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Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 Digital Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 Digital Cinema Camera
Key Features
  • 4.6K Super 35 HDR CMOS Sensor
  • 4.6K up to 120 fps, 300 fps at 1080p
  • 15 Stops of Dynamic Range at 3200 ISO
  • USB-C Expansion Port for External Disks
Upping the electronics and recording capabilities of its Mini Pro predecessor, the Blackmagic Design's URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 Digital Cinema Camera brings expanded control set and even more functionality. The G2 introduces an updated Super 35 4.6K sensor featuring 15 stops of dynamic range at 3200 ISO, high frame rate recording up to 300 fps, and additional recording functionality.
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Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 EF-Mo... Overview

Upping the electronics and recording capabilities of its Mini Pro predecessor, the Blackmagic Design's URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 Digital Cinema Camera brings expanded control set and even more functionality. The G2 introduces an updated Super 35 4.6K sensor featuring 15 stops of dynamic range at 3200 ISO, high frame rate recording up to 300 fps, and additional recording functionality.

First, the addition of external camera controls allows menus 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 built-in ND (neutral density) filter wheel. 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 G2 introduces a USB-C expansion port so you can record directly to external drives. 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. The G2 can now capture Blackmagic RAW footage in film and extended modes which makes it more versatile to meet your production needs. Probably the most impressive update with the G2 is the ability to capture 4.6K footage at 120 fps, 4K DCI at 150 fps, or even 1080p footage at 300 fps which is well suited for fast-action shooting.

Like the URSA Mini, the URSA Mini Pro G2 can record high-resolution raw sensor data in Blackmagic RAW format onto CFast 2.0 or SD 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 G2 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 the 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 handgrip, 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
New G2 Model Features
  • Updated Super 35 4.6K image sensor
  • 4608 x 2592 with 15 stops of dynamic range at 3200 ISO
  • 4.6K images at up to 120 frames per second
  • Windowed 4K DCI at up to 150 frames per second
  • Windowed 1080 HD at 300 frames per second
  • Blackmagic RAW images in both film and extended video modes
  • Raw compression levels up to 12:1
  • USB-C expansion port for recording to external drives
Built-In ND Filters
The URSA Mini Pro G2 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 G2 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 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 G2 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 rates 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 G2 includes an interchangeable EF mount. 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 G2 to be used in nearly any kind of workflow including documentary, ENG/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 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
The URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 also uses Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science for superior imaging that results in extremely accurate skin tones and lifelike colors that rival those of cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars more. Blackmagic RAW images are encoded using a custom nonlinear 12-bit space designed to provide the maximum amount of color data and dynamic range. With Blackmagic RAW, customers can choose compression levels up to 12:1 and still get professional-quality images that can be used for feature films, documentaries, and broadcast programming. These formats can be recorded onto CFast or SD cards, as well as direct to flash disks using the USB-C expansion port.
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 are 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 G2 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 G2 can go from handheld to shoulder to tripod in a matter of seconds. Despite its size, the URSA Mini Pro G2 still fits essential controls and I/O for professional workflows.

The body is made from magnesium alloys to keep the URSA Mini Pro G2 lightweight at just over five pounds. With the optional shoulder mount and optional side handgrip, the handgrip can be extended off the side of the camera to be used in a doc-style configuration.
4.6K Super 35 Sensor
With an effective resolution of 4608 x 2592, the sensor housed inside the URSA Mini Pro G2 can capture motion pictures that have greater-than 4K resolution with a filmlike 15 stops of dynamic range at a very high 3200 ISO. A wide exposure latitude allows for greater control in post, enabling highlight recovery while keeping the shadows clean from artifacting.

The URSA Mini Pro G2 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 G2 can also record slow-motion footage at up to 300 fps in 1080p resolution. When recording high frame rates, the URSA Mini Pro G2 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 G2 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 onscreen keyboard.
Professional Connections
The URSA Mini G2 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 mics 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 Pro G2 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 G2, so you can take advantage of URSA Mini Pro G2'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

