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Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K Super 35mm Cinema EF Mount (Body Only)

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Overview
Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K Super 35mm Cinema EF Mount (Body Only). World’s most portable 4Kdigital film camera!
Shoot Ultra HD TV or 4K feature films with the new Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. You get a large Super 35 size sensor with professional global shutter combined with precision EF mount optics, high quality visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)™ file recording for a complete self contained solution. The built in touchscreen lets you monitor, change settings and enter metadata directly on the camera!
Notes from Blackmagic:
This camera may produce a black hole effect which is a characteristic of the CMOS sensors
The camera does NOT record in RAW, however Blackmagic are working to resolve these issues in the future with a firmware update - the date of this update is to be confirmed. 
Blackmagic Camera Setup 3.4
Welcome to the Blackmagic Camera Setup!
This software package allows you to...
Summary
Camera Type: Large Sensor
CODEC: Apple ProRes 422 / 444
Form Factor: Studio Camera
HDMI Output: No
Lens/Mount: Canon EF
Maximum Video Resolution (recorded): 3840x2160
Recording Media: SSD
SDI Output: Yes
Sensor Size: S 35mm
Type: Cine
Variable Frame Rate: No
Video Resolution: 4K
XLR Audio Input:
Included in box
  • 1x Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
  • 1x Sun Shield
  • 1x Camera Strap
  • 1x Turret Dust Cap
  • 1x 12V AC Adapter
  • 1x DaVinci Resolve Lite grading software DVD for Mac OS X and Windows. 
  • 1x Blackmagic Media Express software. 
  • 1x DiskSpeed Test.

About the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K EF

World’s most portable 4Kdigital film camera!
Shoot Ultra HD TV or 4K feature films with the new Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. You get a large Super 35 size sensor with professional global shutter combined with precision EF mount optics, high quality visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)™ file recording for a complete self contained solution. The built in touchscreen lets you monitor, change settings and enter metadata directly on the camera!

Notes from Blackmagic:
This camera may produce a black hole effect which is a characteristic of the CMOS sensors
The camera does NOT record in RAW, however Blackmagic are working to resolve these issues in the future with a firmware update - the date of this update is to be confirmed. 

Blackmagic Camera Setup 3.4

Welcome to the Blackmagic Camera Setup!
This software package allows you to update your Blackmagic Camera to the latest software release for new features, bug fixes and other enhancements.

The software installer no longer installs the Desktop Video or UltraScope applications and they will need to be downloaded separately from the Blackmagic Design website: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support

To use UltraScope via Thunderbolt with Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Production Camera 4K, download and install the Blackmagic UltraScope software. If you want to use Media Express with the supported cameras, download and install the Blackmagic Desktop Video software.

Please ensure that your camera is plugged into mains power before running the software update.

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 3.4

  • Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
  • Adds support for SDI record trigger
  • Adds support for RP-188 timecode output
  • Improved 6G-SDI output compatibility
  • Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X
  • Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or better
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or better
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port
  • Thunderbolt port for UltraScope and Media Express when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
  • Minimum system requirements for Windows
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port
  • A suitable Thunderbolt port when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Installing Blackmagic Camera Utility
Before installing the software, we recommend that you run "Uninstall Camera Setup" first.
After loading the software on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF or MFT, you may notice a slight flickering on the built-in LCD screen. This is normal and expected behaviour. The flickering will go away after a few minutes of operation.

The Blackmagic Camera Installer package installs:

  • Blackmagic Camera Setup
  • Uninstall Blackmagic Camera Setup
  • User Manuals

 

 

