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Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Plus G2

Key Features
  • Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • Capture up to UHD 4K 3840 x 2160p60
  • 12G-SDI Input/Output, HDMI Output
  • Control via HDMI, SDI, USB, or Ethernet
Add a powerful studio camera to your 4K broadcast when using an ATEM Mini or DaVinci Studio with the Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Plus G2. Updated from the HDMI Studio Camera 4K Plus, this compact and lightweight broadcast camera now features a 12G-SDI input, 12G-SDI output, and HDMI 2.0 output for even more compatibility with SDI switchers. This camera has all the same features as the Studio Camera 4K Plus, including an active MFT lens mount, 25,600 ISO, 13 stops of dynamic range, a tally light, two USB-C ports for recording and control, built-in dual microphones, a 7" HDR LCD, and a redesigned sun hood. And now it can output 12G-SDI video as well as utilize the program feed and talkback features via SDI.
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Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Plus G2 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Designed for Live Production
  • 4Studio Camera Design
  • 5Advanced Low-Light Performance
  • 6Cinematic Images in Live Production
  • 7Affordable Photographic Lenses
  • 8Frame Shots with Large 7" Viewfinder
  • 9Physical and Touchscreen Controls
  • 10Built-In Tally for On-Air Status
  • 11Communicate with the Director via Talkback
  • 12Multiple Ways to Connect
  • 13Low-Cost Camera Control via SDI
  • 14Blackmagic RAW Quality
  • 15USB Expansion Port for Accessories
  • 16Built-In Microphones
  • 17Monitor Program Video
  • 18Powered by Blackmagic OS
  • 19Supports 3D LUTs for Film Looks
  • 20Localized in 13 Popular Languages
  • 21Powers via DC
Add a powerful studio camera to your 4K broadcast when using an ATEM Mini or DaVinci Studio with the Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Plus G2. Updated from the HDMI Studio Camera 4K Plus, this compact and lightweight broadcast camera now features a 12G-SDI input, 12G-SDI output, and HDMI 2.0 output for even more compatibility with SDI switchers. This camera has all the same features as the Studio Camera 4K Plus, including an active MFT lens mount, 25,600 ISO, 13 stops of dynamic range, a tally light, two USB-C ports for recording and control, built-in dual microphones, a 7" HDR LCD, and a redesigned sun hood. And now it can output 12G-SDI video as well as utilize the program feed and talkback features via SDI.
Designed for Live Production
While Blackmagic Studio Camera is designed for live production, it's not limited to use with a live switcher because it records Blackmagic RAW to USB disks, so it can be used in any situation where you use a tripod. The large 7" viewfinder makes it perfect for work such as chat shows, television production, broadcast news, sports, education, conference presentations, and even weddings. The large bright display with side handles, touchscreen, and physical controls makes it easy to track shots while being comfortable to use for long periods of time. Because it's so lightweight, it's perfect when you're constantly changing locations and doing different kinds of work.
Studio Camera Design
The distinctive Blackmagic Studio Camera has all the benefits of a large studio camera because it's a combination of camera and viewfinder all in a single compact design. It features a lightweight carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate body with innovative technology in a miniaturized design. The camera is designed for live production, so it's easy to track and frame shots with its large 7" viewfinder. The touchscreen has menus for camera settings, and there are knobs for brightness, contrast, and focus peaking. Plus, a tripod mount and mounting plate are included for fast setup.
Advanced Low-Light Performance
The Blackmagic Studio Camera features gain from -12 dB (100 ISO) up to +36 dB (25,600 ISO), so it's optimized to reduce grain and noise in images while maintaining the full dynamic range of the sensor. The primary native ISO is 400, which is ideal for use under studio lighting. Then, the secondary high base ISO of 3200 is great when shooting in dimly lit environments. The gain can be set from the camera or remotely from a switcher using the SDI or Ethernet remote camera control.
Cinematic Images in Live Production
Sensors combined with Blackmagic generation 5 color science give you the same imaging technology used in digital film cameras. When combined with the built-in DaVinci Resolve primary color corrector, you get much better images than simple broadcast cameras. The color corrector can even be controlled from the switcher. With 13 stops of dynamic range, the camera has darker blacks and brighter whites, which is ideal for color correction. Great for both HD and Ultra HD production, the 4K models feature a resolution of 3840 x 2160 from 23.98 to 60 fps.
