Blackmagic Design’s New $10K Video Camera Can Shoot 12K

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Now that we’re well-versed with ‘Ks’, thanks to 4K being pushed by various stakeholders in the technology and entertainment world, it’s time the higher echelons of creators to move to higher-resolution cameras. Those looking for one can now check out the Ursa Mini Mini Pro 12K by Blackmagic Design that can shoot – as the name might suggest – 12K footage.

The Ursa Mini Pro 12K is an upgrade over the existing Ursa Mini Pro which can shoot 4.6K videos. Before we get into why anyone would buy a 12K video camera, let’s get to know it a bit more.

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The Ursa Mini Pro 12K makes use of an 80MP 12,288 x 6,480 sensor that can shoot 12K at 60 frames per second, 8K at 110 frames per second, and 4K at 220 frames per second. The sensor has 14 stops of dynamic range and a native ISO of 800.

The camera ships with an Arri PL lens mount which makes it compatible with high-end cinema lenses. But the PL lens mount can be switched out for Nikon F and Canon EF mounts.

The video camera has built-in dual CFast card slots and dual UHS‑II SD card slots. There’s a SuperSpeed USB-C expansion port for direct recording to SATA and NVMe drives.

But who has 12K TVs to watch the content shot by this camera, you ask? Well, the aim here is to not shoot 12K video for end consumption. Instead, Blackmagic says shooting in 12K (more pixels basically) will give more freedom to content creators in the post-production process wherein they’ll be able to crop without losing resolution for their 4K or 8K projects.

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To help edit the 12K footage on any laptop that would generally be used to edit 4K or 8K footage, the camera encodes footage using Blackmagic’s RAW codec.

The Blackmagic Design costs $9,995 and is clearly not made for the average joe. While the price might seem really steep to someone who doesn’t know about professional high-end cameras, the camera community can’t help but see this as an attractive price. After all, it doesn’t really have a direct competitor in its price segment.

The camera is expected to be available worldwide by the end of July.

Image Credits: Blackmagic Design


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