Well if the most recent announcement of the Canon R5 with 8K just wasn’t enough for you, then maybe 12K will be? Blackmagic just announced the brand new URSA Mini Pro 12K. After announcing “only” the new ATEM Mini Pro in their live stream in April, Blackmagic Design disappointed some of their customers waiting for a new camera. Well, the wait is over.
Blackmagic Design has just announced a new production camera – Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K. It has a super35 sensor and shoots BRAW full-sensor in 12K up to 60fps, 8K up to 110fps, or 4K in super16 crop mode up to 220fps. Apart from internal dual CFast and SD UHS-II card slots, there is a USB-C connector for recording on external drives. The camera comes with a PL lens mount which is interchangeable to EF or F mount. There is internal ND filter as well. The URSA Mini Pro 12K will be available in July 2020 for $9,995.
From outside, the camera looks the same as older URSA models, but the internals is brand new according to Blackmagic Design. The camera comes with PL-mount but offers an interchangeable lens mount to Canon EF mount or Nikon F mount.
The camera has internal ND filters, Dual CFast card slots, Dual UHS-II SD card slots, 12G SDI output, and USB-C port for recording on external SSDs. An interesting feature is that the camera can record on two CFast or SD cards at the same time which offers up to 900MBps (500MBps for SD) recording speed. Dual card recording (called “Record RAW on 2 Cards”) means that every second frame gets saved on each card. If you lose one card, you still get a usable file, but with only half the frame rate.
Blackmagic RAW 12-bit format has been updated as well. There is a new film curve for BRAW – generation 5. BMD says it should offer better highlight roll-off, better skin tones, and more flexibility in post. Grant Petty also demonstrated how he edits the 12K footage on a laptop and in multi-cam mode on a Mac Pro. There are new Q1 and Q3 quality level settings and the new 18:1 constant bitrate setting.
Pricing and Availability
BMD says they will first ship the camera to selected high-end DPs to get feedback from them and then it gets shipped to all other customers in few weeks. The price for the camera body will be $9,995. The URSA Mini Recorder will cost $395.