Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder is Now Shipping Plus New Firmware Update 2.6

It’s a good day not just for firmware updates today, but also for good news from the Blackmagic Design team. The company released Camera Update 2.6 earlier today, and even though it is not a big update, it does add support for the URSA viewfinder to all Blackmagic URSA cameras. The URSA viewfinder was one of the many new products announced by the Australian budget gear maker at NAB 2015 (one of a whopping 38 new products to be more specific) packing a 1920 x 1080p OLED display with glass optics, three customisable buttons as well as a wealth of image control features such as 1:1 pixel zoom, zebras, peaking and more.


Once again, we may have been a bit spoiled in the past with a litany of jam-packed firmware updates by BMD, but this update is rather straightforward and I think quite significant as it signals the imminent shipping of not just the URSA Viewfinder itself but hopefully the new URSA Mini cameras, including the much desired URSA Mini 4.6K, sporting their brand new 15 stop dynamic range sensor, in Canon EF and PL mount versions.

As mentioned earlier, Blackmagic Design confirmed the URSA Viewfinder is shipping on their Twitter account. See tweet below.

If you are not familiar with the URSA Viewfinder check out the very detailed first hand account by Marco Solorio from OneRiver Media here.


See more details on the firmware update below.

What’s new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 2.6

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder

  • Support for the new URSA Viewfinder

Blackmagic URSA

  • Adds support for the URSA Viewfinder
  • Add option to display timecode input by tapping on the timecode display
  • Performance enhancements and improvements

Blackmagic Studio Camera

  • No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K

  • No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

  • No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

  • No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

  • No changes

Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port
  • Thunderbolt port for UltraScope and Media Express when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port
  • A suitable Thunderbolt port when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Installing Blackmagic Camera Utility
Before installing the software, we recommend that you run “Uninstall Camera Setup” first.

After loading the software on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF or MFT, you may notice a slight flickering on the built-in LCD screen. This is normal and expected behaviour. The flickering will go away after a few minutes of operation.

The Blackmagic Camera Installer package installs:

  • Blackmagic Camera Setup
  • Uninstall Blackmagic Camera Setup
  • Blackmagic Media Express
  • Blackmagic UltraScope
  • Blackmagic Disk Speed Test

Download Camera Update 2.6 from Blackmagic Design here.

B&H Links:

Blackmagic Design URSA Viewfinder – $1,495

URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount) – $4,995

URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (PL-Mount) – $5,495

Adorama Links:

Blackmagic Design URSA Viewfinder – $1,495

URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera Canon EF Mount – $4,995

URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera PL Mount – $5,495

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