Sorry...Don't know why it double posted. Can't delete it.
Exactly, this camera is more an ENG camera with features to produce a more “cinematic look”, kind of like the original Varicam. The URSA is a Cinema Camera that can be converted into an ENG style camera, albeit without built-in ND filters and other easy access buttons necessary in run-and-gun productions. Also, it will require a very expensive lens if your production and shooting style call for a zoom with a rocker. Currently the only options for the Super 35 sensor are Fujinon Cabrio and Canon zoom lenses.
I concur with your comment. Everything I have seen so far from the Alexa Mini, footage wise, looks like it was captured with a cheaper competitor's camera. The Amira footage is closer to the big Alexa but does not have the same "mojo", either.
We are going to have to wait for the actual product to start shipping, but so far this mockup it is just a pretty prototype (just like a flashy sports car). Spec wise it is like a HC-X1000 with a bigger sensor. This is the competitor to the Sony PXW-Z100. It should work better in low light due to the larger sensor. There is no mention of professional level codecs. I wish they would stop calling this the "4k DVX100" (DVX was taped based). This should be called the "pro" version of the HC-X1000.
There is a market for "run and gun" 4k camcorders, but we are still waiting for the AF100 successor.
I think the sweet spot would have been, 4k @ 60fps and 1080 @ 240fps for $12,000... just because it's Canon. The use of CFast 2.0 media was expected, but I wonder how long do we have to wait until they get affordable.
P.S. Please Canon, do something about those proprietary cables sticking out. It needs a more elegant solution.