Camera Operator
by Corey Steib on April 16th, 2015

​Introducing the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, a miniaturized Super 16mm, professional digital film camera that is designed to be operated remotely and capture action anywhere! A revolutionary built in expansion port has PWM and S.Bus inputs so you can use a model airplane remote control to operate the camera wirelessly. Imagine adjusting focus, iris and zoom wirelessly!

​The Micro Cinema Camera is a true digital film camera that features built in RAW and ProRes recording, 13 stops of dynamic range, a global shutter and an MFT lens mount. You get a true digital film camera that can go where no other digital film camera can!

Get Incredible Action Shots

The digital film camera for action camera shots

​The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is an impossibly small true, professional quality digital film camera that’s perfect for use on quadcopters, as a crash cam, or even hidden on set for reality TV. You can mount it anywhere such as on a skate board or hang glider for spectacular extreme sports shots, to a drone to record panoramic fly overs, or even wear it on a helmet for the most amazing point of view shots! The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera will make your audience say “Wow! How did they get that shot?”

Remote Camera Management

Wireless control of your camera from a safe distance

​When you’re mounting the camera on quadcopters, using it as a crash cam or placing it in dangerous locations, you can operate the camera remotely, view a live feed and monitor status, all from a safe distance. The expansion port can be connected to radio control airplane receivers and various camera functions can be mapped to radio channels so you can remotely start and stop recording, adjust focus, change the iris and more! The expansion port also has a composite video output that can be connected to low cost wireless video transmitters for remote monitoring of the camera’s recording status, battery life and audio levels.

Extremely Customizable Design

The world’s smallest completely open and customizable camera

​The design of the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera combines advanced miniaturization and a unique expansion port in a digital film camera that lets you create personalized rigs for remote operation and monitoring. The camera body is not much larger than the Micro Four Thirds lens mount making it as small as a camera with a professional lens can be. Its core is made out of a lightweight and strong magnesium alloy that makes it durable enough to shoot anywhere, from the ocean floor to the stratosphere or beyond! You can control the Micro Cinema Camera directly from the front buttons when it’s mounted, or remotely when it’s out of reach.

Lens Mount: MFT

Audio: Stereo Mic (L/R) and Audio In (3.5mm)

Battery: Canon Compatible

REC: RGB LED and SD Card

Ports: USB, HDMI and Expansion Port

Body: Magnesium Body and Mount 

Revolutionary Expansion Port

Now you can create your own custom camera remote control

​The revolutionary expansion port lets you create custom remote control, external power and monitoring solutions. The included breakout cable gives you access to many of the camera’s unique functions, but you can also create your own custom cables that open the camera up to do even more. In addition to things like LANC, power, video out, and genlock, you also get 4 analog PWM radio remote control inputs so you can map camera functions to the dials, knobs, buttons and joysticks on model airplane remotes! For even more control with greater precision, you can use the 18 channel S.Bus control input with Futaba radio control equipment or custom embedded controllers.

Remote Monitoring

Transmit and monitor video wirelessly!

​The expansion port includes NTSC and PAL composite video output that can be connected to low cost wireless video transmitters for remote monitoring. That means you can see exactly what the camera is recording whether the camera is in the air or hidden on set. For higher quality monitoring, the Micro Cinema Camera also has an HDMI output for wireless HD video transmitters. Both the composite and HDMI outputs can display overlays for camera status, lens settings, file formats, histogram, audio meters, battery life and more!

Super 16mm Sensor

Wide dynamic range and global shutter!

​The Super 16 sensor is full 1080 HD resolution and has an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range and global shutter up to 30 frames per second. Most DSLR and action cameras use a rolling shutter that exposes different parts of the image in fractions of a second, causing video to appear skewed or wobbly when the camera moves or vibrates. The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera’s global shutter acts more like a still camera, exposing the entire image at the same time so you get distortion and ripple free video! With an ISO up to 1600, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera also gives you great quality, even in locations with low lighting.

