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URSA Mini Super 35 digital film camera claimed as world's lightest

URSA Mini Super 35 digital fil...
The Blackmagic URSA Mini is a compact Super 35 digital film camera designed for solo or crew use
The Blackmagic URSA Mini is a compact Super 35 digital film camera designed for solo or crew use
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The Blackmagic URSA Mini is a compact Super 35 digital film camera designed for solo or crew use
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The Blackmagic URSA Mini is a compact Super 35 digital film camera designed for solo or crew use
There are four models of the Blackmagic URSA Mini in total, with either a 4.6K or 4K sensor and EF or PL lens mounting
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There are four models of the Blackmagic URSA Mini in total, with either a 4.6K or 4K sensor and EF or PL lens mounting
The 4.6K sensor model of the Blackmagic URSA Mini captures video at a resolution of 4608 x 2592 pixels, with up to 15 stops of dynamic range
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The 4.6K sensor model of the Blackmagic URSA Mini captures video at a resolution of 4608 x 2592 pixels, with up to 15 stops of dynamic range
The Blackmagic URSA Mini features a 5-in (4.6-cm) fold-out OLED viewfinder
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The Blackmagic URSA Mini features a 5-in (4.6-cm) fold-out OLED viewfinder
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Blackmagic has unveiled what it says is the world’s lightest handheld Super 35 digital film camera. Designed to be comfortable enough for all-day handheld use, the URSA Mini comes in four models, with either a 4.6K or 4K sensor and EF or PL lens mounting.

Blackmagic says the URSA Mini is designed for use on a range of video projects, including feature films, television shows, commercials, documentaries and music videos. The company also claims that the camera's compact size makes it suitable for use on solo shoots or as part of a crew.

The camera features a 5-in (4.6-cm) fold-out touchscreen viewfinder that's designed to operate like an optical viewfinder. It has a color OLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and glass-based optics. Also featured are dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders and high-quality stereo microphones.

Multiple mounting points allow it to be easily fixed with different accessories such as lenses, rails and matte boxes, whilst the URSA Mini Shoulder Kit has a quick release mounting plate that allows it to quickly and easily change between handheld, shoulder-mounted or tripod-mounted. The URSA Viewfinder is said to allow for "pickup and run" shooting situations.

The 4.6K sensor model captures video at a resolution of 4608 x 2592 pixels, with up to 15 stops of dynamic range. Up to 30 frames per second can be captured using the global shutter mode, or up to 60 frames per second using the rolling shutter mode. Built-in sensor refrigeration aims to ensure maximum dynamic range, and images are saved using 12-bit lossless CinemaDNG RAW or ProRes.

Prices for the URSA Mini start at US$2,995 for the 4K EF model. It will be available from July.

Source: Blackmagic

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Hopefully the CFast 2.0 cards it uses will be affordable when this bad boy finally ships but at least it has two card slots allowing to swap cards during recording. I'm very happy to finally see a LANC port back on a camera which allows for smooth zoom and focus from a tripod handle. And the 5 inch HD screen may suffice to assure focus. But I must admit that I'm still considering the big URSA for its massive 10in screen.