Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6K Test in Available Light

The author of this clip was asked how the 4.6K compares to the 2.5K Blackmagic camera (which was known for its dynamic range), to which he, Roman Alaivi, replied:

The 4.6k is like the 2.5k on steroids. There’s a ton of similarities, but ultimately it’s a huge improvement in every way. Dynamic range, low light, resolution, color, skin tones, dealing with mixed light, tungsten etc. It’s a better camera in every way.

A Few More Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4K Clips

Everyone is waiting to see if the 4.6K model is worth saving up for over the 4K model. You can’t go wrong with the 4K model however some buyers are in a difficult situation of choosing between the two. We will be getting the 4.6K if the dynamic range is truly as advertised. If it’s only marginally better than the 2.5K camera then we will be fine with the 4K model.

The BlackMagic Ursa Mini 4.6K Footage Starts to Roll In

While the footage looks good on our monitor we need a proper A/B comparison with the 4K sensor version before making any firm conclusions.

Hopefully this is a sign that the 4.6K version will be shipping soon.  These shots come from pre-production models.  Testers are reporting what seems to be like 2 stops of improvement over the 2.5K model which is significant and more than we were expecting.  The feedback has been positive so far.

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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: