Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K Review

Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K Review


Great review - a couple of thoughts

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Chris - great review. A couple of observations:
- the A6300 and G7 are 8-bit 4:2:0 cameras - the Micro Studio Camera outputs much more gradeable/keyable 10-bit 4:2:2 and is not really in the same class as consumer 8-bit cameras

- you didn't mention the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, which has been shipping for several months. The BMVA 4K only costs $400 more than the basic BMVA - so for a total of $2190, this camera becomes only one of two 4K interchangeable lens cameras below $2500 with the ability to record to 10-bit 4:2:2. The only other competitor in this price range would be the GH4 (with its 10-bit 4:2:2 HDMI output) combined with the BMVA 4K. The GH4 is a great camera (I have one), but it doesn't have the Micro Studio Camera's dynamic range, B4 lens control or remote control options.

Here is a 4K example that shows what this camera can do when combined with the Blackmagic VIdeo Assist 4K:

Video Assist 4K TEST #4 報國寺 HOKOKUJI TEMPLE by Video Amon:

Here it is at 1080p with the Atomos Shogun and a narrative grade:

Gene Short Film | Teaser:

In my view, with a Speed Booster, the right lighting and the right grade, this camera is closer to URSA 4K than to the A6300 or the G7.

All the best,

Hybrid Camera Revolution