RED Raven Compared Against Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6K (No Video)

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Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media, one of our favourite blogs about video production, has written a concise comparison of the RED Raven and the URSA Mini 4.6K video cameras.

These comparisons includes specifications and total system costs and discusses relevant differences.  It’s worth a read by anyone considering either camera.

Because of the huge interest between these two cameras (and people asking my opinion between the two), I’ve decided to take the time to put the data side-by-side to really see how much these cameras match up and compare. At least on paper that is.

Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4K Noise?

So far this looks to be an isolated case, a defective unit, that has been sent back to Blackmagic and Blackmagic has stated that this is abnormal.  So we hope that people won’t jump to the headlines of the Ursa Mini having fixed pattern noise issues like there have been with some previous generations.

This video will serve as a reference for owners to check their camera against:

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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