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Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K (PL)

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Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K (PL)
Key Features
  • 12K Super35 HDR CMOS Sensor
  • 12K 17:9 to 60 fps/12K 2.4:1 to 75 fps
  • DCI 8K to 120 fps/14 Stops Dynamic Range
  • User-Changeable PL Lens Mount
Step your cine-style video recording up to 12K with the URSA Mini Pro 12K Digital Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design. This pro video camera uses a 12,288 x 6480 12K Super35 sensor, a new color science, and up to 14 stops of dynamic range to produce extraordinarily detailed images. The URSA Mini Pro 12K records up to 80MP per frame in Blackmagic Raw and offers flexible recording options that include dual CFast 2.0 card capture and high-speed USB Type-C output. Recording rates include up to 60 fps in 12K 17:9 full sensor, up to 75 fps in 12K 2.4:1, 120 fps in 8K, and up to 240 fps in 4K Super16.
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Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K PL-Mount Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Rich Film Look with Digital Definition
  • 3Super35 12K Sensor Delivers a Cinematic View
  • 4Interchangeable PL Lens Mount
  • 5Efficient 12-Bit Raw Workflow in 12K with Blackmagic Raw
  • 6Two Encoding Methods
  • 7Generation 5 Color Science
  • 8Flexible, High-Bandwidth Recording Options
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Step your cine-style video recording up to 12K with the URSA Mini Pro 12K Digital Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design. This pro video camera uses a 12,288 x 6480 12K Super35 sensor, a new color science, and up to 14 stops of dynamic range to produce extraordinarily detailed images. The URSA Mini Pro 12K records up to 80MP per frame in Blackmagic Raw and offers flexible recording options that include dual CFast 2.0 card capture and high-speed USB Type-C output. Recording rates include up to 60 fps in 12K 17:9 full sensor, up to 75 fps in 12K 2.4:1, 120 fps in 8K, and up to 240 fps in 4K Super16.

The front of the URSA Mini Pro 12K sports an interchangeable PL lens mount, enabling you to choose from an array of current and vintage pro cine lenses from multiple manufacturers. Canon EF and Nikon F mounts are available separately for shooters who have their own glass.

The new Super35 sensor at the heart of the URSA Mini Pro 12K has been optimized for capturing multiple resolutions and features equal amounts of red, green, and blue pixels. Shoot at 12K for smooth oversampling or use the URSA Mini Pro 4K's in-sensor scaling to capture 8K or 4K Raw at rates up to 120 fps without cropping or a change in your field of view. The massive 12K sensor can also be used to select shots in 8K or 4K, essentially providing a multicamera look by reframing from a single camera output.

The dual CFast 2.0 or UHS-II SD card option splits the recording between two cards, enabling you to capture up to 12K or 8K raw even at higher frame rates. With Blackmagic Raw, the URSA Mini Pro 12K offers constant-quality compression rates, several constant bit-rate options for predictable file sizes. Blackmagic Raw provides outstanding resolution for compositing, keying, tracking, and more. Blackmagic Raw is also optimized to work with the URSA Mini Pro 12K's raw files, saving the need to also create proxies.

Blackmagic's new Generation 5 Color Science offers a new film curve, enabling the URSA Mini Pro 12K to capture more natural skin tones and a better rendering of richly saturated colors in high-contrast scenes.

Even with 12K providing almost 10 times the resolution of UHD 4K, this versatile pro cine camera offers a trio of recording options. Record to the integrated dual CFast 2.0 or UHS-II SD card recorders or use the SuperSpeed USB Type-C expansion port for recording to fast SATA and NVMe drives.

An evenly weighted, lightweight yet robust magnesium alloy design makes the URSA Mini Pro 12K perfect for either handheld work or tripod-based shots. Additional camera features include 12G-SDI input and output, a 4" fold-out display, built-in ND filters, ergonomic controls, timecode and reference input, and 48V phantom power XLR audio. A digital slate function and lens metadata capture ease your URSA Mini Pro 12K workflow transition from capture to post. Camera setup 7.0 includes Blackmagic Raw stills capture and broadcast lens support.

