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Blackmagic Design 2.5K Cinema Camera EF Mount - Body Only (BMD-CINECAM26KEF)

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Blackmagic Design 2.5K Cinema Camera EF Mount - Body Only (BMD-CINECAM26KEF)

The Blackmagic design cinema camera has a beautiful design featuring a machined aluminium chassis and is one of the worlds finest digital film cameras. It has features that are as attractive as its appearance, such as 12-bit RAW uncompressed and compressed ProRes and DNxHD file formats, high resolution 2.5K sensor, interchangeable optics, 13 stops of dynamic range and 12-bit RAW uncompressed and compressed ProRes and DNxHD file formats! It includes a sun shield, power supply, carry strap, UltraScope waveform monitoring software and a full version of DaVinci Resolve Software for Mac OS X and Windows.

Add the timeless beauty of feature film quality to your production work 

Elegant, sophisticated and jam packed with the latest digital cinema technology, this camera gives your work that timeless feature film look! It features an amazing 2.5K image sensor with a wide 13 stops of dynamic range for a true digital film camera. You get a built-in SSD recorder, popular open standard uncompressed RAW and compressed file formats, compatibility with quality EF and ZE mount lenses, LCD touchscreen monitoring plus metadata entry, all packed into an exciting hand held design!

Move to Digital Film

The camera features a high resolution sensor with wide dynamic range making it perfect for independent film, television commercials and episodic television production. DaVinci Resolve software for Mac™ and Windows™ is included so you can work at the highest quality and get the best results. The Camera is both affordable and a complete solution because it includes a built-in recorder and monitoring, so it’s perfect for displacing video-only cameras for work such as sporting events, weddings, music videos and more!

13 Stop Dynamic Range

Regular video cameras clip video so you are locked into images that look cheap. It eliminates this problem as it captures a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops into 12-bit DNG files, so your images look truly cinematic. This preserves detail in both shadows and highlights, and even handles indoor shots while keeping the details of any images captured through windows. This means you keep all sensor data so you can make creative decisions during DaVinci Resolve color grading!

Premium Quality

Building one of the finest cameras in the world requires attention to every detail. The Camera’s premium quality design features a machined aluminum chassis, interchangeable optics, high resolution 2.5K sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and 12-bit RAW uncompressed and compressed file formats! Every aspect of the image path has been totally optimized for quality, so this means you always get the quality you need for the most demanding work.

EF Compatible Lens Mount

With this product you can use the most amazing optics from the world’s leading lens crafters such as Canon, Zeiss and many more. This product is compatible with EF and ZE mount lenses, so you can use the lenses you already own! With this Camera you are not locked into any specific lens and you can choose the lens you need based on the creative style of your shot! It allows full electronic control of your lens, so you can simply point, set iris and focus on command!

Metadata Entry

This is the first camera to feature built-in metadata entry so your files include information compatible with popular editing software. This dramatically speeds up the whole post production process! Entering metadata is easy. Simply tap the capacitive LCD touchscreen to display the slate where you can enter information such as shot number, search tags, scene number, timecode and more! You can even set shot number and other data to increment automatically!

Built-in SSD Recorder

The camera features a built-in SSD recorder that allows 2.5K uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit capture as well as Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD compressed video formats. All file formats are open standard and used by NLE software so you get the only camera designed from the ground up to be part of a whole post production workflow! When you’ve finished shooting, simply connect the SSD to your computer and edit or color your shots straight from the disk!

Notes from Blackmagic:
This camera may produce a black hole effect which is a characteristic of the CMOS sensors
The camera does NOT record in RAW, however Blackmagic are working to resolve these issues in the future with a firmware update - the date of this update is to be confirmed. 