Camera Features
Effective Sensor Size21.12mm x 11.88mm (Super 35).
Effective Resolution3840 x 2160
Shooting Resolutions3840 x 2160, 1920x1080.
Frame Rates3840 x 2160p23.98,
3840 x 2160p24,
3840 x 2160p25,
3840 x 2160p29.97,
3840 x 2160p30,
1920 x 1080p23.98,
1920 x 1080p24,
1920 x 1080p25,
1920 x 1080p29.97,
1920 x 1080p30,
1920 x 1080p50i,
1920 x 1080p59.94i.
Dynamic Range12 stops.
FocusFocus button turns on peaking.
Iris ControlIris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video mode.
Lens MountEF and ZE mount compatible with electronic iris control.
Screen Dimensions5" and 800 x 480 resolution.
Screen TypeIntegrated LCD capacitive touchscreen.
Metadata SupportAutomatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords.
ControlsOn screen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control.
MicrophoneIntegrated mono microphone.
SpeakerIntegrated mono speaker.
Mounting Options3 x 1/4"-20 UNC thread mounting points on top of camera. 1 x 1/4"-20 UNC thread tripod mount with locator pin.
Storage Features
Storage TypeRemovable 2.5” SSD.
Storage FormatMac OS Extended or exFAT format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
Storage Rates880 Mbps using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).
Compressed Recording FormatsApple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080, visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW at 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080 with either Film or Video Dynamic Range.
Connections
SDI Video Output1 x 6G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
Analog Audio Input2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output.
SDI Audio Output2 channels in 6G-SDI 48 kHz and 24 bit.
Remote Control1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus.
Computer InterfaceThunderbolt port for capture of HD video and audio. USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.
Standards
SDI ComplianceSMPTE 292M
SDI Audio Sampling48 kHz and 24-bit
Software
Software IncludedDaVinci Resolve Lite grading software DVD for Mac OS X and Windows. Blackmagic Media Express software. DiskSpeed Test.
Software ApplicationsFinal Cut Pro, Adobe Premier Pro, After Effects, Nuke, Photoshop, Pro Tools, DaVinci Resolve, UltraScope, Media Express, Disk Speed Test.
Operating SystemsMac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.
Windows 7 or later.
Power Requirements
External Power11V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included.
PowerIntegrated Lithium Ion Polymer rechargeable battery. 11V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Battery LifeApproximately 90 minutes.
Battery Charge TimeApproximately 2 hours when not in use
Accessories
Optional AccessoriesBlackmagic Cinema Camera Handles
Physical Specifications166mm x 113mm x 126mm
Weight1.7kg
Warranty
Product Warranty12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Super 35mm image sensor
  • Global Shutter (to eliminate rolling shutter 'jello' effects)
  • HD and 4K support
  • Built In SSD recorder
  • Touch-screen LCD display / GUI
  • Metadata entry
  • Compressed Cinema DNG, RAW and ProRes recording
  • Thunderbolt i/o
  • EF lens compatibility
  • FREE DaVinci Resolve and UltraScope

Stunning Beauty of 4K - Utilize the power of 4K resolution in your work

The latest high end televisions and video projectors support Ultra HD which is four times the resolution of 1080 HD. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K creates visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ) files that are perfect for editing and grading with the software tools you already own.
Now you can shoot the most amazing high resolution music videos, episodic television productions, television commercials, sport, documentaries, interviews and feature films. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K features a single 6G-SDI output for incredible Ultra HD live production.

Premium Quality - Compact solid metal design
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is precision engineered for quality in an incredibly small size. You get a beautifully crafted design featuring a machined aluminum chassis, EF lens mount for interchangeable optics, high resolution 4K Super 35 size sensor, global shutter, visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ) file format. With built in uncompressed audio recording you can record professional audio straight to the ProRes files and totally eliminate separate audio syncing during post production.

Large Super 35 Sensor
With a large Super 35 size sensor you get familiar framing and behavior from the lenses you already own! The sensor features a global shutter so you get perfect panning and with minimal crop factor you also get beautiful wide angle shots from your wide angle lenses. If you're working in HD you'll love the freedom to reframe and zoom into shots without any resolution loss, and when down scaling from 4K to HD you get incredibly smooth and clean images.

EF Compatible Lens Mount Supports
the world's best lensesWith the EF compatible lens mount you can choose high quality optics that are designed to take advantage of the large Super 35 size sensor with minimal cropping. Use the world's most amazing optics from leading lens crafters like Canon, Zeiss and more, with full electronic control!The EF compatible lens mount means you’re not locked into a specific lens, so you have the freedom to work with professional cinema lenses using rails, follow focus and other professional accessories!

Super Fast SSD Recorder - Capture 4K ProRes™ directlyto a removable SSD!
With a built in SSD recorder, Blackmagic Production Camera 4K easily captures 4K in ProRes 422 (HQ) and compressed CinemaDNG files. You get a 4K camera designed from the ground up to be part of your post production workflow! Capturing to a removable SSD means that once you’ve finished shooting you can simply connect the SSD to your computer and edit or colour correct your shots straight from the disk! Disks can be formatted in either HFS+ or exFAT for Mac and Windows compatibility.

Open File Formats - Standard files for your NLE
Unlike traditional cameras that record obscure file formats that take time to convert before you can start post production, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K records directly to files that are compatible with your editing software. The wide dynamic range of the Super 35 size sensor can be mapped into the quantizing range of the file, so you can colour grade shots with greater detail in highlights and shadows. If you're working fast, simply select 'Video' and shoot in regular REC709 colour space.

Beautifully Crafted Design - Machined from solid aluminum for strength and beauty
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K has been designed with portability and durability in mind. With standard connections and an internal battery inside a beautiful machined aluminum design, you can be confident that the Blackmagic ProductionCamera 4K will easily handle the rigors of location work! A high resolution LCD display shows settings such as shutter speed, colour temperature, aperture and timecode in an easy to read status strip.

Easy to Use Touchscreen - Enter metadata on the camera
Use the capacitive touchscreen to access menus to change settings such as recording format, shutter angle and more! Double tap the screen to zoom into the image for fast and accurate focus. Tap once on the screen to display the metadata entry page where you can enter information such as shot number, search tags, scene number, timecode and more. You can even set shot number and other data to increment automatically! This metadata saves directly into your files and is compatible with popular editing software. Managing your files in post production is now much simpler!

