Blackmagic's 12K cinema camera adds low-pass filter and gets Netflix-approval

Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K
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Blackmagic Design has announced a new edition to its super-high-resolution cinema camera lineup with its new Ursa Mini Pro 12K camera - which now adds an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) as part of its design to give better rendition and tonality to your workflows required at this high level of production. 

This new Ursa Mini Pro 12K OLPF was also recently added to the best Netflix-Approved Camera list, so that Blackmagic Design now has four of its cinema lineup approved for the streaming giant. The original Ursa Mini Pro 12K had not been approved.

Officially titled “Cameras and Image Capture: Requirements and Best Practices”, the Netflix list highlights the capture requirements necessary to be qualified as an approved camera by the streamer, including dynamic range, resolution, codec, and workflow compatibility, Netflix also requires 90% of a program’s final total runtime to be captured on approved cameras.

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Apart from adding the Optical Low Pass Filter to the 12K Ursa the general design and output of the camera will remain the same. With the combination of 80 megapixels per frame and a recording size of 12,288 x 6480 the 12K Ursa is the leading cinema camera in the market championing this ultimate resolution.

As well as new color science and the flexibility of Blackmagic RAW makes working with 12K a reality for many. You also have the ability to oversample from 12K giving you the best 8K and 4K images with the subtle skin tones and extraordinary detail of high-end still cameras.

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You can shoot at 60 fps in 12K, 120 fps in 8K, and up to an impressive 240 fps in 4K Super 16. The Ursa Mini Pro 12K OLPF features an interchangeable lens PL mount, as well as built-in ND filters, dual CFast and UHS-II SD card recorders – and SuperSpeed USB-C expansion ports to help fit into any workflow from a single operator to Hollywood production.

The cost of the new Blackmagic Ursa Pro 12K OLPF is priced at $6,385 body-only, the same price as the original 12K Ursa, if I was in the market for a 12K camera I would certainly pick the OLPF version over the original due to the better handling of detail and color control, after all, if you have the funds available to buy the best - you might as well have the best of the best.

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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.