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The item was in perfect - Feefo - Wednesday 3rd December 2014 - 5 Stars
The item was in perfect conditions.
Love this camera. Looking forward - Feefo - Saturday 20th September 2014 - 5 Stars
Love this camera. Looking forward to more updates in firmware.
Amazing camera - Feefo - Monday 13th January 2014 - 5 Stars
Amazing camera
A phenomenal camera for the price point... - Matthew - Tuesday 12th November 2013 - 4 Stars
A phenomenal camera for the price point 2.5K Raw & ProRes Log files with 13 stops of dynamic range is superb & yields the most amazing images.rnDo some research into the camera first as it can become a money pit, due to certain lens incompatibility (Even Canon EF on the EF mount!) & Rig additions.rnBlack Magic could also do with revising the interface via a hardware update as several key features are missing (Audio monitoring, clip deletion/renaming SSD formatting etc.) but im sure these will come in time & on the whole I wont look back with this camera.
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Camera Features
Sensor Resolution2592 x 2192
Raw Resolution12-bit RAW files recorded at 2432 x 1366
Shooting Resolutions2.5K RAW at 2432 x 1366, compressed at 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
Sensor Size16.64 mm x 14.04 mm
Sensor Size - Active 15.6 mm x 8.8 mm
Dynamic Range13 stops
FocusFocus button turns on peaking
Iris ControlIris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped
Lens MountEF and ZE mount compatible with electronic iris control
Screen Dimensions5 inch and 800 x 480 resolution
Screen TypeIntegrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Metadata SupportAutomatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords
ControlsOnscreen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control
MicrophoneIntegrated mono microphone
SpeakerIntegrated mono speaker
Mounting Options3 x 1/4 inch thread mounting points on top of camera.
1 x 1/4 inch thread tripod mount with locator pin.
PowerIntegrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery.
12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Battery LifeApproximately 90 minutes
Battery Charge Time Approximately 2 hours when not in use.
Camera Dimensions166.2mm by 113.51mm x 126.49mm excluding detachable sunshade and turret dust cap
Camera Weight1.7 kg / 3.75 lb
Storage Features
Storage TypeRemovable 2.5 inch SSD
Storage FormatMac OS Extended format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
Storage Rates5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K fits about 30 minutes of 24p video on a 256 GB solid state disk. Compressed HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW video.
Uncompressed Recording FormatsRAW 2.5K CinemaDNG
Compressed Recording FormatsApple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. All compressed recording in 1920x1080 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
SDI Video Output1 x 10-bit HD-SDI 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
Analog Audio Input2 x 1/4 inch jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output
SDI Audio Output4 channels in HD-SDI
Remote Control1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
Computer InterfaceThunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audio.
USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.
External Power12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
SDI ComplianceSMPTE 292M.
SDI Audio Sampling48 kHz and 24 bit.
Software IncludedDaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve
USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows.
Media Express software for video capture from the camera’s
Thunderbolt port.
Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring from the
camera’s Thunderbolt port.
AccessoriesDetachable sun shield, camera strap, turret dust cap and
12V AC adapter.
Product Warranty12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
Optional Accessories
Camera HandlesBlackmagic Cinema Camera Handles

World Class Design
Starting with a chassis machined from solid aluminum, capped with a rubber front and rear for easy grip, plus a rear facing touchscreen for easyentry, you get a camera that’s optimized for the whole post production workflow. Camera features standard jack audio so there are no custom connectors!

Standard Connectors
Blackmagic Cinema Camera uses only standard connections! 3 Gb/s SDI out for on set monitoring or for sending to live production switchers. Jack mic/line audio inputs for recording the highest quality uncompressed audio. Plus 12V to 30V DC input for power and battery charging, 3.5mm headphone socket, LANC remote control and Thunderbolt port for faster capture!

Capacitive Touchscreen
The 5″ touchscreen lets you see and play back from the SSD using the control buttons below the screen. Enter shot data and update the camera's settings using the capacitive touchscreen display, just like a smartphone! Double tap to zoom for fast and accurate focus. Be in control, the data strip displays information including record status, shutter angle, ISO, battery level, record time and more.

SSD Recorder
Includes a built-in SSD recorder that uses low cost 2.5" SSDs. No more proprietary media, and SSDs of different sizes are widely available. You can play back directly from the unit, mount the disk to any computer or use Blackmagic Design's HyperDeck Studio deck. No other media can beat the performance of SSDs and require slow file copying to use. With Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD video formats you can record for more than 5 hours on a single 480GB SSD!

Enter Metadata Easily
The large capacitive touchscreen display makes it incredibly easy to log metadata directly into the camera. When you tap the display with a finger, a data entry window called the "slate" appears. This lets you enter shot information just like typing on a smartphone. This data is then stored in the files so can be accessed by NLE software when editing content later. Metadata is compatible with popular software such as Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve.

Open File Formats
Records to standard file formats, so you don’t need to wait years for your video software to support the media! Recording native 2.5K resolution uses the open CinemaDNG format, so you get full 12-bit RAW recording quality using the built-in SSD recorder, and the benefit of industry wide compatibility. For even greater compatibility you can also choose 1080HD recording into ProRes and DNxHD compressed video formats. The only camera to support purely open file formats!

Fast Metadata Entry
Logging file metadata directly into the camera dramatically speeds up the post production process. With the software 'slate' you can enter information such as shot number, search tags, scene number, timecode and more! You can even set shot number and other data to increment automatically! Metadata is compatible with leading editing software and is fully searchable so when you're editing your project you can avoid the time consuming task of searching for specific shots!

Includes UltraScope
Blackmagic UltraScope provides technically accurate waveform monitoring with a beautifully designed computer interface. Connect it to any computer using Thunderbolt technology to display 6 live scope views on a single monitor! Use UltraScope on set or in any location for Parade, Waveform, Vectorscope and Histogram signal measurement. UltraScope includes picture view, audio level and phase monitoring!

Includes DaVinci Resolve
Comes with full DaVinci Resolve 9.0 software for Mac and Windows, so you get more color correction features that let you take advantage of it's amazing image quality. Shoot wide dynamic range images and then make color correction decisions in post production. You will never be limited creatively by your equipment because you have the same camera and color correction technology used by the world’s leading cinematographers!