Panasonic GH4 Versus Blackmagic Ursa

This is the Blackmagic Ursa (“Major”, not Mini) that is being compared to Panasonic’s GH4.  This is an Apples to Oranges comparison of course but still interesting to see how the GH4 holds up.

The GH4 remains the best value 4K video camera.  We prefer the appearance of its image to the A7s II and A7r II except in low light or except when you need a full frame level of depth of field.  We have our fingers crossed for internal 10-bit video recording in the GH5.

Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4K Versus 2.5K Cinema Camera

Light Form Film has released their comparison of the Blackmagic Ursa Mini versus the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5K.

From the conclusion of the article:

It’s interesting, but right now it seems that the mix of global shutter, 4K resolution and body design has made me question what is my favorite camera. In a more ideal world I’d use the BMCC for anything that required the extra dynamic range but for a large portion (and nearly all portions of gimbal work) I’d use the Mini 4K. Though at the end of the day, I’m still awaiting the Ursa Mini 4.6K (you can bet I have something very very special lined up to test that capabilities, something not easily done).

A video included in the comparison:

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K First Impressions


News Shooter has an article up summarizing Daniel Peters first impressions with Ursa Mini 4K.  Worth a look if you’re considering this camera.

Although not shown in Daniel’s videos it is clear that the URSA Mini 4K version does not come close to the a7S II in low light. It only has 200, 400 and 800 ISO settings and unless you have a very fast aperture lens you will need to light scenes in darker conditions. This is probably the camera’s biggest stumbling block and may be enough to prevent many factual shooters from adopting the camera. We’ll have to wait and see how the sister URSA Mini 4.6K version fares when it finally come out – we still have no date for its release.