Billing it as “the world’s smallest live
broadcast camera with the world’s largest viewfinder,” Blackmagic Design introduced
a camera specifically designed for live production and available in 1080 HD
($1,995) and Ultra HD ($2,995) versions.
The Blackmagic Studio Camera includes features designed for live
production, such as a 10-inch color LCD viewfinder, talkback, tally indicators
and optical fiber signal transport, all housed in a magnesium alloy body. It
includes a 4-hour battery (to allow independent operation with a
single optical fiber cable), phantom-powered microphone connections and built-in optical fiber and SDI connections that allow users to connect to a live
production switcher with a single cable. The camera also includes a large fold-up sun shield for outdoor use.
The Blackmagic Studio
Camera features an active micro four-thirds lens mount that is compatible with
a range of lenses and adapters. The company says this allows customers to use high-quality photo
lenses for smaller setups or fixed camera use, and then use high-end broadcast
ENG lenses for large live broadcasts using an MFT-to-B4 lens mount adapter.
“I have dreamed of a camera perfectly designed for live
production for a long time,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “When we
looked at how we would design a camera for live production, what really
surprised us was how small we could make it, but then the viewfinder would also
become small. It’s really a dream to operate a camera with such a large
viewfinder and it’s amazing the detail in focus and framing that’s available to
The camera includes a fiber-optic connection, allowing customers to get the advantages
of long lengths and small size and weight of optical fiber for a single thin
tether cable to connect cameras to live production switchers. The optical
fiber connection is bidirectional and carries HD or Ultra HD video with
embedded audio, and camera remote control.
Blackmagic Studio Camera supports the tally SDI standard used on the company’s
ATEM range of live production switchers and tally lights illuminate
automatically with a light on the front for talent, and a light above the viewfinder
for the operator, making it easy for the cast and crew to see which cameras are
on air. The operator side control panel allows access to focus, iris
and on-screen menu settings. On-screen menus are overlaid on the viewfinder and
slide on and off as needed.
In addition to the HD model
that costs $1,995 (and supports full HD in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 and 60 fps)
and is available now), there’s a 4K model, for $2,995, that supports up to
30 fps and will begin shipping in June, according to the company.
“I totally love this camera,” said Petty. “It’s my dream