Blackmagic Design will release the next generation model of Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K, “Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K G2.” It is scheduled to be available from October 2023. Suggested retail price is estimated to be around $1000.
The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K G2 is a camera solution for setups that lack have space for a regular-sized camera. The camera’s mount supports the popular MFT lens mount, contains a 4K image sensor that excels in low-light conditions, and cinematic color science. Although it is small, it is equipped with the functions of a full-size studio camera.
This broadcasting camera is equipped with 12G-SDI and supports HD and Ultra HD up to 2160p60. The built-in color corrector and lens can be operated via SDI and HDMI connections. It is also possible to record Blackmagic RAW to a USB disk. The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K also uses Log Gamma, which provides higher-than-broadcast quality images, allowing showrunners and DP’s to create cinematic looks with color correction all in-camera.
Benefits of using the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K G2
This camera has all the benefits of a larger studio camera in a compact, durable housing that can be placed anywhere. The housing is made of durable magnesium alloy, and its size is approximately the same as the lens mount. In addition to low-cost, high-performance MFT lenses, users can also use broadcast lenses by adding an adapter. A button on the front of the camera allows you to quickly access the settings menu and trigger recording.
The superior 4K sensor and Blackmagic’s 5th generation color science allows users to use the same imaging technology as digital film cameras. The color corrector can also be controlled from the switcher. With a dynamic range of 13 stops, it can capture everything from dark blacks to bright whites, making it ideal for color correction. The sensor supports 4096×2160 resolution, making it suitable for both HD and Ultra HD work. Furthermore, Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera supports 23.98fps to 60fps.
Lens Mount and Connectivity
Using the MFT lens mount, this camera is compatible with a wide range of low-cost photography lenses from manufacturers such as Olympus, Panasonic, and Sigma. Photographic lenses are said to be of high quality because they are designed for high-resolution photography. It is extremely convenient because it eliminates the need to physically adjust camera settings that are installed in difficult-to-reach or high locations.
The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera is designed to have many connectivity options. Equipped with HDMI, perfect for use with HDMI switchers such as ATEM Mini. HDMI supports video, tally, control, and recording triggers, allowing broadcast-style workflows with a single HDMI cable. It also supports 12G-SDI, so directors can connect it to SDI-based switchers such as ATEM Constellation. There are two types of 12G-SDI: one for camera video and one for program return. Program returns include tally, talkback, and camera controls.
Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K features a high-speed USB-C expansion port, allowing data writing to external disks, controlling the camera over a network, and connect a wide variety of accessories. By connecting an external USB disk, you can record high-quality 12-bit Blackmagic RAW files for later editing and color correction. There’s no need to spend time copying files, as you can simply move the disk to your computer. By adding a USB-C to Ethernet adapter, the camera can be controlled over the internet using REST API.
Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K G2 Power Options
The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera has many power options. The 12V DC power supply is lockable, so it cannot be accidentally disconnected. It also supports standard LP-E6 compatible batteries, so you can add a battery to provide local power backup for important live broadcasts. These batteries are readily available worldwide and are trickle charged from the camera. By using an adapter to connect the camera to the V-Lock battery, all-day shooting is possible. It is an ideal solution when it is difficult to access a power source from the location where the camera is placed.
Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design, commented:
The original Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera was loved by our users, and we received many requests for an updated version.
We’re so excited to announce a camera that’s better than ever! Inheriting the original model’s surprisingly compact design, it now supports 12G-SDI connectivity. The superior 4K sensor allows you to capture cinematic images in live production, and it also supports Blackmagic RAW recording. Now you can create even more appealing content with digital film quality from more camera angles than ever before, and we think your customers will be happy!