Blackmagic Design’s key to success is offering an easy entry point into studio and broadcast quality video cameras at unfathomably reasonable prices. They also offer all the hardware to accompany the camera kit including switchers, disk recorders and storage, converters, and much more, so users really can create an entire Blackmagic system for their home office, or professional studio.
There are a range of different cameras, some befitting on-location quick shooting documentaries, and others that work best as standalone broadcast studio cameras with front tallies and professional video and audio connections. Either way, there’s something for everyone whether beginner or seasoned broadcaster.
So whether you need something that can slip in a small camera bag, or a permanent set up for multi cam live streaming or professional video productions, we’ve rounded up the best Blackmagic cameras you can buy right now at a range of price points. The best part is, almost all the cameras listed here either work with your existing lens collections or have interchangeable lens mounts which really helps keep costs down whilst maintaining high-end image quality and shallow depth of field when required.
Probably one of the most accessible Blackmagic studio cameras is the Studio Camera 4K Plus. Similar to the 4K Pro it’s essentially the same camera but simplifies connectivity by utilizing an HDMI-focused I/O which is designed for a smooth workflow with the Atem Mini camera switcher.
It operates easily with simple controls that anyone with limited or no broadcast experience can pick up. Since it’s so compact it travels well on location but is equally adept in a home studio or office and has a front tally for those that have multi cam setups. Easily the cheapest Blackmagic camera, this is one for beginners and those new to broadcast video that want to get started without breaking the bank.
Though not quite a pocket-sized camera as the name suggests, the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K actually addresses issues that many videographers face when wanting superior, cinema-grade image quality for a reasonable price. Shooting up to 6K 50p is impressive in a camera of this class, and the Super 35 image sensor gives a wide dynamic range and 10-bit ProRes up to 4K or 12-bit Blackmagic raw up to 6K for extensive grading options in post-production.
It has two slots for standard CFast cards and SD or SD UHS-II and takes EF-mount lenses which means those already owning a Canon DSLR or mirrorless kit will be able to use their entire collection of kit by just swapping out the camera. The only downside is the fixed screen on the back.
Taking a step up from the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K the new Pro version has improved on things by changing the fixed rear screen to a tilting five inch screen making it easier to compose shots.
The appeal of this camera is the ability to capture 12-bit Blackmagic raw and 10-bit ProRes video that is perfect for editing and color grading. A Canon EF mount opens up a huge treasure trove of lenses from the Canon cupboard from high quality primes to cinema lenses and more so that users can achieve a real cinematic feel. Reasonably priced and with a huge spec in terms of video, the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro can capture up to 6K 50p which outperforms many other video capturing cameras in its price range.
The Ursa Broadcast G2 is an impressively versatile broadcast camera with multiple memory card ports, options to record to external disks, has H.264, H.265, Blackmagic Raw, and ProRes recording file formats, and allows for interchangeable lens mounts so users can use the kit they already own.
Low light shooting is easier thanks to the -12dB to +36dB ISO range (ISO 100 - 25600 equivalent). It has the same Blackmagic Generation 5 color science as the much more expensive Ursa Mini Pro 12K and features a 12-bit gamma curve designed to save detail in the highlights and shadows which, when edited in raw format can bring about broadcast level tonal quality.
Sitting at the upper end of Blackmagic’s ever-affordable price range the Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is actually the same price as the Ursa Mini Pro 12K. It captures a maximum of 4.6K resolution but the magic comes in the frame rate options. A mighty 15 stops of dynamic range can be captured at 120fps or drop down to 2K and this jumps up to 300 fps for insane slow motion.
The lens mount can be changed to PL, F, and B4 depending on which lens ranges users prefer and built-in ND filters help to manage light input without affecting settings. The usual CFast and SD card slots are available plus USB-C external disk recording is also possible. HD-SDI monitoring and XLR audio are some of the premium options you’re getting with the Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K G2.
The most detailed video capture you can get in the Blackmagic professional camera range, the Ursa Mini Pro 12K shoots a magnificent 80 megapixels per frame in 60fps raw format, enabling both stills and raw video capture in one camera. A USB-C 3.1 generation 2 connection offers external recording at a huge 10Gb/s to external NVMe SSD drives, perfect when capturing 12K uncropped raw video.
A fold-out 4 inch touchscreen keeps things simple when monitoring and playing back, reducing the requirement for an external monitor. That makes it a sophisticated camera capable of capturing feature film quality results in a relatively slimline design with an astonishingly low price tag, considering what cinema film cameras can, and do, cost.
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