Built in RAW and ProRes Recorder

Record using professional formats without ugly compression artifacts

​The built in recorder captures true 12-bit log digital film quality images without the artifacts you get on heavily compressed 8-bit H.264 files used on small consumer action and DSLR cameras. Files can be saved in either Cinema DNG RAW or ProRes. Cinema DNG RAW files are 12-bit log and give you all of the data from the camera’s sensor, so you have the latitude to change things like white balance and exposure long after the camera stops rolling. If you need smaller file sizes and longer recording times, you can use ProRes to get broadcast quality images. Both formats can be easily edited and color corrected with the included DaVinci Resolve Lite for Mac and Windows.

Interchangeable Lenses

Use a wide range of lightweight professional photo lenses

​The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera features an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount so you can use high performance photographic lenses including wide angle, primes, standard zooms, telephotos and more. That means you’re not stuck with a built in lens and can choose the best lens for the job! The focus, iris and zoom on active MFT lenses can be controlled remotely from the camera’s expansion port. Many MFT lenses also have built in optical image stabilization, making them perfect for use in places where there might be a lot of movement, shocks or vibration.

Easy Camera Settings

Front panel buttons to quickly change settings

​You can quickly adjust camera settings using the row of buttons located on the front of the camera. Because they’re on the front, the buttons are always accessible, whether the camera is strapped to your body or mounted in tight locations. Camera settings are displayed on screen using the HDMI or composite video output. You also get power, record, stop, fast forward and rewind buttons, along with an LED light on top that shows recording status and has memory card and low battery warning indicators.

Professional Sound

High quality audio recording with built in or external microphones

​Engineered for high quality audio recording, the built in high quality stereo microphone is omni-directional and features a mechanical design to help reduce unwanted wind noise so you get a clear recording. There’s also a built in 3.5mm input connector so you can plug in directional or wireless clip on microphones. The 3.5mm input jack supports both mic or line level devices and automatically disables the internal mic when an external one is connected. The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera gives you the flexibility to choose the right microphone or audio source for your production!

Battery or External Power Use removable batteries or DC power sources

​For remote recording, you can attach any readily available LP-E6 battery to the back of the camera and place it in all sorts of locations. The battery level is shown in an overlay when the camera is connected to an HDMI display or on the PAL/NTSC video output so you can monitor battery levels even when the camera is operated remotely. There is also an LED on the camera to indicate low battery condition as well as record status. The included breakout cable has a 12V DC input jack so you can use external power supplies or even rig up your own long lasting custom power sources!

LP-E6Canon Battery Compatible
12V Via DC Jack on Expansion Cable

Add Popular Accessories

Rig it, mount it and control it anywhere

​The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is compatible with a virtually unlimited number of accessories ranging from interchangeable MFT lenses and lens mount adapters, to quadcopters, battery chargers and more. Two ¼” mounting points on the top and bottom of the camera let you securely rig the camera anywhere and then use wireless HDMI or composite video transmitters for remote monitoring. You can even control the camera using wired LANC accessories or go completely wireless with PWM or S.Bus radio remote control transmitters and receivers or roll your own custom control solution using embedded computers such as Raspberry Pi or BASIC Stamp!

The camera that goes where other cameras can’t!

​The Micro Cinema Camera goes where no other professional camera can go and delivers Super 16mm digital film quality. Now you can get the impossible shots that would be too dangerous for a cameraman, or too cramped for a regular camera!

​Unlike the cheap, lossy compression found on other small cameras, the Micro Cinema Camera features a built in recorder that saves images in professional Cinema DNG RAW and ProRes formats. That means you get files with exceptional image quality, timecode, accurate AV sync and perfect color fidelity.


The ultimate aerial digital film camera!

​Micro Cinema Camera is perfect for use on even smaller, more affordable quadcopters! Its wide dynamic range and light weight let you shoot panoramic fly overs that capture every subtle detail in the bright skies and dark moody terrain! You get brilliant images, and because it works with an incredible range of high quality interchangeable lenses, you can choose the right lens for each shot! Use a wireless video transmitter and radio remote control so you can see the shot while it’s in the air and remotely control lens settings and record start/stop. That means you won’t fill up valuable storage while flying into position!

Crash Cam

The perfect camera for the most dangerous shots!