Rich Film Look with Digital Definition
The URSA Mini Pro 12K's massive resolution gives you the immersive detail, wide dynamic range, and deep color of film combined with an incredible definition around objects that is perfect for chromakeying, VFX, and IMAX imaging. Oversampling from 12K down to 8K or 4K both improves color and eliminates aliasing for an ultra-smooth look.
Super35 12K Sensor Delivers a Cinematic View
The URSA Mini Pro 12K's new sensor has a native resolution of 12,288 x 6480 that produces a whopping 80 MP per frame. This sensor is designed with equal representations of red, green, and blue pixels, an 800 native ISO, and 14 stops of dynamic range. In-sensor scaling provides 8K and 4K rates up to 110 fps without cropping or a change in the field of view. The 12K sensor also enables you to reframe shots in post to get an 8K or 4K multicamera look using a single camera.
Interchangeable PL Lens Mount
Delivered with a PL mount, the URSA Mini Pro 12K's interchangeable lens mount enables you to quickly switch to a Canon-EF or Nikon-F mount, providing compatibility with a wide array of professional cinema and still lenses.
Efficient 12-Bit Raw Workflow in 12K with Blackmagic Raw
A new codec enables you to use Blackmagic Raw to edit your URSA Mini Pro 12K footage on a laptop and to edit in any resolution without needing to render before your final version.
Two Encoding Methods
Choose between Constant Quality and Constant Bitrate encoding as best suits your need. Use constant quality Q0 or Q5 options or the new Q1 and Q3 choices to lock the quality level and enable compression levels to adapt, matching the detail levels of each scene. Turn to Constant Bit Rate 5:1, 8:1, and 12:1 options or the new 18:1 choice when you prefer optimal imaging with predictable and consistent file sizes.
Generation 5 Color Science
The Gen 5 Color science's new film curve takes advantage of the huge amounts of color data produces by the URSA Mini Pro 12K's sensor. The result is more attractive skin tones and improved color saturation for images like neon signs and car taillights.
Flexible, High-Bandwidth Recording Options
Dual built-in CFast 2.0 and UHS-II SD card slots and a SuperSpeed USB Type-C expansion port provide three methods for capturing 12K video. A "Record Raw on 2 Cards" option enables you to record across two cards simultaneously at speeds up to an impressive 900 MB/s to two CFast 2.0 cards, or to 500 MB/s to two UHS-II SD cards. The third option is capturing to NVMe SSD drives via a USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 port at rates up to 10 Gb/s.

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K PL-Mount Specs

Imaging
Lens MountARRI PL
Lens CommunicationYes
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 79.6 Megapixel (12,288 x 6480)
Sensor Type27.03 x 14.25 mm (Super35) CMOS
Image StabilizationNone
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with Clear, 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
ISO Sensitivity125 to 3200
Advertised Dynamic Range14 Stops
Internal Video Capture
Raw RecordingRaw 12-Bit
12288 x 6480 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60 fps [72 to 578 MB/s]
11520 x 648 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60 fps
12288 x 5112 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60 fps
7680 x 6408 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60 fps
8192 x 4320 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60 fps [32 to 258 MB/s]
7680 x 4320 up to 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60/119.88 fps
8192 x 3408 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60/119.88 fps
5120 x 4272 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60/119.88 fps
6144 x 3240 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60/119.88 fps [18 to 145 MB/s]
4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60 fps [8 to 65 MB/s]
4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60 fps
3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60 fps
4096 x 1704 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/59.94/60 fps
2560 x 2136 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60 fps
Recording Modes3840 x 2160 at 23.98p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
1920 x 1080 at 23.98p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
1920 x 1080 at 50i/59.94i
Sensor Crop ModesSuper35 / APS-C
Variable Frame Rates12K: Up to 60 fps
12K Anamorphic: Up to 75 fps
8K: Up to 119.88 fps
DCI 4K: Up to 119.88 fps
8K Anamorphic: Up to 160 fps
4K Anamorphic: Up to 160 fps
6K (Windowed): Up to 119.88 fps
DCI 4K (Windowed): Up to 240 fps
Recording LimitUp to 403 Minutes
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
External Video Capture
Raw OutputUSB:
12 x 6480 
8192 x 4320 
6144 x 3240 
4096 x 2160 
IP StreamingNone
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio2:1, 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5
Image File FormatRaw
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: CFast (CFast 2.0)
Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Input
1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1 x BNC (3G-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 (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 2)
1 x USB-C Data Input
WirelessNone
Monitor
Size4.0"
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Secondary DisplaySide: Status Display
Viewfinder
TypeOptional, Not Included
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
Accessory Mount4 x 1/4"-20 Female
1 x ARRI/Hirth Rosette
Dimensions (W x H x D)9.2 x 5.92 x 5.87" / 23.4 x 15.04 x 14.91 cm
Weight5.62 lb / 2.55 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight8.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.9 x 8.8 x 8"

