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
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.
Effective Sensor Size
21.12mm x 11.88mm (Super 35).
3840 x 2160
3840 x 2160, 1920x1080.
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.
Focus button turns on peaking.
Iris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video mode.
EF and ZE mount compatible with electronic iris control.
5" and 800 x 480 resolution.
Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen.
Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords.
On screen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control.
Integrated mono microphone.
Integrated mono speaker.
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.
Removable 2.5” SSD.
Mac OS Extended or exFAT format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
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.
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.
1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus.
Thunderbolt port for capture of HD video and audio. USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.
SDI Audio Sampling
48 kHz and 24-bit
DaVinci Resolve Lite grading software DVD for Mac OS X and Windows. Blackmagic Media Express software. DiskSpeed Test.
Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier Pro, After Effects, Nuke, Photoshop, Pro Tools, DaVinci Resolve, UltraScope, Media Express, Disk Speed Test.
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.
Windows 7 or later.
11V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included.
Integrated Lithium Ion Polymer rechargeable battery. 11V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Approximately 90 minutes.
Battery Charge Time
Approximately 2 hours when not in use.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera Handles.
0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)
0% to 90% non-condensing
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
Turret Dust Cap
12V AC Adapter
12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.