Affordable Photographic Lenses
With the popular EF or MFT lens mounts, Blackmagic Studio G2 cameras are compatible with a wide range of affordable photographic lenses, and the active lens mount lets you adjust the lens remotely. To eliminate the need to reach around to adjust the lens manually, the optional focus and zoom demands let you adjust the lens from the tripod handles just like a large studio camera. This means you avoid camera shake when adjusting the lens so you can track shots and operate the camera without taking your hands off the tripod. It gives you the same feel as an expensive B4 broadcast lens.
Frame Shots with Large 7" Viewfinder
The large 7" high-resolution screen is big enough to make framing shots much easier. On-screen overlays show status and record parameters, histogram, focus peaking indicators, levels, frame guides, and more. You can even apply 3D LUTs for monitoring shots with the desired color and look. The touchscreen also has menus and you can load and customize presets for different jobs. The included sun hood can be folded to protect the screen for transport, plus it is compatible with the sun hood from the Blackmagic Studio Viewfinder.
Physical and Touchscreen Controls
Blackmagic Studio G2 cameras feature physical buttons and knobs, as well as touch controls on the screen. Knobs on the right side of the camera allow adjusting of the brightness, contrast, and focus peaking. The focus peaking knob is useful as it lets you fine-tune the detail highlight so you can get accurate focus as you zoom. The three function buttons on the left can have functions assigned to them, such as zebra, false color, focus peaking, LUTs, and more. Plus you can change the function assigned to each button in the menus. The touchscreen also includes a heads-up display with the most important shooting information, as well as menus for all camera settings, LUTs, and custom presets.
Built-In Tally for On-Air Status
Blackmagic Studio G2 cameras feature a very large tally light that illuminates red for on-air, green for preview, and orange for ISO recording. The tally light also includes clip-on transparent camera numbers, so it's easy for talent to see camera numbers from up to 20' away. The cameras support the SDI tally standard used on all ATEM live production switchers and the HDMI tally used on ATEM Mini switchers. This means that a director can cut between cameras, and the tally information will be sent back to the cameras via the SDI program return feed, lighting up the tally light on the camera whenever it's on air. SDI tally eliminates complex wiring so job setup is faster.
Communicate with the Director via Talkback
Unlike consumer cameras, Studio G2 cameras have SDI connections that include talkback so the switcher operator can communicate with cameras during live events. That means the director can talk to the camera operators to guide shot selection, eliminating the problem where all cameras could have the same shot at the same time. All models support 3.5mm headsets that are designed for smartphones. Talkback uses audio channels 15 and 16 in the SDI connection between the camera and the switcher, as well as in the program return from the switcher to the camera, so any embedded SDI audio device can work with talkback.
Multiple Ways to Connect
The HDMI supports video, tally, control, and record trigger for a broadcast-style workflow using a single HDMI cable. They also have 12G-SDI so you can connect to SDI-based switchers such as the ATEM Constellation. There's a 12G-SDI connection for camera video and one for program return. The program return also includes tally, talkback, and remote camera control.
Low-Cost Camera Control via SDI
All Blackmagic Design ATEM switchers can control cameras via a protocol embedded into the camera's SDI video connections. Setup is easy because all ATEM switchers broadcast control commands from the switcher's SDI program output to the camera via the SDI program input. The switcher can perform color correction, tally, and lens control, and these are sent to all cameras. All you need to do is select the correct camera number and it all works. Even ATEM Mini switchers can control Blackmagic Studio Cameras because the HDMI output to the switcher has return data communication that can send control information back to the camera, so the camera operator is free to focus on framing shots.
Blackmagic RAW Quality
Blackmagic RAW is designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from your camera. Some file formats such as H.264 are highly compressed, adding noise and artifacts, causing sensor detail to be lost forever. Blackmagic RAW eliminates this problem so you get stunning images with incredible detail and rich color throughout the whole post-production pipeline. Blackmagic RAW also saves camera settings as metadata so you can change ISO, white balance, and exposure later in DaVinci Resolve. Plus the files are small and fast, so editing responsiveness is incredible. Only Blackmagic RAW gives you the highest quality, smallest files, and fastest performance.
