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Blackmagic Design URSA EF
Blackmagic Design URSA EF
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Blackmagic Design URSA EF Camcorder

£2,652.00
4/3 7.4kg Aug 2014
Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Interchangeable Lens Release Date
Quite fast maximum frame rate
Expert reviews are average
Does not support HDMI
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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

Expert review website curved.de scored this video camera 67%.

Blackmagic Design Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Blackmagic Design is one of the better rated camcorder manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Blackmagic Design also has good reviews for its camcorders.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market since August 2014.


Image Sensor

Only 4/3" Optical Sensor Size

The URSA EF has a maximum optical sensor size of 4/3". That's 20% less optical sensor size than a 1" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size.

A 4/3" optical sensor size is actually the worst optical sensor size amongst all comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

The best optical sensor size amongst similar types of camcorder is 1/2".

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Lens System

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The URSA EF has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens currently available including because of their better review scores, the Production Camera 4K (£2,618.99), or the URSA PL (£3,118.80) both from Blackmagic Design.

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Video

Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The slowest maximum frame rate of camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder is 25fps and the fastest is 60fps. With a maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second, the Blackmagic Design URSA EF has a quite fast maximum frame rate compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Blackmagic Design URSA EF is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder also are Full HD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including the Production Camera 4K (£2,618.99), or the URSA PL (£3,118.80) both from Blackmagic Design or the Sony PMW-200 (£2,999) which all of have better reviews.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The URSA EF supports a higher video resolution than most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This video camera supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions, whereas most camcorders that are a comparable age to it support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions.

This camcorder's video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camcorder is 720 x 480 pixels.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The URSA EF has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most video cameras of this age and spec. Most video cameras of a similar age and type to 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 amongst all similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst maximum video resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Support HDMI

The URSA EF does not support HDMI, unlike most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also support HDMI including the Sony PMW-200 (£2,999) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder, the Blackmagic Design URSA EF does not support PictBridge.

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Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The URSA EF has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has a Touchscreen

The URSA EF has a touchscreen. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have a touchscreen.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The URSA EF supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Blackmagic Design URSA EF does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago also do not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Light

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder, the URSA EF does not have a built-in light.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Heavy

The weights of camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder range from 65g to 7.5kg. The weight of the Blackmagic Design URSA EF of 7.4 kilograms is one of the heaviest amongst camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared this video camera to all the other 7.4kg weight video cameras and we think the Blackmagic Design URSA PL (£3,118.80) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony PMW-200 (£2,999) (2.7kg and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00700315904085, 09338716002546

Blackmagic Design URSA EF Review Sources

To prepare this Blackmagic Design URSA EF review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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