Dynamic Range - Higher image quality means even more grading power
With 12 stops of dynamic range you get amazing looking images beyond those of regular video cameras or even the highest end broadcast cameras. All this dynamic range is captured into ProRes or CinemaDNG files at 4K resolution, so images retain abeautiful film look. By capturing more detail from the sensor you can make creative decisions during DaVinci Resolve colour grading! You can really push the shadows or highlights in either direction and preserve fine details in the image!

Standard Connections - No need to buy expensivecustom cables!
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K uses standard connections, so you never need to source custom cables! It includes a 6G-SDI connection for Ultra HD resolution or down converted HD output over a single SDI cable. The built in Thunderbolt connection lets you plug into a laptop computer and use the included UltraScope software for real time waveform monitoring. There are 1/4” jack mic/line inputs for recording the highest quality uncompressed audio, plus a 12V to 30V DC input, a 3.5mm headphone input socket and LANC remote control!

Accessories
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K works with the widest range of professional camera accessories so that you can attach equipment and mount the camera to suit any situation. As the camera includes standard video and audio connections, plus features 1/4” thread mounting points virtually any accessory can be used. There’s also a huge range of accessories developed specifically for the camera by the world’s leading manufacturers. (e.g. Zacuto, Manfrotto, Arri, Bebob and many more!)

Blackmagic Cinema Camera 4K - Elegant portable solution for professional shooting
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is the world’s most portable Ultra HD 4K camera! The beautiful machined aluminum design is both lightweight and incredibly strong, so you can now shoot at 4K resolution in virtually any location with a camera you can hold in your hands! The design features a cinematic Super 35 size sensor, EF lens mount, built in SSD recorder, 5" touchscreen LCD, plus incredible 6G-SDI output.

EF Compatible Lens Mount - Choose from the world's best lens crafters
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K features an EF compatible lens mount, so you can use the highest quality optics from leading lens crafters like Canon™, Zeiss™ and more. With so many EF compatible lenses you have the freedomto switch between prime and zoom lenses depending upon your shot. The camera has a large Super 35 size sensor and global shutter. You can even use super wide angle EF lenses to get the most amazing panoramic images with virtually no crop!

Elegant Design - A design that feels great to use
Every aspect of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K has been meticulously designed so that you get beautiful high resolution images with a camera that feels great to shoot with! By using standard connections, universally compatible file formats and commonly available storage media, nothing is restrictive and the camera fits perfectly into your post production workflow! Attaching additional equipment such as an electronic view finder, microphone or camera support system is easy using the multiple 1/4” thread mounts on the top and bottom of the camera.

Capacitive Touchscreen - Responsive touchscreen lets you type in metadata
The high resolution touchscreen LCD is an integral part of the camera design. In addition to focusing and monitoring your shots the capacitive display is used for metadata entry and to adjust camera settings. This design eliminates complicated camera controls and menu systems. The time saving benefits of entering metadata directly into the camera files saves hours of separate logging and means you get a camera that’s been designed with your post production workflow in mind.

Standard Connections - Everything you need
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K uses standard connections that are conveniently located on one side of the camera. All connections are protected by rubber hoods to keep them clean from dust and dirt when not in use. With standard connections you never need to buy custom cables and if you forget to take a cable with you it’s easy to source a replacement. The camera includes a Thunderbolt connection so you can connect to a computer and use the included UltraScope software for on set scopes!

Built in SSD Recording - Handles high resolution video
Many cameras are designed to use proprietary storage media and file formats, which can both increase your storage costs and slow down the post production process. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K features a built in SSD recorder for removable disks. These standard 2.5” solid state drives are fast, readily available from computer stores and constantly reducing in cost. Because the camera’s video and audio capture is synchronized within the ProRes 422 (HQ) file you can take files easily into post production.

Flexible Power Options - Wide 12V to 30V DC input plus a built in battery!
The inclusion of an internal rechargeable battery makes the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K a truly portable high resolution camera. You get up to 90 minutes of recording time from the battery and the remaining power information is shown in the data strip at the bottom of the picture. The wide input voltage of 12-30V means you can connect external professional battery packs that will let you operate the camera longer whilst recharging the internal battery at the same time.

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Amazing camera and amazing value! 4k raw shooting resolution, super 35 mm size sensor with global shutter plus comes with davinci resolve.
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-11-25


What can I say it's 4K Man!! The picture quality is brilliant
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-03-26


Camera is great!!
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-03-30


Good
4 stars

Feefo on 2014-03-31


Incredible cam for the price.. something on the software side needs to be tuned, but overall it's a fantastic product.
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-04-07


Fantastic camera more than worth the money!!!
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-05-04


Superb digital cinema camera in its imaging and recording capabilities - not perfect in every respect of course, including limitations in low light - but simply astounding at the price, with nothing comparable at the time of writing.
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-10-26


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