​You usually only have one chance to get it right when shooting a dangerous crash sequence. The Micro Cinema Camera is the perfect crash cam because it’s small enough to fit virtually anywhere, has multiple mount points so you can enclose it in a crash-proof box, and can be controlled remotely. That means you can stay clear of the danger and still get true digital film quality shots! Its global shutter gives you stable images without any wobbly distortion and the remote control lets you quickly control iris, focus and even start or stop recording. With the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera you can safely capture the most dangerous shots at full digital film quality!

Helmet Cams

Capture unimaginable extreme point of view shots!

​You’ll get unbeatable base jumping or freestyle snowboarding shots because now you can wear a true digital film camera! The Micro Cinema Camera is small and light weight, uses high quality MFT lenses, has a distortion free global shutter and records to professional RAW and ProRes formats, so the shots have the quality to make amazing sports documentaries. That makes it the best wearable camera for getting extreme point of view shots. All you have to do is strap it to your helmet or wear it across your chest, push the record button, and go! Be careful not to compromise your helmet’s safety when you attach a camera to it.

Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles

Complete coverage, from dashboard to tail pipe

​Whether your shot takes place inside or outside of a vehicle, the top and bottom mount points let you secure the Micro Cinema Camera to any rig. You get the best image quality from it’s incredible sensor with high frame rates up to 1080p60 or global shutter up to 1080p30. You can even mount multiple cameras to a vehicle for complete coverage! You can push the record buttons manually, or link them all to radio remote control receivers on the same frequency to trigger them all at once! The record light on the top front of the camera can be seen clearly so you’ll know all the cameras are recording before the action starts.

Nature and Animal Cinematography

Record amazing wildlife encounters in exotic locations

​Capture the environment and animal behavior with all the wonder of the natural world! The Micro Cinema Camera can be set up for long shots in the wild and, because it’s so small, it won’t interfere with animals in their natural habitat! The camera’s image quality blends in perfectly with any scripted studio introductions. For time lapse recordings that go for hours, the camera can be customized with a larger external battery using the DB-HD15 expansion port’s power input. You can also attach LP-E6 compatible batteries to maintain power when you need to change the external battery and build custom cables when you need to place the camera far away from people!

Dangerous Locations

Safely shoot from risky and dangerous locations

​When a shot is too dangerous or physically impossible for a cameraman, the Micro Cinema Camera can still get the shot! Its compact body fits into extremely tight, difficult or even precarious locations. Send it up in a weather balloon to create the ultimate storm chaser scene, put it on a narrow conveyor belt in a factory for a unique point of view, or even capture a bird’s eye view from a cliff hanging Condor nest! No shot is too risky because the camera can be configured with wireless monitoring, long lasting power supplies and a wide angle lens with infinite focus. Once it’s set up, you hardly have to touch it again!

The incredibly small camera that’s massively expandable

Incredibly Small

The smallest camera body that still uses professional lenses

​With a design only 2.57in high, 3.25in wide, 2.74in deep, the Micro Cinema Camera is as small as it can possibly be while still being large enough to have a professional lens mount allowing a wide variety of interchangeable lenses. The miniature size lets you to mount the camera in unique locations, like on bike handles, hang gliders, skateboards, remote control toy cars and even on your own body for cinematic quality shots that would be impossible to get with any other camera!

Magnesium Alloy Core

Lightweight and super durable chassis and lens mount

​The core chassis and lens mount of the Micro Cinema Camera are made from the same unique magnesium alloy that’s used to build high performance racing car wheels. That means you get a super strong camera that’s also lightweight! There are two ¼ thread mount points located on the top and bottom of the camera that can be used for securely fastening the camera onto a standard mini flexible tripod, a quadcopter platform or any other custom rig that you design.

Active Micro Four Thirds LensesThe lightest weight, professional lenses available

​The Micro Four Thirds lens mount allows you to select from a wide range of photo quality, interchangeable lenses where you have control over focal length, aperture setting and performance. Select from fast primes, wide angles with infinite focus or even specialty lenses like macro or tilt and shift lenses. You can even control active MFT lenses remotely using the expansion port’s connections for radio remote control systems!

Completely Customizable

Create custom rigs that let you use the camera anywhere

​No other professional camera allows so much customization in such a small body. The unique expansion port gives you unparalleled options for power, monitoring and remotely controlling the camera. You also have your choice of professional Micro Four Thirds lenses or you can use a lens mount adaptor to attach larger EF or PL lenses. Using both the top and bottom mount points you can securely fasten the camera into what ever rig you need.

