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Blackmagic Design URSA EF
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Blackmagic Design URSA EF Camcorder

7.4kg Aug 2014
Full HD Weight Interchangeable Lens Built-In Display Release Date
The world's first user upgradable 4K digital film camera! Introducing Blackmagic URSA, the world's first high end digital film camera designed to revolutionize workflow on set. Built to handle the... More
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10 Reasons For

Blackmagic Design Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

On average Blackmagic Design video cameras have excellent ratings as do all camcorders manufactured by Blackmagic Design.

Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

With a maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second, the URSA EF has a quite fast maximum frame rate compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years. Across all the video cameras that were released more than two years ago the maximum frame rates range from 25fps to 60fps.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The URSA EF has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the URSA EF do not have an interchangeable lens.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an interchangeable lens currently available including because of it's better review score, the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K[plb_2643988_price].

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens which you might also want to consider including the Blackmagic Design URSA PL[plb_2545912_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

The URSA EF is Full HD, unlike most of the other camcorders of this type and age which are not Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K[plb_2643988_price] is also worth considering.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Sony PMW-200[plb_1558790_price], or the Blackmagic Design URSA PL[plb_2545912_price].

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2160p Video Mode

The URSA EF has a better video mode than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Blackmagic Design video camera has a 2160p video mode, whereas most camcorders of a similar age and type to it have a 480i video mode. This video camera also have a 1080i and 1080p video mode.

This video camera's video mode (2160p) is in fact the best video mode amongst all video cameras of this type and age.

A 480p video mode is the worst video mode amongst similar types of video camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The Blackmagic Design URSA EF supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This video camera also supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the URSA EF.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst supported video resolution is 720 x 480 pixels.

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Quite High Video Capturing Speed

At 60 frames per second, the Blackmagic Design URSA EF has a fairly high video capturing speed compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. The lowest video capturing speed of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 24fps and the highest is 120fps.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the URSA EF, the URSA EF has a built-in display.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a built-in display that you might also want to consider including the Sony PMW-200[plb_1558790_price], or the Blackmagic Design URSA PL[plb_2545912_price].

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Blackmagic Design URSA EF has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Most video cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

This video camera's maximum video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is in fact the best maximum video resolution across all video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the URSA EF.

The worst maximum video resolution amongst similar types of video camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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9 Reasons Against

Recent Price Increase of £114.00

The URSA EF has increased in price by £114.00 in the last 53 days.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Blackmagic Design URSA EF does not have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony PMW-200[plb_1558790_price].

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Like most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the URSA EF does not have an HDMI port.

Other video cameras which also have an HDMI port that you might also want to consider include the Sony PMW-200[plb_1558790_price].

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Pricey

We checked 48 video cameras that have been available for more than two years and they range in price from £39 to £4,990. We think that this Blackmagic Design video camera looks expensive compared to other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the URSA EF, the Blackmagic Design URSA EF is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The URSA EF does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the URSA EF also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras that were released around the same time as the URSA EF are not 3D compatible. The URSA EF is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras that were released around the same time as the URSA EF do not have a built-in projector. The URSA EF is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other video cameras of this spec and age, the weight of the URSA EF of 7.4 kilograms is one of the heaviest. Across all the video cameras of a similar age and spec to the URSA EF the weights range from 59g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony PMW-200[plb_1558790_price] (2.7kg), or the Blackmagic Design URSA PL[plb_2545912_price] (7.4kg).

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1 Other reason to consider the Blackmagic Design URSA EF

Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera was released over two years ago.

Specification

Lens System
Interchangeable Lens
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software

Expert Reviews

13 January 2016

Blackmagic Design's Ursa can be thought of as the big sister to the Production Camera 4K, which I reviewed here . The first thing you notice when looking at the Ursa is it actually looks like a... Read more…

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Barcodes 00700315904085, 00840102179064, 09338716002546

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