Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K with EF Mount - BUNDLE - with Steadicam Merlin 2 Stabilizer with Arm & Vest (Supports up to 7 lbs)

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About Blackmagic Design Production

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a complete self contained solution for shooting extremely high resolution Ultra HD 4K content! You get a large Super 35 size sensor with professional global shutter combined with precision EF mount optics, visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) file recording and 12 stops of dynamic range, as well as a 6G-SDI output! Monitor in high resolution on the built in touchscreen, plus change menus and enter metadata. Includes sun shield, power supply, carry strap, UltraScope waveform monitoring software and a full version of DaVinci Resolve software for Mac OS X and Windows.

Steadicam Merlin 2 stabilizer
The Steadicam Merlin 2 stabilizer is your essential professional partner. Life doesn't stand still. Now keep up with the action more easily than ever with the new ultra-light, ultra-compact stabilizer system. The Merlin 2 hand-held stabilizer is what you've been waiting for since the dawn of camcorders. The Merlin 2 stabilizer lets you fly wherever the scene takes you-up and down steps, indoors and outside, through crowds-almost anywhere, with precise, elegant control and ease for memorable, professional "you are there" footage. And its quick-release mount lets you instantly swap camera connections between your stabilizer and any tripod.

Blackmagic Design Production Features

  • Large Super 35 Sensor: With a large Super 35 size sensor you get familiar framing and behavior from the lenses you already own! The sensor features a global shutter so you get perfect panning and with minimal crop factor you also get beautiful wide angle shots from your wide angle lenses.
  • EF Compatible Lens Mount: With the EF compatible lens mount you can choose high quality optics that are designed to take advantage of the large Super 35 size sensor with minimal cropping. Use the world's most amazing optics from leading lens crafters like Canon, Zeiss and more, with full electronic control!
  • Capture 4K ProRes directly to a removable SSD!: With a built in SSD recorder, Blackmagic Production Camera 4K easily captures 4K in ProRes 422 (HQ) and compressed CinemaDNG files. You get a 4K camera designed from the ground up to be part of your post production workflow!
  • Open File Formats: Unlike traditional cameras that record obscure file formats that take time to convert before you can start post production, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K records directly to files that are compatible with your editing software.
  • Beautifully Crafted Design: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K has been designed with portability and durability in mind. With standard connections and an internal battery inside a beautiful machined aluminum design, you can be confident that the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K will easily handle the rigors of location work!
  • Easy to Use Touchscreen: Use the capacitive touchscreen to access menus to change settings such as recording format, shutter angle and more! Double tap the screen to zoom into the image for fast and accurate focus. Tap once on the screen to display the metadata entry page where you can enter information such as shot number.
  • Dynamic Range: With 12 stops of dynamic range you get amazing looking images beyond those of regular video cameras or even the highest end broadcast cameras. All this dynamic range is captured into ProRes or CinemaDNG files at 4K resolution, so images retain a beautiful film look.
  • No need to buy expensive custom cables!: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K uses standard connections, so you never need to source custom cables! It includes a 6G-SDI connection for Ultra HD resolution or down converted HD output over a single SDI cable.

Blackmagic Design Production Specifications

Effective Sensor Size
21.12mm x 11.88mm (Super 35).
Effective Resolution
3840 x 2160
Shooting Resolutions
3840 x 2160, 1920x1080.
Frame Rates
3840 x 2160p23.98, 3840 x 2160p24, 3840 x 2160p25, 3840 x 2160p29.97, 3840 x 2160p30, 1920 x 1080p23.98, 1920 x 1080p24, 1920 x 1080p25, 1920 x 1080p29.97, 1920 x 1080p30, 1920 x 1080p50i, 1920 x 1080p59.94i.
Dynamic Range
12 stops
Focus button turns on peaking
Iris Control
Iris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video mode.
Lens Mount
EF and ZE mount compatible with electronic iris control.
Screen Dimensions
5" and 800 x 480 resolution.
Screen Type
Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen.
Metadata Support
Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords.
On screen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control.
Integrated stereo microphone.
Integrated mono speaker
Mounting Options
3 x 1/4"-20 UNC thread mounting points on top of camera. 1 x 1/4"-20 UNC thread tripod mount with locator pin.
Storage Type
Removable 2.5" SSD.
Storage Format
Mac OS Extended or exFAT format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
Storage Rates
880 Mbps using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).
Compressed Recording Formats
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080, visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW at 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080 with either Film or Video Dynamic Range.
SDI Video Output
1 x 6G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
Analog Audio Input
2 x 1/4" jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output
1 x 3.5mm stereo jack headphone output.
SDI Audio Outputt
2 channels in 6G-SDI 48 kHz and 24 bit
Remote Control
1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus.
Computer Interface
Thunderbolt port for capture of HD video and audio. USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.
SDI Compliance
SDI Audio Sampling
48 kHz and 24-bit
Software Included
DaVinci Resolve Lite grading software DVD for Mac OS X and Windows. Blackmagic Media Express software. DiskSpeed Test.
Supported Software Applications
Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier Pro, After Effects, Nuke, Photoshop, Pro Tools, DaVinci Resolve, UltraScope, Media Express, Disk Speed Test.
Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.
Windows 7 or later.
External Power
11V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included.
Integrated Lithium Ion Polymer rechargeable battery. 11V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Battery Life
Approximately 90 minutes.
Battery Charge Time
Approximately 2 hours when not in use.
128mm Wide x 113mm Thick x 166mm Height / 5" x 4.5" x 6.50
3.75lb /1.7kg

Blackmagic Design Production Reviews

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Reviewed by 5 customers


FPN problem fixed


from Spanish Fork, UT  -  Pro Videographer

The recent update for this camera provides in camera formatting, audio meters and a few other things. The FPN was not a problem with my camera. I think they have updated the current products they've been shipping. But I do believe if you were to receive a faulty camera they would send you a new one. BM seems to be working to resolve any issues with their frequent firmware updates. If they could just work on the LCD display to make it less like a mirror in the outdoors. Overall I have been happy with my camera. Hoping someday they will add 6o fps to their next firmware update, but who knows. Good camera for the price!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Not ready for professional work


from San Francisco

I believe this camera should not be out in the market. Its strongest value is its 4K image and many of the units sold are reported to have issues with it. If you know how to light your shots or make proper use of ND filters you should be good with the image, but not 100%. It is however sold clearly as "not a low light camera". What does anybody expect for $3000? Seriously. I would expect what the manufacturer markets it to be, which it is not unfortunately. Buy a Sony, pay what it costs and expect to get exactly what Sony markets it to be. Or be brave and make this BM production camera work whichever way you can while the manufacturer figures out how to fix the issues… oh well. Battery power readings are not good, but one is expected to use an external battery with this camera. Audio, which is marketed to be of professional quality, it is not. Audio monitoring is bad. It has no audio meters and I would not rely on internal audio recordings for any serious shoot, but who does? You can still make it work with a field mixer such as a Mixpre - D from Sound Devices… and it may just sound great. Recording to SSDs is pretty cool. I own two docks and it seems quite simple to move the media in the SSD directly into my scratch. Who doesn't have a dock of sorts today? There are so many options. Example: Seagate External Thunderbolt Adapter for Portable Drives. Cheap and fast. If your mac has two thunderbolt ports you're good to go on set, but you can also have as many SSDs as you need for the shoot without needing to copy footage on set. I prefer to back up everything as soon as an SSD is full. All in all, you pay 3K and get to play with 4K and cine lenses. If you are lucky, your camera will have a good image all the way through for just $3000!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)




from Cleveland, OH

These cameras suffer from a problem called Fixed Pattern Noise or FPN. There are vertical lines throughout the image. The cameras are faulty and Blackmagic Design has yet to acknowledge the problem nor fix it. If you go to the forums on you can see the numerous posts from customers who all suffer from the same problem. DO NOT BUY until the problem is fixed or you will be stuck with a $3,000 paperweight. DO NOT BUY!!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Footage has a fixed pattern noise


from USA

Unfortunately, these cameras' sensors are riddled with FPN (fixed pattern noise). The problem creates vertical lines of noise in the footage. It shows even in well lit scenarios, and even at the native iso! The problem varies slightly from camera to camera, but in most cases the issue is very noticeable. I would absolutely NOT recommend this product to anyone, especially not professionals. BMD's support has has been completely unhelpful in addressing the issue. They will only admit it is a known problem on private tech-support calls. In fact, I have never in my professional career seen a company produce a "production camera" this dysfunctional. The FPN issue is so widespread, I believe this camera should be recalled entirely. Just visit the Black Magic cinematography forum to read up on the problems. This product had great potential, but was released in a beta state and backed up with horrible support. The price is not worth the hassle, trust me.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Not what I was expecting


from New York

Pratical because it shoots PRO RESS 4k but unpractical because you need a card reader in order to unload the footage. The camera also doesn't mount on the desktop and the battery charger does not display the power accurately. Lastly, There is no 60 fps option which for some reason I thought came standard. And you can't format the SSD card on the camera... you have to do it through a disk utility (wack!).

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