Following some delays, Blackmagic has announced that the URSA Mini 4.6k and Micro Cinema Camera are ready to ship with altered specs. We got to see the Micro Cinema Camera on the Blackmagic stand at The Photography Show
Both the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k and Micro Cinema Camera (https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/gb/products/blackmagicmicrocinemacamera) are now shipping, and it has been revealed that the delay of the two cameras were due to issues with the global shutter. In light of this, Blackmagic has made the decision to ship the cameras without it.
The firm said that while professional cinematographers and DOPs who have been beta testing the cameras have reported them to produce superb results, the global shutter was not up to the requisite quality levels.
The rationale was that since the standout benefit of the new cameras is the wide dynamic range, which is only available when running without the global shutter, they would not be compromised too much by its exclusion.
The URSA Mini 4.6K offers 15 stops of dynamic range and extremely high quality images with a film look to them, as many users have come to expect from Blackmagic. Also available is an optional shoulder kit and viewfinder, making it an ideal choice for run-and-gun shooting situations. It offers built-in histograms, focus assist, dual RAW and ProRes recorders, a stereo microphone and more.
Grant Patty, CEO of Blackmagic Design, said the firm is “deeply sorry” that the URSA Mini 4.6K has taken so long to ship, and without features that were originally promised, however reiterated the images the camera has produced in beta test have blown away expectations.
A smaller, less expensive version with a 4K sensor rather than 4.6K is also available. This was originally supposed to be simply a stripped down version of the URSA 4.6K, however now it is the only camera of the pair to retain the global shutter feature, making it useful for shooting fast action sports.
Blackmagic has put together some video material showing off its URSA Mini product in a little more detail, which can be viewed here https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicursamini