The Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K 2 version 2 is in response to customer feedback. many users stating that during live production they have no intention of relying on the battery and hook the cameras up to AC power. Therefore it makes sense for Blackmagic to provide this incredible version, especially as removing the battery brings several benefits.
First is price. The HD Studio Camera has now dropped $200 to $1495, while the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K is now available at an $800 reduction of $1695. By any stretch of the imagination that is an extremely competitive price, and is one of the narrowest margins we’ve seen on UHD kit over and above HD. ‘4K for free’ isn't there yet with cameras, but it’s not far off.
The spec on the new camera isn’t different from the old ones, though obviously, they’re going to be lighter without the internal power source. The big advantage of removing the battery though is that the cameras can now sidestep all the recent legislation regarding air transport and rechargeable units and can now be shipped via air freight for location work. Cheaper and easier.
The Studio Camera 4K 2 is made with a compact design and a magnesium alloy body that suitable for live production. Some of the main superiority such as 10" LCD screen with a detachable sunshade, and an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount. As for features, there are talkback, tally indicators, optical fiber via the optional module, XLR audio connections, and 12G-SDI inputs/outputs. For Connectivities, Studio Camera 4K 2 has compliance towards SMPTE 292M, 12G SDI I/O, and Reference input. Moreover, the audio connectivity has Analog Audio I/O, SDI Output, Remote Control, and USB. There are also other features that include an integrated stereo microphone, and the control has push-button controls for navigating menus. For power, this product has a 4-pin XLR for external power input.
This Studio Camera 4K 2 compliance with SMPTE 292M. There is also the 1 USB 2.0 Mini-B port for updating its software. The compatibility resolutions are 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and 4K UHD with frame rates at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, and 60.
You can also control this Studio Camera 4K 2 from the ATEM switchers with the latest firmware updates. For the power input, this unit has the standard 4-pin XLR power for external power sources.
Blackmagic Studio Camera is one of the most advanced broadcast cameras for live production because it includes features specifically targeted at the requirements of live production, such as a large viewfinder, talkback, tally, user-installable optional optical fiber, and a super-strong metal design.
Inside the incredibly tough and lightweight magnesium alloy body, the Blackmagic Studio Camera features a very large 10” viewfinder, talkback, tally indicators, phantom powered microphone connections, and built-in SDI connections. The Blackmagic Studio Camera includes a massive 10-inch screen that allows incredible creativity when framing and accurately focussing. The viewfinder’s LCD is extremely bright and has a very wide viewing angle so it is perfect for use even in direct sunlight. A standard 12V DC 4 pin XLR broadcast power connection is included for providing power to the camera from AC mains or third-party battery packs.
The Blackmagic Studio Camera features an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount that is compatible with an incredibly wide range of lenses and adapters. This allows customers to use high-quality photo lenses for smaller setups or fixed camera use.
The Blackmagic Studio Camera supports the tally SDI standard used on the ATEM range of live production switchers and tally lights illuminate automatically with a light on the front for talent, and a light above the viewfinder for the operator, making it easy for the cast and crew to see which cameras are on air.