Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF

Features EF mount, 13 stops of dynamic range, 2.5K sensor, SSD recorder and display

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera with EF Mount from Blackmagic Design brings to film makers a tool that many have waited for. Recording to a 2.5K image sensor, the camera is capable of recording 12-bit RAW DNG files, as well as ProRes and DNxHD formats to built-in removable SSD drives (not included), while delivering 13 stops of dynamic range. And it does so at a previously unheard of price point. 

The camera is housed in an elegant, minimalist enclosure, crafted from a single block of aluminum. It can be used hand held or mounted on industry standard hardware. The lens mount accepts Canon EF and Zeiss ZE lenses, and the LCD touchscreen provides monitoring, plus the ability for the user to add metadata such as shot number, filenames and keywords. 

To handle the high data video output, the company includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve, its premier color correcting software for Mac and Windows. Also included is a copy of UltraScope. When connected to a computer via Thunderbolt, the software provides technically accurate waveform monitoring, displaying six live scope views on a single monitor. 

Since everything has been designed to provide high quality acquisition, the camera is perfect for independent film, television commercials and episodic television production, all places where image quality is paramount. And being affordable, it will also find its way into wedding, sporting event and music video capture.

Dynamic Range:

Captures a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops into 12-bit DNG files for a true "filmic" look
Preserves detail in both shadows and highlights, and even handles indoor shots while keeping the details of any images captured through windows
Allows for keeping all sensor data and enhancing the creative decisions during DaVinci Resolve color grading

EF Compatible Lens Mount:

Supports optics from leading lens crafters such as Canon, Zeiss and many more
Compatible with EF and ZE mount lenses
Allows full electronic control of the lens - simply point, set iris and focus on command

Capacitive Touchscreen Display:

Five inch touchscreen allows for setting up a shot, as well as playback from the SSD using the transport control buttons below the screen
Enter shot data and update the camera's settings using the capacitive touchscreen display
Double tap to zoom the image for fast and accurate focus
Data strip displays information including record status, shutter angle, ISO, battery level, record time and more

Metadata Entry:

Features built-in metadata entry so that files include information compatible with popular editing software
Dramatically speeds up the whole post production process
Entering metadata is easy - simply tap the capacitive LCD touchscreen to display the slate where information can be entered including shot number, search tags, scene number, Timecode, and more
Set shot number and other data to increment automatically
Metadata is compatible with leading editing software and is fully searchable, bypassing the time consuming task of searching for specific shots when editing a project

SSD Recorder:

Built-in SSD recorder uses low cost 2.5" SSDs
Allows for 2.5K uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit capture, as well as Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD compressed video formats
Play back directly from the camera, mount the disk to any computer, or use Blackmagic Design's HyperDeck Studio deck
With Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD video formats, record for more than five hours on a single 480 GB SSD
All file formats conform to open standards used by most professional NLE software
When finished shooting, simply connect the SSD to a computer and edit or color shots straight from the disc


Uses only standard connections, no custom cable required
Dual balanced microphone/line audio inputs for recording high quality uncompressed audio
3 Gb/s SDI out for on set monitoring or for sending to live production switchers
Includes 12 to 30 VDC input for power and battery charging
Stereo mini (3.5 mm) headphone output
LANC remote control and high speed Thunderbolt port for computer capture

Open File Formats:

Camera uses standard file formats
Recording native 2.5K resolution uses the open CinemaDNG format, delivering full 12-bit RAW recording quality
Choose 1080HD recording into ProRes and DNxHD compressed video formats for even greater compatibility

Included Software:

Full DaVinci Resolve 9.0 software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac and Windows
Shoot wide dynamic range images and then make color correction decisions in post production
Media Express software for video capture from the camera's Thunderbolt port
UltraScope provides technically accurate waveform monitoring
Connect the camera to any computer using Thunderbolt to display six live scope views on a single monitor
Use UltraScope on set or in any location for parade, waveform, vectorscope and histogram signal measurement
Includes picture view, audio level , and phase monitoring