Blackmagic added a new camera to its URSA line today: The URSA Mini Pro 4.6K.
In a livestreaming press conference, Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty introduced the new addition with a focus on broadcast capabilities. Since the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera was announced back in 2012, filmmakers have primarily used Blackmagic cameras for cinema and high-end commercial production, but they haven't been ideal for ENG and broadcast work. Blackmagic hopes to change that with the new URSA Mini Pro cameras.
Stand-out features include built-in neutral density filters, which cover two, four and six stops. Many of the cameras functions have been pulled out of the touch-screen menu system and now have physical controls. Specifically, ISO, shutter and white balance all have dedicated control, as does playback and menu navigation. We're also happy to see that Blackmagic has changed the power button to a toggle switch and moved it out from under the LCD screen. However, in its new position, we suspect it may be susceptible to accidental switching, but we will reserve judgement for when we have a review unit to test.
Other highlights include SD card compatibility in addition to C-Fast 2.0 and newly supported codecs including Apple ProRes 4444 XQ and ProRes 4444 QuickTime. There's also a broadcast lens control connector for high-end servo zoom lenses.
Speaking of lenses, the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K will have swappable lens mounts for use with EF, PL and B4 lenses. Additionally, Mr. Petty teased an upcoming lens mount for Nikon lenses — a first for Blackmagic.
Unlike previous Blackmagic cameras, The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K is available now and is expected to start shipping March 9th. MSRP is listed at $5,995.
Effective Sensor Size
25.34mm x 14.25mm (Super35)
EF Mount (Interchangable with PL and B4 mount)
Electronic control via EF mount pins or 12-pin broadcast connector for 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 1080
Maximum sensor frame rate dependent on resolution and codec selected. Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported. Off-speed frame rates up to 60p in 4.6K, 120p in 2K windowed.
Built in ND Filters
Four position ND filter wheel with clear, 2-stop, 4-stop and 6-stop ND filters.
Focus button turns on peaking, auto focus available using compatible lenses.
Iris wheel and touchscreen slider for manual iris adjustment on electronically controllable lenses, iris button for instant auto iris settings on compatible lenses so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video mode.
LCD capacitive touchscreen.
Automatically populated lens data from electronic EF, B4 and i/Technology compatible PL lenses. Automatic recording of camera settings and slate data such as project, scene number, take and special notes.
Touchscreen menus on 4” screen. Push buttons for other controls. 2 assignable shortcut keys.
Highly accurate timecode clock. Less than 1 frame drift every 19 hours.
Total Video Input
1 x SDI
Total Video Output
1 x SDI, 1 x SDI Monitoring.
1.5G, 3G, 6G, 12G.
Analog & AES Audio Input
2 x XLR analog switchable between mic, line and AES audio. Phantom power support.
Analog Audio Output
1 x 3.5mm headphone jack, supports iPhone microphone for talkback.
2 x 2.5mm LANC input for Rec Start/Stop, plus Iris and Focus control using compatible lenses.
USB Type-C for software updates.
Integrated stereo microphone.
1 x mono speaker.
SD Video Standards
HD Video Standards
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60
Ultra HD Video Standards
2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60
SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 424 Level B, SMPTE 2081-1, SMPTE 2082-1
SDI Audio Sampling
48 kHz and 24 bit
2 x CFast for 4.6K RAW and ProRes recording. 2 x SD UHS-II card slots for HD and Ultra HD recording.
Can format discs to ExFAT (Windows/Mac) or HFS+ (Mac) file systems.
CinemaDNG RAW, CinemaDNG RAW 3:1, CinemaDNG RAW 4:1, Apple ProRes 4444 XQ QuickTime, ProRes 4444 QuickTime, ProRes 422 HQ QuickTime, ProRes 422 QuickTime, ProRes 422 LT QuickTime and ProRes 422 Proxy QuickTime.
Via SDI Input from ATEM switcher or Blackmagic 3G?Arduino Shield.
Live Tally Indicator
Tally on LCD, URSA Viewfinder and URSA Studio Viewfinder.
SDI Channels 15 and 16.
2 x CFast 2.0
2 x SD UHS-II cards
4608 x 2592
CinemaDNG RAW – 513MB/s
CinemaDNG RAW 3:1 – 180 MB/s
CinemaDNG RAW 4:1 – 135 MB/s
3840 x 2160
Apple ProRes 444 XQ – 250 MB/s
Apple ProRes 444 – 165 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 HQ – 110 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 – 73.6 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT – 51 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy – 22.4 MB/s
1920 x 1080
Apple ProRes 444 XQ – 62.5 MB/s
Apple ProRes 444 – 41.25 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 HQ – 27.5 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 – 18.4 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT – 12.75 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy – 5.6 MB/s
Storage rates based on 30 frames per second.
Lossless CinemaDNG RAW, RAW 3:1 and RAW 4:1 with film dynamic range at 4608 x 2592, 4608 x 1920, 4096 x 2304, 4096 x 2160, 3072 x 2560, 2048 x 1152, 2048 x 1080 and 1920 x 1080. Apple ProRes 4608 x 2592, 4608 x 1920, 4096 x 2304, 4096 x 2160, 3072 x 2560, 2048 x 1152, 2048 x 1080 and 1920 x 1080 with either film or video dynamic range.