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 EF-Mo... Specs

Lens MountCanon EF
Lens CommunicationYes
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 11.9 Megapixel (4608 x 2592)
Sensor Type25.34 x 14.25 mm (Super35) CMOS
Image StabilizationNone
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
Advertised Dynamic Range15 Stops
White Balance2500 to 10,000K
Presets: AWB, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Outdoors
Video Capture
Internal Recording ModesProRes 4444XQ 4:4:4 12-Bit
4608 x 2592 up to fps
4608 x 1920 up to 150 fps
4096 x 2304 up to fps
4096 x 2160 up to 150 fps
3840 x 2160 up to 60.00 fps [312.5 Mb/s]
3072 x 2560 up to fps
2048 x 1152 up to 240 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 300 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 240 fps [62.5 Mb/s]
ProRes 422 HQ 4:2:2 10-Bit
4608 x 2592 up to 80 fps
4608 x 1920 up to fps
4096 x 2304 up to 100 fps
4096 x 2160 up to fps
3840 x 2160 up to fps [110 Mb/s]
3072 x 2560 up to fps
2048 x 1152 up to 240 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 240 fps
1920 x 1080p up to 240 fps [27.5 Mb/s]
Blackmagic RAW 12-Bit
4608 x 2592 up to fps
4608 x 1920 up to 150 fps
4096 x 2304 up to fps
3840 x 2160 up to 150 fps
3072 x 2560 up to fps
2048 x 1152 up to 240 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 300 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 300 fps
External Recording ModesRaw 12-Bit via USB
4096 x 2592 up to 59.94 fps
3840 x 2160 up to 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 59.94 fps
Sensor Crop ModesSuper35 / APS-C
Fast-/Slow-Motion SupportYes
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
IP StreamingNone
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio1:1, 2:1, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9
Image File FormatDNG
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Input
2 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Headphone/Mic Input/Output
Power I/O1 x XLR 4-Pin Input
1 x Molex 12-Pin Input/Output
1 x XLR 4-Pin (12 VDC) Output
Other I/O1 x USB-C Data
1 x BNC (Timecode) Input
1 x BNC (Reference) Input
2 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control Input
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Secondary DisplaySide: Status Display
TypeOptional, Not Included
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Manual Focus
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
Operating Humidity0 to 90%
PoE SupportYes
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
Accessory Mount1 x 1/4"-20 Female
1 x Battery Plate Mount
Netflix ApprovedYes
Dimensions (W x H x D)8.2 x 8 x 5.8" / 21 x 20.1 x 14.7 cm
Weight5.1 lb / 2.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.82 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.8 x 8.7 x 7.9"

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 EF-Mo... Reviews

After 2 years...Sensor died, along with other issues

By Cameron
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-03

This is the most depressing review I'll write, as when I got this camera I really did love it...and when it worked incredibly well. This camera shipped with 2 major issues, and ended with a 3rd. 1. The camera shipped with a wonky LCD connection that would glitch out, making it sometimes IMPOSSIBLE to format or change settings, because BM's menus MUST use the LCD (very dumb) This became worse over the 2 years, BUT we were too busy with work to send it out. 2. The second CFast 2.0 Ejector was broken. Not a massive issue, but a real QC problem. Finally....after 2 years the camera died suddenly with Pink lines all over the sensor (and we checked its on the footage too) There was no signs or anything. No drops, no water, nothing. Now, it sits a paperweight...because BM told me it would be about $3-4K for the total replacement and could take 30+ days...but they have no idea. I actually LOVE BM as a company...BUT this has been a massive disappointment.The QC is so bad, and the fact that its unrepairable is tough. Ended up switching to the RED Komodo and have regrettably not looked back to BM and most likely wont. Buyer Beware.

Great Camera

By Reicko
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-11

I have been using it on a big filming project and have found it to be absolutely amazing. My next purchase will be the 12K edition.

I really want to love you

By Stephen
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-16

Ok, I have been dreaming about this camera for ages. I wanted a pro body so I wasn't having to add on so many things to our DSLR rigs but my desires were also high. I needed 4k internal, good codec, non proprietary storage, and slo mo. This camera has it all! Shoots RAW which I thought was my save all for the future. WOW it burns through storage fast! No fault on its own, I just question now if I need that in my workflow. Color looks great to my eye. A little flat and desaturated, giving me room to go in and grade as I need. EF mount is standard so it took my existing lenses pretty well. Sigma 70-200 was having some peaking issues but that might be an easy fix, need to find out. Ok, here are my gripes. 1st- include a US power cord. It's $5 retail so I can't imagine how cheap it is to include one. 2nd. build. Within two weeks an audio nob broke off. Easy fix hopefully but wow that was quick. 3rd- Media slots are exposed once the monitor is out in the open. I shoot in not perfect conditions so the fact that there is a port open there scares me. Imaging shooting in August on a New York hot sunny day and some AC rain comes down at the wrong moment.... I really wanted to love you , I hope the G3 will be what I need.

Okay for the price

By Matthew
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-14

Great camera for the price. But seems as though once you are out of warranty you are out of luck. I have issues with mine and have documented it. Sent in during warranty period and BlackMagic says they can't reproduce the issue. I have seen many others with the same issue and have shown it to black magic.

