Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K First Impressions

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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.

Blackmagic Pocket Versus Digital Bolex

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.