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Blackmagic Design URSA PL Camcorder

£3,118.80
4/3 7.4kg Aug 2014
Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Interchangeable Lens Release Date
Expert reviews are good
Robust
Good technical features
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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Good

This video camera received an expert rating of 80 out of 100 from PC Mag.

Blackmagic Design Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Video cameras produced by Blackmagic Design have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just video cameras) and found that Blackmagic Design also has good reviews across its entire range.


Design

Robust

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the Blackmagic Design URSA PL was well made. Three years ago Pc Mag gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Tons of security features out of the box Solid specs Highly configurable”. Pc Mag also mentioned “Built secure from the ground up”. Pc Mag also said “Built in XLR”.

Good Product Quality

One person who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality.


Features

Good Technical Features

A few Blackmagic Design URSA PL reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it had good features. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “There are a ton of useful home security and home automation features squeezed into Piper's compact frame”.


Price

Reasonably Priced

One customer who purchased this camcorder said that it was good value for money. Pc Mag rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of the Blackmagic Design URSA PL “Dynamic range, extensive feature set, good value for your money, excellent build quality”.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One Blackmagic Design URSA PL owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was quiet. Pc Mag mentioned “Made even more secure if used with Silent World” in their Blackmagic Design URSA PL review.


Power

Good Battery Life

One customer who reviewed this camcorder mentioned that it had a good battery life. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Strong battery life” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One person who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Pc Mag gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Plenty of storage connectivity”.


Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Blackmagic Design URSA PL owner mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good screen. Pc Mag mentioned in their Blackmagic Design URSA PL review on PC Mag three years ago “Unique screen great for text interactions”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One Blackmagic Design URSA PL owner considered that it was compact.

Very Heavy

Across all the video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera the weights range from 65g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 1.2kg. When compared to other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder that we have assessed, the weight of the URSA PL of 7.4 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera was released in April 2017.


Image Sensor

Only 4/3" Optical Sensor Size

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

This video camera's optical sensor size (4/3") is actually the worst optical sensor size across all comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

The best optical sensor size across comparable types of video camera is 1/2".

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Lens System

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Blackmagic Design URSA PL has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and spec which do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think cheaper video cameras such as the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (£2,618.99) is also worth considering.

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Video

Very Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The average maximum frame rate of comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera is 44fps. When compared to other camcorders that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the maximum frame rate of the Blackmagic Design URSA PL of 60 frames per second is one of the fastest.

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Full HD

Full HD

The URSA PL is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also are Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K (£2,618.99) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The URSA PL supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions supported by most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

This video camera's video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Blackmagic Design URSA PL has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most video cameras that came out around the same time as it. Most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

This video camera's maximum video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is actually the best maximum video resolution amongst all camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Support HDMI

The Blackmagic Design URSA PL does not support HDMI, unlike most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder, the URSA PL does not support PictBridge.

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Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The URSA PL has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Blackmagic Design URSA PL has a touchscreen. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also have a touchscreen.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The URSA PL supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Blackmagic Design URSA PL does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera 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 of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder, the URSA PL does not have a built-in light.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00700315904092, 09338716002553

Blackmagic Design URSA PL Review Sources

To prepare this Blackmagic Design URSA PL review we compared this camcorder to 575 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 138,449 product attributes, 23,573 camcorder reviews and 1,484,300 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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