Blackmagic Design launched two new studio cameras on the sly

Blackmagic Gen 2 Studio cameras
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When Blackmagic Design dazzled the world with its new L-Mount 6K camera, it also quietly announced two new cameras in its studio lineup. The studio lineup is more suited to broadcasting, be it for television or live-streaming.

While we were all distracted by the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K, the two stealth announcements were the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus G2, and the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K G2. Both are new generations of older products within the broadcasting lineup, and these cameras show that Micro Four Thirds (MFT) is still a popular choice in the broadcasting and live streaming market – and because they feature MFT sensors, they also have appealing prices.

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus G2

The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus G2 (Image credit: B&H)

The Studio Camera 4K Plus G2 from Blackmagic Design adds a powerful studio camera to your 4K broadcast when using an ATEM Mini or DaVinci Studio. Updated from the HDMI Studio Camera 4K Plus, this new compact and lightweight broadcast camera now features a 12G-SDI input, 12G-SDI output, and HDMI 2.0 output for even more compatibility with SDI switchers. 

This camera also has all the same features as the Studio Camera 4K Plus, including an active MFT lens mount, ISO25,600, 13 stops of dynamic range, a tally light, dual USB-C ports for recording and control, built-in dual microphones, and a massive 7-inch HDR LCD screen that even comes with a sun hood. It all goes to show that this really is built for the studio; no matter how big or small this camera is ready to go, whatever your setup.

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K G2

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K G2 (Image credit: B&H)

If space is at a premium in your studio, or you're a streamer that goes live in your spare room or bedroom, then you know every inch of spare space is a godsend. This is where this new Micro Studio camera comes into its own. 

East to install anywhere in your studio or on location, this tiny UHD 4K studio camera is designed for live productions – and has been updated to feature the same image sensor found in Blackmagic's Studio Camera 4K Plus G2 above, which supports 3840 x 2160 60p. 

The camera is equipped with an active MFT mount that can accept native Micro Four Thirds lenses or be adapted to a wide range of other modern and vintage lenses. It outputs 10-bit 4:2:2 video via 12G-SDI signal and can be remotely controlled from an ATEM switcher using SDI control protocol. 

This camera packs many professional studio features into a compact form factor, including a built-in color corrector, program return, talkback, and tally indicator, making it the ideal solution for anyone wanting a quality camera to go live but that doesn't break the bank.

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.