URSA Cinema Camera – EF

MSRP: $4,995.00



Product Highlights

  • 3840 x 2160p Global Shutter CMOS Sensor
  • 12 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • 10.1″, 1080p Flip-Out LCD Screen
  • Dual 5″ Touchscreens for Menu Access
  • Records CinemaDNG RAW and Pro Res 422 HQ
  • 12G-SDI Output for 10-Bit 4:2:2 4K
  • 2x XLR Audio Inputs with Phantom Power
  • Aluminum Frame with 3/8″-16 Mounting
  • LANC Port for START/STOP, Iris, Focus
  • Dual CFast 2.0 Card Slots


Over the last few years it’s been really amazing to watch some of the work being done on our cinema camera and some of the rigs that have been built around it. But when we designed it we never really thought it would be used on such large jobs. It was really designed to be a small intimate camera used for creative work where you need to get in close and personal.

So we have been watching these larger rigs and thinking about how people are working when they do large shoots. Our thinking is that we needed to design a professional full sized camera that had all the extra on set equipment built into it, so there was no need to rig it up as much. We also wanted a camera with enough size to fit a very powerful cooling system so we could run high frame rates without fan noise.

The result is URSA, our new camera for professional shoots. It features a stealthy machined aluminum design that’s incredibly strong and has been designed for large film crews. We designed the camera to be divided into separate DOP, camera assistant and audio engineer workstation areas so multiple crew can work around it at the same time.

The DOP station features a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor and separate 5 inch screen for settings, camera status and scopes. The camera assist station features a separate LCD screen for camera settings, status and scopes and the audio station features audio meters, controls and audio connections.

URSA also includes an upgradable Super 35 4K image sensor with global shutter, 12G-SDI connections, XLR audio inputs with phantom power and dual CFast based RAW and ProRes recorders. There is a total of 3 LCD’s built into this camera!

One of the reasons we have been able to put in such high quality displays and features is because the camera is user upgradable. What this means is the whole sensor and lens mount simply unbolts from the front using 4 bolts and then it can be removed and replaced. So in the future when new sensors are available you can upgrade simply by swapping the sensor and lens mount assembly. This makes the camera virtually future proof!

URSA is available initially in 3 models. One includes EF lens mount and one has a PL lens mount. An example of how you can upgrade the camera would be if you ordered the EF one, you could later purchase the PL lens mount and install it yourself.

One of the weirdest ideas we had was to make URSA available without a lens and sensor and the URSA HDMI features a ‘cheese plate” with threaded holes and a HDMI input where the sensor and lens mount would normally be. This means you can use any camera on the URSA body and get all the benefits of big screen, scopes, professional audio inputs, CFast recorders and more!

The camera runs at 60 fps, however the body has the high speed processing and high capacity cooling to run beyond 100 fps, so when faster sensors are available you could upgrade and then get higher frame rates.

There are a lot more features in the camera than I have space to describe here. The Blackmagic URSA EF will be available in July for $5,995 and the Blackmagic URSA PL will be available for $6,495 from July.

Size 21.12 x 11.88 mm (Super35)
Lens Mount Active Canon EF Mount
Effective Resolution 3840 x 2160 (UltraHD 4K)
Dynamic Range 12 stops
Sensor Frame Rate Support Up to 60 fps
Shooting Resolutions 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080
Supported Frame Rates 2160p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.9, 30, 60
1080p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
1080i: 50, 59.9, 60i
Dimensions 1 x 10.1″ diagonal
2 x 5″ diagonal
Screen Type 10.1″: TFT-LCD
5″: Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Resolution 10.1″: 1920 x 1080
5″: 800 x 480
Media Card Slots 2 x CFast 2.0
Compressed Recording Formats CinemaDNG RAW — losslessly compressed at 3840 x 2160; film dynamic range
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ): 3840 x 2160 or 1920 x 1080; film or video dynamic range
Data Rates Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 2160p: Approx. 880 Mbps
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 1080p: Approx. 220 Mbps
Metadata Support Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames, and keywords
Output 1 x 12G-SDI — 10-bit 4:2:2
1 x 3G-SDI — down-converted signal for monitoring
Input 1 x 12G-SDI
Reference 1 x Reference input
Timecode 1 x Timecode input
1 x Timecode output
Analog Audio Inputs 2 x XLR — selected mic/line level and +48 V phantom power
Analog Audio Output 1 x 1/4″ TRS — for headphone monitoring
SDI Audio Output 2-channel via SDI output
Remote Control 1 x LANC on 2.5 mm sub-mini — controls record START/STOP, iris, and focus
USB 1 x USB 2.0 mini type B for software updates
Supported Standards SDI Compliance: SMPTE 292M
SDI Audio Sampling: 48 kHz and 24-bit
Microphone Integrated mono microphone
Speaker Integrated mono microphone
Controls Touch screen menus on 5″ screen; push button controls for navigating menus
Mounting Options Multiple 1/4″-20 UNC thread mounting on top of camera and on handle bar; multiple 3/8″-16 UNC thread on top of camera body; rosette on bottom
Integrated rod mounts compatible with 15mm Light Weight Support (LWS) standard
System Requirements For DaVinci Resolve: Windows 7 or later or OS X 10.8 or laterNote: See Blackmagic website for detailed system requirements and configuration guides.
Power Connectors 1 x 4-pin XLR input for external power supply or battery
1 x 12 VDC output on 4-pin XLR to power accessories
Battery Plate Support Mounting holes for V-mount and Gold Mount battery plates
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 407deg;C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 113°F (-20 to 45°C)
Humidity 0 to 90% RH, non-condensing
Dimensions 12.3 x 6.1 x 9.6 (31.2 x 15.5 x 24.4 cm)
Weight 16.52 lb

Additional information

Weight 30 lbs
Dimensions 17 x 12 x 10 in


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