Beware, those with gear acquisition syndrome. Blackmagic Design has just dropped the price of their URSA Mini Pro 12K to $5,995.
This is not a review, as I have not personally shot with the camera. But, as a photographer who is also a cinematographer and whose jobs overlap on often an occasion, any camera from which I can grab frames that result in relatively high-megapixel images will pique my interest. Especially as I primarily use DaVinci Resolve as my post-production tool of choice and have spent many a frustrating night waiting for 8K footage from other cameras to render, the idea of working with a Blackmagic Raw video format made by the same company that makes the software appeals to me. The new rendering engine in DaVinci Resolve 17.3 is said to put high-resolution workflows more within reach for those of us with, ahem, humble computer systems at home.
The camera sports a 12K Super35mm HDR CMOS sensor and can record 8K up to 120 fps with 14 stops of dynamic range. It has dual slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) cards as well as multiple options for recording directly to external media. The specs are truly impressive, but even more impressive at $4,000 off the initial asking price on B&H at the time of this writing.
But, as I have not shot with the URSA Mini Pro 12K, I’d like to get thoughts in the comments from those who have. Have you tried this camera in the field? How did you like it? And for those who want to know more about the camera, head on over to B&H and have a look at the crazy powerful and now more affordable production machine.