Blackmagic Design announces Super-35 4K camera with global shutter


Blackmagic Design has announced the Production Camera 4K, a Super-35 format, 4K-capable camera with global shutter for smooth panning and image motion. The company says it will cost $3995. It can capture footage in Apple ProRes 422 HQ or losslessly compressed CinemaDNG Raw – promising 12-stops of dynamic range. The camera is built around a Canon EF mount and an internal SSD recorder to cope with the data rates. Blackmagic says it will be available from July 2013.

The camera features the latest 6G-SDI connector that allows single-cable transfer. It also includes a Thunderbolt connector and the same degree of remote control, via LANC, as the Blackmagic Compact Cinema Camera also announced today.

The global shutter means it captures the entire frame at the same moment, rather than reading the sensor one line at a time – avoiding the distorted verticals that can occur with fast moving subjects or whip pans.

Press Release:

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

NAB 2013, Las Vegas, USA – April 8, 2013 – Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, a new high resolution 4K digital film camera with an innovative large Super 35 size sensor with professional global shutter, combined with precision EF mount optics and high quality Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) file recording for only US$3,995.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2013 booth at #SL218.

The latest high end televisions and video projectors support Ultra HD, which is four times the resolution of regular HD video. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K shoots to high quality compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ) files in 4K, giving customers a complete solution to shoot the most amazing high resolution music videos, episodic television production, television commercials, sports, documentaries, news stories, interviews and feature films.

The new Blackmagic Production Camera 4K also supports the new 6G-SDI video connection out so it can be used on live video production.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K has been designed with portability and durability in mind. With standard connections and an internal battery packed inside a beautiful machined aluminum design, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K will easily handle the rigors of location work. A high resolution LCD display shows settings such as shutter speed, color temperature, aperture and timecode in an easy to read status strip. The built in capacitive touchscreen offers direct access to menus with a touch of the finger and allows changing settings such as recording format, shutter angle and more. The touchscreen also allows users to enter important metadata that is compatible with popular video editing software including Final Cut Pro X.

With a large Super 35 size sensor, cinematographers get familiar framing and behavior from the lenses they already own. This camera sensor features a global shutter and its large size allows minimal crop factor so cinematographers get nice wide angle shots from their wide angle lenses. When working in HD customers can use the high resolution images to reframe and zoom into shots without any quality loss.

With the built in EF compatible lens mount there is a wide choice of optics to take advantage of the large Super 35 size sensor without cropping. Cinematographers get the choice of the world’s most amazing optics from leading lens crafters like Canon, Zeiss and more, with full electronic control. The EF compatible lens mount means customers are not locked into a specific lens and even professional cinema lenses with EF mount with professional rails and follow focus accessories can be used.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K easily captures 4K in compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ) using the built in high speed SSD recorder. Once the shoot has wrapped, the disk can be connected to a computer for editing or color correction of the shots straight from the disk, which can be formatted in either HFS+ or ExFAT for Mac and Windows compatibility. In addition to the regular CinemaDNG RAW format, Blackmagic Design will also implement a QuickTime wrapper for the open standard CinemaDNG and companion codec, allowing the camera to record in a format that allows RAW editing in popular editing software.

The wide dynamic range of the Super 35 sized sensor can be mapped into the quantizing range of the file so you can color grade shots to allow greater detail in highlights and shadows. When working fast, the customer can also record to regular Rec. 709 video files.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K uses standard connections, so customers do not need to worry about sourcing custom cables. The camera features 6G-SDI output that can be down-converted to HD or used for amazing quality Ultra HD video. In addition, the device includes a built-in Thunderbolt port and UltraScope software for real time waveform monitoring. For audio you get 1/4” jack mic/line inputs plus 12V to 30V DC input, a 3.5mm headphone socket and LANC remote control. And with a built-in uncompressed audio recorder you can eliminate post audio synching altogether.

“Customers have been asking us to design a camera with global shutter and a large sensor. With the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K we have delivered that, plus the high resolution needed for the latest Ultra HD production work,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “This is a very exciting camera and it produces amazing looking pictures that we are sure everyone will love. It’s going to allow Ultra HD programming to be simple and easy!”

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Key Features

  • Large high resolution 4K Super 35 mm sized sensor with superior handing of image detail. 
  • Professional global shutter for smooth pans and image motion. 
  • Wide 12 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look. Compatible with extremely high quality EF mount lenses.
  • Built in SSD recorder allows long duration recording onto solid state disks. 
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software, such as Apple ProRes and compressed CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW. 
  • No custom file formats. Features all standard connections, including jack mic/line audio in, 6G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay, headphone mini jack, Thunderbolt, LANC remote control and standard DC 12 power connection. 
  • Built in touch screen LCD for camera settings and metadata entry compatible with popular video editing software including Final Cut Pro X. 
  • Supports Ultra HD and 1080HD resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps. 
  • Includes UltraScope software for live scopes via the built in Thunderbolt connection. 
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve color grading software.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K will be available in July for US$3,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.


steve ohlhaber

Now I just need a 4k display that I can afford. Hopefully, with gopro and others making releases, we will see that happen soon.


Sucks to be anyone who bought the EF mount 2.5k first version…
This is what they should have started with in the first place.


“This is what they should have started with in the first place.”

The (comparatively cheap) technology just wasn’t available back then. 4K capture at 30p requires very expensive chipsets – no wonder consumer-priced products (the GoPro 3 Black Edition) only captures at 12/15 fps.

Rooru S

There is just no competition. Sony 4K Global Shutter camera is 25000 USD and this is just 4000 USD? Wondering how other manufacturers are going to respond to this. The market for sure is going to see benefits of this competitive and radical pricing!


Global shutter is a big deal. I hope we see them in DSLRS soon. They will be silent, and able to sync any shutter speed. Shutter speeds of 1/20,000 plus will also be possible.


This is a very cool camera with pretty much no competition in this price range right now.


Assuming they can actually deliver any before the competition designs and delivers something to compete.


July is not that far away. They are already taking pre-orders. Seems like this is the real deal to me.


Yes, but they were not able to deliver previous black magic camera even an year after the supposed delivery date.

BH still doesn’t have it

Perhaps they resolved that issue this time.

James Booba

guys keep in mind some peeps are still waiting for their preordered old BM cam …. from april 2012th


Proof of why camera manufacturers should focus on getting their products into customers hands instead of spending all their time boasting about how good something only to make it obsolete 6 months later.

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