Maximum Connections

Monitoring, audio, power, remote and more!

​The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is designed to give you the maximum number of connection options in the smallest amount of space. You get a full sized HDMI connection for wired or wireless HD monitoring along with a 3.5mm microphone input that works with both mic and line level devices. The expansion port gives you an incredible number of options, all from a single DB-HD15 port! The breakout cable includes 4 PWM inputs for analog radio remote control, composite video out, power and LANC. You can even create your own custom cable to take advantage of additional features on the expansion port!

Removable Batteries

Use readily available LP-E6 batteries

​For convenient, portable power you can use Canon compatible LP-E6 batteries. These readily available, rechargeable batteries snap right onto the back of the camera for long recording times! The LED indicator on top of the camera blinks when battery power gets low, making it easy to know when you need to swap batteries. For longer shoots, the expansion port’s breakout cable allows you to plug into DC power so you can plug into standard AC power or even connect to your own external batteries so you never miss a frame of the action!

Price for the Micro Cinema Camera

The price for this beauty is $995
Their was a few more things to add to this but then it would be way to long of a blog post (click here to see the entire article) as I think the photos, price and specs speak for themselves. I love how BMD is taking the sucess of their pocket camera and saw how people were using it as a crash cam or action cam and just really built off that. They really tried to make this an all around "beat the crap out of me camera and watch me fly after". I will for sure have to add this to my collection as I can for sure put it to good use without having to buy extra lenses etc.. I would love to hear what you have to say about this (leave comments below). 

by Corey Steib on April 16th, 2015

I am sure many of you know by now that the guys at Black Magic Design came out with not one not two but three new cameras to their line up at this year's NAB (URSA Mini, Micro Cinema Camera and Micro Studio Camera 4K) .This blog will be split up into 3 different ones because their is so much to cover on each camera. So without furture ado let's get to what we all love and that is videos, images and specs :). 
​Introducing URSA Mini, a lightweight miniaturized URSA featuring an incredible 4.6K Super 35 image sensor with global shutter and a massive 15 stops of dynamic range! The super compact and lightweight design is perfectly balanced for handheld use and comfortable enough for all day shooting.

That means you get a handheld camera with higher resolution and better dynamic range than most Super 35mm film! URSA Mini shoots up to 60 frames per second, has a super bright 5 inch foldout viewfinder, dual RAW and ProRes recorders and more. You can select from four models of URSA Mini with 4.6K or 4K image sensors and either EF or PL lens mounts.

Handheld Digital 

Film Camera Perfect for feature film, television 
production and more!

​Blackmagic URSA Mini is designed to be used on feature films, television shows, commercials, indies, documentaries, music videos and more. The stunning quality of its 4.6K sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range lets you capture epic cinematic shots, while its compact size is perfect for solo shoots or smaller crews! You can easily customize URSA Mini with high quality cinema lenses, rails, matte boxes and more. The optional shoulder mount kit features a quick release mounting plate so you can go from handheld to shoulder or tripod in seconds, making it perfect for pickup and run shooting situations. It’s the handheld Super 35mm digital film camera that you can use anywhere and, because it’s an URSA, everything you need is built right in!

Revolutionary URSA Design

All the big camera features you need built into a lightweight, portable design

​URSA Mini features a compact, perfectly balanced body made out of advanced technology magnesium alloys so it’s rugged, lightweight and comfortable enough to be used all day. Like all URSA cameras, it includes everything you need built right in! You get a super bright 5 inch fold out 1080 HD touch screen for on-set monitoring and to change camera settings, professional connectors such as 12G-SDI, a high quality stereo microphones and a side grip with control buttons mounted on a standard rosette. The optional Blackmagic viewfinder and shoulder mount kit allow you to go from tripod to over the shoulder shooting in seconds, so you can keep up with the action!

