Blackmagic's world-beating 17K camera sensor boasts incredible 140-megapixel resolution

Blackmagic URSA Cine 17K sensor being held by Grant Petty
Blackmagic URSA Cine 17K's huge 140-megapixel sensor (Image credit: Blackmagic Design)

Blackmagic Design's new 17K cine camera sensor is extraordinary. Unveiled as just one of over 20 new products at NAB 2024 – including two other new cine cameras – its 17K sensor and the cameras it will be used in are groundbreaking for many reasons.

Forget, 4K and 8K - this sensor allows you to record in 17K. But what does that actually mean? 

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.