Hands-On with Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K – Their First Run-and-Gun Camera?

Blackmagic Design just announced over 30 new products. Among several new cameras is the Blackmagic URSA Mini, an ergonomic single-shooter shoulder camera with an all new 4.6K sensor and an impressive list of specs.

USRA-Mini-PLWe got our hands on the new Blackmagic URSA Mini, had a chance to play with it, see the images coming out of it and what we can tell you right now is that this is a camera to look out for. At $5000 for the 4.6K version and $3000 for the 4K version this camera is extremely competitive and worth considering.

USRA-Mini-PL-RearPlease watch the video for an in-depth look and all the features and specs the camera has to offer. Stay tuned for more, much more.

Mini-URSA-PL-FrontHere are the most important specs at a glance:

  • New 4.6K Global Shutter Sensor
  • Improved Dynamic Range and Low-Light-Sensitivity
  • Ergonomic Design
  • New OLED 1080p viewfinder ($1500) looks really nice
  • internal 12-bit RAW / ProRes recording
  • supports New ProRes 4444 XQ codec
  • up to 60p in 4k
  • up to 160 fps in 1080p windowed
  • up to 30p with Global-Shutter
  • built-in 5 inch 1080p monitor
  • LANC control

The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K is already available for pre-order HERE
This will be one popular camera for sure.

The camera is said to ship in July starting from US$2,995 for the URSA Mini 4K EF, US$3,495 for the URSA Mini 4K PL, US$4,995 for the URSA Mini 4.6K EF and US$5,495 for the URSA Mini 4.6K PL models.

The URSA Mini shoulder mount kit will be sold separately.
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Black-Frame BF
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it to autofocus? thank you

Martin Saer Larco
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Hi, did the new sensor fix the black hole problem.
And how is the ISO native in with the new sensor?
last question what is the frame rate in 1080p.

THANK YOU…FOR BEING IN NAB.

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The official demo video for the 4.6K Ursa on the company website has shots with the low-hanging sun right behind the subjects. Assuming they would not stoop to fixing it in post, it looks like they may have addressed that issue.

Martin Saer Larco
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Hi, yeah i thought the same thing…
not to honest to fix that in post ..

Arslan Oguzhan
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Any info regarding the base ISO ?

Will David Anlezark
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Craig The-Pirate Newman your next camera ?

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Ross McSpedden
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I think the mini drone camera could be more exciting! Don’t know the specs yet but

Craig The-Pirate Newman
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Will David Anlezark : I learnt my lesson from using the mother URSA… I’ll get my hands on one and see! That said… super excited!

Will David Anlezark
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Yeah was super easy to use. but full of bugs

Craig The-Pirate Newman
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Sooooo many bugs. The post was a nightmare.

Craig The-Pirate Newman
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But once you are aware of them, you can skirt around them.

Emrah Dorterler
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guys watching NAB from your videos is just great keep up good work..

TOUCHDOWN … Blackmagic!

awesome stuff . gyro feature blew my mind… !

Jamie
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Jamie

Any answer as to the open question of how the side handle controls the aperture of EF lenses? You asked it in the video, and it’s a great questions.
Based on the photos I fear the URSA mini only has the same auto iris button as the BMPCC and BMCC. Please let us all know what you find out. Thanks!

Jonathan Clifford Bergqvist
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No ND? =( Why make it so portable of you still have to use mattbox and other bulky stuff..

Oscar Goldman
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Why do you need a matte box? Just put an ND filter on your lens. Buy big ones and use cheap step-up rings to adapt them to whatever lenses you have.

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Its funny how every year people buy into their hype and when the products actually hit the market they aren’t as good as people hoped. However I will say, they do have some interesting products and at very competitive prices. However the Ursa Mini which everyone is raving about might not be as amazing a deal as people might think it to be. When compared to the closest competitor the FS7 it does fall noticeable short especially for the price. The old Ursa sensor isn’t that great it had a lot to be desired so you would have to go… Read more »

Ryan O'Rourke
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Totally agree. The UrsaMini might be better as a short and feature length film work camera, but as a cinematographer that shoots mainly corporate stuff, I frequently find myself run and gunning a lot, and shooting A LOT of interviews. The big things the Ursa lacks, efficient codec, higher ISO’s, and internal ND’s, are really the bread and butter of what I need at my disposal to get the shots I need, in the frequent time crunch I always am shooting in.

Oscar Goldman
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The FS7 has no raw recording, or even ProRes without a ridiculous add-on board. And can the camera control other manufacturers’ lens apertures through adapters? Probably not, so you’re stuck with Sony’s lens lineup.

 Andrea Daviddi
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I can confirm you can control iris on ef lenses with the fs7. I have tried it with a 55mm ef otus and a metabones speedbooster for adapter. The old firmware showed some “flashes” when changing the aperture though they might have fixed this behavior meanwhile (still not sure if it was the adapter or the camera).

Oscar Goldman
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Thanks for the info.

Tim Naylor
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Can you tell us more about the weight? Stripped down what do you see the body coming in at. I was thinking about this for gimbal work.

Sharif El Neklawy
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I’m pretty unfamiliar with blackmagic cameras, but am very intrigued by this camera. So, you have to choose between the EF-mount or PL-mount? Are interchangeable mounts out of the question? Can you adapt EF to PL or PL to EF with any ease? Also, I noticed on their site that they’re offering shims for the PL mount, is there a known issue that these solve? I’ve never had to shim an alexa or any red camera w/ PL glass.

Stevo
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Stevo

Does it cut sensor for lower resolutions beside 16FPS HD windowed mode? I mean does it utilize whole sensor in Full HD or 2K resolution?

Stevo Vasiljevic
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Stevo Vasiljevic

Does it utilize whole sensor (S35) for lower resolution or croping out like Windowed 160FPS mode?

Oscar Goldman
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Their other cameras downscale to HD from the whole sensor, so I don’t see why this one wouldn’t.

Oscar Goldman
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The failure to put an iris-control wheel on these things is baffling.

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akbar mohsin

Complete package within low price and lightweight.

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[…] I recently made a purchase on the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini camera, after falling in love with the image of the original URSA. I bought it from Videoguys here in Melbourne, Australia. After extensive reading & researching in whether to get the URSA 4.6k or 4k, I decided on the 4k. A large part of this was to do with affordability in the current time, but also one of the stronger features of the URSA Mini 4k – global shutter at 60p.  […]