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Blackmagic Design URSA EF
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Blackmagic Design URSA EF Camcorder

$3,903.99
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7.4kg Aug 2014
Full HD Weight Interchangeable Lens Built-In Display Release Date
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10 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

On average Blackmagic Design camcorders have excellent reviews compared to other brands as do all camcorders manufactured by Blackmagic Design.

Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The maximum frame rates of camcorders of a similar type and age to the URSA EF range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 46fps. The Blackmagic Design URSA EF has one of the faster maximum frame rates (60 frames per second) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The URSA EF has an interchangeable lens, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago do not have an interchangeable lens.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an interchangeable lens currently available including because of it's better review score, the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K ($2,915.05).

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens which you might also want to consider including the Blackmagic Design URSA PL.

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Full HD

Full HD

The URSA EF is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are not Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K ($2,915.05) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Sony PMW-200, or the Blackmagic Design URSA PL.

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2160p Video Mode

The URSA EF has a 2160p video mode which is better than the 480i video mode found on most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camcorder also have a 1080i and 1080p video mode.

A 2160p video mode is actually the best video mode amongst all camcorders of this type and age.

A 480p video mode is the worst video mode across similar types of camcorder.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The Blackmagic Design URSA EF supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than most camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. Most similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. This Blackmagic Design camcorder also supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

A 720 x 480 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of video camera.

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Quite High Video Capturing Speed

The average video capturing speed of video cameras that are a similar age to the URSA EF is 48fps. The Blackmagic Design URSA EF has a quite high video capturing speed (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Blackmagic Design URSA EF has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the URSA EF also have a built-in display.

Other video cameras which also have a built-in display that you might want to look at include the Sony PMW-200, or the Blackmagic Design URSA PL.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Blackmagic Design URSA EF has a higher maximum video resolution than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. This video camera has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution, whereas most video cameras of a comparable spec 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 in fact the best maximum video resolution across all video cameras of this age and type.

The worst maximum video resolution amongst comparable types of video camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The URSA EF does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the URSA EF also do not have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony PMW-200.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The URSA EF does not have an HDMI port, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the URSA EF also do not have an HDMI port.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have an HDMI port including the Sony PMW-200.

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Not Waterproof

The URSA EF is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Blackmagic Design URSA EF does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the URSA EF also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The URSA EF does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

The URSA EF is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this type and age are also not 3D compatible.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years that we have assessed, the URSA EF's weight of 7.4 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The weights of camcorders that are a similar age to the URSA EF range from 59g to 7.5kg.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Sony PMW-200 (2.7kg), or the Blackmagic Design URSA PL (7.4kg).

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1 Other reason to consider the Blackmagic Design URSA EF

Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera was released over two years ago.

Specification

Lens System
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software

Expert Reviews

13 January 2016

Blackmagic Design's Ursa can be thought of as the big sister to the Production Camera 4K, which I reviewed here . The first thing you notice when looking at the Ursa is it actually looks like a... Read more…

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Barcodes 00700315904085, 09338716002546
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