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Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, The world’s smallest digital film camera with innovative remote control!
Introducing the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, a miniaturized Super 16mm, professional digital film camera that is designed to be operated remotely and capture action anywhere! A revolutionary built in expansion port has PWM and S.Bus inputs so you can use a model airplane remote control to operate the camera wirelessly. Imagine adjusting focus, iris and zoom wirelessly! The Micro Cinema Camera is a true digital film camera that features built in RAW and ProRes recording, 13 stops of dynamic range, and an MFT lens mount. You get a true digital film camera that can go where no other digital film camera can!
Get Incredible Action Shots, The digital film camera for action camera shots
The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is an impossibly small true, professional quality digital film camera that’s perfect for use on quadcopters, as a crash cam, or even hidden on set for reality TV. You can mount it anywhere such as on a skate board or hang glider for spectacular extreme sports shots, to a drone to record panoramic fly overs, or even wear it on a helmet for the most amazing point of view shots! The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera will make your audience say “Wow! How did they get that shot?”
Remote Camera Management, Wireless control of your camera from a safe distance
When you’re mounting the camera on quadcopters, using it as a crash cam or placing it in dangerous locations, you can operate the camera remotely, view a live feed and monitor status, all from a safe distance. The expansion port can be connected to radio control airplane receivers and various camera functions can be mapped to radio channels so you can remotely start and stop recording, adjust focus, change the iris and more! The expansion port also has a composite video output that can be connected to low cost wireless video transmitters for remote monitoring of the camera’s recording status, battery life and audio levels.
Extremely Customizable Design, The world’s smallest completely open and customizable camera
The design of the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera combines advanced miniaturization and a unique expansion port in a digital film camera that lets you create personalized rigs for remote operation and monitoring. The camera body is not much larger than the Micro Four Thirds lens mount making it as small as a camera with a professional lens can be. Its core is made out of a lightweight and strong magnesium alloy that makes it durable enough to shoot anywhere, from the ocean floor to the stratosphere or beyond! You can control the Micro Cinema Camera directly from the front buttons when it’s mounted, or remotely when it’s out of reach
Revolutionary Expansion Port, Now you can create your own custom camera remote control
The revolutionary expansion port lets you create custom remote control, external power and monitoring solutions. The included breakout cable gives you access to many of the camera’s unique functions, but you can also create your own custom cables that open the camera up to do even more. In addition to things like LANC, power, video out, and genlock, you also get 4 analog PWM radio remote control inputs so you can map camera functions to the dials, knobs, buttons and joysticks on model airplane remotes! For even more control with greater precision, you can use the 18 channel S.Bus control input with Futaba radio control equipment or custom embedded controllers.
Remote Monitoring, Transmit and monitor video wirelessly!
The expansion port includes NTSC and PAL composite video output that can be connected to low cost wireless video transmitters for remote monitoring. That means you can see exactly what the camera is recording whether the camera is in the air or hidden on set. For higher quality monitoring, the Micro Cinema Camera also has an HDMI output for wireless HD video transmitters. Both the composite and HDMI outputs can display overlays for camera status, lens settings, file formats, histogram, audio meters, battery life and more!
Super 16mm Sensor, Wide dynamic range
The Super 16 sensor is full 1080 HD resolution and has an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range. With an ISO up to 1600, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera also gives you great quality, even in locations with low lighting.
Built in RAW and ProRes Recorder, Record using professional formats without ugly compression artifacts
The built in recorder captures true 12-bit log digital film quality images without the artifacts you get on heavily compressed 8-bit H.264 files used on small consumer action and DSLR cameras. Files can be saved in either Cinema DNG RAW or ProRes. Cinema DNG RAW files are 12-bit log and give you all of the data from the camera’s sensor, so you have the latitude to change things like white balance and exposure long after the camera stops rolling. If you need smaller file sizes and longer recording times, you can use ProRes to get broadcast quality images. Both formats can be easily edited and color corrected with the included DaVinci Resolve Lite for Mac and Windows.
