April 13, 2015 at 5:25PM

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Blackmagic cameras

I've been looking for a camera for some time, and ended up on wanting the BlackMagic Cinema Camera EF. Now that Blackmagic has released three new cameras I had to reconcider my choice, and now I'm down to BlackMagic Cinema Camera EF or Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K EF. I know it's early to make a choice yet, and I'll mait a few months before buying one of them, but is it actually worth the extra money for the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K EF? 4K isn't that important for me, although it doesn't hurt having it, and I'll probably use it quite a lot.

Thanks for any answer!

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I use Black magic and i like very much the URSA mini.

April 15, 2015 at 6:34AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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Depends what you shooting. I read many threads now about URSA Mini and noticed that nobody talks about cost and weight. Even at $2995 you need to add $395 for handle... plus $1495 for viewfinder plus batteries, BIG plus CFast cards and this baby suddenly doesn't look as attractive. It is smaller than original URSA, but it is still pretty heavy. If you not interested in 4k, there better alternatives out there.

April 17, 2015 at 6:58AM

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Vladimir Pcholkin
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The cinema camera is a solid camera (literally - it's heavy). I'd go for the mini and get the extra bells and whistles. You'll still need an ND filter with either camera - heads up.

May 25, 2015 at 10:57AM

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I'd wait for the mini, at least until more footage comes out. If it's really 15 stops of range, that's really impressive. If you need a camera quickly, maybe a used Blackmagic pocket cam to hold you over. That's what I have been doing and that camera has pretty much blown me away in every aspect possible. Amazing filmic image, not too dissimilar from the Blackmagic Cinema camera. Plus is if I get the URSA Mini, I still probably won't want to return my pocket, because it's small enough to be used in unique situations and match with the URSA.

May 29, 2015 at 2:52PM

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Ben Meredith
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I have to echo the advice to look at the cost of everything it takes to make it functional. Then I would advise renting one and editing the video. I am sure many people have bought black magic cameras that they cannot use, because of the cost of the batteries, etc or new computer.

January 11, 2016 at 2:06AM

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if someone buy a car without know the cost of gasoline and all necessary to drive is a his problems...
if you buy a cinema camera without enought knowledge to manage it, how tools need to manage it, it's a your big problem, but is not a BMD problem, is a same with Red, and another cameras...
thanks to that kind of people i bought a bmpc4k al 50% of price, aware that i had to buy since other 800-1000$ of rig, battery etc to manage correctly it. About a computer... i edit 4k on my old 2012 notebook, easely, if know how to manage it you can do also on not top computer.

Carlo Macchiavello

May 1, 2016 at 2:47PM

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