Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K

Miniaturized HD and Ultra HD live studio camera that can be remote controlled via SDI

Suggested List Price: £1,029+VAT

Product Code: BMD-CINSTUDMFT/UHD/MR

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"Priced at a fraction under £1000, you could certainly elevate your production in new and exciting ways with one of these units, not only in the quality of the images you'll get, but the overall creativity of the shot." RedShark News Review

"This is a tiny camera capable of fullfilling a handful of roles well. It can be used as a live broadcast camera and works especially well with Blackmagic's ATEM Switcher." ProVideo Coalition Review

"The Micro Studio Camera is very small without a lens--only about the size of maybe a tennis ball. Even with the battery on it, it's still tiny and it doesn't weigh very much. It can go almost anywhere. It’s not quite GoPro-small, but it's still very compact. When you compare it to most broadcast studio cameras, it is microscopic." StreamingMedia.com Review

 

 

Educate and Enable - Micro Studio Camera 4K

Take a look at the Micro Studio Camera 4K. Blackmagic's ultra HD, broadcast quality camera in a tiny form-factor.

  • HD and Ultra HD live studio camera
  • Remote controlled via SDI
  • 6G-SDI
  • Built in color corrector
  • Talkback
  • Tally
  • PTZ control
  • MFT lens mount and B4 lens control output
  • Fully controllable from ATEM switchers

Technology Guides

The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K is an incredibly tiny Ultra HD studio camera that’s perfectly designed for live production. You get a full Ultra HD resolution camera that can be used in HD and Ultra HD video formats and it can be fully controlled from the switcher via the SDI control protocol. Micro Studio Camera 4K includes powerful features such as built in color corrector, talkback, tally indicator, PTZ control output, built in microphones, backup battery, an adaptable MFT lens mount and B4 lens control output. This means Micro Studio Camera 4K is a true studio camera that is dramatically better quality than the biggest and most expensive studio cameras used today.

Live Multi Camera Production
Broadcast quality Ultra HD that’s small enough to use anywhere

The small size and completely open design of the Micro Studio Camera 4K makes it perfect for any live multi camera production! It’s virtually invisible and can be hidden just about anywhere on set, giving you the ability to have more camera angles than ever before so you can create a more interesting program. You can even hide them on stage to get incredible shots of live performances or, because they’re so small, safely fly them overhead during sporting events. It can also be used in the studio by rigging it with a professional broadcast lens and a Blackmagic Video Assist for monitoring.

Revolutionary Design
The world’s most riggable Ultra HD studio camera

The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K is engineered with a super tough magnesium alloy core in a body that’s not much larger than the lens mount itself! You can use affordable, high performance MFT lenses or add a B4 adapter to work with traditional broadcast lenses. The Micro Studio Camera’s SDI program input accepts commands via the SDI connection from any ATEM switcher so you get remote control of camera settings, color balancing, black level, gamma, lens focus, iris and zoom control and much more. The expansion port includes PTZ and B4 lens control outputs so you can remote control remote heads and broadcast lenses all from a single SDI connection.

Flexible Expansion Port
Completely customizable remote control of your cameras

The Micro Studio Camera is perfect for remote use because it includes an expansion port with multiple control connections such as a PTZ serial output connection so you can use motorized heads, B4 data link output for controlling broadcast lenses and you can even build customized camera control solutions using the S.Bus input. The expansion connector uses a common DB-HD15 connector so you can easily make your own cables or use the breakout cable that’s included. The expansion port also includes DC camera power in, LANC and reference input.

Ultra HD Image Sensor
True broadcast quality high resolution Ultra HD sensor

The Micro Studio Camera 4K includes an incredible quality broadcast grade Ultra HD sensor for amazing clarity and the finest textures. Ultra HD is even more important when you’re working in HD because the extra sensor resolution completely eliminates any color loss from the sensor’s bayer pattern so you get full bandwidth RGB HD color and superior sub pixel anti-aliasing for amazing fine image detail. The Micro Studio Camera 4K has a 6G-SDI connection so it works up to 30 frames per second in Ultra HD and can also be switched to 3G-SDI or HD-SDI so it can operate up to 1080p60. If you’re working in HD or Ultra HD the Micro Studio Camera 4K can easily handle both.

Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
Use a range of MFT lenses or lens adapters

Active MFT photo lenses are designed to be small, light weight and produce super sharp images at a much higher resolution than traditional video lenses which makes them perfect for Ultra HD. They can be remotely controlled using the return SDI program feed from your ATEM switcher or from the expansion port on the camera. You can even add a lens mount adapter to use your existing collection of Broadcast B4 lenses or even feature film style PL lenses!

Broadcast Connections
SDI in and out, HDMI monitoring, headphone, and microphone input

The Micro Studio Camera 4K includes a full size HDMI connector for local video monitoring so you can add a monitor to the camera or quickly plug in a local monitor when you’re setting the position of a remote camera or changing camera menus. There is a mini BNC connector for the main camera SDI output and a mini BNC connector for the camera program input which can be used to provide reference, control camera CCU settings, return talkback audio and tally status. There is a 3.5mm mic input for external microphones and a 3.5mm headphone socket that supports an iPhone compatible mic so you can use it for talkback.

Remote Camera Control
Control cameras from your ATEM Switcher!

The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K works with standard SDI camera control protocols. That means you can connect the program feed from any model of ATEM Switcher to the camera’s SDI input and remotely control any setting in the camera, color correct or even change focus, iris and zoom on supported lenses. Broadcast cameras traditionally have basic CCU color balance controls, however the Micro Studio Camera 4K includes a full DaVinci primary color corrector so you get so much more than simple CCU controls because you can also do a full color grade in the camera. Now the technical director can fine tune the settings and match the looks of cameras quickly.

Quick Camera Settings
Quickly access the most important settings

The built in row of buttons along the front of the camera gives you quick and easy access to power, menu navigation and settings. Because they’re on the front, the buttons are always accessible, even when rigged into tight locations. Simply plug into any HDMI display such as a TV or the portable Blackmagic Video Assist so you can see the camera’s menus and you can easily change any of the camera’s settings. You can use the menus to set the camera up and then that allows the switcher to take control of the camera via the SDI program input.

Great Quality Sound
High quality microphones built in or use external microphones

The built in stereo microphones are engineered for high quality audio and feature a mechanical design that helps reduce unwanted wind noise so you get great sounding audio. When you need better audio in windy outdoor conditions such as sporting events, you can plug in an external mic with a wind sock to capture clean sound! The camera instantly switches to the external microphone when one is connected and can work with both line or mic levels. Whether you’re using the built in microphones or attaching one from the outside, the audio is embedded into the SDI video output so you get perfect audio and video sync.

Built In Talkback
Two way communication with the entire crew.

The Micro Studio Camera 4K includes an iPhone style headphone socket with mic so you get full talkback support. You can also use standard noise canceling headsets, like those from Bose, Sennheiser and more to hear the technical director without distraction from the audience. Because the camera has an SDI connection to the switcher and an SDI connection from the switcher the talkback audio is embedded into channels 15 and 16 of the SDI signal and you get two way communication. If you’re setting up fixed cameras, talkback makes it easy to walk from camera to camera and plug in your headset to communicate with the rest of the crew to get the best angles and framing.

Battery or External Power
Use DC power or removable batteries

The camera includes a 12V to 30V DC power input so you can power the camera using any standard power supply or even a simple plug pack. There is a standard LP-E6 Canon compatible battery receptacle on the back of the camera so you can add a battery to get local back up power if the power supply gets accidentally disconnected during a critical live broadcast. The power input is located on the expansion port so you can simply connect power to the breakout cable or you can make a custom cable so you can have multiple camera connections over longer distances and all down a single cable loom.

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 4.7.1

Micro Cinema Camera

  • Fixed a bug where there could be display errors in the data from the sensor in rare situations.

URSA Mini 4K and URSA Mini 4.6K

  • Fixed an issue where URSA Mini is updated incorrectly.

