Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K and Micro Cinema Camera ship - without global shutters

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K
Neal Romanek
March 17th 2016 at 2:34PM : By Neal Romanek

Blackmagic's eagerly awaited new cameras are shipping, but technical problems mean they will ship without global shutters

The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K and the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera are now shipping, but that the specs of the two cameras have been changed and they will not be shipping with the promised global shutter.

Blackmagic said that the development of the global shutter in these cameras has taken longer than expected, and has been the reason the cameras have been delayed in shipping as problems in implementing the global shutter feature had been holding up their release. Both cameras are experiencing issues with their global shutters. The problems are different between the URSA Mini 4.6K and the Micro Cinema Camera (pictured below).

The company said in a press release: For the past six months, Blackmagic Design engineers have been working extremely hard to resolve the issues. As the performance of the global shutter is not up to the high quality level that Blackmagic Design strives to give its customers, Blackmagic Design have decided to ship both of the cameras without the global shutter feature.

The company said that positive feedback about the quality of the URSA Mini 4.6K encouraged the release of the camera, despite the global shutter issues being unresolved. The main benefits of the cameras, according to the company, are the wide dynamic range, which is only available when running without global shutter.

Blackmagic said that its older URSA Mini 4K would be the camera for shooting global shutter (and so, high frame rates) use and that the new URSA Mini 4.6K would be for users who want a wider dynamic range. The company told TV Technology Europe that if customers needed a global shutter camera, they would need to explore other options. 

Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty apologised: “We’re deeply sorry that it has taken much longer than expected to ship the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K and Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, and extremely disappointed that we are unable to deliver a feature that we had previously announced. As an engineer, I have always felt that my job is to build a stage for customers to perform on, but until we ship a product we never know what kind of stage it is. This camera is truly amazing and images are just so filmic. The beta test cameras have been received so well that they have already been used on national campaigns and feature films. The images they have shot so far are way beyond anything we could have imagined when we first started making cameras, and I can’t wait to see all the incredible footage that will be shot on the new URSA Mini 4.6K camera.”

Blackmagic Design’s design team produced a short test film shot in a variety of conditions, ranging from low light to direct sunlight daytime shots using tripods, shoulder mounts, a dolly, gimble and mounted on a drone. The film can be watched or downloaded in 4K at the Blackmagic Design website.

There is also a behind the scenes video documenting the making of the short and three separate camera original RAW files that can be downloaded so customers can try color grading the shots themselves using the free version of DaVinci Resolve, also downloadable on the site.

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera