Blackmagic Announces the 2.5K Cinema Camera

Blackmagic just announced the Cinema Camera, a ‘2.5K’ video camera for $2995. What is 2.5K exactly? Well, it’s another marketing term that I was assuming would be 2.5 times the resolution of 1920 x 1080, but unless they’re referring to the sensor resolution, the camera is really only capable of recording ‘1.6K’. That’s not to say I’m not impressed with the camera – actually quite the opposite. The Cinema Camera features several methods of recording video, including the capability of recording uncompressed RAW video via a 2.5″ removable SATA SSD & an Apple Thunderbolt port. There camera is also capable of storing compressed video at 1080P and outputting video via an SDI cable. It uses the Canon EF & Carl Zeis lens mount, so there are plenty to chose from.

Camera Features
Sensor Resolution 2592 x 2192
Raw Resolution 12-bit RAW files recorded at 2432 x 1366
Shooting Resolutions 2.5K RAW at 2432 x 1366, compressed at 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
Sensor Size 16.64 mm x 14.04 mm
Sensor Size – Active 15.6 mm x 8.8 mm
Lens Mount EF and ZE mount compatible with electronic iris control
Screen Dimensions 5″ and 800 x 480 resolution
Screen Type Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Battery Life Approximately 90 minutes
Camera Dimensions 166.2mm by 113.51mm x 126.49mm excluding detachable sunshade and turret dust cap
Camera Weight 1.7 kg / 3.75 lb
Storage Features
Storage Type Removable 2.5” SSD
Storage Format Mac OS Extended format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
Storage Rates 5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K fits about 30 minutes of 24p video on a 256 GB solid state disk. Compressed HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW video.
Uncompressed Recording Formats RAW 2.5K CinemaDNG
Compressed Recording Formats Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. All compressed recording in 1920×1080 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.

 

Connections
SDI Video Output 1 x 10-bit HD-SDI 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
Analog Audio Input 2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output 1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output
SDI Audio Output 4 channels in HD-SDI
Remote Control 1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
Computer Interface Thunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audio.
USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.
External Power 12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.

Source:
http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera/techspecs/

Shane Paris

Shane Paris

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