Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro, 4K Plus and Studio Converter Announced

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro, 4K Plus and Studio Converter Announced

Not only did Blackmagic Design release a whole new HyperDeck lineup, but they also introduced two new Blackmagic Studio cameras and a PoE Studio Converter.

Blackmagic Design held a big event today releasing two new cameras, a PoE Studio converter and much more. If you want to see our coverage about the new Blackmagic Design HyperDeck lineup, click here.

The newly announced Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro. Credit: Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro

The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro is a big upgrade to both the Studio Camera 4K and HD. It remains the Micro Four Thirds mount, but features a much better ISO performance of up to ISO 25600 and a 13 stop dynamic range. A built-in color corrector, much better microphones and a bigger better tally light are part of the new camera. It features both a HDMI out and a 12G SDI Out (and In). Dual USB C ports, dual XLR ports, and a 4 pin XLR broadcast headphone jack are found on the other side. A 10G-Ethernet port enables you to power the camera over PoE and use only one cable for the whole camera operation.

The back of the Studio Camera 4K Pro. Credit: Blackmagic Design

It has carbon fiber parts and comes with a tripod mount which looks like an ARRI dovetail, but this wasn’t confirmed officially. The sunshade folds down in a compact matter and can be quickly removed. The new screen is a smaller but touch-capable 7″ screen. The new touchscreen controls are very similar to the ones found on the Pocket and Ursa camera series, so very intuitive and quickly to operate. You can use LUTs inside the camera without burning them into the BRAW video files. It features the same RGB Waveform which came with a Blackmagic Camera Update for Pocket cameras.

It is available starting today for $1,795.

For Focus control: Blackmagic Focus Demand. Credit: Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Focus Demand and Zoom Demand

Instead of switching to a B4 mount, which some customers requested, Grant Petty told that a B4 lens wouldn’t fit this camera body type. He also said that MFT lenses are a more compact and modern option with internal electronical controls like Iris, Focus and Power Zoom. For controlling these parameters, Blackmagic introduced two new camera controllers.

The Blackmagic Focus Demand is a big turning knob that you can attach to a video head handle or an ARRI rosette. You can control the Focus of your MFT lens through a USB-C cable attached to your camera.

A zoom rocker from Blackmagic, the Focus Demand. Credit: Blackmagic Design

For power zoom, the Blackmagic Zoom Demand helps out. It features a couple of programmable buttons and a zoom rocker. Both units have two Loop through USB-C ports for daisy-chaining them and attaching them to a camera via only one cable.

Both units will be available in a few months and will cost $245 each.

The Blackmagic Studio Converter for PoE camera operation. Credit: Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Studio Converter

For studio usage cable management is an important topic. Instead of using three cables (Power, SDI In and Out), you can use only one 10G-Ethernet with the new Blackmagic Studio Converter.

It works pretty similarly to the Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter, just instead of the Fiber cable it uses PoE and RJ-45 cables. This allows for a much more affordable operation, because fiber technology is still very expensive. The Blackmagic Studio Converter allows for 12G-SDI In and Output and camera power. Tally data and headset data gets also transmitted over the Ethernet cable. The device is rack-mountable and features a built-in speaker and a headphone socket just like the newly announced HyperDeck units. When using the cameras in HD, you can also use 1G-Ethernet cables.

Orders opened today for a price of $895.

The more affordable Studio Camera option, the Studio Camera 4K Plus. Credit: Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus

Last but not least Blackmagic Design also introduced a slimmed-down Studio Camera – the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus.

Featuring most of the same features of the 4K Pro, it looses the SDI and XLR, and PoE ports. It will have one HDMI output, which is suited for operation with a ATEM Mini video switcher. Tally data and camera controls are sent back over HDMI. The color corrector and the lens can also be controlled from an ATEM Mini switcher over HDMI.

It is also available today for a price of $1,295.

Find out more about all the newly released products on Blackmagic’s site: Blackmagic Design

That is quite a lot of new products, what do you think about them? Let us know in the comments.


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