Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K review

The Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K is a pro cinema camera that records 12K raw video for stunning footage in 8K and 4K too

Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K review
(Image: © Adam Duckworth)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you really must have the bragging rights that comes with owning the highest-resolution video camera on the market, then the Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K is it. With a 79.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, it shoots 12K Blackmagic Raw files which give stunning quality with 14 stops of dynamic range and very filmic colours. Reduce it to a more reasonable 8K and 4K, and not only is the quality incredible, but you can shoot at fast frame rates that no other cameras can. But a camera is more than just its headline resolution and the Ursa Mini Pro 12K is based on the original Ursa Mini Pro launched almost four years ago and is starting to show its age. For example it has a Super35mm sensor, no IBIS, no codecs other than Raw, no continuous autofocus at all and certainly no phase-detection AF. It’s really a camera for experienced cinematographers shooting narrative drama such as feature films and VFX specialists rather than all-rounders.


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    It shoots in 12K and nothing else does!

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    8K and 4K are useful and beautifully filmic

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    Built like a tank to last for years


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    Super 35 not full-frame

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    AF is very limited

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    Only records in Blackmagic Raw

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If bigger is better then the new Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K is the best of all as it shoots in 12K. However, the camera’s incredibly high resolution is almost a by-product of what the Aussie boffins at Blackmagic wanted to do. That was to make a camera capable of the very best 4K footage that has a very filmic look instead of looking too digital.

CFast card slots and two UHS-II SD card slots (you'll need the fastest V90 cards), and there's a USB C port for an external SSD. (Image credit: Adam Duckworth)

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Adam Duckworth

Adam Duckworth is an award-winning professional photographer and videographer based in the UK. He has worked for many top magazines, newspapers and corporate clients for more than 25 years. He was named SWPP UK Commercial Photographer of the Year, and is an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. He has also worked for international publications like Motor Cycle News, Racer X, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, ZOO, Golf World, Today's Golfer, and Mountain Bike Action, among others.