Highly Customizable

Flexible enough to be rigged for any production

​Blackmagic URSA Mini is completely customizable so you can create a rig that’s built specifically for your production! You can add accessories like the Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder and Blackmagic URSA Mini Shoulder Kit, or choose from hundreds of third party accessories. URSA Mini has 9 standard ¼” threaded mounting points on the top and bottom of the camera so you can mount it directly to a tripod as well as add accessories such as rails, sliders, matte boxes, microphones, ring lights, batteries and more. Whether you’re building a feature film rig or outfitting the camera for an ENG style shoot, URSA Mini has all of the mount points and connections you need!

Cinematic 4.6K

Sensor Capture incredible digital film images with 15 stops of dynamic range

​URSA Mini operates at a resolution and dynamic range that goes well beyond traditional motion picture film. You get a 4.6K image sensor that captures up to 4608 x 2592 pixels, that’s bigger than full DCI 4K! The sensor features global shutter up to 30 frames per second and rolling shutter up to 60 frames per second with 15 stops of dynamic range. Built in refrigeration cooling ensures maximum dynamic range so you get incredibly clean pictures with amazing detail in both the dark shadows and bright highlight areas of the image. You can also choose a lower cost 4K model of URSA Mini with 12 stops of dynamic range when you don’t need the performance and are on a tighter budget.

4.6KUltra HD Sensor with 15 StopsWide Dynamic Range

High Frame Rate 

RecordingCapture the action with crystal clear slow motion

​URSA Mini can shoot at high frame rates and then play it back at the edit frame rate so you get smooth slow motion video. Simply set the sensor frame rate to get different types of slow motion effects. URSA Mini can capture full resolution 4.6K recordings at up to 60 frames per second and up to 160 frames per second in regular 1080 HD! When you need even more dramatic, higher frame rate slow motion shooting, you can use the regular URSA which can record high resolution 4.6K images at an amazing 120 frames per second!

Stunning Ultra HD

Higher resolution creates smooth vivid Ultra HD images

​Because URSA Mini features a 4.6K native resolution image sensor it can capture much higher resolution than Ultra HD. This means when you’re working in Ultra HD you have a lot of extra resolution that can be used through the de-bayering image processing so you can recover full color for incredible images. The wide dynamic range blows away high end broadcast cameras to give you dramatically better images that can be colored corrected for a truly cinematic look. For faster post production, quickly switch settings to use regular video dynamic range, so you can shoot great looking video without the need for color correction.

Non Stop Recording

Change memory cards even while recording

​Blackmagic URSA Mini features dual CFast 2.0 recorders so you never have to stop recording when you need to change the media! When the current card is full, recording continues onto the second card so you can swap out the full card and just keep shooting. URSA Mini uses the latest, incredibly fast CFast 2.0 technology for recording speeds up to 350 MB/s. You get perfect high frame rate RAW recording and instant play back on the built in 5 inch screen. Files can be saved as lossless 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW for the highest possible quality, or as ProRes for easy post production workflows with minimum storage requirements!

Four Incredible Models

Choose the sensor resolution and lens mount that’s right for you

​Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K EF-Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K PL- Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K EF- Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K PL

​URSA Mini comes in four models so you can choose from two different sensors and two different lens mounts. You can choose the 4.6K sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range in EF or PL lens mount models. If you’re on a tight budget, you can choose the more affordable 4K sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range with either EF or PL lens mount models. The PL mount works with professional cinema lenses and the EF models let you choose from an incredible selection of high quality photographic lenses from manufacturers like Zeiss, Canon, Sigma and more. Because EF lenses are used on high resolution DSLR cameras they have incredibly precise optics that can handle the high resolution of the URSA Mini 4.6K sensor.

High Resolution ViewFinder

Full HD display and glass optics makes precise focus easy

The optional Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder has been designed to be the perfect match for URSA and URSA Mini digital film cameras. The Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder has the specifications demanded by high end cinematographers. ​​You get a high resolution 1920 x 1080 color OLED display matched with precision glass optics, adjustable diopter and built in digital focus chart so you get perfect focus every time. To preserve OLED screen life there’s a built in sensor so the OLED only turns on when you’re looking through the viewfinder. The Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder is adjustable so it can be used on both the left or the right eye. There’s even a built in record light.

Touchscreen Control

Change settings and monitoring with the touch of your finger

​The high resolution 5 inch fold out monitor includes a touchscreen so you get easy access to the revolutionary URSA camera interface. All of your settings, controls and monitoring tools are at your fingertips. That means you don’t have to hunt through confusing menus to make changes. You can see and change all camera settings, view timecode, histograms for checking levels, audio levels and a focus peaking indicator for checking focus!

