Blackmagic Design’s URSA is a 4K beast that won’t bust your budget.
BY GREG SCOBLETE
There’s no better time to review the URSA than in our motion issue, because this camera is a serious filmmaking
machine. It’s built to accommodate anything
from weddings and corporate productions to
music videos, commercials and feature films.
The URSA from Blackmagic boasts a Super
35mm-sized image sensor capable of 4K
(3840 x 2160) recording up to 80 frames per
second (fps) with 12 stops of dynamic range.
It offers a built-in mic for recording reference
audio, plus a pair of XLR inputs with phantom
power for connecting external microphones.
The camera records footage internally to a pair
of CFast 2.0 cards, and they’re hot-swappable,
so if you have two in the camera, you can pop
a full one out during recording and drop a
new one in without missing a beat. You can
use the camera’s 12G-SDI output to record to
an external recorder as well.
Blackmagic sells the URSA in several
versions, including an EF mount ($5,995),
PL mount ($6,495) and an HDMI mount
(no price just yet). This last version does
not include an image sensor. Instead, it’s
designed for use with a DSLR, essentially
turning the URSA into a massive external
recorder for your camera. No matter which
URSA you opt for, you’ll get a free copy of
the company’s $995 DaVinci Resolve color-
grading software with your purchase.
ABOVE: The URSA from Blackmagic Design is a
4K video camera built for productions large