Interchangeable Lenses, Use a wide range of lightweight professional photo lenses
The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera features an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount so you can use high performance photographic lenses including wide angle, primes, standard zooms, telephotos and more. That means you’re not stuck with a built in lens and can choose the best lens for the job! The focus, iris and zoom on active MFT lenses can be controlled remotely from the camera’s expansion port. Many MFT lenses also have built in optical image stabilization, making them perfect for use in places where there might be a lot of movement, shocks or vibration.
Expandable Connections, Use mics, monitor video and add custom expansion options
The right side of the Micro Cinema Camera includes a full size HDMI connector for monitoring video output with overlays and embedded audio, along with the expansion port which uses a standard DB-HD15 connector. The expansion port can be used with the included breakout cable or with a custom cable of your own design to give you additional monitoring, control and power options. The left side of the camera houses the SD card slot for recording and also has a high quality 3.5mm stereo input for connecting mic or line level devices.
Easy Camera Settings, Front panel buttons to quickly change settings
You can quickly adjust camera settings using the row of buttons located on the front of the camera. Because they’re on the front, the buttons are always accessible, whether the camera is strapped to your body or mounted in tight locations. Camera settings are displayed on screen using the HDMI or composite video output. You also get power, record, stop, fast forward and rewind buttons, along with an LED light on top that shows recording status and has memory card and low battery warning indicators.
Professional Sound, High quality audio recording with built in or external microphones
Engineered for high quality audio recording, the built in high quality stereo microphone is omni-directional and features a mechanical design to help reduce unwanted wind noise so you get a clear recording. There’s also a built in 3.5mm input connector so you can plug in directional or wireless clip on microphones. The 3.5mm input jack supports both mic or line level devices and automatically disables the internal mic when an external one is connected. The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera gives you the flexibility to choose the right microphone or audio source for your production!
Battery or External Power, Use removable batteries or DC power sources
For remote recording, you can attach any readily available LP-E6 battery to the back of the camera and place it in all sorts of locations. The battery level is shown in an overlay when the camera is connected to an HDMI display or on the PAL/NTSC video output so you can monitor battery levels even when the camera is operated remotely. There is also an LED on the camera to indicate low battery condition as well as record status. The included breakout cable has a 12V DC input jack so you can use external power supplies or even rig up your own long lasting custom power sources!
Add Popular Accessories, Rig it, mount it and control it anywhere
The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is compatible with a virtually unlimited number of accessories ranging from interchangeable MFT lenses and lens mount adapters, to quadcopters, battery chargers and more. Two ¼” mounting points on the top and bottom of the camera let you securely rig the camera anywhere and then use wireless HDMI or composite video transmitters for remote monitoring. You can even control the camera using wired LANC accessories or go completely wireless with PWM or S.Bus radio remote control transmitters and receivers or roll your own custom control solution using embedded computers such as Raspberry Pi or BASIC Stamp!
For the new Blackmagic Camera 4.7 Update
This software update includes features for the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K and Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera. Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K now includes 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60 format support, along with improved sensor exposure sensitivity by 2 stops, new gain setting range from -12dB to +12dB, and RAW SDI output. This update also adds additional remote control options such as PTZ support via VISCA through the expansion port and in the Blackmagic SDI Control Protocol, additional tally support, ability to remotely trigger SDI and HDMI recording and more. Both Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K and the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera models now have additional S.Bus commands such as changing frame rate settings. Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera features include support for record start/stop triggers on HDMI output, support for timecode output on HDMI, as well as general performance improvements. Please click here
