Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K Digital Cinema Camera (PL-Mount)

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K Digital Cinema Camera (PL-Mount)

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K Digital Cinema Camera (PL-Mount)

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Product Highlights

  • Super-35mm CMOS Sensor
  • 4000 x 2160 Video up to 60p
  • Compressed & Uncompressed 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 4K overview

  • 1Description

Now in a smaller, more handheld-friendly form factor, the URSA Mini 4K Digital Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design can record cinematic images with its Super-35mm 4K, global-shutter sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range. The ergonomic body design is balanced and can be used for many different styles of filmmaking. The PL-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 4K URSA Mini provides compressed raw recording at a 3:1 compression ratio 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.
4K Super-35mm Sensor
The 3840 x 2160 native resolution censor uses a global shutter so that it will be free from the motion artifacts and flash banding experienced with rolling shutter sensors. It features a wide, 12-stop dynamic range to help ensure detail is retained even in the shadow and highlight portions of the image, and to provide more information to work with in color correction. The sensor size makes it possible to recreate the shallow depth of field look popularly associated with film. At this size, it is slightly larger than the APS-C DSLR format, and will accommodate most lenses that cover an APS-C image circle
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 4K Digital Cinema Camera (PL-Mount)
  • PL-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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    Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K specs

    Size 21.12 x 11.88 (Super-35)
    Lens Mount PL Mount
    Effective Resolution 4000 x 2160
    Dynamic Range 12 stops
    Shooting Resolutions 4000 x 2160
    3840 x 2160
    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 3:1 compressed) @ 4000 x 2160 (film dynamic range)
    Apple ProRes @ 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 (film or video dynamic range)
    Data Rates 4000 x 2160:
    CinemaDNG Raw - 265 MB/s
    CinemaDNG RAW 3:1 - 125 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 8.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 10.0 x 8.0"

    Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K reviews

    URSA Mini 4K Digital Cinema Camera (PL-Mount) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera for the price! My first impressions on this camera are as follows. The build quality is very high quality to start. I'm using the 4K EF version. The horizontal lines were present at ISO 400/800, especially visible in low light situation. I tried with a fast len (50mm T1.5) and it kinda reduced the lines, but it was still visible. If you buy this camera with low light filming in mind then it's the wrong camera for you. It's nativ ISO is at 400 and you should try to stay at it. But if you are looking for a REALLY good film camera with some exeptional high-end quality for a cheap price then this is for you. I have worked alot with the bigger brother URSA and I have to say that I would any day pick the Mini. Just simpler to use and even possible for some run and gun operation. Truly worth the price.
    Date published: 2016-02-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from URSA Mini 4K I'm simply writing to give a different angle on the product. I most certainly waiting a long time for the camera. I also wanted the shoulder kit that I ordered that never came prior to heading out to Asia where I live. I canceled the shoulder kit and purchased it within four days of ordering it. That wasn't due to B&H but the simple didn't seem to be available in the USA. Thailand had them. Amazing! BM should make it much clearer that the finder WILL NOT MOUNT WITH THE SHOULDER PLATE KIT! I would have been nice to know this up front and clearly understood by BM. I had to look pretty closely to find this little fact and wanted the shoulder kit anyway. The camera works okay on the shoulder but is rather bulky and not anything like my pro shoulder held video cams which are much nicer to haul around. Still I doubt that I'll have it riding on my shoulder for any great length of time. One other review stated that it was terrible in low light. I'm used to setting lights for shoots anyway so that wasn't a deal breaker for me. If I want better low light and not shooting for cinema type shots I'll go with one of my other cams. As far as lines in the video, I haven't seen any problem yet and the image is stunning thus far. I'm not saying that the other review wasn't accurate. I'm certain that they DID have lines, but my image was great. Thus far for the price I'm very please but I also pray that these gremlins don't creep in on me. Possibly this was a firmware issue that can be easily resolved. For my part due to image, price and ease of use I'll give it a 4 star. It would make me thrilled to see a power switch on the outside of the camera.
    Date published: 2016-02-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from TERRIBLE in low light Try to use ISO400 or ISO800 and all your footage will be full of horizontal lines. It is awful that once again Blackmagic has the exact same problem with a new camera. Promise it's the last time I buy a camera from them. Better to spend a little more and have a decent product capable of low light filming. Not mentioning that the item arrived several months after the original date.
    Date published: 2016-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Great picture, good color reproduction. Just have to make sure you stay at it's native 400 ISO.
    Date published: 2016-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing image! I’ve only begun to use it, however all of the test footage has been absolutely amazing. I will definitely be using this to make many shorts. The only downsides I’ve seen is all the noise you get at low light. But, saying this camera was $3,000 and looks like it’s worth $20k when I’m using a $500 Rokinon lens, that’s an obsolete argument.
    Date published: 2017-12-27
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