In April, Blackmagic announced a host of exciting new cameras (as seems to be their ongoing April tradition).
Most excitingly, the company showcased a new 4.6K sensor with impressive dynamic range that will soon make its home in both the URSA and URSA Mini cinema cameras. In case you're wondering how exactly that sensor performs, here's some early footage, shot in 4:1 RAW with the original URSA:
To my eye, this is some of the nicest footage to come from Blackmagic's cameras to date. This is a great sign because, coming from an early pre-release version of the upgraded URSA, the capabilities of the production versions of these cameras will likely be even better. With this footage, I'm struck by the clean, naturalistic colors and skin tones, the super smooth highlight rolloff (plus the lack of blown highlights when shooting daytime interiors against a window), and the fact that there aren't any issues whatsoever when shooting directly into the sun. I'm inclined to say that Blackmagic is really starting to get the hang of this whole camera manufacturing thing, which is exciting news for independent filmmakers everywhere.