Blackmagic Design is an Aussie company founded by an engineer who left his career in TV behind with one goal in mind. He wanted to fix the flawed film and television videography sector and make technology available to visual creatives. It's fair to say that he achieved his goal as Blackmagic Design is now one of the most popular, industry-recognised creators of cinematic cameras, technology and software. Today, we enjoy the fruits of Blackmagic Design's vision and pursuit to create equipment fit for anyone wanting to explore videography, cinematography and industry-leading visual outcomes.
The range of Blackmagic Design cameras continues to grow with the recent release of the Blackmagic Design 4K Studio Cameras and essential accessories. However, today we take a look at the exciting consumer-friendly Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera range. What's more, we'll explore some of the very best lenses from the likes of Canon, Sigma, Panasonic and Tokina for cinematic prowess and stunning visual results.
Blackmagic Design has created an exceptional range of professional cinema cameras fit for any budget and project. What's more, Blackmagic Design cameras work just as well with solo operators as they do with teams in a studio or out in the field.
Ultimate Blackmagic Cinema Camera Comparison On Georges Cameras TV
In our latest video on Georges Cameras TV, Nathan checks out the headlining cameras developed by Blackmagic Design. He explores the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera range on how they've made cinematic quality available to a growing market. The Pocket Cinema 4K and 6K cameras are the successors of the hugely popular Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Nathan also looks at the not so mini, Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini 12K Cinema Camera. The cinematic beast delivers unparalleled performance and output, especially when paired with any number of excellent cinema-quality lenses.
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Range
The Pocket Cinema range by Blackmagic Design all features outstanding ergonomics and thoughtful placement of core functions. Each model features a stylish design that's not quite pocketable but still a compact form with exceptional functions. Thanks to the large displays with a touchscreen interface, the Cinema cameras have minimal buttons resulting in a less cluttered exterior. Being the developers of outstanding software, Blackmagic Design has also ensured that every Pocket Cinema Camera's menu system is user-friendly.
The Pocket Cinema Cameras have more than enough inputs and outputs, including headphones, mic, USB-C, full-sized HDMI, 12-volt power out and a mini XLR port with phantom power. The 6K Pro features a second XLR port with phantom power. All Pocket cameras read to CFexpress, SD or record directly to an external SSD with the USB-C connection.
All of the cameras in the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Range include Blackmagic RAW - Blackmagic's proprietary codec. With Blackmagic's Davinci Resolve, manage the unique RAW data to produce stunning outcomes. The 4K and 6K Pocket Cinema Cameras run on Canon LP-E batteries or pump up the juice with the Blackmagic Design Power Grip. All of the Pocket Cinema cameras feature up to 25600 Dual Native ISO, 13-stops of dynamic range and ProRes Raw and Blackmagic RAW.
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K Camera
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K Camera is a user-friendly and highly capable 4K camera that features a micro four-thirds mount and image sensor. As a result, you'll seamlessly pair any of the stunning Panasonic MFT lenses, such as the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II ASPH POWER OIS Lens. We’ve created an excellent Pocket Cinema 4K Camera bundle to include the LUMIX 12-35mm, and Atomos monitor and other essential accessories.
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K Camera captures DCI 4K footage at up to 75p and a cropped 2.6K RAW slow-motion at 120p for Super16 lenses. What's more, it's capable of 2.8K raw mode at 80p for a 4:3 anamorphic ratio and also offers 2x and 1.33x de-squeeze preview mode for on-demand viewing on the giant 5" touch LCD. A downside is the camera's power consumption and ability to chew through the LP-E batteries. The alternative is to fit the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Battery Grip for extended shooting durations.
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 6K Camera
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 6K Camera is yet another impressive cinematography choice that elevates all the 4K Pocket has to offer. The carbon fibre polycarbonate composite body is sleek, stylish, and packs fantastic performance and features. The 6K pushes the videography boundary via the larger 6144 x 3456 Super 35 image sensor and Canon EF lens mount. As a result, you'll make the most of the extensive EF mount lens range to achieve stunning optics, shallow depth of field and gorgeous background effects.
Drop the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM wide zoom on the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 6K, and you'll be amazed at the creative possibilities. Alternatively, the Sigma Classic 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM is an exceptional wide-angle zoom fit for cinematic applications. Don’t forget to check out our Pocket Cinema 6K Camera bundle that includes the Sigma 18-35mm, Atomos monitor, and other essential videography tools.
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 6K Pro Camera
As for the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 6K Pro, it does everything the 4K and 6K models do, only better! For ultimate light control, it features digital ND filters delivering up to 6-stops of light management. It features all the same inputs, outputs and terminals with the addition of a second mini XLR port with phantom power. Plus, the 6K Pro optimises power management with a Sony NP-F battery and the optional Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera Battery Pro Grip for 6K Pro. Capture stunning high-res 6K at up to 60p and cropped 2.8K at up to 120p for dynamic slow-motion effects.