Professional Connections

All the connections you need for virtually any use!

​Blackmagic URSA Mini features multiple connections such as 12G-SDI out, HD-SDI monitoring out, 2 LANC inputs, balanced XLR audio with phantom power, timecode in and reference input. On the front right side of the camera the 4 pin XLR DC and HD-SDI monitoring output are located in the perfect position for connecting to an optional viewfinder or on set monitor. The 12G-SDI output handles up to 2160p60 using a single BNC cable and also switches to 6G-SDI or HD-SDI depending on the shooting format.

Advanced 12G-SDI

Get the latest in SDI video technology

​12G-SDI is an incredible 8 times faster than regular HD-SDI which makes it fast enough for Ultra HD video at up to 60 frames per second, all over a single regular SDI cable! The high quality BNC connections are multi rate so it can automatically switch and work with 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI, and regular HD-SDI equipment. That means URSA Mini is compatible with all of your existing HD and Ultra HD equipment so you can plug it into things like ATEM live production switchers, on-set monitors, decks and more!

Professional Audio

Built in production quality sound recording

​URSA Mini has the highest quality built in microphones and professional audio recording built in so you don’t have to carry around extra sound equipment. Use the built in stereo microphone to record natural location sound or connect professional microphones using the two XLR wide dynamic range mic inputs.

​The XLR connections have 48V of switchable phantom power so you can plug in everything from shot gun to wireless clip on mics for capturing every detail of the performance. You can quickly adjust levels using the physical knobs and monitor audio using the onscreen audio meters.

Embedded Metadata

Store location, camera orientation, scene details and more

​The built in touchscreen makes it astonishingly simple to set up and enter metadata for tagging clips. Metadata is saved directly in the video files so you don’t have to worry about managing extra sidecar files. Some models of URSA Mini also include GPS and gyroscopic sensors so that information can be stored as metadata in the video files. That means you can import the files directly into software like DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer then use the metadata to sort, search and find the clips you need so you can spend more time on creative editing and less time managing mountains of media!

Optional Shoulder Mount Kit

From tripod to shoulder and back in seconds

​URSA Mini includes multiple ¼” mount points on the bottom so you can attach it directly to any tripod. When you need to rapidly move URSA Mini from tripod to handheld and back multiple times on a shoot the best solution is to use the optional Blackmagic URSA Mini Shoulder Kit. This kit includes the shoulder pad with built in rosettes, rail mounts and integrated quick lock release attachment points so you can instantly latch it into the quick release plate without needing to remove the shoulder pad. The kit also includes a top handle for carrying the camera and attaching accessories.

Flexible Power

Compatible with industry standard batteries and power

​URSA Mini includes a 4-pin XLR industry standard power connector that works with 12V to 30V external power supplies. That means it’s easy to use the camera with all of your existing power supplies and batteries! URSA Mini uses the same battery power connector and mounting points on the rear of the camera as used on URSA so you can use the same range of battery plates from a wide range of manufacturers such as IDX, Frezzi, Anton Bauer and more. You can also add the optional Blackmagic URSA VLock Battery Plate for using popular V-Mount batteries.


DaVinci ResolveProfessional editing and color 
grading included free!

​URSA Mini includes the full version of DaVinci Resolve for Mac and Windows for editing, color grading, media management, mastering and delivery. DaVinci Resolve can easily handle the 12‑bit log RAW images from URSA Mini so you can take advantage of URSA Mini’s amazing image quality and wide dynamic range. DaVinci Resolve features advanced, multi layer timeline editing with powerful trimming tools, along with the industry’s leading suite of creative grading tools! The combination of URSA Mini and DaVinci Resolve gives you a complete production and post-production solution!

