This is not much to complain about but we really wish the Ursa Mini 4K had 13 stops of dynamic range instead of 12 like their original camera. For the price this is our favourite best-value video camera.
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.
Remember that the Mini 4K has version 2 of the 4K chip which is expected to perform a bit better than version 1.
And also see this forum discussion thread at the BMCUser forums for the background about the following music video that was shot on the Ursa Mini 4K:
Please note this is comparing the Blackmagic Ursa (the big one not the new mini’s) against the Red Epic. The new 4K Ursa Mini has version 2 of this sensor so it might help a bit, and the 4.6K version has a new sensor with 15 instead of 12 stops of dynamic range.
We do like the image from the Digital Bolex but do note their recent announcement:
Unfortunately, after a handful of Digital Bolex user complaints in the last two months of SSDs dismounting, frozen cameras, and potential footage loss, we have discovered that these new monitors include a flaw in their signal that causes a major problem with the D16’s internal SSD drive that effects its ability to record and playback footage.
SmallHD is working hard to resolve this incompatibility with our camera, and have provided us with samples of the new monitor so our engineers can help to diagnose the problem. While an update to the SmallHD firmware was recently released, it did not solve these critical issues, so for the time being, we are currently recommending that users of the Digital Bolex do not use the new SmallHD 500 series EVFs with our camera until the problems are resolved.