Blackmagic's sneak peek video offers us a quick glimpse at some lovely-looking 4.6K Super 35 video shot on its new URSA camera that packs 15 stops of dynamic range

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The Blackmagic URSA, ‘the world’s first high-end digital film camera designed to revolutionise workflow on set’, comes packing a 4.6K Super 35 image sensor that sees it shooting 4608 x 2592 pixels and boasting a massive 15 stops of dynamic range.

It was announced in April and since then we’ve dying to catch a glimpse of what its footage might look like. Blackmagic have whetted our appetites with this preview video, which was shot on the Blackmagic URSA 4.6K in RAW 4:1.

Also boasting a 10-inch foldout on-set monitor and high resolution 12-bit lossless CinemaDNG RAW recording, the Blackmagic URSA also allows the user to change the sensor and lens mount assembly, thereby upgrading to the latest sensor technology without losing the investment made in the body.


The Blackmagic URSA and its beefy 10-inch monitor, designed to cut down on set clutter

We’re very impressed by the footage – that wide dynamic range is obviously lovely, but there’s also the pleasing natural skin tones

The Blackmagic staffer who shot the video posted his initial thoughts on the Blackmagic Design forums.

He was keen to emphasise how much this video was almost entirely just him and the camera – save for the kitchen shots and drumming, which had a couple of lights set up, what you’re seeing is what he shot by himself, with no crew.

He offered a few further thoughts on the colour and dynamic range, all of which sound very promising:

‘Grading on this video is purposely VERY simple. It’s really just a quick setting of white balance, then contrast and saturation. I didn’t tweak individual colours or even shift colours with Lift/Gamma/Gain because I wanted to show the great natural colour “out of the box”.’


A promo shot of the rigged Blackmagic URSA in action

‘This part is my personal opinion and obviously now that I work for BMD people will take it with a grain of salt (to be expected), but personally I think we’ve made a BIG improvement on colour – colour that I already really liked which led me to first purchase the BMCC as a customer.’

‘I think the improvement in colour is just as big as the improvement on dynamic range. With DR, so far in my experience I think it’s safe to say that whatever you rate the Pocket Camera to be, add roughly 2 stops. 1 stop in the highlights, and another stop in the shadows. I can’t wait for people to get this and go shoot some incredible footage with it!’

The Blackmagic URSA also comes packing a high resolution 1920 x1080 colour OLED viewfinder, dual 5-inch touch screens on both sides of the camera.

We’re excited to see more 4.6K footage and will post it as soon as we see it, so keep checking back with us! If you’d like to learn more about the Blackmagic URSA, visit the official page here.