The Sunday before the official start of the exhibition part of NAB, is always an exciting day as its the day the promotional banners are plastered all over town in sunny Las Vegas. So it comes to no surprise that in the age of Twitter and smart phones its nearly impossible for manufacturers to keep the lid closed on their latest announcements ahead of the official press releases. So this is what happened yesterday – we caught a glimpse of the new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K camera, which according to the banner will have 15 stops of DR and a 4.6K Super 35 sensor. Late last night (GMT time) Zak Forsman posted this on his twitter profile – a gigantic full banner for the drone mounted Blackmagic Micro Cinema camera – with a Super 16mm sensor, 13 stops DR, and built-in Raw recording capability.
The sensor spec is suspitiously similar to the current Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera and with no mention of anything 4K on that banner, I think it’s safe to assume this is the Pocket camera V2.0 in a smaller UAV-oriented form factor with Pulse Width Modulation and Serial bus for remote control.
Large budget productions, and those requiring Raw footage from a birds-eye view can rejoice as their GoPro just got relegated to a backup camera. The new Micro cinema camera from Blackmagic will see a lot of use on Hollywood productions due to the lens interchangeability as well as the flexibility in post-production that the 12bit raw recording offers. It is yet not known whether the quad-copter above the camera is a Blackmagic Design manufactered one. Our money is that it is.
Pricing and availability on these two will probably be announced later today when BMD makes the official announcement at their 9:30 PST press conference.
[via @Zak Forsman]