Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount)

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount)

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount)

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Product Highlights

  • Super-35mm CMOS Sensor
  • 4608 x 2592 Video up to 60p
  • Compressed Raw Recording
  • Ready-to-Edit ProRes 444 + 422 Recording
  • Dual CFast 2.0 Memory Card Slots
  • 12G-SDI Output, Timecode & REF Input
  • 1080p Flip-Out Screen
  • Touchscreen Interface
  • 2 x XLR Audio Inputs with Phantom Power
  • Magnesium Alloy Body
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Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K overview

  • 1Description

Now in a smaller, more handheld-friendly form factor, the URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design can record cinematic images with its Super-35mm 4.6K, sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range. The ergonomic body design is balanced and can be used for many different styles of filmmaking. The EF-Mount is compatible with a plethora of popular lenses, opening different aesthetic options. A rosette on the side of the camera accepts the included side handle, which can control Start/Stop via a LANC connection.

To produce cinematic images, the URSA Mini can record raw sensor data in the CinemaDNG format onto CFast 2.0 memory cards at up to 60 fps. The raw files preserve the full dynamic range and color tonality output from the sensor, so you can have greater control over the look in post-production. However, data-heavy uncompressed raw files aren't always easy to deal with on set, so in addition to uncompressed raw recording, the 4.6K URSA Mini provides compressed raw recording at 3:1 and 4:1 compression ratios to save space while retaining post-production flexibility.

The URSA Mini also records UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) and 1080p video using ready-to-edit ProRes files in many different flavors within the 444 and 422 chroma subsampling variations, depending on your workflow. Starting at the high end, UHD footage can be recorded in ProRes 444 XQ at a rate of 312.5 MB/s all the way down to 1080p in a ProRes 422 Proxy file coming in at a relatively paltry 5.6 MB/s data rate. Since the camera accepts dual CFast cards, you can record for long periods of time by having the camera switch cards when one is full.

Power for the URSA Mini can be supplied via a 4-pin XLR jack at the rear of the camera. With an optional plate, the URSA will accept professional V-Mount or Gold Mount batteries on the back. Once connected to power, the URSA can even distribute power through a second 4-pin XLR jack.

Camera Features

Compact Handheld Design
Sizing down the familiar URSA shape enables the URSA Mini to fit into feature and indie film, broadcast TV, commercial, documentary, and music video workflows with crews of any size. Using the optional shoulder mount with a built-in quick release plate, the URSA Mini can go from handheld to shoulder to tripod in a matter of seconds. Despite its size, the URSA Mini still fits essential I/O for professional workflows.

The body is made from magnesium alloys to keep the URSA Mini lightweight at 5 lb. To make the camera more acceptable for handheld usage, a side handle is included. With the optional shoulder mount, the handle can be extended off the side of the camera to be used in a doc-style configuration.
4.6K Super-35mm Sensor
With an effective resolution of 4608 x 2592, the sensor housed inside the URSA Mini can capture motion pictures that have greater-than 4k resolution with a film-like 15 stops of dynamic range. A wide exposure latitude allows for greater control in post, enabling highlight recovery while keeping the shadows clean from artifacting.

The URSA Mini can record the entire sensor at up to 60 fps to fit television or other workflows which require higher frame rates. Using a smaller portion of the sensor, the URSA Mini can also record slow-motion footage at up to 120 fps in 1080p resolution. When recording high frame rates, the URSA Mini will conform captured footage to the set standard frame rate, resulting in smooth footage that doesn't require post-processing before editing.

Touchscreen Control
In addition to more traditional button-driven menus, the URSA Mini features a foldout 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution capacitive touchscreen LCD monitor. Using the easily navigable touchscreen menu, you can see and change all camera settings, view timecode, histograms, audio levels, and focus peaking, as well as add shot metadata with an on-screen keyboard.
Professional Connections
The URSA Mini features multiple connections such as 12G-SDI out, HD-SDI monitoring out, two LANC inputs, balanced XLR audio with phantom power, timecode-in, and reference input. On the front right side of the camera, the 4-pin XLR DC and HD-SDI monitoring output are located in the perfect position for connecting to an optional viewfinder or on set monitor. The 12G-SDI output handles up to 2160p60 using a single BNC cable, and switches to 6G-SDI or HD-SDI depending on the shooting format.
Quality Sound Recording
With high-quality built-in microphones and professional audio recording features, you don't have to carry around extra sound equipment. You can use the built-in stereo microphone to record natural location sound or connect professional microphones using the two XLR mic inputs. The XLR connections have 48V of switchable phantom power, so you can plug shotgun or wireless lavalier mics for capturing more detail. You can quickly adjust levels using the physical knobs, while monitoring the audio using the onscreen audio meters and headphones.
Multiple Power Options
On its own, the URSA Mini includes a 4-pin XLR industry standard power connector that works with 12 to 30V external power supplies. That means it's easy to use the camera with existing professional power supplies and batteries. The camera uses the same battery power connector and mounting points on the rear of the camera as used on the original URSA, so you can use the same range of battery plates from a wide range of manufacturers such as IDX, Frezzi, Anton Bauer, and more. You can also add the optional Blackmagic URSA V-Lock Battery Plate for using popular V-Mount batteries.
DaVinci Resolve Software Included
Included with the camera is a DaVinci Resolve USB dongle, which contains a license to unlock the full feature-set within the software. The full version of DaVinci Resolve is compatible with Mac and Windows, and can be used for editing, color grading, media management, mastering, and delivery. DaVinci Resolve can easily handle the 12-bit log RAW images from URSA Mini so you can take advantage of the URSA Mini's amazing image quality and wide dynamic range. DaVinci Resolve features advanced, multi-layer timeline editing with powerful trimming tools, along with the industry's leading suite of creative grading tools
In the Box
Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount)
  • EF-Mount Port Cap
  • Side Handle
  • LANC Cable
  • Power Supply (Brick Only, No Power Cord)
  • DaVinci Resolve Full-Version License Dongle
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K specs

