NAB 2015: First Look at New Blackmagic Design Cameras


Blackmagic has made a big splash at NAB yet again, by announcing a plethora of new products, chief among them the URSA Mini, a more compact version of the URSA camera, and a new 4.6K image sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range for the URSA and URSA Mini cameras. The company has also announced the Micro Cinema Camera and Micro Studio Camera 4K, miniature remote-enabled versions of the Pocket Cinema Camera and Studio Camera 4K, a 1080p EVF, 1080p 5" monitor/recorder, DaVinci Resolve 12 with major editing updates, and a whole range of 12G-SDI products for broadcast, post production, and live production. Check out our full announcement, as well as the videos below for more details on the exciting new cameras.

From the NAB 2015 trade show floor, B&H Photo's Steven Gladstone discusses the new URSA Mini camera with Kendall Eckman, from Blackmagic Design. The URSA Mini is available with the original URSA 4K sensor or the new 4.6K sensor. Both versions are available with either a PL or Canon EF lens mount. There are also upgrade paths for the original URSA to outfit it with the new 4.6K sensor. Rounding out the video is a brief look at the new URSA Viewfinder, which features a 1920 x 1080 OLED screen and can be used with either the URSA or URSA Mini.

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Blackmagic Design’s Kendall Eckman also presents an overview of the new Micro Cinema Camera, highlighting its small and lightweight drone-friendly body, Super-16mm-sized sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range, MFT lens mount, HDMI output, and a unique expansion port that provides radio control ports and other connections via an included breakout cable.

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Moving on from the Micro Cinema Camera, Kendall Eckman shows the Micro Studio Camera 4K, a live studio camera that outputs up to UHD video up to 30 fps and Full HD up to 60p. It has the same compact design as the Micro Cinema Camera and features a 4/3"-sized sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, MFT lens mount, and an expansion port for remote control connections. Kendal Eckman also shows the new 5" Video Assist monitor/recorder, which provides a convent way to monitor footage from the Micro Studio Camera 4K and Micro Cinema Camera, or even record 1080p using 10-bit 4:2:2 Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD.


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