After multiple delays, Blackmagic Design has announced that its URSA Mini 4.6K and the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera are now shipping, but with a change in specifications: neither camera will have global shutter.
The company explained that the development of the global shutter in these cameras has taken longer than expected, and has been the reason the cameras have been delayed in shipping. Blackmagic Design has now decided to ship both of the cameras without the global shutter feature.
The prime reason for this decision is that over the last few months, professional cinematographers and DPs who have been beta testing the cameras have given feedback that the cameras should not be delayed for this feature as the main benefits of the cameras are the wide dynamic range, and that this dynamic range is only available when running without global shutter.
With the release of URSA Mini 4.6K, customers will be able to choose between two very different models of URSA Mini. Originally URSA Mini 4K was intended to be the entry level model and the URSA Mini 4.6K to be the higher end model with more features. However, now these two cameras are targeted for different kinds of work as customers can choose between URSA Mini 4K if they want global shutter for fast action sports, and URSA Mini 4.6K if they want wide dynamic range for high end digital film work.
“Traditionally, I have worked with cameras that cost five times as much and am amazed at the capabilities of this new 4.6K sensor,” said Jody Eldred, Emmy award winning DP, cameraman and director whose credits include JAG, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Good Morning America, National Geographic and more. “The claim of 15 stops dynamic range is a reality, and my RAW footage of extremely high-contrast images graded in DaVinci Resolve 12 is clear testimony to that. Very clean blacks too. I’m pleasantly surprised, as was my colorist. I really think Blackmagic Design has captured some lighting in a bottle with the URSA Mini 4.6K camera.”
Blackmagic has also released a short film testing out the dynamic range of the URSA Mini 4.6K along with downloadable raw files so customers can try color grading the shots themselves. Check that out here.