Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (URSA Loyalty Upgrade Pricing)

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (URSA Loyalty Upgrade Pricing)

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (URSA Loyalty Upgrade Pricing)

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Product Highlights

  • 4.6K Super-35mm CMOS Sensor
  • 4608 x 2592 Video up to 60p
  • CinemaDNG and ProRes 444/422 Recording
  • Full Set of External Controls
  • 2/4/6-Stop ND Filter Wheel
  • Dual CFast 2.0 and SD Memory Card Slots
  • 12G-SDI Output, Timecode, and REF Input
  • Two XLR Audio Inputs with Phantom Power
  • Interchangeable Lens Mounts
  • Magnesium Alloy Body
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Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro overview

  • 1Description

If you own an original URSA camera purchased at B&H (before January 31, 2017), you can qualify for the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera with URSA Loyalty Upgrade Pricing. After your order is submitted, you will be contacted to provide proof of purchase. Even though this is an upgrade discount, you get to keep the original camera as well. URSA Mini cameras do not qualify in order to purchase with this pricing.

Blackmagic Design's URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera brings expanded control set and increased functionality over the original model. The most noticeable difference is the addition of external camera controls. No longer will menus have to be accessed to change exposure settings, activate slow/fast motion, or engage focus assist or other functions. The exterior of the camera also gains a monochrome LCD panel which displays essential shooting data at a glance. Another welcome pro feature is the implementation of built-in ND (neutral density) filters. The four-position wheel switches between two, four, and six stops of neutral density, plus a clear filter for no exposure reduction. Behind the display, two SD card slots beside the CFast 2.0 slots enable more affordable media to be used for less intensive recording formats. The default electronic EF lens mount is user-interchangeable and adjustable to ensure proper flange-focal distance.

At the heart of the camera is Blackmagic Design's acclaimed Super 35mm 4.6K sensor block, known for its ability to capture cinematic images with subtle gradients and large dynamic range rated at 15 stops. Like the URSA Mini, the URSA Mini Pro can record high-resolution 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 URSA Mini Pro provides compressed Raw recording at 3:1 and 4:1 compression ratios to save space while retaining post-production flexibility.

If Raw capture is not necessary for your production, the URSA Mini Pro offers ready-to-edit industry standard Apple ProRes files in many different flavors within the 444 and 422 chroma subsampling variations, depending on your workflow. The 4.6K, 4K, 3K, 2K, and HD recording resolutions can be captured as ProRes files either using the "Film" dynamic range for a flatter image for grading in post-production, or "Video" dynamic range for a finished look right out-of-camera. ProRes can be recorded to either CFast 2.0 or UHS-II SD cards (SD cards top out at UHD 4K; please check the Blackmagic Design website for updated card compatibility and limitations).

Since the form factor of the original URSA Mini has been adhered to, the ergonomic benefits have remained as well. With separately available accessories like the VCT shoulder pad, side-handle extension, broadcast battery plate, and EVF, the camera can be kitted out for comfortable shooting over extended periods. For studio-style shooting, the same shoulder pad is compatible with 15mm LWS rods for mounting lens supports for long lenses, follow focuses, lens drive motors, matte boxes, and more.

Pro Features

Built-In ND Filters
The URSA Mini Pro features high-quality neutral density (ND) filters that let you quickly reduce the amount of light entering the camera. The clear, 2, 4, and 6-stop filters have been specifically designed to match the color science of the URSA Mini Pro in order to maintain consistent image quality with minimal color shift. The ND filters conveniently let you use different combinations of aperture and shutter angle to achieve shallower depth of field, or specific levels of motion blur, in a wider range of situations. Additionally, the internal IR filters have been designed to filter both optical and infrared wavelengths evenly to eliminate IR contamination of the images that can be brought about by a standard ND filter. A precision mechanism holds the filters and quickly moves them into place when the ND filter dial is turned. Furthermore, the current filter settings can be displayed as an ND number, stop reduction, or fraction on the LCD.
External Control Section
Using a design inspired by classic broadcast cameras, the URSA Mini Pro features a wide array of tactile physical controls with direct access to the most important camera settings. The controls are laid out in a logical order that makes them easy to remember, so you'll be able to adjust camera settings, apply ND filters, and change frame rate without having to look at the buttons, dive into on-screen menus, or take the camera off your shoulder.
User-Interchangeable Lens Mounts
By default, the URSA Mini Pro includes an interchangeable EF mount. But, if you want to use lenses with F (Nikon), PL, or B4 mounts, separately available interchangeable mounts can be purchased. Having an interchangeable lens mount allows the URSA Mini Pro to be used in nearly any kind of workflow, from documentary, to ENG or EFP, and cinema. For ENG lenses, a 12-pin Hirose connector will power the servo so all lens functionality can be utilized.
External LCD Status Display
The status display is a high-visibility black-and-white LCD screen that's designed to be easily seen, even in bright light. The status display shows record timecode, locked timecode, and reference timecode, along with the current shooting frame rate, shutter angle, aperture, white balance, ISO, and iris. It also features a battery indicator, card recording status, and audio meters for monitoring levels. The screen's backlight can be turned on when you're shooting in dimly lit locations, and off when you're shooting outdoors and in bright light to increase contrast, making it easy to read under nearly any shooting condition.
Advanced Image Processing
Third-generation Blackmagic Design color science is used to process the Raw sensor data, enabling rich skin tones, natural color response, and a wide dynamic range. The full color gamut recorded by the URSA Mini Pro extends beyond Rec. 2020 and DCI P3, allowing the recorded images to fit into professional workflows from TV Rec. 709 to modern wide-gamut standards.
CFast 2.0 and SD Media Support
Two of each CFast 2.0 and SD slots are available for recording media. High-end workflows that require 4K or 4.6K Raw recording and high-frame rate shooting will take full advantage of the high-bandwidth CFast 2.0 cards. Raw HD and 4K ProRes material can be recorded onto convenient and relatively inexpensive SD cards compatible with the UHS-II standard. Since two of each slot is available, you can keep recording, regardless of format choice.