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 4.7

New Features for Micro Studio Camera 4K

  • Added 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60 format support.
  • Improved sensor exposure sensitivity by 2 stops.
  • Added new gain setting range which now goes from -12dB to +12dB. ATEM will need a new software update to access these new ranges via Blackmagic SDI Control Protocol.
  • Added RAW SDI output feature. Refer to the user manual for information about capturing and unpacking RAW SDI video.
  • Added support for PTZ communication on Expansion port via VISCA. Refer to the user manual for protocol details.
  • Added support for PTZ commands in the Blackmagic SDI Control Protocol.
  • Added preview tally support for the front tally light.
  • Added tally indication on the HDMI display overlay.
  • Added indication to the user that camera is genlocked on the HDMI display overlay.
  • Added option to change camera frame rate via S.Bus.
  • Added option to toggle auto focus via S.Bus.
  • Added option to toggle record via S.Bus for external recorders.
  • Added feature to pass through remote record commands as SDI and HDMI record triggers for external recorders.
  • New features for Micro Cinema Camera
  • Added record start/stop trigger on HDMI output.
  • Added HDMI timecode output support.
  • Added indication to the user that camera is genlocked in the HDMI display overlay.
  • Added option to change frame rate settings via S.Bus.
  • Added option to change codec settings via S.Bus.
  • Added option to toggle auto focus via S.Bus.
  • Fixed issue with a small vertical pixel offset between HDMI output and RAW recording on Micro Cinema Camera.

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 4.5

  • New support for Blackmagic URSA Mini SSD Recorder.

New features for URSA Mini SSD Recorder

  • Added RAW & ProRes record capability to SSD Recorder.
  • Added playback capability from SSD Recorder.
  • Added SDI and SSD status LED indicators.
  • Added ability to use 1TB, 2TB and 4TB SSD’s.

New features for Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K

  • Added support for URSA Mini SSD Recorder.
  • Added user interface information for SSD Recorder in media status page.
  • Lowers SDI output latency to less than 1 frame for live production.
  • Lowers LCD monitoring latency.
  • Added Program Audio option for prioritising return audio in headset.
  • Improved support for B4 lenses.
  • Fixed focus control on Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 STM and USM lenses.
  • Fixed iris control on Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM zoom lens.
  • Fixed bug where audio levels reset after power cycling.
  • Fixed bug where lens change was not recognised in metadata if powered off.
  • Updated URSA Mini Manual to include SSD Recorder and F Mount instructions.

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 4.4

New features for Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K

  • Enabled Bluetooth LE module in URSA Mini Pro.
  • Added pairing security passcode in URSA Mini Pro.
  • Added ability to control camera settings via Bluetooth.
  • Added ability to update metadata features via Bluetooth.
  • Added ability to control URSA Mini Pro’s DaVinci color corrector via Bluetooth.
  • Added ability to control camera’s lens via Bluetooth.
  • Added Bluetooth page in camera setup menu.
  • Added Preset record run timecode functionality.
  • Added automatic f-stop and T-stop detection for PL and B4 lenses.
  • Added iris, focus and zoom control for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 lens via EF mount.
  • Added record start/stop for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 with ZSG-C10 hand grip.
  • Added support for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 lens image stabilizer.
  • Improved lens functionality for EF, PL and B4 lenses.
  • Improved status LED functionality.
  • Improved slate functionality.
  • Fixed bug where focus peaking button did not function in playback.
  • Fixed bug where ProRes 422 color was misinterpreted in some applications.
  • Fixed bug where taking ‘Stills’ did not update used space in media status page.
  • Fixed bug where heads up display disappeared after turning off Color Bars.
  • Fixed bug where scaling on 4” display caused monitoring image artifacts.
  • Fixed user interface bug in media status page.
  • Fixed bug where XLR Phantom Power pad was displayed incorrectly.
  • Fixed bug where UI reported wrong power source when powering up unit.
  • Fixed bug where SD card icon did not appear on external status display.
  • Updated screen grabs and servo zoom lens information in URSA Mini Manual.

New features for URSA Mini 4.6K and 4K

  • Added safe area guides and false color options to heads up monitoring options.
  • Added automatic f-stop and T-stop detection for PL and B4 lenses.
  • Added iris control for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 lens via EF mount.
  • Added record start/stop for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 with ZSG-C10 hand grip.
  • Added support for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 lens image stabilizer.
  • Improved Zebras for URSA Mini 4K in low ISO’s when using Video dyanmic range.
  • Improved lens support for EF, PL and B4 lenses.
  • Improved slate functionality.
  • Improved Door LED functionality.
  • Fixed bug where ProRes 422 color was misinterpreted in some applications.
  • Updated screen grabs and servo zoom lens information in URSA Mini Manual.

New features for URSA Studio Viewfinder

  • Fixed bug in where URSA Studio Viewfinder attempted update to invalid software version in Blackmagic Camera Setup utility. Current software for URSA Studio Viewfinder is Camera 4.1.

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