    Size 25.34 x 14.25 mm (Super-35)
    Lens Mount Active Canon EF
    Effective Resolution 4608 x 2592
    Dynamic Range 15 stops
    Shooting Resolutions 4608 x 2592
    4096 x 2304 (4K 16:9)
    4608 x 1920 (4K 2.4:1)
    3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD)
    3072 x 2560 (3K anamorphic)
    2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9)
    1920 x 1080
    Frame Rates 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps
    Dimensions 5" diagonal
    Screen Type LCD capacitive touchscreen
    Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Media Card Slots 2 x CFast 2.0
    Recording Formats CinemaDNG Raw (uncompressed or lossless 3:1/4:1 compressed) @ 4608 x 2592, 4096 x 2304, 4608 x 1920, 3072 x 2560, and 2048 x 1152 (film dynamic range)
    Apple ProRes @ 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 (film or video dynamic range)
    Data Rates 4608 x 2592:
    Uncompressed CinemaDNG Raw - 513MB/s
    CinemaDNG Raw 3:1 - 180 MB/s
    CinemaDNG Raw 4:1 - 135 MB/s

    3840 x 2160:
    Apple ProRes 444 XQ - 312.5 MB/s
    Apple ProRes 444 - 165 MB/s
    Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 110 MB/s
    Apple ProRes 422 - 73.6 MB/s
    Apple ProRes 422 LT - 51 MB/s
    Apple ProRes Proxy - 22.4 MB/s

    1920 x 1080:
    Apple ProRes 444 XQ - 62.5 MB/s
    Apple ProRes 444 - 41.25 MB/s
    Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 27.5 MB/s
    Apple ProRes 422 - 18.4 MB/s
    Apple ProRes 422 LT - 12.75 MB/s
    Apple ProRes Proxy - 5.6 MB/s

    Rates based on 30 fps
    Metadata Support Automatic camera data and user-entered data such as shot number, file names, and keywords
    Output 1 x 12G-SDI, 10-bit 4:2:2
    Reference 1 x Reference input
    Timecode 1 x Timecode input
    Analog Audio Inputs 2 x XLR, selected mic/line level and +48 V phantom power
    SDI Audio Output 2-channel
    Remote Control 2 x LANC on 2.5 mm sub-mini, for controlling record Start/Stop, iris, and focus
    USB 1 x USB 2.0 mini Type-B for software updates
    Supported Standards SDI Compliance: SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 424 Level B, Draft SMPTE 2081-1, Draft SMPTE 2082-1

    SDI Audio Sampling: 48 kHz and 24-bit
    Microphone 2 x Built-in cardioid microphones for stereo recording with -10 dB pad and low-cut filter
    Speaker Integrated mono (enabled in playback when headphones are not used)
    Controls Touchscreen menus on 5" screen, push button controls for navigating menus
    Mounting Options Integrated rod mounts compatible with 15mm Light Weight Support (LWS) standard
    System Requirements Mac OS X 10.9 or newer, Windows 7 (64-bit) or 8 (64-bit)

    Note: See Blackmagic website for detailed system requirements and configuration guides.
    Power Connectors Inputs:
    1 x 4-pin XLR input for external power supply or battery
    1 x 12-pin Molex connector on rear battery plate

    1 x 12V output using 4-pin XLR for powering external accessories such as EVF
    1 x 12V regulated output from rear Molex 12-way connector
    Battery Plate Support Mounting holes for V-Mount and Gold Mount battery plates
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
    Humidity 0 to 90% RH, non-condensing
    Dimensions 8.2 x 7.6 x 5.8" / 21 x 19.3 x 14.7 cm
    Weight 5 lb / 2.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.9 x 10.0 x 7.9"

    Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K reviews

    URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount) is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 84.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from It was a dream on paper Today I had a chance to test my preordered UM 4.6K. I have the option to return the camera in two days, and that is exactly, what I am gonna do. Here are my reasons: - the camera has a strong magenta vignetting. the Image becomes unuseable when you use a wide angle and higher F stops. - the monitor showed a bright splotch - the fan noise is pretty loud and the fan speed cant be adjusted - the record butten on the handgrip didnt work - the xlr sound is unusable. You cant record professional audio with this camera! If the image would not show this horrible magenta, i had considered to keep it, even not fully satisfied.
    Date published: 2016-05-04
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from BIG WARNING The image is very good but I would have saved an enormous amount of time and a lot of money if I had bought a more expensive camera. The TC in is a bluff. I and two professional Post-Production experts tried for three days to record Time-Code with this camera. We tried the 4K first and then the 4,6 K. We used a SoundDevice 744 and we used two Ambient Clockit synk-boxes. The fact that there is no TC display seems to be due to that there is no Time-Code in these cameras. We also revealed serious problems with the sound. We will go on checking what it wrong with it. The XLR inputs look very professional but they do not seem to be reliable.We will come back on this this issue,
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Broken sensor upon arrival! After a very long wait I finally received my camera, however once I turned it on I noticed that half the image was literally purple. I called blackmagic and sent them a screen grab of the file and they told me they'd get back to me. I never heard back for over a week and a half so yesterday I sent it back and am currently waiting for a replacement, at this point I'm actually thinking about a refund because blackmagic definitely has some issues with production. and they never returned my calls or emails even after I reminded them. I also feel bad for the individual who won't get his/her preorder right away because I am receiving theirs as my replacement.
    Date published: 2016-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing camera I've had my 4.6k for about a month now, and it has given me no problems. The image out of this camera is amazing, and you can shoot in any type of Prores or RAW. Overall, it has the tiniest bit of a magenta cast (just like other cameras lean towards green), but its easily dialed out in the grade and is consistent over the image. I don't have the problem of it being in the corners. Plus, the next firmware update is going to have a green/magenta slider, so you can dial it out in-camera if you'd like. The dynamic range on this camera is amazing, as is the sharpness, and color. Really loving this camera so far.
    Date published: 2016-06-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from It worked for a week Finally received my preorder and the camera worked well for about a week. I did several tests and everything seemed to work fine. It wasn't till I showed up on a paid gig that it literally just died roughly 30min in. I tried everything new batteries, power cord, removing cfast cards, absolutely everything, and I was left with a brick. Embarrassing would be an understatement the problem definitely cost production a penny or two. I'm currently waiting for a replacement who knows how long that'll take, and I'm not sure if I'd ever trust this camera on a paid shoot again. all I can say is buy at your own risk.
    Date published: 2016-04-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wow, what a disappointment. I can't believe after waiting 8 months and being so excited, that this camera could possibly be a dud. Unfortunately it is. First off magenta, magenta, magenta. The sensor I received had an uneven cast across it, and it was quite noticeable when shooting footage. The camera will turn off randomly, the fan is noisy, and yes this camera has FPN. It isn't as noticeable as the 4K, but if you shoot at 800-1600 you'll definitely see it even if it's a well lit scene. I recommend staying 400 and below. I wanted to love this camera, the price is great but it doesn't live up to the hype. I could never bring this on a Job the quirks are not suitable for a professional production.
    Date published: 2016-04-04
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely Upsetting URSA Mini FINALLY came in the other day after having it on preorder since September. I've been looking forward to getting this camera for a while now. Unfortunately the camera is completely useless. The sensor is all kinds of messed up adding a magenta cast over the entire image. I spent all day today trying out test grades in DaVinci to see if I could salvage the footage.. But its extremely difficult to get rid of the magenta without messing up the rest of the image. Especially trying to get accurate skin tones. On top of that, there is a hot spot on the LCD screen (a spot that is lighter than the rest of the screen). Very upsetting Blackmagic Design. I will definitely be returning this camera.
    Date published: 2016-05-08
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from 2 cameras 2 bad sensors we preordered this camera the moment it was announced, I waited 9 months past the delivery date, and really fought the urge to cancel. I am now beyond disappointed and extremely angry. Out of two cameras both sensors were bad. one had over 12 dead pixels and half the image was solid magenta. The other one suffered from what I would call a magenta splotch. I shot with over 8 different lenses and it appeared in every one, I also shot without a lens and the artifacts still remain. I returned both cameras. There are definitely issues with Blackmagic and I won't purchase another camera until they fix their issues. If I was a prospective buyer I'd wait and see if they address them.
    Date published: 2016-04-12
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