Fantastic camera with a couple stupid quirks

By Jaron
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-03

1) Image quality is astonishing. If you're looking for an image that just looks right, this does it in the same way the Alexa does it. Turn on, make great pictures. 1a) The motion cadence finally feels right. I have absolutely no idea why it looks different than any other camera shooting 24p but it looks correct. I love the color of Canon cinema cameras but side-by-side, the motion of this more resembles actual film. It's subtle and people have said this about BM cameras and I thought it was a garbage concept but it's true - this looks correct. 2) Rumor has it this chip is mfd' by the same company that makes the Arri sensors - which would explain why the color/motion feels sooooo familiar. And also why 1 & 1a - if it's the same family that makes sense. 3) It's small and light. Canon C-series bodies are smaller but when rigged equivalently it's a tossup. Regardless - it's not a modular body but basically functions as if it were for gimbal/mount work. BUT because it's not modular you don't end up with stupid amounts of cables hanging all over for things like... battery. 4) The EVF is SPECTACULAR. 5) The lens mounts are SOLID. AND - the body has a 12p hirose on it - so for lenses like the Canon 17-120, you don't need adapter cables or any of that mess. Super convenient. 6) The app control comes in handy. You can remote almost all the features of the cam simply. And if you use the EF mount you can pull focus using the lens motors and app. I have only used that feature during covid and it's been a lifesaver. CONS: 1) The LCD doesn't flip all the way....!?!?!?!?!?!? This is stupid. 2) The camera can shoot to SSD...but the USB-C port is INSIDE the LCD you can't close the LCD while shooting to SSD. This is stupid. So dumb they fixed it on the 12k version. BM - release a factory fix for this! 3) You cannot shoot lower resolutions without windowing. Similar to RED (it was stupid on those cameras too). So for the owner/operator who has to please lots of different spec's and clients - you have to own a recorder as lots of clients still prefer 1080p/2k. This isn't so much stupid as inconvenient. The cam does SO much for so little money, this one I can excuse. Vs. FS7 or C300 II - this mops the floor with those. Vs. FX9 this image just looks better even if it isn't full frame and does not have autofocus. Vs. C300 III this image looks slightly better and shoots more usable (better quality for size) RAW files. The motion on this is better than the Canon still but the Canon has a lot more features.

I love it

By Shigekazu
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-22

perfect camera

Best value Cine camera and Netflix approved

By Ellory
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-25

This camera is one of my workhorse for narrative filmmaking. The key to any camera is knowing it's limitations and how to work with it. I've used this from bright sunny days to low light night street scenes and of course with the right lighting and exposure, the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 has 15 stops of dynamic range I can work with. I'd shoot with this camera over the URSA 12K when I don't need anything more than 4K to deliver. Best of all, the BRAW is so flexible that I can match shots with other more expensive cameras including the ARRI Alexa, which on some productions, we do so. This is currently the only cinema camera from BlackMagic Design that is approved on the Netflix Original films list of approve cams.

Solid Cameras with issues

By Travis
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-25

This is a solid camera for the price. The image is good and has a lot of professional features. It is incredibly easy to use and the UI is very intuitive. However, we have had ongoing issues with rear SDI ports. These are used in a higher ed environment, so this may be specific to how they are used, but the rear SDI cards in both of the cameras we use have been replaced twice and are currently not working on either. Cameras are out of warranty, so this puts a serious strain on productions. They seem to work for about a year before thereat SDI ports break. We had similar issues with the original pocket cameras, but were hoping the pro features of the URSA would be better quality.

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Can you see your menu and settings via the ...

Can you see your menu and settings via the sdi-out to an external monitor?
Asked by: NICHOLAS
No. The menu is only visible on the LCD display.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2019-04-03

which lens mount is included with the body? can ...

which lens mount is included with the body? can you choose which lens mount you'd like to come with your body or do they all come as ef mount and you have to purchase other mounts separately?
Asked by: Joey
The Camera comes with a EF Mount. You may purchase other mounts separately.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2019-06-15

When recording to SSD through the USB-C port is ...

When recording to SSD through the USB-C port is there any limitation regarding framerates? Will I be able to record 120 fps 4.6k ?
Asked by: Gabriel
There is a chart in the manual outlining recording rates and codecs and resolutions. As there is a lot of variation it might be best to check that out to see if it will work for you.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2021-02-26

Is a LOG available for ProRes 444?

Is a LOG available for ProRes 444?
Asked by: William
Yes. There is a setting called BMD Film, which is log.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2019-11-25

How variable are framerates on this camera? Is it ...

How variable are framerates on this camera? Is it possible to undercrank?
Asked by: Edward
The off speed frame rates range from 12fps to 300fps. Depending on your project frame rate, which ranges from the standard video frame rates of 23.98 to 60, you can undercrank or overcrank.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2019-12-26

Does this camera have dual native iso?

Does this camera have dual native iso?
Asked by: NICHOLAS
No it does not.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2019-04-01

Do you have adapter for this camera to use a MTF ...

Do you have adapter for this camera to use a MTF Lens?
Asked by: Wilfredo
There are no MFT adapters for this camera - EF, PL, B4 and Nikon F only. MFT lenses require a different mounting flannge length. An MFT lens will not accomodate this camera's sensor size.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2021-05-28

Is there any functionality or image quality loss ...

Is there any functionality or image quality loss using the PL mount adapter? We need to use a servo zoom lens with a wider zoom range than EF lenses have, but don't want to lose functions or several stops in light exposure if we use an adapter.
Asked by: Phillip
No, there is no lose of functionality or image quality when replacing the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 camera's native EF lens mount with the URSA Mini Pro PL Mount adapter. The PL mount doesn't have glass to lower the amount of light hitting the sensor.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2020-03-01
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