Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF

Blackmagic Design
VG # BLACINECAM26KEF • MFR # CINECAM26KEF
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Main Features
  • Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. No custom file formats.
  • Capacitive touch screen LCD for camera settings and slate metadata entry.
  • Supports 2.5K and 1080HD resolution capture in 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
  • Includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve 9.0 colour grading software.
  • High resolution 2.5K sensor allows improved anti-aliasing and reframing shots.
  • Built in SSD allows high bandwidth recording of RAW video and long duration compressed video.
  • Includes no custom connections. Standard jack mic/line audio in, BNC 3 Gb/s SDI out, headphone, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, LANC remote control and standard DC 12-30V power connection.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality Canon EF and Zeiss ZE lenses.
  • Thunderbolt connection allows direct camera capture via included Media Express software and supports live waveform monitoring via the included Blackmagic UltraScope software.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design brings to film makers a tool that many have waited for.

Many current generation video cameras suffer from a "video look" due to a limited contrast range, a maximum HD resolution sensor, poor quality optics and lenses, the use of heavy video compression for file recording and poor integration with NLE software metadata management. With these limitations, they cannot be used for high end work or feature films.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera has been designed to eliminate these problems so customers get a true feature film look, and at an affordable cost can shoot high end television commercials, episodic television programming and feature films.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, large 2.5K sensor, a built in SSD recorder that has the bandwidth to capture open standard CinemaDNG RAW, ProRes and DNxHD files, a built in capacitive touch screen LCD for direct metadata entry, standard jack audio connections, built in high-speed Thunderbolt connection, 3 Gb/s SDI output, a refrigerated sensor for low noise, and is fully compatible with extremely high quality Canon EF and Zeiss ZE mount lenses.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera also includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve for colour correction and Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring. UltraScope can be run on a laptop connected to the camera via a Thunderbolt connection.

One of the most important features of the camera is its super wide dynamic range of 13 stops, allowing feature film quality images. Commonly people focus on more pixels, however often this just creates a higher resolution, but still "video" looking images that suffer from highlight and black clipping that limits details. Blackmagic Cinema Camera's wide dynamic range eliminates this problem and provides film quality with dramatically more detail retained in black and whites in the image. Once the shoot is complete, the included DaVinci Resolve colour correction software can be used to adjust images and take advantage of this extra range in the images. The high quality EF and ZE lens compatibility also helps create sharp and cinematic images that look incredible.

To eliminate the damage that low bit depth and high compression video storage creates, Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a fast SSD recorder. The built in SSD recorder can record on fast solid state disks the full sensor detail in 12 bit Log RAW files in the open standard CinemaDNG format. These files can be read by all high end video software. The full 2.5K sensor data is stored in the files completely uncompressed because the SSD has the speed to store video data at the required rate. Then this high quality file can be colour corrected on DaVinci Resolve for the same high quality result currently only possible on cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera has been designed as the perfect companion to Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer NLE software. Unlike other cameras, which require the use of custom video file formats that are not compatible with popular NLE software, often making the post production process a nightmare, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes absolutely no custom video file formats, and every file type included is open standard. It records into CinemaDNG format for RAW files, ProRes and DNxHD for HD resolution files compatible with Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer.

The built in large LCD display makes focus easy, and allows playback of captured files. Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a built in microphone, as well as external jack based mic/line level balanced audio connections. When playing back recorded clips, a speaker is built in, and there is an included headphone socket, as well as embedded audio on the SDI output and Thunderbolt connection. The SDI output includes all camera data such as time code, transport control, shutter angle, colour temperature setting and ASA information overlaid in attractive anti-aliased fonts.

For easy metadata entry, the built in LCD features fast and responsive capacitive touch screen technology. When the user taps the display with a finger, a data entry window called the "slate" appears. This lets the user enter shot information just like typing on a smart phone. This data is then stored in the files so can be accessed by NLE software when editing content later. Metadata is compatible with popular software such as Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve. All camera settings can be changed on this touch LCD, such as frame rate, shutter angle, colour temperature, dynamic range, focus assist settings and more.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes an innovative industrial design built from solid machined aluminum metal which results in an attractive but rugged design. All of the camera, recorder and display have been shrunk down into a lightweight design that’s very portable.

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. ProRes and DNxHD 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

Dynamic Range 13 stops

Focus Focus button turns on peaking

Iris Control Iris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped

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

Metadata Support Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords

Controls Onscreen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control

Microphone Integrated mono microphone

Speaker Integrated mono speaker

Mounting Options 3 x 1/4" thread mounting points on top of camera. 1 x 1/4" thread tripod mount with locator pin.

Power Integrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery. 12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.

Battery Life Approximately 90 minutes

Battery Charge Time Approximately 2 hours when not in use.

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 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 1920x1080 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.

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 2.5mmLANC 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.

SDI Compliance SMPTE 292M.

SDI Audio Sampling 48 kHz and 24 bit.

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Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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4.0

The million dollar look

By Justin B

from QLD, Aus

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comes With Resolve
  • Cost
  • Film quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Internal battery
  • Needs accessories

Best Uses

  • Commercials
  • Short films

Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF:

This is a cinema grade quality camera at the price of a DSLR. An amazing camera the only down side is to make it a production quality camera you will need to add accessories to it. I would highly reccomend this camera to anyone interested in making films, music videos or commercials.

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5.0

Cinema quality at an affordable price.

