Blackmagic has a history of being late to release and announcing delays, so at least they’re being consistent. Their products are usually worth waiting for. We can’t help but wonder if October-November is a more realistic time-line as the first productions run may be somewhat limited.
Many of us our anxiously awaiting the 4.6K Blackmagic Ursa Mini and its 4.6K sensor. There has only been one release of sample footage from this sensor and not much actual analysis from people who have had time to play with the camera.
OneRiver Media Blog has had an opportunity to use this camera and their preliminary findings are promising:
The highlight retention is stunningly gorgeous with subtle, silky smooth roll-off that any cinematographer would appreciate.
Clean shadow retention? Gorgeous.
Skin tone rendition? Beautiful.
Overall color fidelity? Immersive and accurate.
Detail? Crisp and clean.
See their article for more.
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.
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.