9:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
NAB: Blackmagic Unveils 4.6K Cinematography Camera, 1-Pound Camera for Drones
Blackmagic Design is extending its camera lineup, including several models that use a new 4.6K CMOS sensor and a 4K "Micro" camera that weighs 1 pound and could be used on drones. All of the new cameras are expected to be available late summer.
At this week’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, the company unveiled an extensive new product lineup including two 1-pound cameras: the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, an HD model that will list for $995; and the Micro Studio Camera, which can record up to 4K and lists for $1,295. Both are aimed at use on drones — a popular topic at NAB — as well as for point-of-view and other related uses. Both accept micro 4/3 lenses, and the studio camera has connections to enable live broadcasting.
Blackmagic is also previewing a new model of its Ursa camera that's designed for cinematographers with a new 4.6K CMOS sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range and the ability to record up to 120 frames per second. It records in-camera to CFast 2.0 cards, including RAW. List prices are $7,500 with a PL mount or $7,000 with an EF mount. An optional OLED viewfinder is an additional $1,500.
An upgrade for current Ursa owners will be $2,500 for the PL mount and $2,000 for the EF mount. New customers will receive the upgrade for free. Additionally, the currently Ursa model has had a $1,000 price reduction and now lists for $5,500 for the PL mount and $5,000 for the EF mount.
For those who want a camera body designed for documentary-type work, Blackmagic is also launching an Ursa Mini for 4K or 4.6K (using the same sensors as the Ursa). The body for the Mini weights 7 pounds, compared with 16 pounds for the Ursa. The Mini’s features also include recording with dual CFast 2.0 cards, a flip-out 5-inch screen and optional viewfinder, as well as shoulder pad. The 4K model lists for $3,500 (PL mount) or $3,000 (EF mount). The 4.6K version is $5,000 (EF) or $5,500 (PL).
Blackmagic is also previewing version 12 of its popular Da Vinci Resolve color-grading software. Version 11 has already been used for some high dynamic range grading, including an upcoming home entertainment version of Exodus: Gods and Kings. Version 12 had 80 new features, such as more editing tools (including multicamera support and more audio tools) and support for AMPAS’ Academy Color Encoding System (ACES).
Last fall, Blackmagic acquired Eyeon Software, and at NAB, it’s showing Eyeon’s Fusion VFX software, now running on Mac OS (it’s currently available for Windows). Plans are also to develop a Linux version. Both are expected to be available later in the year.