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Live production is not for the weak-hearted, that’s for sure. Speed and efficiency needs to come hand in hand in shooting live videos, which is why the demand for compact yet precise cameras has never been higher.
The latest to join the pack of live production cameras is the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4k. It is the smallest Ultra HD live studio camera in the world, but it promises great things to those who are willing to pay its $1,295 price tag.
Small isn’t always a disadvantage
The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4k is just as big as your fist, making it perfect for on-the-go shooting. But while small presents some disadvantage for a lot of gadgets, it’s not the case for this tiny Ultra HD camera. Here’s why:
- Superb picture quality
If you tried shooting Blackmagic’s regular-sized studio camera and loved its resolution, there’s no reason not to love the micro studio camera. Blackmagic took the same image sensor found in its regular studio camera and placed it on the micro studio camera, which means that you can enjoy resolutions of up to 30fps for 3840x2160p videos and 60fps for 1080p videos.
The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4k offers superb picture quality both indoors and outdoors, although those who tried it would recommend it more for TV than film.
With its small size and open design, the Micro Studio Camera 4k is perfect for multi-camera live production because it can be practically hidden anywhere on set, which allows for more camera angles to create a better viewing experience for TV.
The camera is even small enough to be hidden on stage during live performances or mounted on a drone for overhead shots during sporting events. You even have the option to rig it with a professional broadcast lens with the Blackmagic Video Assist for monitoring purposes.
- Smart design
In terms of quality, you’ll never be disappointed with the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4k. Created using a tough magnesium alloy core, the camera is just as big as the lens mount itself.
It is also considered the most riggable Ultra HD studio camera in the world because it can be adapted to traditional broadcast lenses, accepts commands through an SDI connection from any SDI or ATEM switcher and has expansion ports that include B4 and PTZ lens control outputs so you can control everything from a single SDI connection.
You can even customize the remote control of the cameras to make it fit your needs. With its small size, Blackmagic made sure that controlling the camera is easy for operators through a completely customizable remote control.
- Good broadcast connections
The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4k includes a full size HDMI connector that allows you to add a local monitor where you can set the position of the camera or change its menus. It also has a mini BNC connector for the main camera SDI output and camera program input that can be used for control camera CCU settings, tally status, reference and return talkback audio.
The ultimate must-have camera for live production
The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4k may not be the cheapest option out there, but it’s definitely worth every penny you pay for it. From its small, compact size to its incredibly huge features and capabilities, this studio camera is a perfect tool for capturing great videos for live productions.
The best part is, it gets better if you invest in the right accessories to enhance its performance. So, if you’re looking for a small but highly efficient studio camera, this should be your perfect choice.