We recently purchased the Black Magic Ursa Mini 4.6K as our full time cinema camera. Previously, ATB was either shooting DSLRs (5DM3, A7SII) or Renting the RED. This camera has had a lot of hype and tons of fall out. Once again, Black Magic Design over promising and under delivering. (A year late and not global shutter!). However, I was already hooked. This camera has been on my mind for too long. So, we got it.
Not quite,. Is this camera flawed??
LCD, doesn't rotate 180 Degrees. Umm,, excuse me?
Personally, we have static in our line 1s and 2s of the XLR inputs.
Oh yeah, it's flawed, but I still love it.
We are currently shooting a recruitment video for a national engineering firm. The camera has held up well in most situations. Handheld, Slow Motion, Long Hours in Heat. We've even put the heavy Ursa Mini on a Ronin-M (Stripping Batteries and using a pancake lenses) and using the remote to help tilt to make enough clearance it's worked well. We even got a little shine from the Ursa Mini Instagram page, check it.
But pretty much with any camera if you shoot in ideal situations and lighting you get ideal results. So, I was interested in seeing the camera in not so ideal situations, so we linked up with Aesthetic Distance, a fashion and pop culture-focused creative agency based in Baltimore, Maryland and their creative director Eliza Romero-Kovalsky to shoot some BTS of two of their shoots.
The first was in a dark Skating Rink shooting on the highest ISO 1600 (I needed it) using only available light. I shot on a 40mm 2.8 Canon Pancake lenses and Canon 70-200mm 2.8. 4:1 Compressed Raw. Overall, it's noisy, but I still like it.
I think there is a softness that for me I like. But man, other times the noise gets a "pattern" and it's unusable. Definitely not a low light camera, but still gave a great feeling for the light that was available. I think with a simple Kino Diva lite or 2x2 or 4 Bank, I would have been set.
Next, we tagged along for a mostly outdoor shoot with "The Virgin Suicides" theme. During golden hour the footage is gorgeous, but there was also a chance to shoot indoors during the afternoon. The room has plenty of available light and when it was right, it was right. We shot at 800 ISO for the entire shoot.
I purposely left in a noisy shot of Jesus in which the "noise pattern" is visible.
Is it a perfect camera? I just spit some of coffee out. No, No, it's not. Are we perfect humans? No, no we are not. So, I consider the Black Magic Ursa Mini 4.6K that friend that's in your circle that you love, but you have to tell other people when they meet them, that they will just have to get to know them before they get it.
Let me know what you think about my weird friend.
- Joey Malinski - Owner / Operator - ATB Productions
@joeymalinski on twitter and instagram