Are you in the market for a new video camera? We have a deal!
Yes! This is no pricing mistake, error, or “fell off the back of the truck” kind of deal.
There is a catch. There’s always a catch.
You need to spend $5,990 on the new Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 4K, which just released very recently.
The Ursa has been criticised for its bulkiness and heavy weight, and was quickly replaced by many studios with it’s little sibling – the Ursa Mini – a couple of years ago. It’s still a very solid camera that is a workhorse in many production studio. We know it certainly is in ours 🙂
Since the URSA Mini Pro has been released, you may ponder as to why anyone would buy the original URSA in the first place. The price tag certainly justifies the camera.
When you think about it the Original Ursa has many positives.
Here’s some specs:
- 3840 x 2160p Global Shutter CMOS Sensor
- 12 Stops of Dynamic Range
- 10.1″, 1080p Flip-Out LCD Screen
- Dual 5″ Touchscreens for Menu Access
- Records CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes
- 12G-SDI Output for 10-Bit 4:2:2 4K
- 2x XLR Audio Inputs with Phantom Power
- Aluminum Frame with 3/8″-16 Mounting
- LANC Port for START/STOP, Iris, Focus
- Dual CFast 2.0 Card Slots
You end up spending the same amount of money as you would on an entry-level DSLR to get a wide variety of great features, such as a 4K Super35 sensor, 12 stops of Dynamic Range, ProRes and Raw recording, XLRs, SDIs and multiple screens for dedicated audio output. We’ve also this camera dozens of times on many different jobs and are very pleased with the image quality and low light performance. Here’s and example of a video we shot almost entirely on the original Ursa.
Needless to say the caveat to this amazing price is that you have to buy the spanking new Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro. It seems like B&H is trying to get rid of their stock of original Ursas, and therefore we recommend acting on this deal quick.
Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro Released
Blackmagic’s new camera is here.
Contrary to the rumors and to all of our expectations and speculation it was not a new Pocket Cinema Camera, but the next step forward in the Ursa line of cameras.
March 2nd, 2017 – Blackmagic Design releases their new Ursa Mini Pro. As they say “The world’s first digital film camera with professional broadcast camera features and controls!”
At Veuwr we’ve used the full-size Ursa for quite a few projects – just a few days ago we used it to for a promo video we did for a clothing line based out of Alachua, FL (home base for us). We found the Ursa to be a very good camera, with it’s own set of flaws. The full-size Ursa suffered from a fairly heavy case of the common issue where the sun was purple (the client actually ended up liking the effect) and the weight of the camera was completely unacceptable. We had a team of 3 handling the audio and video for the shoot and at times it got to the point where we wanted to stop using the heavy Ursa.
Now that the Ursa Mini Pro is out we are actually very excited for it.
25.34mm x 14.25mm (Super35) Sensor
15 stops of dynamic range
Frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported.
Built-in 2 stop, 4 stop, and 6 stop ND filters
4″ LCD touchscreen
Focus button turns on peaking, auto focus available using compatible lenses. 4608 x 2592, 4608 x 1920 (4.6K 2.40:1), 4096 x 2304 (4K 16:9), 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 3072 x 2560 (3K Anamorphic), 2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9), 2048×1080 (2K DCI), 1920 x 1080Compatible with EF and PL mount lenses
Congratulations Blackmagic! We hope you guys are able to ship the camera on time and without the regular delays and hardware and software issues. We hope! We’re rooting for you and are your biggest supporters.
Coming in at a price of $5,995 before lenses and accessories I personally think the camera is of good value. Compared to the competition you can’t really do cheaper without skimping on quality.
New BM 4K Camera Coming 3/2/17?
Thanks to our friends at 43RUMORS we’re hearing news that Blackmagic is planning on releasing a new camera tomorrow.
M43 mount. 4K, same or almost the same size, better battery life, H265 possible. Might see it at NAB although will not ship then (lol – Blackmagic shipping on time).
Courtesy of 43rumors.
We at Veuwr are very excited! A new camera from our favorite video equipment company can only be good thing, if you’re willing to put aside their mistakes in the past. At the end of the day considering blackmagics history it will probably take 12 months to actually to actually ship, but hopefully once the bugs are all ironed out we’ll have a very capable camera in our hands.
The old Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera is true super 16 digital film camera, as they call it, that we use on a day to day basis and that we’ve found to actually be superior to the GH4. Low light performance is very good even though the lens selection is so-so. Hopefully the new blackmagic camera works on this and adds more and is better in every way. We also have our fingers crossed hoping it’s going to be useful for our live streams, even though the new Blackmagic studio cameras are already a welcome addition, along with their new ATEM switcher which now supports everything we needed without external boxes!
Ultimately what could they release that would be worth the upgrade? I’d be happy with a 4k sensor that does better in low light and would even be ok with minor upgrades at this point. Blackmagic is slowly moving past their past reputation of being slow with updates, always having buggy software, and having severe hardware issues. This is anecdotal of course, but we at Veuwr primarily use Blackmagic equipment for our live streams and we have had very very few issues. Issues do occur, as they would with any piece of technology, but we’ve found that if anything the Blackmagic equipment has been reliable for us than certain other “large” companies.
EDIT: Camera was released. Turns out it’s the Ursa Mini Pro and not a replacement for the Pocket Cinema Camera.