General Features

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

The body is made from magnesium alloys to keep the URSA Mini Pro lightweight at just over 5 pounds. 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro can also record slow-motion footage at up to 120 fps in 1080p resolution. When recording high frame rates, the URSA Mini Pro 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 and the bevy of external controls, the URSA Mini Pro features a fold-out 4" capacitive touchscreen LCD monitor. Using the easily navigable touchscreen menu, you can see and change all camera settings, view timecode, scopes, 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 outputs 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 mics or wireless lavalier mics for capturing more detail. You can quickly adjust levels using the physical knobs while monitoring the audio using the on-screen audio meters and headphones.
Multiple Power Options
On its own, the URSA Mini Pro 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 is designed to handle the 12-bit log Raw images from URSA Mini Pro so you can take advantage of URSA Mini Pro's image quality and wide dynamic range. DaVinci Resolve features advanced, multilayer timeline editing with powerful trimming tools, along with a fully professional suite of creative grading tools.
In the Box
Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (URSA Loyalty Upgrade Pricing)
  • Turret Dust Cap
  • Side Handle
  • LANC Cable
  • Power Supply
  • DaVinci Resolve Full-Version License Dongle
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro specs

    Sensor
    Size 25.34 x 14.25 mm (Super-35)
    Lens Mount Active Canon EF (interchangeable)
    Effective Resolution 4608 x 2592
    Dynamic Range 15 stops
    Shooting Resolutions 4608 x 2592
    4608 x 1920 (4.6K 2.4:1)
    4096 x 2304 (4K 16:9)
    4096 x 2160 (4K DCI)
    3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD)
    3072 x 2560 (3K Anamorphic)
    2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9)
    2048 x 1080 (2K DCI)
    1920 x 1080
    Frame Rates 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps
    Display
    Dimensions 4" diagonal
    Screen Type LCD capacitive touchscreen
    Resolution Not specified by manufacturer
    Recording
    Media Card Slots 2 x CFast 2.0
    2 x SD UHS-II
    Recording Formats CinemaDNG Raw (Uncompressed or Lossless 3:1/4:1 Compressed):
    4608 x 2592
    4096 x 2304
    4608 x 1920
    3072 x 2560
    2048 x 1152

    Apple ProRes:
    4608 x 2592
    4608 x 1920
    4096 x 2304
    4096 x 2160
    3072 x 2560
    2048 x 1152
    2048 x 1080
    1920 x 1080
    Data Rates 4608 x 2592:
    Uncompressed CinemaDNG Raw - 513 MB/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 frames per second.
    Metadata Support Automatically populated lens data from electronic EF, B4, and /i Technology compatible PL lenses.

    Automatic recording of camera settings and slate data such as project, scene number, take, and special notes.
    Connections
    Input 1 x BNC, HD/3G/6G/12G-SDI
    Output 2 x BNC, HD/3G/6G/12G-SDI (clean output and monitor output)
    Reference Tri-sync/black burst/timecode
    Analog Audio Inputs 2 x XLR (mic/line/AES, phantom power output)
    Audio Output 1 x 3.5 mm headphone (TRRS connection supports in-line microphone)
    Remote Control 2 x 2.5 mm LANC (record start/stop, electronic iris, electronic focus)
    USB 1 x USB Type-C 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
    General
    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)
    System Requirements Mac OS X 10.11 or newer
    Windows 8.1 or newer
    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

    Outputs:
    1 x 12 V output using 4-pin XLR for powering external accessory such as EVF
    1 x 12 V 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 8 x 5.8" / 21 x 20.1 x 14.7 cm
    Weight 5.1 lb / 2.3 kg
    Packaging Infotffvxtxabsrf
    Package Weight 8.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 10.0 x 8.0"

    Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro reviews

    URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (URSA Loyalty Upgrade Pricing) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great upgrade We are a multi purpose studio producing commercials, web videos, infomercials etc. The Ursa had been our studio camera and produced wonderful quality green screen and interview videos. With the upgrade to the Ursa Mini Pro we can now get even better picture quality and take it into the field as well. The internal ND filters means we can get great, filmy DOF shots in broad daylight with just a spin of the wheel. The sound is noticeably cleaner and the control placement is very intuitive. I especially like the external power with. The touch screen controls are still there. We have the shoulder kit and external viewfinder which we use quite a bit so having the external status display is a plus. We are contemplating using the B4 lens mount so that may be a plus as well. The images and capture options are the same as on our other Ursa Mini which we have been using for nearly a year now. I don't have enough superlatives to describe the video quality.
    Date published: 2017-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ursa grows up - finally. I was one of the first to buy the 4K Ursa. I was sold on the future proofing that was promised: upgradeable sensor, turrets, software, etc. But as the months passed by (24 months) without a peep from Black Magic about any of the promised upgradability I was angry. I held off from purchasing the Ursa Mini, because I held on to hope that my original Ursa would finally get some love. Well, the Ursa Mini Pro, offered to me at the URSA Loyalty Upgrade Pricing, was well worth it. It's starting to feel as convenient to use as the old Sony EX1 camera (External buttons, ND filters, view finder option, etc.) but with the ability to reconfigure for demanding cinematic assignments (4.6K RAW, PL mount, etc.) I'm still sad my original Ursa is likely going to sit unused more often, but thrilled the Ursa Mini Pro is a camera that seems to have matured into a proper go-to camera for most standard video productions.
    Date published: 2017-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great camera for the price I am a blackmagic user since they got their first model 2.5ky this blackmagic mini pro is an improved version of all its predecessors, URSA ORIGINAL, BMCC, BMCC 4k, is the union of all and with some additional options like filters, I am very happy that blackmagic and b & h reward users who are loyal fans of the blackmagic brand, the only bad thing was that to acquire this camera had to go through the verification process for a month, they should do that faster and activate that can be collected in the store, because if it was in stock but could not give me from the store but I had to wait a long process of sending the product and verification that seemed eternal, but happy finally after so much waiting arrived the best camera built from blackmagic to almost Half the price
    Date published: 2018-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from URSA Mini Pro 4.6K - a mighty tool in a small package! I am coming from the full-size URSA and am greatly pleased with the Mini Pro. Blackmagic has taken this camera to the next level with well thought placement of buttons, switches and a number of improvements. The camera is ergonomically proportioned and in the week I have had it, I hit the ground running with great footage. It handles well on my jib (thrilled with the lighter counterweights!). I am also happy that all my peripherals from lenses, follow focus, matte box and more are all still compatible. Well done. Thank you.
    Date published: 2017-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Really great. We did have to send the model back after it failed on a shoot...but BlackMagic was great and sent us a new one. We haven't had any issues yet. We shoot with it all the time. Love the slow motion and presets that can be customized. Still not a low light camera, but other than that, for the money, the image is really impresive. Wish the cost and size of CFAST cards were better. Way better run and gun than the original URSA. Great Camera!
    Date published: 2017-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Happy with the Mini Pro I bought this camera to replace my original BMD URSA v1 camera. I'm glad I did. The images are fantastic. It's half the weight of my old URSA. Easier to use, too. Having neutral density filters built in is a big improvement. So is having an auto white balance control. I shoot interviews in 4K for broadcast in 1020HD, and corporate videos. The video from the Mini Pro looks great.
    Date published: 2017-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a 4K eng solution Coming from a documentary/ENG/Reality tv background, I have been long awaiting a 4K camera that can be operated like the Varicams and CineAlta cameras of the past. �This is it! �Just pop one of the new Fuji or Canon 35mm Broadcast zooms on this and you can operate like in the "old days" of 2004 - 2010 ish. �The black magic viewfinder is very tough and can handle daily abuse.
    Date published: 2017-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Third Time Is A Charm The Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K is the 3rd Ursa Mini in my arsenal of Black Magic cameras. I started off with the Big Ursa, and used it on several projects. When the mini's came out, it was a much needed improvement, lightweight and small footprint. Receive the Ursa Mini Pro a week ago and used it a week later for a small film project and it was rock solid. Having the built in ND filters is great because it saves time during shooting and I can adjust on the fly as opposed to having to put in different filters all time via a mattebox if I'm in a hurry up situation. Only complaint I have is that now with all the added components to the left side of the camera the real-estate for the monitor is smaller. I love the size of the monitor on the Ursa Mini 4.6K before the pro was released and was hoping the size would be the same. Oh well you have to give a little to get a lot. Also I like now that it has audio adjustment knobs for real on the fly audio monitoring. Still a solid camera in my opinion for the price point.
    Date published: 2017-06-21
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