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4K for $4K

As if Blackmagic didn't already have enough on its plate trying to get the 3K for $3K cameras delivered that it announced NAB 2012 and had delays with this past year, here they are again announcing a 4K camera for $4K. But the spec on this thing have my head turned for sure. Super 35 sensor shooting to ProRes(HQ) or compressed CinemaDNG RAW file, with 12 stops of dynamic range and SDI out. There's a good chance they'll have 4,000 of my dollars this July.

Specs from the BlackMagic website for the new 4K camera : 

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Technical Specifications

Description

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a complete self contained solution for shooting extremely high resolution Ultra HD 4K content! You get a large Super 35 size sensor with professional global shutter combined with precision EF mount optics, visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)™ file recording and 12 stops of dynamic range, as well as a 6G-SDI output! Monitor in high resolution on the built in touchscreen, plus change menus and enter metadata. Includes sun shield, power supply, carry strap, UltraScope waveform monitoring software and a full version of DaVinci Resolve software for Mac OS X and Windows.

Price: $3,995

 

Camera Features

Effective Sensor Size

21.12mm x 11.88mm (Super 35).

Effective Resolution

3840 x 2160

Shooting Resolutions

3840 x 2160, 1920x1080.

Frame Rates

3840 x 2160p23.98, 
3840 x 2160p24, 
3840 x 2160p25, 
3840 x 2160p29.97, 
3840 x 2160p30, 
1920 x 1080p23.98, 
1920 x 1080p24, 
1920 x 1080p25, 
1920 x 1080p29.97, 
1920 x 1080p30, 
1920 x 1080p50i, 
1920 x 1080p59.94i.

Dynamic Range

12 stops.

Focus

Focus button turns on peaking.

Iris Control

Iris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video mode.

Lens Mount

EF and ZE mount compatible with electronic iris control.

Screen Dimensions

5" and 800 x 480 resolution.

Screen Type

Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen.

Metadata Support

Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords.

Controls

On screen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control.

Microphone

Integrated mono microphone.

Speaker

Integrated mono speaker.

Mounting Options

3 x 1/4"-20 UNC thread mounting points on top of camera. 1 x 1/4"-20 UNC thread tripod mount with locator pin.

Storage Features

Storage Type

Removable 2.5” SSD.

Storage Format

Mac OS Extended or exFAT format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.

Storage Rates

880 Mbps using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).

Compressed Recording Formats

Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080, visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW at
3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080 with either Film or Video Dynamic Range.

Connections

SDI Video Output

1 x 6G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.

Analog Audio Input

2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.

Analog Audio Output

1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output.

SDI Audio Output

2 channels in 6G-SDI 48 kHz and 24 bit.

Remote Control

1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus. 

Computer Interface

Thunderbolt port for capture of HD video and audio. USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.

Standards

SDI Compliance

SMPTE 292M

SDI Audio Sampling

48 kHz and 24-bit

Software

Software Included

DaVinci Resolve Lite grading software DVD for Mac OS X and Windows. Blackmagic Media Express software. DiskSpeed Test.

Software Applications

Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier Pro, After Effects, Nuke, Photoshop, Pro Tools, DaVinci Resolve, UltraScope, Media Express, Disk Speed Test.

Operating Systems

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.

Windows 7 or later.
 

Power Requirements

External Power

11V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included.

Power

Integrated Lithium Ion Polymer rechargeable battery. 11V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.

Battery Life

Approximately 90 minutes.

Battery Charge Time

Approximately 2 hours when not in use.

Accessories

Optional Accessories

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Handles.

Physical Specifications

Environmental Specifications

Operating Temperature

0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)

Storage Temperature

-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)

Relative Humidity

0% to 90% non-condensing

What's Included

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Sun Shield

Camera Strap

Turret Dust Cap

12V AC Adapter

Warranty

Product Warranty

12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.