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Blackmagic announces 40% price reduction for URSA Mini Pro 12K camera, plus DaVinci Resolve 17.3: Digital Photography Review

Blackmagic Design has announced a major price reduction for its URSA Mini Pro 12K camera. The new price is $5,995, a 40% discount from its previous $9,995 MSRP. Blackmagic has also announced a new version of DaVinci Resolve, bringing the version to 17.3, adding native Apple Silicon support and more.

The URSA Mini Pro 12K has a 12,288 x 6480 12K Super 35 image sensor with 14 stops of dynamic range with a native ISO of 800. The 80MP image sensor works with new color science and records Blackmagic RAW files. Blackmagic writes, ‘Oversampling from 12K gives you the best 8K and 4K images with the subtle skin tones and extraordinary detail of high-end still cameras.’

The URSA Mini Pro 12K records 12K footage at up to 60 frames per second. If you need faster framerates, the camera records 8K footage at 120fps and 4K Super 16 footage at a super-fast 240 fps. The camera includes an interchangeable PL mount, includes built-in ND filters (2, 4 and 6-stop filters), dual CFast and UHS-II SD card slots, a SuperSpeed USB-C expansion port and much more.

Blackmagic writes, ‘The URSA Mini Pro 12K sensor and Blackmagic RAW were designed together to make 12-bit RAW workflows in 12K effortless. As an incredibly efficient next-generation codec Blackmagic RAW lets you shoot 12K and edit on a laptop, a capability that simply isn’t possible with other codecs. The massive resolution of the sensor means you can reframe shots in post for delivery in 8K and 4K.’

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The camera includes a 4″ fold-out touchscreen to review shots and access menu settings. There’s an external backlit LCD for displaying critical shooting information. The camera includes 12G-SDI in and out, USB-C, 48V phantom power XLR audio, timecode and reference in. The magnesium alloy body has an optional Blackmagic Shoulder Mount Kit.

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For more information on the URSA Mini Pro 12K, visit Blackmagic. The new price is a great deal for professional videographers demanding high-resolution and fast performance. The interchangeable lens mount can accept full-frame PL, Super 35 PL, PL Anamorphic, Servo Assist, vintage PL, Super 16 PL, full-frame EF and full-frame F mount lenses.

DaVinci Resolve 17.3 adds support for a new processing engine, promising significantly improved performance on Apple computers with the M1 chip. The software is up to 3 times faster on M1 models. Blackmagic writes, ‘With this massive speed increase, customers can now play back, edit and grade 4K projects faster, and can even work on 8K projects on an Apple M1 notebook. The new processing engine uses tile-based rendering, which also gives customers up to 30% longer battery life on laptop computers when working in DaVinci Resolve.’

DaVinci Resolve 17.3 is available for download now as a free update for existing users. There are many other new features added in DaVinci Resolve 17.3, including improved editing tools, improvements to Fusion, better codec decoding and performance and much more. For the full information on the new update, click here.

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