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The Blackmagic Studio Camera is the world's most advanced, self-contained broadcast camera designed specifically for live productions like concerts, sporting events and TV shows. A tenth the cost of traditional systems at just $1795, it empowers independent studios, small businesses and web broadcasters with an integrated suite of professional video imaging, monitoring and production features.
Highly portable, intuitive to use and exceptionally quick to set up, the purposeful, miniaturised design of the Blackmagic Studio Camera inspires trust.
Durable, lightweight carbon fibre composite enclosures offer rigidity and strength for responsive movement and stability.
Integrated studio monitor with large, high brightness 7" LCD enables precise framing and focus. The discrete HUD and dynamic touchscreen GUI allow quick access and adjustment of deeper functions.
Ergonomic dials and customisable function buttons ensure accurate monitoring and error-free blind adjustment of critical settings, allowing users to remain focused on the subject at hand.
The collapsible, spring-loaded anti-glare sunshade can be deployed instantly or folded down with a touch, protecting the LCD in transport.
DESIGN INNOVATION A major challenge of any multi-camera live production is the incredibly high cost of equipment. Cumbersome, complex, and inflexible, typical broadcast cameras can weigh over 20kg and cost up to $50,000, putting them out of reach of most grass roots broadcasters and online live content creators.
For less than the cost of a mid-range DSLR, Blackmagic Studio Cameras integrate professional image quality and a cutting edge suite of professional broadcast tools into an ultra-compact, all-in-one enclosure combining 4K camera, high-end connections and HDR viewfinder. Approachable and highly portable, they are designed to empower creative people to achieve professional outcomes regardless of financial constraints or technical expertise.
In order to achieve such a low price point without compromising the image quality, performance and reliability expected by industry professionals, the Blackmagic Studio Cameras were meticulously designed and engineered to address a range of challenges.
A Revolutionary Studio Camera Architecture Of critical importance in any camera assembly is the accurate and consistent relationship between camera optics and imaging sensor. Made from just three major parts, the advanced Carbon Fiber Polycarbonate composite body is 50% lighter than die-cast metal, possessing comparable strength, rigidity and finish for half the cost. Acting as the camera's structural chassis, the central main enclosure offers an accurate and consistently repeatable datum on which to mount multiple critical components and sub-assemblies. This ensures on-going precision and reliability despite high production volumes and lower manufacturing costs.
Cinematic Image Quality Utilizing generation five Blackmagic color science, the 4K image sensor in Blackmagic Studio Cameras offers users the same imaging technology found in professional digital film cameras. Featuring a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and frame rates up to 60 fps, it provides expansive creative flexibility for both HD and Ultra HD workflows.
Possessing 13 stops of dynamic range, it retains more detail in the lightest and darkest limits of an image. Paired with a built in DaVinci Resolve primary color corrector, this enables real-time, remote color balancing and correction so that live productions can now be instilled with the same cinematic qualities as a Hollywood film.
Intuitive Ergonomics With oversized, ergonomically positioned dials and customizable function buttons, operators can quickly and intuitively access critical diagnostic settings and overlays without releasing the handles. Free from distraction, the operator can remain focused on capturing the shot at hand, confident of professional results, even when following a moving subject.
Professional Monitoring and Framing Sharp focus and immersive composition is critical to any professional live production. The Blackmagic Studio Camera's vibrant 2000 nit HDR touchscreen monitor is nearly twice as bright as the world's leading smartphones and is significantly larger and sharper than typical DSLR displays, allowing for far more accurate evaluation of framing and focus.
The collapsible sunshade minimizes unwanted light and reflections, enhancing the accuracy of the display whether in a controlled studio environment or broad daylight. It can be quickly folded down to protect the screen during transportation.
A purpose-built design with an intuitive user interface Aesthetics and form are pivotal in forming meaningful connections between Blackmagic Design products and the professional people that use them. The unique form factor of the Blackmagic Studio Camera is a purposeful response to the ergonomic, functional and contextual requirements of live broadcasting.
Simple yet unapologetically professional, its robust visual narrative is driven by concepts of performance and durability; a deliberate strategy to elicit trust and confidence in both novice and professional broadcasters alike. Aesthetic elements include:
Subtly tapered lens mount enclosure reduces perceived size without compromising the internal architecture.
Exposed heatsink fins, angled to minimize ingress, reflect the sophisticated two-way thermal management system that ensures on-going reliability throughout long live broadcasts.
Prominent microphone pods are separated to optimise stereo sound and communicate professional audio capabilities.
Oversized physical control details ensure settings are easily adjusted in difficult conditions.
Prominent Tally light can be seen from any angle, ensuring on-screen talent is always aware of on-air cameras.
Modular architecture featuring connector side pods that can be easily upgraded for efficient and affordable implementation of future variants.
Advanced Carbon Fiber Polycarbonate composite body is 50% lighter than die-cast metal, with comparable strength, rigidity and finish for half the cost.
Enhancing the workflows of creative people with accessible, professional video technology remains central to Blackmagic Design's ethos. This is underpinned by a holistic, multi-disciplinary strategy in which diversification is driven by products and software that connect people to other related areas of the Blackmagic ecosystem in a seamless and intuitive way.
Never has this been more impactful than the last few years. Embedded with DaVinci Resolve post-production and ATEM live broadcast features, the affordable Blackmagic Studio Camera has empowered users to become self-reliant, arming themselves with the professional end-to-end tools to realise their creative goals remotely, independently and safely.
ATEM Live Broadcast Workflows Paired with a ATEM Mini Extreme switcher, up to eight Blackmagic Studio Cameras can be controlled remotely for professional multi camera live streaming productions on services like YouTube, Facebook live and Skype.
DaVinci Resolve Utilizing embedded DaVinci resolve color correction features, users can give cinematic looks to live productions. Balancing color between multiple cameras and executing precise real-time RGB adjustments to blacks, mid-tones and highlights users also have precise control over contrast, hue and saturation.
Blackmagic OS The unique design of the approachable Blackmagic OS interface offers visual consistency between the Blackmagic Studio Camera and other Blackmagic cameras, recording decks and monitoring devices. This enhanced familiarity across the entire product ecosystem, enables novice users to switch quickly and easily between Blackmagic products with minimal training.
Accessible to almost anyone the Blackmagic Studio Camera is easy to use, with an intuitive touchscreen interface that requires little technical experience to start shooting. Apart from a commonly used photographic DLSR lens it demands little additional investment to produce professional quality live footage.
This has significant cultural benefits. The more people that can access professional broadcasting technology, the more likely it is that innovative ideas will emerge that challenge traditional practices, which will invariably lead to more diverse, stimulating content for viewers.
Cultural Diversity With the prevalence of global streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, preserving cultural diversity is increasingly important. Blackmagic Studio Cameras allow smaller broadcasters to tell stories that celebrate their communities to global audiences by providing an affordable way of documenting local content suitable for high-end streaming platforms.
Online football show Mister Underdog, a bi-weekly show produced by Madrid-based live production and streaming specialist Patton, provides news and opinions on Spanish football to an annual audience of over 12 million viewers.
"With limited production space, we needed a camera solution that was lightweight, unobtrusive and did not interfere with the audience experience," says Miguel Patón, director general of Patton.
"… the Studio Camera 4K Pros give us the versatility needed to create high quality 4K content for streaming," explains Patón. "The size and brightness of the screen make a big difference to our operators given the venue's low light conditions, as well as the intuitive controls, which are ideal for meeting the challenges of small live productions."