Shaking up the way we think about studio broadcast is Blackmagic’s Studio Camera 4K Pro and Studio Camera 4K Plus cameras. Both offering impeccable image quality and usability, these cameras are super-lightweight with a reinforced carbon fibre exterior and feature both physical control knobs and a 7” touchscreen with full camera control. To help truly utilise the sensor (that can offer up to 4K UHD recording) is the use of the popular Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Allowing the use of a wide range of MFT lenses means that you can great cinematic-quality live productions. Both units also excel in low-light conditions with up to 25,600 ISO and +36dB gain that is perfect for those occasions where there’s less light available. Finally, both the Pro and Plus feature a built-in built-In DaVinci Resolve Colour Corrector, 13 stops of dynamic range, LUT input, and Gen 5 colour science, all of which help you create cinematic live recordings. So, what’s the difference between them?
Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro Key Features:
- Capture incredibly crisp and clear UHD 4K 3840 x 2160p60
- Frame your shot with the 7" High-Brightness HDR Touch LCD
- Offers the choice to records to external USB Type-C disks
- Record in stunning Blackmagic RAW with up to 25,600 ISO
- The unit comes with a built-In DaVinci Resolve Colour Corrector
- It has a super-lightweight Carbon Fiber Polycarbonate body
- Connectivity options include 12G-SDI, HDMI & 10G Ethernet Video I/O
- The unit has an XLR & 3.5mm audio input and built-in mics
- 5-Pin headset plug, ideal for studio shooting environments
- Powered by the advanced and intuitive Blackmagic OS
- Popular MFT lens mount allows for a huge range of lenses
- Simple buttons & knobs, as well as touchscreen controls
- Red tally light for on-air, green for preview & orange for ISO recording
- Use an ATEM Mini switcher to control the camera via HDMI
- Features an HDMI with tally, camera control, and record trigger
Expanded Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro Key Features:
Exceptional Image Quality & Performance
Equipped with an incredible 4K sensor and Blackmagic’s Generation 5 Colour Science results in outstanding image quality and cinematic images for your live productions. The sensor has a 4096 x 2160 resolution that can also cater to HD and UHS production, too, as well as supporting 23.98 up to 60 fps. 13 stops of dynamic range mean that the camera can offer darker blacks and brighter whites, and when used in conjunction with the built-in DaVinci Resolve Primary Colour Checker technology, you’ll capture images that’ll set your broadcast aside from the rest.
Additionally, both the Pro and Plus versions of the camera excel in low-light conditions. Both cameras offer a gain level from -12 dB (100 ISO) up to +36 dB (25,600 ISO) and are optimised to reduce grain and noise in images while maintaining full dynamic range. This camera can be used in almost all conditions e.g. using the primary native ISO 400 for studio lighting and the second high-base ISO 3200 for poorer lighting conditions.
Blackmagic RAW Quality & 3D LUTs Support
The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro and Plus are able to utilise Blackmagic RAW. While many file formats such as H.264 are surprisingly compressed and show noise and artefacts that result in lost detail, Blackmagic RAW eliminates this issue. Blackmagic RAW retains incredible detail and rich colour throughout the footage, as well as saving cameras settings like metadata meaning you can alter ISO, white balance, and exposure later in DaVinci Resolve. The cameras also support 3D LUTs, allowing film gamma images that are recorded to be converted to more pleasing images on the LCD screen. 3D LUTs are also saved into the Blackmagic RAW files meaning you can use them post-production - These are never burned into the image data so you can easily disable them should you want to.
A Design Made For Professionals
Generally speaking, broadcast studio cameras are large, heavy and are not in any way portable. Enter the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro and Plus cameras. Both cameras have been thoughtfully designed with professional users in mind. Both feature all the benefits and large studio cameras but in a much smaller, more compact and entirely portable body. To achieve this, Blackmagic has constructed a lightweight carbon fibre reinforced polycarbonate body that houses all of the pro-grade live-production technology.
A unique feature of this camera is its large 7” high-resolution viewfinder that is designed to transform the way you work by allowing you to easily frame your shots and utilise the intuitive touch screen controls to navigate menus and make adjustments. The unit comes with a sunshade that can be used to make sure you can see the screen as well as protect the screen during transport. The touchscreen controls are invaluable for live adjustments, but there are physical buttons and knobs, too. These include brightness/contrast/focus peaking fine-tuning knobs and three customisable function buttons.
Both the Pro and Plus cameras feature an HSMI port that is ideal for HDMI switchers such as Blackmagic’s ATEM Mini. The HDMI also supports video, tally, control, and record trigger for a broadcast-style workflow using a single HDMI cable. However, the Pro is called Pro for a reason. This version features 12G-SDI meaning you can connect SDI-Based switchers, and there’s a 12G-SDI connectivity option for camera video and program return (which includes tally, talkback, and remote camera control.) Alternatively, there’s 10G Ethernet camera video, program return, tally, talkback, camera control, and even power using a regular Cat 6a Ethernet cable.
SMPTE Fiber-Style Workflow
The 4K Pro model supports camera connection via Ethernet. Whilst traditional broadcast studio cameras use expensive SMPTE fibre to communicate and power cameras, this camera uses 10G Ethernet as an alternative. This method is much cheaper and has the added bonus of including all camera video, program return feeds, tally, talkback, camera control, and power. The Blackmagic Studio Converter handles all video conversions at the switcher end plus adds power to the Ethernet cable meaning you won’t have to connect your camera to another power source.
USB Expansion Port for Accessories
The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro and Plys feature a high-speed USB Type-C expansion port that has been included so you to record to external disks or connect to a wide range of accessories. This connection means that you can plug in an external USB disk and record and then later edit 12-bit Blackmagic RAW files from your main computer. Equally, this port can cater to optional focus and zoom accessories, making filming even easier. If that wasn’t enough, the port can also charge your phone whilst you film.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro
- 1 x Sun Hood
- 1 x Turret Dust Cap
- 1 x Universal Power Supply with International Socket Adapters
- 1 x 15mm LWS Tripod Mount
- 1 x Tally Decal Set
- Limited 1-Year Warranty
Are the built-in mics any good?
The microphones in the Pro and Plus cameras are designed to make setup much faster. They’re high-quality microphones that are placed at the edges of the screen which results in better stereo separation than what’s possible with standard built-in video camera microphones. Additionally, they’re also shock and wind resistant which means you’ll capture great audio even in adverse conditions. Of course, should you want to use your own microphone, there’s a 3.5mm audio input for connecting video camera microphones, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.
How can I monitor video footage?
This camera allows you to simply press the camera's PGM button, and the viewfinder will switch from the camera display to the program return feed from the switcher. The result of this is that even if the camera operator is far away from the switcher, they can still keep up with what's happening and remain alert.
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