Prices of the Cameras

​Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K

  • Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K EF $2,995
  • Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K PL $3,495

​Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

  • Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K EF $4,995
  • Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K PL $5,495 
So now you have seen everything, what are your thoughts? (Leave your comments below). In my opnion I think this was a smart move by BMD even though I was 50/50 on them coming out with new cameras until the fixed the firmwire and updates to the current cameras already out. But again I must say I am really loving the URSA Mini as it's everything I want in a camera and the guys at BMD hit an out of the park home run. The new CF2 cards are nice (fast) but they remind me of the P2 Cards from Panasonic and it came down to price with them as the new CF2 cards do as well. So if you bought the camera, viewfinder and cards you would be speding around $5K instead of the listed price ($2,995) but a 4.6K camera with everything for $5K is still one sweet deal :). I know I use but a lot in my blogs but the best thing about it is that has a real shoulder mount which looks pretty comfe on the shoulder and it has a Super 35mm sensor (bingo) :),. I must give BMD a big thumbs up for this as they are listening to their customers and working as hard as they can to meet our every need. I would love to get my hands on one and test the crap out of it, but until then I thank you for always reading my blogs and stay tuned for part 2 in a little bit. 

by Corey Steib on April 12th, 2015

Well well well, it's that time of year again for NAB and man I am pumped. The best thing about it I get to keep up with everything via a live blog by Planet5D  called but the bad is that I am a new first time dad to a soon to be 3 month old so I am not able to go this year :(.

Last year I was approached by Mitch of Planet5D as some of you may know him as PlanetMitch via twitter to do a first time ever live blog during NAB 2014. With this being a trial run and Mitch not sure what to expect from it but to get as many bloggers as he could all under one website that is NAB Live, which I thought was a win win for everyone and a big success which has come back for year 2 and I hope it keeps going for years and years :).

If you have never met Mitch in person before then you should as he is a wonderful person to be with and talk to and for one person to try and bring all the news he can to us is just crazy. But that's were us film-making bloggers at NAB come into play, we all go to every booth to check out the latest and greatest and we all take photos and tweet it out. Which is great but this live blog drives a whole new audience to you and connects you with people who you never would of talked to or meet.

So if you have not talked to Mitch then do so now and share all of the NAB news and love to people who are not able to make it this year and connect with them as well. Here is the link to the live blog below and remember "Happy Shooting".
Click on the photo above for the link or just click here.

by Corey Steib on April 2nd, 2015

*This blog was started back in June of 2014, some things may have changed. 
Ethics Stattment: I was not apporched or paid by Nikon to speak about this camera or do this review as this is my own opnion and mine alone.
Special Thanks to for allowing me to rent this camera and other gear for this past gig and others.
So I know some of  you have been waiting for this review a couple of days and I know some of you are saying "why do it when it's all about 4K", well everything will still be shot in 1080 for a few more years until clients ask for it and the Web/TV can handle it.

So I originally rented this camera for a gig this past week which needed both stills and video within 2 hours but the client had to reschedule so I thought I would still do some shots with it outside my house.
Graded with Film Convert
So let's start off with what everyone wants and loves to hear and that is "Specs"
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter (aliasing and moire could come into play)
  • 3.2″ 1,037k-Dot flipout LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
  • 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
  • ISO: 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps
  • Active D-Lighting and Built-in HDR
  • Price: $800 (which makes it the cheapest Nikon DSLR with full 1080p video)
As you can see on the specs that it does not have a full frame sensor (not a big deal) along with it not having a OLPF which means that you might get some morie and aliasing but it's not as bad as the Canon Cameras. The flip out LCD Screen is very well built and so usable especially with those hard to get shots. The 1080p is very nice and sharp as it shoots at 35MBPS but the 60p will not record true 60fps internal like the Sony FS100 so you will have to slow it down about 50% in post. This camera does really well in low light but if you go past 1,200 ISO then you will start to see some grain but it's still usable and very nice. The built in GPS is very handy because you can control the camera from your smart phone. I always have Active D Lighting off and the built in HDR is nice for people who like it but for video I would not use these 2 functions.

by Corey Steib on May 12th, 2014

Normally with a blog like this I would write a  long article on how to properly handle your gear and why film school is still important in that respect. But instead of that I am just going to let the video speak for it's self. If you follow me on twitter and or facebook then you may have already seen it, but if not then sit back and enjoy.
Now of course the company is poking a little fun at the guy but this is a lession he learned the hard way and it's one of the many fundamental things that you learn in film school and it's how to handle the gear and right way and with both hands.