Blackmagic Announces the New URSA, a Camera with an Interchangeable Sensor

Blackmagic Announces the New URSA, a Camera with an Interchangeable Sensor

Blackmagic has announced a new camera, the URSA. It has multiple accessories built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, large user upgradable Super 35 global shutter 4K image sensor and internal dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders. It also has a swappable sensor, so you can choose EF or PL lens mounts, or even a broadcast video sensor with B4 mount, or even upgrade the camera in the future.

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You can read in a lot more detail about the camera at Blackmagic.com, but I want to highlight the features of the camera, which ditches the rectangle block for the more traditional design for broadcast media:

  • Large high resolution 4K Super 35 mm sized sensor with superior handing of image detail.
    Professional global shutter for smooth pans and image motion.
  • Wide 12 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality PL or EF mount lenses.
  • User upgradable design allows customers to upgrade and change the sensor and lens mount.
  • Built in dual CFast 2.0 card recorders allow unlimited duration recording in high quality.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software, such as Apple ProRes and compressed CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW. No custom file formats.
  • Support for ProRes HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes LT, ProRes Proxy recording at resolutions up to Ultra HD.
  • Features all standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 6G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, 6G-SDI monitoring input, headphone jack, LANC remote control and standard 4 pin 12V DC power connection.
  • Built in stereo microphones for recording sound.
    3 separate built in LCD monitors for camera settings and metadata entry. Large 10 inch screen folds out for full resolution HD monitoring with wide viewing angle and high brightness.
  • Supports Ultra HD and 1080 HD resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 up to 60 fps.
  • Features liquid cooling system allowing higher frame rates when future sensors support this feature.
  • Supports quick release tripod mounts and adding V-Mount and Anton/Bauer mount battery plates.
  • Includes full copy of DaVinci Resolve software color grading and editing software.

More detail about the sensor options:

URSA EF includes the amazing 4K Super 35 image sensor with global shutter and an EF lens mount with active lens control. Now you can use low cost DSLR photo lenses from companies such as Canon, Zeiss and more.

URSA Broadcast, due later in 2014, features a whole different sensor optimized for Broadcast Video in Ultra HD, combined with a broadcast B4 lens mount and broadcast lens control connection plus built in ND filter wheel.

URSA PL includes the amazing 4K Super 35 image sensor with global shutter and the film industry PL lens mount. That’s ideal when you need to use feature film industry PL mount lenses for the most cinematic optics available.

URSA HDMI includes no sensor because it features an HDMI 4K input and mount plate for connecting any camera such as DSLR cameras! Get much better ProRes recording, monitoring, audio and timecode than what is ever included on simple video or DSLR cameras.

different sensors URSA fstoppers

The Blackmagic URSA will be available in June/July from US$5,995. Hopefully they can keep to that timeline, as I am sure there will be many interested in this new camera.

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Mike Wilkinson's picture

This is sick.

Josiah Moore's picture

I agree! Though I would say that I'm more excited with how BM is pushing the market overall. I'm not totally impressed with this camera or BM overall, BUT it's awesome what they are doing for competition! Love it!

I'm in love with this company. They're like the Apple of the Film Industry

Considering their incredibly affordable prices and incredible bang-for-the-buck, why would you make such a hideous comparison?

If the iPad was made entirely in the USA it would cost over 14k. Apple once was, but is no longer.

...and your point is?...

Are you really that dumb?

Sorry, dude, but you've made no relative point. Apple has ALWAYS been an overpriced company.

lol um will just kindly say I disagree with your opinion. Not sure why you decided to bring negativity to this post

Because there's a reality to the difference between what little you get for your money from Apple versus most other companies.

Yes you get a better experience with Apple hands down. And my comparison was more so how they both are shaking up their individual industries not price.

"Yes you get a better experience with Apple hands down."

A matter of opinion I suppose.

Interesting. No mention of ISO/low light sensitivity

No mention of ISO on the BM site, although all the pictures show it on ISO 800..could just be a mock-up photo..maybe someone at NAB can ask or find out.

Here we go again...Another BM I have to add to my collection. I'm running out of justifications I tell myself. Last one was, "but it has 4k raw!" I guess this one will be, "but it has 4k raw at 60p!" Works for me, take my money.

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