April 13, 2015
NAB 2015

New from Blackmagic: 1080p Micro Cinema Camera, Micro Studio Camera 4K, 1080p EVF, 1080p 5" Recorder

Not content with a brand new 4.6K sensor, Blackmagic also just dropped a $1,000 1080p RAW Micro Cinema Camera perfect for drones and other small places, a $1,300 Micro Studio Camera 4K for live broadcasts, new $500 5" 1080p ProRes/DNxHD Monitor/Recorder called Blackmagic Video Assist, and a new $1,500 1080p OLED EVF.

Here are the specs for the new Micro Cinema Camera, which takes the sensor from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and makes it global shutter (as well as rolling):

  • 1920 x 1080 Super 16mm Sensor 12.48mm x 7.02mm
  • Switchable between Global and Rolling Shutter
  • Global Shutter Frame Rates RAW: 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
  • Rolling Shutter Fame Rates RAW: 1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • Lossless Cinema DNG & ProRes Proxy to HQ
  • 13 Stops Dynamic Range in Rolling Shutter Mode (less in global shutter mode)
  • Active Micro 4/3 Mount
  • ISO 200-1600
  • Remote focus control via expansion connector when using compatible lenses
  • Can be controlled remotely with standard drone connections
  • Lens Control, Recording Parameters, Start/Stop wth LANC and PWM or S.Bus remote channels
  • 1/8 Jack for Mic (integrated internal Mic)
  • 1 Full HDMI port
  • Expansion Port — DB-HD15 serial connector provides support for Power input, LANC input, 1 x S.Bus channel input, 4 x PWM channel input, Genlock input, Composite video output
  • Powered by Canon LP-E6
  • SD Card Slot
  • Availability: Shipping Summer
  • Price: $1,000

Note, the Micro Cinema Camera does not have a screen on it, so you'll need an external one to see a live image preview and to change settings.

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

And here are some images and specs for the Micro Studio Camera 4K:

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K
  • Sensor Size: 13.056mm x 7.344mm
  • Shooting Resolutions: 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080
  • Frame Rates: HD 1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.97, 60, 1080i50, 59.94, Ultra HD 2160p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
  • Focus: Remote focus control via expansion connector or ATEM Switcher CCU protocols via SDI when using compatible lenses.
  • Iris Control: Iris control via Up and Down buttons, remote control via expansion connector or ATEM Switcher CCU protocols via SDI when using compatible lenses.
  • Lens Mount: Active MFT mount
  • Controls: 5 control buttons including Set, Up, Down, Menu, and Power.
  • Microphone: Integrated stereo microphone, active when camera is recording.
  • Mounting Options: 1 x 1/4″ (top), 3 x 1/4″ (bottom)
  • SDI Video Output: 1 x 6G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2 via DIN 1.0/2.3 connector.
  • SDI Video Input: 1 x 6G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2 via DIN 1.0/2.3 connector.
  • SDI Audio Output: 2 channel embedded audio support in SDI stream. 

And the specs for Blackmagic's new 5" monitor and external recorder.

Blackmagic Video Assist
Blackmagic Video Assist
  • Codec Support: 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes & DNxHD 
  • SDI Video Input: 1 x SD/HD/3G-SDI via DIN 1.0/2.3 connector
  • SDI Video Output: 1 x SD/HD/3G-SDI via DIN 1.0/2.3 connector
  • HDMI Video Input: 1 x HDMI type A connector
  • HDMI Video Output: 1 x HDMI type A connector
  • SDI Audio Input: 16 channels embedded in SD and HD in QuickTime files, 2 channels in Avid DNxHD MXF files
  • SDI Audio Output: 16 channels embedded in SD and HD in QuickTime files, 2 channels in Avid DNxHD MXF files
  • HDMI Audio Input: 2 channels embedded in SD and HD QuickTime files and Avid DNxHD MXF files.
  • HDMI Audio Output: 2 channels embedded in SD and HD QuickTime files and Avid DNxHD MXF files.
  • Audio Output: 1 x 3.5 mm stereo analog audio output jack.
  • SD Interface: 1 x UHS-1 SD slot
  • Storage Type: Removable SDXC UHS-1 and SDHC UHS-1 cards. Supports DS, HS, SDR12, SDR25, DDR50, SDR50 and SDR104 SD cards.
  • Recorder Control: Integrated capacitive touch LCD screen with onscreen controls for settings and navigating menus.
  • Screen Dimensions: 5" 1920 x 1080p60 capacitive touch LCD screen.
  • Recorder Configuration: Via the device's USB port or the device's user interface.
  • Computer Interface: 1 x Mini-B USB 2.0 connector for initial setup, software updates and HyperDeck Utility software control.