|Sensor Size||12.48mm x 7.02mm (Super 16)|
|Shooting Resolutions||1920 x 1080|
|Frame Rates - Rolling Shutter||1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60|
|Dynamic Range||13 stops|
|Focus||Remote focus control via expansion connector when using compatible lenses.|
|Iris Control||Iris control via Rewind and Forward buttons, plus remote control via expansion connector when using compatible|
|Lens Mount||Active MFT mount|
|Controls||6 control buttons including Record, Play, Rewind, Forward, Menu, and Power.|
|4 channel PWM plus 1 x S.Bus remote via expansion connector|
|Microphone||Integrated stereo microphone, active when camera is recording.|
|Mounting Options||1 x 1/4" (top), 3 x 1/4" (bottom)|
|Storage Type||Removable SDXC and SDHC cards.|
|Mac OS Extended or exFAT format.|
|SD cards can be formatted in camera, or on any Mac or Windows computer.|
|Formatting in camera recommended.|
|1920 x 1080||CinemaDNG RAW - 65 MB/s|
|Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 27.5 MB/s|
|Apple ProRes 422 - 18.4 MB/s|
|Apple ProRes 422 LT - 12.75 MB/s|
|Apple ProRes Proxy - 5.6 MB/s|
|Rates based on 30 frames per second.|
|Compressed Recording Formats||Lossless CinemaDNG RAW at 1920 x 1080 with film dynamic range.|
|Apple ProRes 422 HQ, 422, 422 LT and 422 Proxy at 1920 x 1080 with either film or video dynamic range.|
|HDMI Video Output||1 x HDMI Type A output|
|DB-HD15 serial connector provides support for:||Power input|
|1 x S.Bus channel input|
|4 x PWM channel input|
|Composite video output|
|Analog Audio Input||1 x 3.5mm stereo audio at line or mic level. Can also be used for timecode input.|
|HDMI Audio Output||2 channels 48 kHz and 24-bit.|
|Remote Control||Lens control, recording parameters and record trigger start/stop trigger via LANC and PWM or S.Bus remote|
|Computer Interface||USB 2.0 Mini-B port for software updates.|
|Software Included||DaVinci Resolve Lite grading software.|
|SD card for Mac OS X and Windows.|
|Operating Systems||Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later.|
|Windows 7 or Windows 8.|
|Battery Type||Canon LP-E6|
|Battery Life||Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes|
|Operating temperature:||0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)|
|Storage temperature:||-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)|
|Relative Humidity:||0% to 90% non-condensing|
The camera that goes where other cameras can’t!
The Micro Cinema Camera goes where no other professional camera can go and delivers Super 16mm digital film quality. Now you can get the impossible shots that would be too dangerous for a cameraman, or too cramped for a regular camera! Unlike the cheap, lossy compression found on other small cameras, the Micro Cinema Camera features a built in recorder that saves images in professional Cinema DNG RAW and ProRes formats. That means you get files with exceptional image quality, timecode, accurate AV sync and perfect color fidelity.
Quadcopters, The ultimate aerial digital film camera!
Micro Cinema Camera is perfect for use on even smaller, more affordable quadcopters! Its wide dynamic range and light weight let you shoot panoramic fly overs that capture every subtle detail in the bright skies and dark moody terrain! You get brilliant images, and because it works with an incredible range of high quality interchangeable lenses, you can choose the right lens for each shot! Use a wireless video transmitter and radio remote control so you can see the shot while it’s in the air and remotely control lens settings and record start/stop. That means you won’t fill up valuable storage while flying into position!
Crash Cam, The perfect camera for the most dangerous shots!
You usually only have one chance to get it right when shooting a dangerous crash sequence. The Micro Cinema Camera is the perfect crash cam because it’s small enough to fit virtually anywhere, has multiple mount points so you can enclose it in a crash-proof box, and can be controlled remotely. That means you can stay clear of the danger and still get true digital film quality shots! The remote control lets you quickly control iris, focus and even start or stop recording. With the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera you can safely capture the most dangerous shots at full digital film quality!
Helmet Cams, Capture unimaginable extreme point of view shots!
You’ll get unbeatable base jumping or freestyle snowboarding shots because now you can wear a true digital film camera! The Micro Cinema Camera is small and light weight, uses high quality MFT lenses and records to professional RAW and ProRes formats, so the shots have the quality to make amazing sports documentaries. That makes it the best wearable camera for getting extreme point of view shots. All you have to do is strap it to your helmet or wear it across your chest, push the record button, and go! Be careful not to compromise your helmet’s safety when you attach a camera to it.
Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles, Complete coverage, from dashboard to tail pipe
Whether your shot takes place inside or outside of a vehicle, the top and bottom mount points let you secure the Micro Cinema Camera to any rig. You get the best image quality from it’s incredible sensor with high frame rates up to 1080p60. You can even mount multiple cameras to a vehicle for complete coverage! You can push the record buttons manually, or link them all to radio remote control receivers on the same frequency to trigger them all at once! The record light on the top front of the camera can be seen clearly so you’ll know all the cameras are recording before the action starts
Nature and Animal Cinematography, Record amazing wildlife encounters in exotic locations
Capture the environment and animal behavior with all the wonder of the natural world! The Micro Cinema Camera can be set up for long shots in the wild and, because it’s so small, it won’t interfere with animals in their natural habitat! The camera’s image quality blends in perfectly with any scripted studio introductions. For time lapse recordings that go for hours, the camera can be customized with a larger external battery using the DB-HD15 expansion port’s power input. You can also attach LP-E6 compatible batteries to maintain power when you need to change the external battery and build custom cables when you need to place the camera far away from people!
Dangerous Locations, Safely shoot from risky and dangerous locations
When a shot is too dangerous or physically impossible for a cameraman, the Micro Cinema Camera can still get the shot! Its compact body fits into extremely tight, difficult or even precarious locations. Send it up in a weather balloon to create the ultimate storm chaser scene, put it on a narrow conveyor belt in a factory for a unique point of view, or even capture a bird’s eye view from a cliff hanging Condor nest! No shot is too risky because the camera can be configured with wireless monitoring, long lasting power supplies and a wide angle lens with infinite focus. Once it’s set up, you hardly have to touch it again!
Hidden Cameras, Capture more natural performances with invisible cameras
You can use Micro Cinema Camera for reality TV where you want to capture the most natural performances from the participants. Even investigative reporters for news magazines or documentary filmmakers can place hidden cameras in an effort to gather the true story. The small size, flexible lens options and built in stereo mic means you can candidly capture interviews or interactions without subjects playing to the camera. Build unique rigs to camouflage the camera as it sits on a book shelf or in a potted plant. Wireless monitoring and radio remote control options allow you to focus and change aperture settings as the shoot takes place.
The incredibly small camera, that’s massively expandable
The Micro Cinema Camera is an incredibly small, super 16, digital film camera that is designed to deliver great quality HD images. The Micro Four Thirds lens mount allows you to select from a wide range of incredibly sharp, interchangeable lenses. The core body and lens mount are made out of a sturdy magnesium alloy so you get a metal core that’s incredibly light weight. The full sized HDMI output makes it easy to connect to an HD display for monitoring, while the expansion port opens the camera up to the widest variety of power, monitoring and remote control options.
Incredibly Small, The smallest camera body that still uses professional lenses
With a design only 2.57in high, 3.25in wide, 2.74in deep, the Micro Cinema Camera is as small as it can possibly be while still being large enough to have a professional lens mount allowing a wide variety of interchangeable lenses. The miniature size lets you to mount the camera in unique locations, like on bike handles, hang gliders, skateboards, remote control toy cars and even on your own body for cinematic quality shots that would be impossible to get with any other camera!
Magnesium Alloy Core, Lightweight and super durable chassis and lens mount
The core chassis and lens mount of the Micro Cinema Camera are made from the same unique magnesium alloy that’s used to build high performance racing car wheels. That means you get a super strong camera that’s also lightweight! There are two ¼ thread mount points located on the top and bottom of the camera that can be used for securely fastening the camera onto a standard mini flexible tripod, a quadcopter platform or any other custom rig that you design.
Active Micro Four Thirds Lenses, The lightest weight, professional lenses available
The Micro Four Thirds lens mount allows you to select from a wide range of photo quality, interchangeable lenses where you have control over focal length, aperture setting and performance. Select from fast primes, wide angles with infinite focus or even specialty lenses like macro or tilt and shift lenses. You can even control active MFT lenses remotely using the expansion port’s connections for radio remote control systems!
Completely Customizable, Create custom rigs that let you use the camera anywhere
No other professional camera allows so much customization in such a small body. The unique expansion port gives you unparalleled options for power, monitoring and remotely controlling the camera. You also have your choice of professional Micro Four Thirds lenses or you can use a lens mount adaptor to attach larger EF or PL lenses. Using both the top and bottom mount points you can securely fasten the camera into what ever rig you need.