Where the 4K and 6K Pocket Cinema Cameras had a fixed LCD that was dim in bright conditions, the 6K Pro answered the call for a tilting screen that's bright and punchy. For mounting to a tripod plate, the 6K Pro boasts a pair of base threads to reduce the risk of mount-twist while panning. For greater creative control, Blackmagic Design developed the Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF. The Super 35 EF-Mount camera is bigger and heavier than the 4K and 6K models - it really isn't pocketable at all. The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 6K Pro Camera bundle includes the Atomos monitor, Sigma 18-35 and the essential Pro EVF.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF
Being the top of the Pocket Cinema Camera range, the 6K Pro features a hidden mount to add the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF. The Pro EVF features a 1280 x 960 resolution OLED screen to display additional shooting information such as frame rate, histogram, audio metering and recording status. It cranks out 8-Bit depth and 16.7 million colours. With a 70-degree range of movement, you'll shoot from every angle in comfort. It also features four different eye-cups for left, right and more comfortable use.
Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini 12K Cinema Camera
If you thought the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera range was impressive, wait until you get a load of the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini 12K Cinema Camera. We even wrote a blog just to announce the release of this cinematography powerhouse and essential accessories. Just when 4K videography, TV's and monitors had become the norm, Blackmagic unleashed the Ursa Mini 12K Cinema Camera to capture unprecedented image quality and resolution. The beauty of 12K capture is the ability to significantly crop and reframe any footage with the oversampled 12K data.
Being an Electronic News Gathering (ENG) style of camera, the applications for the Ursa Mini extend from studio and documentary to blockbuster movie recording. Where the Pocket Cinema Camera range opted for paired back controls and touch screen interface, the Ursa Mini 12K Cinema Camera is all on show. The larger and bulkier body has a raft of controls, dials, buttons, inputs and outputs. It's the dream machine for solo videographers that demand the very best in image and audio quality.
Speaking of which, the Ursa Mini 12K boasts a whopping 2,288 x 6480 12K Super35 sensor capturing 14-stops of dynamic range with pure colour science and up to 80MP per frame. It captures 12K 2.4:1 footage at up to 75 fps along with 8K and DCI 4K at up to 120 fps. Why stop there when the Ursa records 8K and 4K in anamorphic at up to 160 fps or Super16 in 4K at up to 240 fps. Data is externally recorded to dual CFast and UHS-II SD card recorders or via the SuperSpeed USB Type-C port. The Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini 12K Cinema Camera features a PL-mount to adapt to EF and F mount. The Tokina Cinema Vista 16-28mm II T3 Wide-Angle Zoom is our top pick for cine lenses.
Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Shoulder Kit
If you've taken the challenge to shoot with the pro-grade Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini 12K Cinema Camera, then you'll need some additional support. Solo videographers will love the range of accessories and the ability to customise their kit to suit their style, needs and professional work outcomes. One of the best options available is the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Shoulder Kit.
The Mini Shoulder Kit features three core components, with the first being the base frame and shoulder pad for ENG style videography. It's also VCT wedge compatible for mounting and quick-release. The base includes accessory rosettes on either side, allowing you to mount the included side mount bracket to add a grip. The final piece of the Shoulder Kit is the top accessory handle that provides carrying support and the ability to mount additional accessories such as a monitor. The kit wouldn’t be complete without adding the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Handgrip for ultimate control.
Blackmagic Design URSA Viewfinder
Another essential accessory for the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini 12K Cinema Camera is the Blackmagic Design URSA Viewfinder. The viewfinder mounts to the top of the Ursa Mini. It extends to either side of the camera for comfortable viewing while shoulder-mounted. It boasts an impressive 1920 x 1080 OLED display delivering excellent viewing performance thanks to the glass optics and adjustable diopter. It also features core control buttons and a record lamp for professional direction and capture. Be sure to check out our Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini 12K Cinema Camera bundle. It features the Tokina 16-28mm cine lens, Sigma 18-35mm, Shoulder Kit, Viewfinder, Mini Handgrip and much more.
Final Thoughts On Blackmagic Design Cinema Cameras
Professional videographers and cinematographers already have a lot of respect for the form, function and performance of the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera range. Across the cinematic industry, Blackmagic Design is sought after for independent solo operators and large production crews alike. But you don't have to be a big-budget crew working on the next Hollywood blockbuster to get your hands on these cinema cameras.
Being an Aussie company, Blackmagic Design has redefined the film, television and videography industry by making high-quality cinema cameras available to all. Budget should never be a constraint to creative freedom and expressive visual outcomes. The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K Camera, Pocket Cinema 6K Camera, and highly acclaimed Pocket Cinema 6K Pro are star performers. It's clear from this progressive range that Blackmagic sought to provide various access levels to videographers. As a result, 4K+ cinematic quality and professional outcomes are available to all.
When it comes to peak performance, it's hard to look past the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini 12K Cinema Camera. Imagine the creative possibilities of recording in mind-blowing 12K resolution to produce the best oversampled 4K, 6K, or 8K footage. The best bit is the inclusion of Blackmagic RAW and the proprietary Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve pro editing software. Like Blackmagic Design, Georges Cameras is an Aussie business proud to support local and bring you the very best in pro-grade cinematic cameras, lenses and accessories. Head in-store or online at Georges Cameras now to begin your visual journey.