We had a great opportunity to visit Blackmagic Design’s Burbank, California Offices to get a look at the new URSA Mini Pro. With just a couple of hours to spend with the camera, here are our first impressions of the camera:
We also made sure to test the Internal ND Filters of the URSA Mini Pro. The camera was set with 200 ISO, WB was set to 4700k and the lens was set to 3.5, and it was an overcast day outside. The filters rotate across the sensor on a wheel and go from Clear, 2 Stops, 4 Stops and 6 Stops. You can see our results in the video, but here are some stills:
The filters worked great, and they did not cause a blue cast, which sometimes happens with other, cheaper ND Filters.
The new fold-out Screen is reduced in size (from 5 inches to 4 inches), but it’s still a touch-screen and retains all of its functionality. The URSA Mini Pro has dual SD Card slots as well as CFast Card slots, but you cannot use them both at the same time. You must choose either SD or CFast. You can record RAW using SDXC2 cards.
Although we were not able to test it, the Audio Inputs have received a new pre-amp, as some users were having to use an additional pre-amp with some microphone systems.
The URSA Mini Pro is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$5,995. Also available from resellers are the optional URSA Mini Pro PL lens mount for US$245, as well as the optional URSA Mini Pro B4 HD lens mount for US$385. The URSA Mini Pro comes standard with an EF lens mount, and additional replacement mounts can also be purchased for US$175.
For more information see the press conference above, the press release below and go the Blackmagic Design Website at www.BlackmagicDesign.com