:1. Luckily, ProGrade Digital V60 cards work fine for me. I picked a couple up on sale and they worked with DNG Raw, uncompressed with no dropped frames. Not that I need Raw at my desk, ProRes 422 is fine, I just thought I'd mention it for anyone curious. So I think this camera is clinging to relevance in 2020 by sheer uniqueness. It's definitely not for everyone. It's not even for most people. But for someone with a special use case, it might just fit the bill. For my situation, I am happy with it. I would have rated it 5 stars without hesitation if the fan noise wasn't quite so intrusive and if the memory card compatibility wasn't so spotty. Moire is a bit of a bummer too. But there doesn't seem to be much else like it out there, and that might make it just the thing for someone.

See any errors on this page? Let us know

YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED ITEMS

Does this camera work when feeding to a Samsung ...

Does this camera work when feeding to a Samsung t5 550 and Can this camera work with the ATEM mini pro as one camera? and Does it have the same resolution as bmpcc4k when feeding to ATEM mini pro?
Asked by: Ben
This camera won't work with any external drives when connected directly. You can output 1080p video from this camera to any ATEM Mini switcher model.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2021-07-13

question

2 questions: 1. Will the RAW recording go up to 60fps, or is that Prores?
Asked by: Tanner
It may depend on SD Card speed, because at 60fps that's >120MB/s data rate for raw...
Answered by: Nils C.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Is it conceivable that this camera can be used as a budget cinema rig? I've got everything I need in terms of lenses, audio, rig, Ninja 2, etc. I just want RAW recording capability and friendly price. Also, will the Atomos Ninja 2 support 12 bit CinemaDNG Raw?
Asked by: Adam B.
With a monitor, you should be able to use the Micro as a cinema camera. How efficacious such a set up would be is hard to say since the camera has yet to get out into the general public. Regarding the Ninja 2, unfortunately it does not do RAW. You would have to step to a Shogun for that in the Atomos line up.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2020-12-08

Davinci Resolve Studio still included in 2020? ...

Davinci Resolve Studio still included in 2020? The BMD website doesn't say.
Asked by: Frank
The Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera does not included DaVinci Resolve Studio.
Answered by: Paige K
Date published: 2022-10-26

question

Are batteries included? Thanks!
Asked by: Yan F.
This camera includes a single Canon LP-E6 style battery, which will get you around 70 minutes or recording time. It is always a good idea to purchase additional batteries and a wall charger for them.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Has anybody shooting BMMCC on Atomos Ninja V in ...

Has anybody shooting BMMCC on Atomos Ninja V in Prores 1080p/50 or 60fps?
Asked by: Alexandr
We have not tested this. But the Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera would work with the Ninja V. The Micro camera’s HDMI output is a 1080p, 4.2.2, Video signal at the same frame rate selected for recording. So if you have selected 1080p50/59.94 (60): then the HDMI will output 1080p50/59.94
Answered by: Chris H
Date published: 2022-02-16

question

Has anyone tried the FeelWorld FW759 or FW760 monitors with this?
Asked by: Jim
The Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera has an HDMI output, it should work fine with either the Feelworld FW759 or FW760. You will just need a standard HDMI cable to connect the camera to the monitor you choose.https://bhpho.to/2gKgeyuhttps://bhpho.to/2ifCeRBhttps://bhpho.to/2wY2gjU
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Also, is the camera only operable with an external monitor that has a touch screen/control buttons?
Asked by: Tanner
You do need an external monitor normal shooting and for setting up the camera. However, my understanding is you use the buttons on the camera itself for making the actual settings. I do not know of a requirement of a touch screen monitor.The Micro exists primarily as a remote camera. As such, you need the smallest envelope possible since you are putting it in a crash box or on a helmet, a car, or a copter. In such situations, a screen on the camera is extraneous.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26
  • y_2023, m_2, d_1, h_21CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_3.0.34
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_76
  • loc_en_US, sid_1137292, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=HAS_STAFF_ANSWERS, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_bhphotovideo