And the URSA Viewfinder:

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder

We'll keep you updated as the availability of these new products becomes known.      

Your Comment

31 Comments

That monitor/recorder actually looks interesting, great price!

April 13, 2015 at 1:37PM

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Olof Ljunggren
Student
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It would be cool to have a camera firmware update making it possible to use the 5" monitor to record externally 1080p60 with the Pocket, Cinema and Production 4k cameras.

April 13, 2015 at 2:06PM

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Philip Leake
Filmmaker
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Damn they are killing it. The Aussies brought their A game.

April 13, 2015 at 2:11PM

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treykaiza@gmail.com
Cat Herder
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Am I understanding this video correctly -- the Video Assist Monitor downscales from a 4K input, even via HDMI? So if you used this with an A7s, you'll get that crisper scaled HD image?

I hope so. Not to mention it records to wonderful + cheap SD cards.

April 13, 2015 at 2:20PM

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Benjamin Lebeau
Cinematographer, Colorist, Editor
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This is what I'm hoping for also. He didn't mention taking a 4K signal via HDMI. It's such a simple thing that I'm surprised nobody has addressed yet.

April 13, 2015 at 4:05PM

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Steven Bailey
Writer/Director/Composer
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The sound quality in these videos is really bad. :(
The good news is, you have a lot of resources right here:
Watch some of your own tutorials on recording sound.

April 13, 2015 at 2:48PM

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Wow, so the micro cinema camera... basically a BMPCC with 1) 60fps 2) normal battery life (hopefully) with batteries most of us already own 3) global shutter 4) all the extras for gimbal and drone use. I never liked the monitor on the BMPCC so no loss there. Put a speedbooster and a smallHD sidefinder on there and you've got a pretty sweet, TINY b-camera!

April 13, 2015 at 3:30PM, Edited April 13, 3:30PM

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The Micro Cinema Camera seems a worthy alternative to the GoPro. I wonder how the IQ compares to the GoPro Hero 4 Black in 4K. Obviously, the former would win in regards to dynamic range at least.

Could be an interesting replacement or supplement for the GoPro.

April 13, 2015 at 3:53PM

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But isn't GoPro highly compressed with basically no control over the image? The Micro Cinema Camera could actually be used to make a movie with a rig.

April 13, 2015 at 6:26PM

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Caleb Price
Director
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I was so disappointed with SmallHd's price point on their monitor for my bmpcc, and then blackmagic announced theirs at less than half the price! BlackMagic for the win! I'll order mine asap!

April 13, 2015 at 3:53PM

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Caleb Price
Director
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Alright I'm keeping all my m43 lenses!!!

April 13, 2015 at 4:52PM

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Keith Kim
Photographer
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one more time, dang it's like a mini mini RED~

April 13, 2015 at 4:53PM

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Keith Kim
Photographer
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I'm thinking these Micro cameras could be amazing on a glidecam if you attached the new 5" monitor/recorder. I'd definitely go for the Studio version to get the Ultra-HD. My main concern would be low light. A 16mm sensor with max 1600 ISO seems like it would be trouble...

April 13, 2015 at 5:01PM

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Tim Mieney
Owner at Productions By Tim
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Joe, so many articles about film-making, all those tips and then shooting an interview like that :) Almost like a textbook on "how not to" frame and set up an interview. Don't take it personally, but that framing, use of light, the placement of the subject, the white-balance. Hehe :) Otherwise I love your site, maybe your camera-guy should read up a little :)

April 13, 2015 at 5:35PM

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:P lol

April 14, 2015 at 10:01AM

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Gilles van Leeuwen
Filmmaker
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Amazing how many new products Blackmagic is coming out with. That 500 USD recorder is quite something. But no 4K recording right? (only downsized from 4K to 2K). Still very nice.