By Jayden

from Lismore, NSW

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 13 Stops Dynamic Range
  • 13 Stops Of Dynamic Range
  • Easy Set Up
  • Great Quality Footage
  • Software Included

Cons

  • Low battery life
  • Need For Accessories

Best Uses

  • Commercial Promo
  • Indie filmmaking
  • Short Film
  • Television
  • Tvc

Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF:

There is not much to say about this product that can't already be seen on the company's website. The camera produces imagery of amazing quality, could not be simpler to set up, and is capable of shooting at thirteen stops of dynamic range (affording the owner with endless possibilities in the realm of colour grading.) There is a useful in camera time lapse setting, which makes shooting candid shots a breeze, and the user has the option of inputting their metadata directly, limiting the need to do it in post. While the battery life is not the greatest, this problem can be solved by purchasing an external battery for a very reasonable price. Likewise, additional accessories may be required to truly push the camera's capabilities. But for this price point, there isn't much better on the market.

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5.0

Great Camera

By Brian

from Perth

Verified Buyer

Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF:

Documentaries and Commercials

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5.0

Breath taking images

By Mizza

from Sydney

Verified Buyer

Comments about Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF:

What can I say, the images that come out of the camera are breath taking.
I know I shouldn't really give it a 5 as there are some isues but these are getting resolved, and the firmware is in its early stages but the picture quality can be just so beautiful.

What you get is a recording device which can record Prores and DNxHD at 1920 x 1080 as well as RAW onto non proprietry SSD drives and a sensor (slightly bigger than super 16) which produces luscious images.

Be prepared to spend more money though - external battery solution, EVF or loupe etc etc. But I love this camera.

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  • Q:

    Hi team
    How much for an additional battery please?
    Asked on 21/1/2016 by X from Brisbane

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    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The battery is integrated to the camera, you can't buy additional battery. According to local distributor they can replace the integrated battery @ $205. Please call NEW MAGIC on 03 9722 9700 to organise the service.

      Answered on 21/1/2016 by Sales Team from Videoguys
  • Q:

    Do you stock replacement Power Supplies for Black Magic Cinema Camera
    Asked on 10/9/2014 by Rohan from North Warrandyte

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    Does the product come with a SSD included or do you have to buy one?
    Asked on 10/8/2013 by P'ster

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    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      No. This is optional extra. You can find compatible SSD media under the accessories tab of this item.

      Answered on 12/8/2013 by Michael from Videoguys
  • Q:

    Hi, from what i can tell it looks as if this camera converts analogue audio inputs into sdi output. Just wandering if this is this case? Looking at using the sdi out to transmit video and audio over coax to another location. Seems pretty obvious but just confirming it can.
    Asked on 7/8/2013 by Nate

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      Yes, The audio is feed into the camera via the 1/4" balance inputs.. you and in turn will SDI out, with the vision.

      Answered on 7/8/2013 by Michael from Videoguys
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    Please confirm that this camera has sealed battery. Is it then possible to connect external batteries for field recording where power connection is not available?
    Asked on 7/7/2012 by MV from Canberra, ACT

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      When the camera is released.. it will have an integrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery. It will also have a 12V-30V DC port for external battery power or you can use the included 12V AC adapter, when 240V power is available.

      Answered on 8/7/2012 by Michael from Videoguys
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    Are there any mounts for external microphones such as Rode Videomic pro?
    Asked on 31/5/2012 by David from Mornington

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  • Q:

    Hi, What lanc controllers will work with this product? I am interested in focus, zoom and iris. Recording controls are not important to me.
    Asked on 26/4/2012 by Anonymous from Adelaide, SA

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    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The item is yet be be releases.. how no further info that what we read online.

      In regards to lenses.. it uses canon lenses, they are manual so i don't see how you can zoom and focus.. it will be all manual i would imagine.

      Answered on 26/4/2012 by Michael from Videoguys
    • A:

      The camera does have a 2.5mm LANC connector for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control but it will only work with canon EF and Zeiss ZE DSLR lenses. There is no zoom control as all DSLR lenses zoom manually. I don't think any lanc controllers have officially been paired with the Blackmagic camera as yet but I'm guessing something like the manfrotto 521 series of controllers would most likely be the go.

      Answered on 6/5/2012 by R.S from Melbourne, VIC
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UPC: 9338716001600
Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF
  • DaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows.
  • Media Express software for video capture from the cameras Thunderbolt port.
  • Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring from the cameras Thunderbolt port.
  • Detachable sun shield
  • camera strap
  • turret dust cap
  • 12V AC adapter.
  • Product Warranty 12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

Required Accessories

The following items are NOT included in the box.
Still Camera Lenses & Lens Accessories
 Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF
Canon EFS17-55IS EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Price: $1,199.00
Inc GST
Ship Time: 2-3 Business days
 Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras
Price: $978.00
Inc GST
Ship Time: 3-5 Business days
Thunderbolt Storage Solutions
 Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF
Apple Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m)
Price: $69.00
Inc GST
IN STOCK

Required Accessories

The following items are NOT included in the box.
Still Camera Lenses & Lens Accessories
 Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF
Canon EFS17-55IS EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Price: $1,199.00
Inc GST
Ship Time: 2-3 Business days
 Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras
Price: $978.00
Inc GST
Ship Time: 3-5 Business days
Thunderbolt Storage Solutions
 Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF
Apple Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m)
Price: $69.00
Inc GST
IN STOCK
What's in the box
Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF
  • DaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows.
  • Media Express software for video capture from the cameras Thunderbolt port.
  • Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring from the cameras Thunderbolt port.
  • Detachable sun shield
  • camera strap
  • turret dust cap
  • 12V AC adapter.
  • Product Warranty 12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
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