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K PL-Mount Reviews

A Real Camera

By Tim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-20

As a Pocket 6K Pro owner I wanted to stay in the BMD world but have a better camera. This does the job. Very solid all around. No complaints except that I wish it recorded ProRes.

A unique cinematography camera to film wildlife

By GREG
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-14

The Blackmagic Design URSA 12K maybe one of the best value cinematography cameras to capture fast action wildlife. The super 35 high megapixel canvas & fast frame rates are ideal for this genre. The super 16 6K 120fps is a great filming option as it keeps the 12K pixel density. I wish preroll could be added to the camera control. The image sensor is unforgiving. It will expose any flaw in cheap glass. My go to solution is the Canon 400/2.8 which i also use on R5. Never had any R5 over heating issue since the heat mod done by Kolarivision NJ. The post punch in quality is simply amazing. It is like shooting with nine 4K cameras all at once. For medium to far shots the URSA 12K excels. For close up action the autofocus of the R5 is appreciated albeit at 4K. 8K30P is too slow for fast paced wildlife filming. 80MP stills from the URSA 12K look great as do pulling photos from the film production timeline. For this genre the promised Nikon Z9 8K/60 with AF may be a great alternative to consider but it was not available in 2021.

NOT SHARP WHEN PUNCHED IN

By Peter
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-25

I'm a professional video shooter and I did extensive tests with this camera over a 30-day period. I found that the 12k images softened considerably when punched into 4k and HD. By comparison, an 8k Sony A1 was razor sharp when similarly punched into 4k and HD. this camera is an excellent bargain if you don't need to punch in. Just don't expect RED results, or even Sony results. There's a reason it's selling for just 6k.

Awesome image quality

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-12

This unit has an awesome image quality and there are many optional components which allows for simple handheld operation or complex static setups.

I Love it!

By Misael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-01

Amazing camera! Highly recommended!

Outstanding Image!!

