Blackmagic has announced two new 4K Studio cameras. The Blackmagic 4K Plus Studio Camera and the Blackmagic 4K Pro Studio Camera. Both cameras are designed primarily for live production, although they can also record Blackmagic RAW to an SSD via USB. Both cameras also feature a new 7-inch touchscreen LCD display.
Both cameras capture and record 4K UHD at up to 60 frames per second using a Micro Four Thirds sensor (17.78 x 10mm) with 13 stops of dynamic range and an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount . They also feature native dual ISO at 0 dB and gain 18 dB with an upper limit of ISO 25,600.
The new cameras replace both the old ones Blackmagic HD Studio Camera and the Blackmagic 4K studio camera models and provide important updates. On HD, obviously, the resolution has been jostled, but on 4K, big obvious changes. The first is that the LCD screen has shrunk a bit, although it has retained the same resolution of 1920 × 1200. It also ditched the line of buttons at the bottom in favor of a touchscreen interface.
There are also two versions of the new camera, the Studio Camera 4K Pro being essentially a direct replacement for the older Studio Camera 4K and the Studio Camera 4K Plus being a slightly scaled-down model designed primarily for use with the company. Atem Mini Series video switches (but not required). On the front and back, the two cameras look essentially identical, but it’s on the sides that you really see the difference, with the Studio 4K Pro offering more connectivity.
Other differences between the two models include the brightness of the LCD screen. The Studio 4K Pro LCD display offers 2200 nits of brightness, which should be easily seen even in bright outdoor environments. The 4K Plus LCD display only offers a relatively modest 600 nits brightness. It’s still pretty bright, although you definitely rely on that LCD cover a lot more if you use it outdoors.
The Studio 4K Plus offers fairly minimal connectivity, with only the basic options. You have an HDMI 2.0 video output, a 3.5mm stereo input (which can also be used for timecode input), a 3.5mm headphone jack, and two USB 3.1 Gen ports. 1 type C (5 Gb / s) for external recording, focus and zoom control and firmware updates.
Studio 4K Pro also provides the same connectivity as above, but with additional SDI video output offering 1.5G, 3G, 6G or 12G capabilities, one SDI video input, two XLR sockets with phantom power support capable of switching between mic and line levels, a 5-pin XLR output for talkback headphones, a 10 Gb / sec Ethernet jack, reference inputs for the Blackmagic Studio Converter and the standard 3.5mm headphone jack has been replaced by a TRRS socket for use with headphones incorporating a microphone.
Although both cameras are designed primarily for streaming or recording on separate devices, they both offer support for Blackmagic RAW recording to an SSD connected via USB with constant bit rate at 3: 1, 5: 1, 8: 1 and 12: 1 or constant quality at Q0, Q1, Q3 or Q5.
Overall, they look like fairly worthy successors to the previous models, offering a range of great options. With the Studio Camera 4K Plus at such a low price, I’m wondering if that means we’ll see an update from 2017 as well. Blackmagic Micro Studio 4K Camera (which is currently listed at the same price as the Studio 4K Plus) coming soon with the faster 60fps capacity and a discounted price.
After all, we don’t always need to be seated behind a camera’s monitor, and depending on where a camera is placed, it may not even be possible to step behind the screen to adjust settings. . I haven’t heard any rumors about a new Micro Studio Camera 4K update, but it would make sense for Blackmagic to release a potential replacement model of the Micro Studio to match the quality and functionality of the new Studio Camera 4K models. Plus and Pro.
The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro is available for pre-order now for $ 1,795 while the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus is available for pre-order now for $ 1,295. Both models are expected to start shipping very soon. You can learn more about the two cameras and the various accessories at the Blackmagic website.