April 13, 2015 at 5:44PM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
CineVideo-NL videographer
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can someone help a knucklehead ? how does that recorder compare to the shogun twinned w/ the gh4 ?

April 13, 2015 at 6:17PM

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stephen knifton
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It's a 1080p recorder up to 60fps. So compared to a Shogun completely different beast. Shogun does 4K and raw. Don't know about gh4 compatibility.

April 14, 2015 at 10:03AM

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Gilles van Leeuwen
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The micro studio actually looks pretty cool, their 4k sensor in a tiny, cheap package? It's a shame that you'd need to add on an external recorder for at least $2k to actually get 4k out of it, and then you're at the price of the Ursa Mini. I guess it will at least have really nice 1080p footage coming from that sensor with the down convert.

April 13, 2015 at 9:11PM

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Apologies for the dumbass question, but could someone reassure me that the Video Assist has all the normal monitor features? It doesn't seem to be explicitly mentioned in the article. Audio meters, histogram, waveform, pixel to pixel zoom, false color, monochrome display, peaking, etc, etc?

April 13, 2015 at 10:13PM

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Adrian Tan
Videographer
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On the BMD site you can see a histogram and audiometers on the pictures.
More isn't really mentioned, except for the phrase: "and more." :-p
I share your curiosity: peaking and (adjustable) zebra are on top of my wishlist.
Pixel to pixel zoom is unneeded when you shoot HD, because the screen is 1080p. (And I think 4K is probably scaled down before it hits the display, so pixel to pixel wouldn't help.) Although magnifying would be nice :-)

I'm also curious about the screen itself, except for bright LCD nothing is mentioned. No brightness, contrast or gamut info...

April 14, 2015 at 4:07AM, Edited April 14, 4:07AM

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WalterBrokx
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Always a little vague information from blackmagic. I also want to know a bit more then what they're giving now.

April 14, 2015 at 10:05AM

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Gilles van Leeuwen
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Good point about magnify!

About the pictures, I think it's worthwhile being a little cautious. I mean, firstly, they're pictures rather than a promise in writing. Secondly, it's not 100% clear to me whether they're camera overlay or features built into monitor. Thirdly, maybe they're just concept art! Who knows?

April 16, 2015 at 9:41PM

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Adrian Tan
Videographer
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Finally, a more decent competitor of the GoPro for Drone-use.

April 14, 2015 at 4:58AM

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Michiel Eskens
Director & Editor
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Will the 4K Micro Camera be able to work with the Atomos Shogun to record 4K Prores? Does anyone know this?

April 14, 2015 at 11:38PM, Edited April 14, 11:38PM

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Absolutely impressive product , before i was thinking buying BMPCC but now i think i'll go with micro and the recorder !

April 19, 2015 at 6:38PM

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Fares Mehanna
Engineer
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I preordered the Micro as soon as B&H put it on their site. I own the Pocket and love it. I also fly gopro's and will be looking into building something to fly the micro. Raw and global shutter is intriguing to me. Would like to get a small steady cam for it as well. I have a dp6 monitor that will match up nice with it.

Also interested in seeing differences in dynamic range between global and rolling shutter.

April 20, 2015 at 8:15PM

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Does anyone know if this camera will be stabilized ? Or not, like the pocket ?
Tkx

May 31, 2015 at 12:37PM

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sorry for the double post

June 1, 2015 at 3:18AM, Edited June 1, 3:22AM

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Are you sure it doesn't offer 13 stops with the global shutter? This is from their site:

"The Super 16 sensor is full 1080 HD resolution and has an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range and global shutter up to 30 frames per second."

Seems like that would be a misleading statement with this caveat?

Alex

June 6, 2015 at 4:26PM, Edited June 6, 4:26PM

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I don't understand. Everywhere is said that this camera made for drones but its tech specs are better than pocket cinema.
So will it be used as a standard handheld camera with some rig maybe?

September 13, 2015 at 6:35PM

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Pavel
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