March 5, 2019

Blackmagic Unveils New and Improved URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2
The new Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2 includes Blackmagic RAW and higher frame rate recording…

Well, it’s a big day for Blackmagic Design fans. Not only do we get the news that the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is finally getting Blackmagic RAW, but we also - you know - get an entirely new camera to faun over several weeks before the big headlines of NAB.

Blackmagic has officially unveiled its new URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, the second-generation for its popular URSA Mini Pro featuring fully redesigned electronics, a new Super 35mm 4.6k image sensor (with 15 stops of dynamic range), and support to shoot up to 300fps. Wow.

Let’s take a look at this new URSA Mini Pro G2 and all its bells and whistles below.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2

URSA Mini Pro G2

When the original Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro was released, we were fans. It was a solid update from the URSA as well as a great A-cam, B-cam partner with the highly affordable BMPCC 4K as well. Yet, it looks like BMD has outdone itself with this new G2 which includes better electronics, a better sensor, higher frame rates and support for Blackmagic RAW.

“The original URSA Mini Pro has been an extremely successful and very popular camera. Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is exciting because it gives customers second generation electronics and an even higher performance image sensor so they can shoot at extremely high frame rates for crystal clear slow motion images. URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is powerful enough to be used on high end feature films and television shows, versatile enough to be used for broadcast news and live multi camera event production, and affordable enough for indie filmmakers and even students! It’s like getting 3 cameras in one!”  - Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design

The new Super 35mm 4.6K image sensor captures up to 4608 x 2592 pixels with 15 stops of latitude at up to 3200 ISO and can record 4.6K images at up to 120fps (windowed 4K DCI at up to 150fps and windowed 1080HD at up to 300fps).

The G2 also sees the addition of a new USB-C expansion port for recording directly to external disks as well as next-gen BMD Generation 4 Color Science.

Full details and pricing included below.

  • Digital film camera with 15 stops of dynamic range.

  • Super 35mm 4.6K sensor with Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science.

  • Supports project frame rates up to 60 fps and off-speed slow motion recording up to 120 fps in 4.6K, 150 fps in 4K DCI and 300 fps in HD Blackmagic RAW.

  • Interchangeable lens mount with EF mount included as standard. Optional PL, B4 and F lens mounts available separately.

  • High quality 2, 4 and 6 stop neutral density (ND) filters with IR compensation designed to specifically match the colorimetry and color science of Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.

  • Fully redundant controls including external controls which allow direct access to the most important camera settings such as external power switch, ND filter wheel, ISO, shutter, white balance, record button, audio gain controls, lens and transport control, high frame rate button and more.

  • Built in dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders allow unlimited duration recording in high quality.

  • High speed USB-C expansion port for recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.

  • Lightweight and durable magnesium alloy body.

  • LCD status display for quickly checking timecode, shutter and lens settings, battery, recording status, and audio levels.

  • Support for Blackmagic RAW files in Constant Bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 or Constant Quality Q0 and Q5 as well as ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy recording at 4.6K, 4K, Ultra HD and HD resolutions.

  • Supports recording of up to 300 frames per second in HD, 150 frames per second in 4K DCI, and 120 frames per second at full frame 4.6K.

  • Features all standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 12G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, headphone jack, LANC remote control and standard 4 pin 12V DC power connection.

  • Built in high quality stereo microphones for recording sound.

  • 4 inch foldout touchscreen for on-set monitoring and menu settings.

  • Includes full copy of DaVinci Resolve software color grading and editing software.

Price: $5,995

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Have they announced the "native" ISO(s) yet?

March 5, 2019 at 2:32PM

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Patrick Ortman
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I haven’t seen this anywhere either... give me dual ISO over 300fps any day. . But I’m sure that would have been mentioned if it was included. I assume it will 800.

March 5, 2019 at 3:39PM

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Thomas Hogben
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Max ISO seems to be the same as it was with the G1 (3200) so assuming the native ISO is the same.

March 6, 2019 at 5:26AM

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Will there be a loyalty upgrade option? I just bought an UMP4.6K 2 weeks ago. I think I can still do a return to B&H but I'm nervous about how long it will take them to ship the new G2 units with the Pocket 4K pre-orders still backed up.

March 5, 2019 at 8:20PM

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Bmpcc4k is getting bmraw!!!! Good lord this is fantastic

March 5, 2019 at 10:50PM

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Aaron Harper
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A lot of the features they're mentioning were already available in the Ursa Mini Pro G1. So the updates I see here are:

1. High frame rate recording up to 300 fps
2. HDR Sensor
3. Ability to record to external USB-C drives

Everything else was already part of the G1. Unless I'm missing something?

Personally, I would've been more excited if they'd pushed for 6K or 8K with dual native ISO but presumably these are just baby steps. Still hard to get that same quality image and performance at that price point.

March 6, 2019 at 5:20AM, Edited March 6, 5:21AM

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ND filters, better audio, better heat dissipation, new sensor, more buttons

March 6, 2019 at 6:20PM, Edited March 6, 6:20PM

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Sentry
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Hm. I think what you're listing is in comparison to the Ursa Mini. Not the Ursa Mini Pro G1 which offered the same ND filters, audio, heat dissipation, and buttons now offered with the G2. Only thing that's slightly different is the sensor which now has HDR. Again, not knocking this upgrade. The higher frame rates are pretty sweet. Just mentioning this as a current Pro owner. Not sure it's worth the upgrade unless they offer some loyalty pricing or you really need HFR in 4K.

March 7, 2019 at 6:22PM, Edited March 7, 6:22PM

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I agree with you completely. I am purchasing the G2 but only because I don't have the G1 unit. There is alot of talk about upgraded electronics, which is rather vague, but... is that worth shelling out another $5,999 if you have the G1 and there is no loyalty program? They did however mention upgraded cooling in the form of coolant for the sensor to counteract the higher frame rates this unit captures.

March 23, 2019 at 4:01PM

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Javaughn Henry
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Still suck .....
I brought it G1 , the SDI output break down , and the cant fix it
it cost 3000usd ... ?!
It's mean , u cant fix anything . OMG
Enjoy

March 6, 2019 at 8:33PM

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West
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If you're in the market for a new camera, this is a goodie. Glad to see that the price is the same. I agree that dual ISO would have been awesome, but HDR is pretty sweet. This camera does so many things that many of the other cameras are still trying to catch up to in the same price range. Best camera system for the money in my opinion.

March 8, 2019 at 3:28PM

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D Jones
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