Maximum Connections, Monitoring, audio, power, remote and more!
The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is designed to give you the maximum number of connection options in the smallest amount of space. You get a full sized HDMI connection for wired or wireless HD monitoring along with a 3.5mm microphone input that works with both mic and line level devices. The expansion port gives you an incredible number of options, all from a single DB-HD15 port! The breakout cable includes 4 PWM inputs for analog radio remote control, composite video out, power and LANC. You can even create your own custom cable to take advantage of additional features on the expansion port!
Removable Batteries, Use readily available LP-E6 batteries
For convenient, portable power you can use Canon compatible LP-E6 batteries. These readily available, rechargeable batteries snap right onto the back of the camera for long recording times! The LED indicator on top of the camera blinks when battery power gets low, making it easy to know when you need to swap batteries. For longer shoots, the expansion port’s breakout cable allows you to plug into DC power so you can plug into standard AC power or even connect to your own external batteries so you never miss a frame of the action!
The world’s most expandable camera!
The incredibly unique expansion port provides access to a wide range of connections. You can use the included breakout cable to massively expand the camera’s features. The port is based on a standard DB-HD15 connector which is easy to buy and incredibly easy to solder so you can make up your own cables for all sorts of controls, or use the included cable for the most common types of connections!
PWM, 4 analog radio remote control inputs
The expansion port provides 4 PWM inputs, as used to control analog servos on model airplanes. Mapping these inputs to features on the Micro Cinema Camera gives you an extremely low cost, power efficient way to wirelessly control your camera. Each PWM analog input operates a single channel that can drive a feature such as lens focus, iris and servo zooms. The expansion port also has 5V and 0V pins that you can custom wire to a PWM input for controlling switches or buttons. You can even use external custom controllers such as a BASIC Stamp or Raspberry Pi for more complex control!
S.Bus, Futaba's highly accurate 18 channel radio control system
Futaba’s S.Bus is a highly accurate, digital radio remote control system that can also be used to control servos that in turn adjust focus, iris, servo zoom or any camera setting. S.Bus is a more modern version of radio control than PWM because it uses 1 connection to control up to 18 channels. That means you can map more camera functions for remote control than PWM. Most often used for radio remote control of airplane and helicopter models, S.Bus receivers and decoders can be found in most major hobby stores online.
LANC, The universal standard for wired remote control
LANC is a universal standard supported by hundreds of equipment manufacturers for controlling things like camera start and stop, as well as various lenses and accessories. The expansion port’s breakout cable includes an industry standard LANC connection so you can add external lens controllers for your active MFT lenses. That means, depending on your lens, you could get wired remote control over things like iris, focus and servo zooms.
Composite Video Output, Monitor a live camera feed and see status
The expansion port features composite video out so you can use low cost wireless video transmitters to get a real time camera feed. Use it for camera set up, remote focus and iris adjustments because it has overlays for camera settings. When shooting, you can use the overlays to see battery level, recording format, frame rate and to confirm that the camera is recording.
Reference Input, Blackburst and Tri-Sync
Synchronize the Micro Cinema Cam with all the other equipment in your studio or together in a stereoscopic rig. The expansion port includes a reference input that is compatible with tri-sync and blackburst for locking the camera to other video equipment, or syncing two cameras together when doing 3D stereoscopic shoots. Once the reference signal is provided, the Micro Studio Cameras will be frame aligned for perfectly synchronized 3D stereoscopic shooting!
External Power, Provide an external power feed to the camera
The included break out cable features a 12V DC power input connection so you can use standard power supplies or even large external batteries for longer continuous recording! The external power can even trickle charge the removable battery at the same time, so you’ll have continuous power even while you’re swapping the external batteries.
Great little camera. And for those who wonder.. the battery is included. (:
Martin D on 2016-04-15
Good quality to price ratio. Need an additional OPLF filter to remove moire and aliasing (mosaic eng.), but in my opinion this is a low price for small 1080p RAW camera with proper 60p. And if you want close to super35 field of view some speedbooster is also must have. It will make it twice the price but still I would rather 1080p 12bit raw than 4k 8bit
Piotr Naumowicz on 2016-05-09