We haven’t mentioned the Yi action cameras for a while but we really like them as they are close enough to a GoPro for many purposes at a much cheaper price.
Keep in mind that these tests don’t show what the Ursa Mini is really capable of. Nonetheless the results are interesting.
These videographers attached an 8-16mm sigma lens to their Ursa Mini 4.6K and got some interesting results. The aerial footage looks beautiful. It would be interesting to see a comparison against the Panasonic GH5.
Do see the comments for this footage at Vimeo. These two video samples have been color graded to match each other. There’s no doubt that the Blackmagic is the better video camera, but this shows you just how good the Panasonic GH5 is:
This recent interview matches some information we have received of a re-vamped JVC LS300 that has a heavy emphasis on being an all-in-one live streaming solution:
Think the A7s II without a screen at a back but without a time recording limit and has gen lock. So… I don’t know if we should be happy or cry. Codecs etc. remain the same.
Expected to be available in September for around $4500 (price has yet to be set).
Early indications make me wonder if Blackmagic did some tweaking with the sensor for the Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro as fix patterned noise issues and magenta issues seem to be significant reduced. More time is need to be sure, but some of those issues were overemphasized and did not necessarily present a problem after post processing. Regardless, we’re happy for the seeming improvement.
Here is what we know:
- 2 fisheye 220 degree lenses
- 5.7K/30FPS and 4K/30FPS with auto-stiching
- 75 minutes of continue shooting at 4K
- $399 Price
- Sony image sensors
- Stated to be available in June
You can visit Yi’s website for more information.
Released in the fall and previewed in June, we’re eager to hear more about this cinema camera. The constant reference to cinematic images makes us believe this is a super 35 sensor with decent dynamic range. Its place between the Varicam LT and the Panasonic GH5 gives a hint to price and capabilities.