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-08

The image out of this camera is simply outstanding. The footage has a sort of 3-dimensional quality to it - it's hard to describe, but it's different and feels special. It's only got a super 35mm sensor, but it feels like 70mm footage. The color accuracy is outstanding and detail in the 12k image is simply mind-blowing. On that note, you will need to use this camera with good quality glass as this is a sensor which is only as good as the lenses you put in front of it. Don't think you're going to get good results putting some $500 Cine DS's on the front of it. There's a reason it ships in PL only - because BMD knows you need to use serious high-end glass.    Amazingly it's also easy to edit 12k BRAW on my MacBook Pro 16. It's possible to edit in real-time without proxies and playback is smooth. Of course, you don't have to shoot in 12k - you can shoot in 8k down to 4k, no crop, all natively in the sensor. That makes the camera extremely flexible and obviously you don't always need or want 12k footage. Dynamic range is excellent - a little better than the URSA Mini Pro G2 in my opinion, at around 12-13 stops and similar to other high-end cameras. Latitude is especially impressive with usuable recovery from about -3 stops to +4.5 stops, which is a little better than ALEXA in my experience. Footage is useable up to 3200 ISO. If you shoot higher res, like 12k, you can drastically reduce any grain when you shrink the image down to a lower res. Overall, low-light performance is good, but you're not going to be turning night to day like you can with an A7S III for example. If you’re looking primarily for the low-light camera this is not it. Fixed pattern noise is not a problem that I’ve encountered as with some previous BMD cameras.    With its flexibility you can certainly film anything with this camera, but make no mistake, this is a serious camera for serious filmmaking that will challenge any camera out there at any price. I guarantee this camera will start to get used on major motion pictures, simply because the 12k footage offers so much flexibility in post and that 3-dimentional quality and amazing color I was talking about just gives footage that something special.    The body is more or less identical to the previous URSA Mini Pro cameras and I've owned all of them. It's practical and flexible for most shooting situations. It's not perfect. I don't like that the screen doesn't flip around and close flat to the body. It's bigger and heavier than I would ideally want it. The air vents are impossible to clean if they get dusty and are a silly design. I love that the mounts are interchangeable, but I wish they'd go with a more universal mount such as RF, e-mount, Kinemount, etc, where you don't have to unscrew the thing to switch to a different mount. BRAW is an amazing format, but I do wish they kept some flavor of ProRes available. I understand why that wasn't possible due to the new sensor design, but sometimes a production company just wants what they know.    Some people will argue that BMD should have made this a smaller, box-style camera like the RED Komodo. They'll say it should have been large format, not super 35. They'll say it should have had an RF mount. They'll say it should ship with an OLPF as standard (though Rawlite is making one for it). They'll say they should have implemented some kind of auto focus system and wouldn't it be great if the camera was useable up to 10,000 ISO. And yes, I'd agree with all those things and maybe that camera will come one day. However, the footage from this camera speaks for itself and all those grievances become mute when see the image for yourself.

No Sound

By Kulvinder
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-16

The camera records good video but there is no sound. Meters are moving but no sounds. It is same on multiple computers. They have me gather logs etc but that does not help. I bought this and two PL mount Zeiss from the nice folks at B & H. Buy something else.

SHOCKED. Almost Feel Guilty How Good it is.

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-18

I don't get into the whole 'fan boy' thing with camera brands. I've owned around 30 cameras in my life from 8mm, 16mm, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, RED, and now Black Magics. I got tired of waiting for the Komodo and got the BMPCC4K and 6K and those blew me away. I was admittedly a little snobby, thinking Black Magic cameras wouldn't be that impressive... but they were, especially for the price. Then, I was waiting for RED to have something like a Gemini but at least a 6K, ideally, 8K version. But, that never happened and their cameras kept neglecting the various I/O and their storage was getting ridiculously overpriced. Anyway, long story short... this came out and I was curious when it was $10K. Yeah, it's 14 stops of DR but then RED's claims are never accurate anyway, usually more like 14.5. This, though, had all of the specs I wanted; internal NDs, XLRs in, easy to rig, and cheap media (able to use SSD). I still was hoping RED would have something but their Raptor was a bit of a miss for me, especially with their sensor stitching issues. But, when this dropped to $6,000... it was a no-brainer. I'm honestly SHOCKED at this. Blown-away, better than I could have dreamed. The look with the Gen5 color is so smooth, especially in the highlights. To me, it leans closer to Alexa than RED. What I love is that I was able to basically rig it and go without too much learning curve. I shot a music video while in Hawai'i with just myself and I was able to do it with a 'run and gun' style rig, just using the internal NDs with the harsh light. (I'll attach a still.) In the still I have... notice how it hold-up on his skin while not blowing-out the clouds and waves. This is just a touch of contrast but the DR is great, details in the whites and darks. The menu interface is quick and responsive. The flip-out monitor is nice to have but that's the only part that's a bit clunky. But, mostly in a regular rig, with an add-on monitor, it's great. I'm just super impressed overall. It's a steal for this price.

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