NAB 2014: Blackmagic URSA and Studio camera join the range

Posted by features editor Mat Gallagher:

This morning NAB has opened once again with new cameras from Blackmagic Design. This year the two stars are the URSA, a large crew-based Super 35 4K camera, and the Studio Camera with a massive 10in fold-out viewfinder in both HD (1080p60) and 4k versions.

The Blackmagic URSA

With specific work spaces for the DOP, camera assistant and audio engineer, the URSA lets all three work on the camera at the same time, making it ideal for large pro shoots. It also has a powerful cooling system, allowing it to run at high frame rates, beyond 100fps (currently 60fps as standard), without fan noise. The URSA features a 10in fold out monitor, a 5in screen for settings, plus separate screens for audio and camera assistant controls. It features an upgradable (for faster frame rates) Super 35 4K sensor with global shutter, 12-G SDI connections, XLR inputs with phantom power, and dual RAW and Pro res recorders. There are three versions of the URSA: a PL mount, an EF mount and a bare bones system without lens or sensor, allowing you to attach and camera to the body. Prices start at $5,995 and is available from July.

The huge 10in screen of the Blackmagic Studio camera

Studio camera
The Blackmagic cameras have always had a unique look but the studio camera takes it to a whole new level, thanks to its huge 10in viewfinder. This camera, Blackmagic claim, is designed specifically for live production and has a built-in four-hour battery, balanced XLR phantom power microphone inputs, optical fibre and SDI connections. The lens mount is an active Micro Fourthirds mount and there are both HD and 4K versions of the camera available, priced $1,995 and $2,995 respectively, and are available from July.

For more details visit: www.blackmagicdeisgn.com

The Blackmagic Studio camera
The DOP station of the URSA


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