USB Expansion Port for Accessories
The Studio G2 camera features a high-speed USB-C expansion port that allows you to record to external disks, control the camera via a network, or connect to a wide range of accessories. Plug in an external USB flash disk, and the camera can record high-quality 12-bit Blackmagic RAW files for later editing and color correction. That means you can just move the disk to a computer to work, and you don't need to waste time copying files. Or add a USB-C to Ethernet adapter to control your camera over a network via easy-to-use REST APIs. You can even copy files off the camera via the network. Optional focus and zoom demands allow full lens control, just like a large studio camera.
Built-In Microphones
The Studio cameras include built-in microphones so you get sound included in the design, making setup much faster. Plus the built-in microphones are shock and wind resistant, so you get great sound even in tough conditions. With each microphone placed at the edges of the screen, you get the advantage of the studio camera design for better stereo separation than what is possible on a regular video camera. There's also a 3.5mm audio input for connecting video camera microphones as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Monitor Program Video
The camera lets you view program video from the switcher at the press of a button. Simply press the camera's PGM button and the viewfinder will switch from the camera display to the program return feed from the switcher. Plus, the built-in speaker lets you monitor the switcher audio. Program return is often used on large live shows, and camera operators can be left waiting a long time for their camera to be used, so program return lets them watch the show while they wait. This means even if the camera operator is a large distance away from the switcher, they can still keep up with what's happening and remain alert.
Powered by Blackmagic OS
With the advanced Blackmagic OS, you get an intuitive and user-friendly camera operating system based on the latest technology. Blackmagic OS is a true modern operating system where all camera features run independently for smoother control, plus the camera powers on virtually instantly. It features the same controls and menus as other Blackmagic Design cameras, so you can move between cameras on the set easily. The interface uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata, and view recording status. You also get full control over advanced camera features such as on-screen focus and exposure tools, 3D LUTs, HDR, metadata entry, timecode, Blackmagic RAW settings, and more.
Supports 3D LUTs for Film Looks
When Blackmagic RAW files use logarithmic film gamma to preserve the camera dynamic range, 3D LUTs can be used to convert the images on the viewfinder display from looking flat and washed out. 3D LUTs solve this problem because they convert the image just before it's displayed on the LCD. This allows the film gamma images being recorded to be converted to nicer-looking images on the LCD. 3D LUTs are also saved into the Blackmagic RAW files so they can be used in later post-production, but they are never burned into the Blackmagic RAW image data, so you always have the option to disable them. This means the 3D LUT is transported in the Blackmagic RAW file but only used when you enable it.
Localized in 13 Popular Languages
The Blackmagic Studio Cameras are designed to be used worldwide, so they support 13 popular languages. When setting up your camera, you can choose to work in English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. It's easy to switch to another language simply by going into the menu settings. When switching between languages, all the on-screen overlays, heads-up displays, and setup menus will be displayed in the selected language, and you can change languages any time you like.
Powers via DC
Blackmagic Studio cameras have a common 12 VDC locking power connector, so the cable won't be accidentally pulled out. Plus, the camera includes a power supply with five different AC socket adapters for different countries.

Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Plus G2 Specs

Image Sensor
17.78 x 10 mm (Four Thirds) CMOS
Sensor Resolution
Not Specified by Manufacturer
ISO Sensitivity
100 to 25,600
0 to 18 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
63 dB
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds
Shutter Speed
1/5000 to 1/24 Second
Built-In ND Filter
Built-In Microphone Type
Broadcast System Compatibility
Video I/O
1 x HDMI 2.0 Output
1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Input
1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
Audio I/O
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Headphone/Mic Headphone/Line Input/Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O
2 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Control/Data/Video Input/Output
Recording Modes
3840 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps 
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps 
Raw Recording
Blackmagic RAW
3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60 fps [26 to 190 Mb/s]
Audio Recording
Raw: 2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
Display Type
Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Display Size
1920 x 1200
Power I/O
1 x Barrel (12VDC) Input
Power Consumption
>46 W
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature
-4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
Operating Humidity
0 to 90%
Shoe Mount
Accessory Mounting Thread
2 x 1/4"-20 on Camera Body
1 x 3/8"-16 on Camera Body
Tripod Mount
3/8"-16 Female
Dimensions (W x H x D)
10.77 x 6.68 x 6.59" / 27.36 x 16.97 x 16.74 cm (Without Protrusions)
3 lb / 1.4 kg

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