These are both great cameras, and the Blackmagic is clearly the best value. However, if your budget allows it, there are some image quality gains with the RED.
Is the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 just a Pocket 6K in a body with more ports and features? Watch this review to find out.
Not everyone will agree with the rankings in this video, but at least the creator of this video provides rationale for their decisions.
Blackmagic is an interesting company whose products get attention. They aren’t always perfect or without issue, but they’re certainly innovative and they’re often affordable.
The Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K sounded amazing, but after reviewing the footage the hype simmered down and what we were left with was an interesting, high resolution, and seemingly competent cinema camera. Some argue that this camera gives us features and specs only seen is true high end cameras and it’s an amazing value. Others argue that the resolution, while nice, is not as revolutionary as it sounds.
This balanced review provides a nice perspective from an actual user of the camera:
The 7.7 firmware update by Blackmagic is supposed to improve the image quality of this camera. This is the only sample footage we’ve found so far running this new update but there will be more to come:
The original URSA Broadcast camera was released in 2018, and now Blackmagic innovates again with this beauty. Most people focus on Blackmagic’s other cameras, where are better suited to narrative film-making. But there are very few affordable broadcast camera’s so we’re very grateful Blackmagic continues to serve this market segment and make the technology more accessible.
If you wanted the Pocket 6K’s sensor in a broadcast friendly body with broadcast features, your wish has been granted.
- B4 mount installed and an EF mount includes (PL and F mount also available for purchase)
- 6K sensor
- 23.10mm x 12.99mm sensor (possibly the same sensor as from the Pocket 6K Pro)
- -12dB (100 ISO) up to +36dB (25,600 ISO) gain
- Dual ISO sensor (400 and 3200)
- Build in ND and IR filters
- 12G-SDI connections
- XLR audio inputs
- USB-C (including the ability to record to external SSD drives)
- Two CFast 2.0 and two SD/UHS-II slots
- H.264, H.265, ProRes, and Blackmagic RAW
- New Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder G2 (7-inch, bright display) also released
There are several new and updated features with Davinci Resolve 17.4, but the main ones that would like to draw your attention to are:
- (including 120Hz)
- Dropbox Integration
- Better subtitle support
Please read the full press release on the Blacmagic website for more information.