The newly announced Micro Cinema Camera seems to be following in the footsteps of the popular action cameras, with Blackmagic advertising it as a multi-purpose camera that can be taken almost anywhere (which makes sense considering yesterday’s leaked poster).
Touted as the world’s smallest digital film camera, the camera is advertized as a being perfect for drones, as a crash cam, mounted to a helmet or the side of a car or hidden on the set for reality TV.
Along with its compact size, it is the advanced camera features, interchangeable lenses, remote operation and monitoring, expandable connections and professional recording formats that make this a great camera for high-end products.
The ease of use, reasonable price and wide flexibility, however, mean this camera will not be used only in Hollywood.
The product’s poster shows a Micro Cinema Camera mounted to a drone and the company states the camera was designed to be operated remotely.
Remote camera management is also available in case you decide to use the camera as a crash cam or place it in dangerous locations.
Specs wise the camera includes a Super 16 sensor offering 1080p resolution and a dynamic range of 13 stops. Using a global shutter the camera can record wobble-free video at up to 30 frames per second, and an ISO range of up to 1600 means in can be used indoors as well.
The MCC’s built-in recorder captures 12-bit artifact-free footage that can be saved either as Cinema DNG RAW or ProRes files. A copy of DaVinci Resolve Lite is included (for Mac and Windows) for any editing and color correcting you might want to apply.
Having an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount means you can choose from a wide selection of interchangeable lenses, with the ability to remotely control the focus, aperture and zoom on active MFT lenses.
The company obviously had expandable connections in mind when designing this camera, and users will find a ‘revolutionary’ expansion port for custom remote control, external power and monitoring solutions. Along with it is an SD card slot, a full size HDMI connector and a 3.5mm stereo input.
While the camera will not be compatible with the Phantom 3 due to it having a built-in camera, it will be compatible with the 3D Robotics Solo as soon as the drone comes out with a mounting option for non-GoPro cameras.
The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera will start shipping in July for $995, and can already be pre-ordered.
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