New Blackmagic URSA Mini Half The Weight Of Original

We’ve come to know that a new NAB convention definitely means new camera announcements from Blackmagic Design. This year, one of their new cameras is a “URSA Mini” which will be half the weight of the original and feature a new sensor.

The new URSA Mini sensor will offer 4.6K resolution and 15 stops of dynamic range.

We got a chance to chat with Kendall Eckman of Blackmagic Design about the new URSA Mini:

Here are the Mini URSA Specs we currently know:

  • 4.6K Super 35mm Sensor  (4608 x 2592)
  • 15 Stops Dynamic Range in Rolling Shutter Mode, -1 or 2 stops in Global Shutter mode
  • Switchable Between Rolling Shutter and Global Shutter
  • 4K RAW up to 60fps in Rolling, 4K RAW Up to 30 fps in Global
  • Windowed HD up to 160fps
  • 4K RAW 4:1 Compression, Uncompressed, ProRes XQ to Proxy in all Resolutions
  • Dual CFast 2.0 slots
  • Dual XLR Input
  • 12V to 30V 4 pin XLR
  • Weighs Under 7 Pounds

If you are planning on purchasing, it should be noted that the sensor is in the mini not upgradeable like the original URSA. Not necessarily a deal breaker, but the fact that it was “upgradable” was a heavily emphasized feature of the big URSA.

The URSA Mini will supposedly ship Summer/Fall of 2015. It is available in either an EF or PL mount. URSA Mini will cost $3,000 with the original URSA sensor, $5,000 for the new 4.6K sensor. The PL Mount will cost $500 more for each version.