Resource Online has an article titled Why Canon Needs to Rethink Their Ridiculous Pricing on the C300 Mark II where they compare the Canon C300 Mark II against the Blackmagic Ursa, Sony FS7, and the Red Scarlet. An interesting read and comparison of these more costly video cameras.
The OneRiver Media Blog has posted a thoughtful article about the Blackmagic Ursa Mini titled Insight Into The Blackmagic URSA MINI.
This is the most poignant discussion on the subject we have seen so far and it does a good job covering the value of this camera and whom it might make sense for.
Although it may appear that Blackmagic may have built the URSA Mini as a direct competitor to the Sony FS7 (a camera which I really like), this is actually not the case. In truth, Blackmagic had an obvious “hole” in their camera product lineup with regards to size, ergonomics, and features, and the URSA Mini was their answer to that missing product void, whether it’s a close competitor to the FS7 or not. In reality, the Sony FS7 and the URSA Mini are somewhat different types of tools.
Many people were hoping for a follow-up to the AF100 video camera from Panasonic with an interchangeable lens system. That would have been our preference too however we will withhold judgement until we see some sample footage. The 12 stops of dynamic range puts this on par with JVC’s recent offerings but JVC offers interchangeable lenses.
The main features include:
- UHD at 60p (4K at 24p)
- 1080 at 120p
- Micro four-thirds sensor
- 5-axis stabilization
29.5 mm – 384.9 mm F2.8 to F4.5 lens
- Approximately $5,000
Basically the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera made into 4K and better ergonomics but minus internal recording or viewing screens. Active micro fourth-third mount.
See Blackmagic’s page on their Micro Studio Camera.
Blackmagic has a page up about their new Ursa Mini. 4K 60P 15 Stops of dynamic range — this is the camera we have all been waiting for and the camera we are most excited about right now as it’s relatively affordable at $4,995 US dollars.