Nearly a year after the camera was announced, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is in stock and now shipping. The camera is touted for its compact size and ability to accept radio control commands while mounted on a drone. [Read more…]
Blackmagic has update the Video Assist to version 1.1 to include focus peaking, zebra exposure too, 2x zoom and HDMI timecode. The Video Assist is a $495 HDMI & 6G-SDI recorder and 5″ monitor. It uses SDHC/SDXC memory cards to capture ProRes 10-bit 4:2:2 video and is powered by Canon LP-E6 batteries or AC power.
More details on the original Blackmagic Video Assist announcement.
Additionally, the URSA gets an option to display timecode input by tapping on the timecode display, along with various other performance enhancements and improvements that are not itemized.
More details available here on Blackmagic’s website.
Blackmagic Design has dropped the prices on its Studio Camera HD and Studio Camera 4K models. The HD model will reduce in price by $300 and the Ultra HD model will reduce in price by $500.
Blackmagic notes that the reason for the price drop is based on customer feedback regarding the lack of use of the fiber connection. Blackmagic has removed the connection from the cameras and made it an aftermarket accessory that can simply be plugged into the camera.
Personally, I think the biggest detraction from the studio cameras is the lack of lens options. Sure there are plenty of Micro Four Thirds cameras in the world and you can buy an adapter for virtually any other lens mount. However, many users would like to put studio B4 lenses on these cameras and that is just a clunky option.
If Blackmagic had built these cameras with a 2/3″ sensor and a native B4 lens mount, I don’t think they could make them fast enough. Sometimes, a bigger sensor is not always the best option.