It took less than 10 minutes after the official NAB announcement, and release of the specs, of the new URSA Mini, that the first guys complained about the lack of a ND filter wheel. And right after that, those infamous petitions kept popping up, regarding 2,5K ProRes, higher frame rates in the Pocket, auto WB, LUTs, noise reduction, andwhatnot. Petitions – seriousley? Like in: Blackmagic is owning you something, and you can force them into it with a “petition”, on the internet? Time for a sanity check.
Okay, Blackmagic not only gave us an amazing 2.5k and Pocket cameras, that records frigging uncompressed raw internally, on cheap non proprietary media – something no other camera could do back than, and still can not do today, but only 3 years later they came up with a lightweight body and an amazing sensor, that sports up to 15 stops of DR, slowmo, switchable global/rolling shutter for an – almost bizarre – low pricepoint, and the first thing people say,
“Yeah, wish it has a filterwheel though, so I don’t need to buy a mattebox and filters, cause that slows me down. And when do we finally get 60fps on the Pocket, cause I know it’s just a few lines of code. I feel abandoned by BM if I don’t get my 60fps – gotta make a petition”
Will those guys ever be happy with something Blackmagic is putting on the table?
I never heard anybody whining on the lack of a ND filter wheel in the REDs or Alexas, let alone film cameras.
No offense, but if ND-wheel, auto WB, LUTs, noise reduction etc. is so important for you, and you really think you need all this, then a cinema camera may not be the right tool for you.
End of rant – sorry had to get this off my chest first.
Bang for the Buck
Actually it’s nothing but amazing, what you get for your money. With the new 4,6K sensor, Blackmagic offers something, you not gonna find on any other camera – a SWITCHABLE global/rolling shutter sensor. Did I mention that the sensor is switchable? This is huge, and something I wanted for a long time. And you can get that in a camera that starts at a pricepoint of just below 5000 bucks, or with a $2000 sensor upgrade for your URSA. And no, you don’t have to send the camera to Australia, and you don’t have to pay a shitload for shipping and insurance – you can DIY it at your kitchen table in a few minutes.
Now look what Sony, Canon or Red offer for this. $5000 don’t even buy you the Red Mini-Mag Package, let alone a massive sensor upgrade.
There are not many cameras out there, that can do up to 15 stops on Super35mm 4.6K – and they usually start at $20000 (non of them is G/R switchable though) – and folks whine about a “missing” filterwheel? And we are talking about a real 16:9 sensor, which is great for the Super 35mm image circle, so the crop factor is 1.42 instead of 1.6ish, at the typical APS-C imager.
Since the resolution is 4.6k, you oversampling and that means a very clean and detailed image, when debayered to 4k/UHD (and 2k/HD of course). Oh – and yes, with this sensor, you can kiss the black sun spot good bye.
But it’s not only the sheer specs. The color science is mind blowing. Even at the highly compressed demo clip on Blakmagics website, you can see, what that sensor is capable of. Heck I would want that sensor for the color science alone, even if it would be just 2.5k.
If I can get the money together (especially the money for the CF cards on top of it), I definitely buy an URSA with the new sensor. Why not a Mini you ask? The Mini is really nice and all, and a great camera for the money, but with the URSA you get so much more of everything. Especially the ability of changeable sensors/mounts, the bigger monitor, a second monitor and buttons on the dumb side, higher frame rates andwhatnot. Definitely better suits my sort of work.
How about the Micro?
Not top of my list, since I already have a Pocket, but if I get a drone, that would be my choice. The Pocket totally replaced me GoPro already as a car mount/crash cam (sorry BM), and it is perfect on the Nebula gimbal, that I gonna get for a doc soon (stealing shots in more or less stealth mode). But on a drone, the Micro would be the better camera, especially since gimbals for the Pocket are rare, to non existant on the affordable quadcopters, an idiot can fly.