Blackmagic Design has announced its first 12K video camera, the Ursa Mini Pro 12K. It is a version of the existing Ursa Mini Pro with a higher resolution, which takes up 4.6 KB. The new model features a 12288 x 6480 Super 35 sensor that can capture 12K footage at 60 frames per second, 8K at 110 fps, and 4K Super 16 at 220 fps.
The camera uses a PL mount for compatibility with a variety of high-end cinema lenses. However, it can be exchanged for Canon EF and Nikon F frames. Additional functions include integrated ND filters and a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 expansion port for faster data transfer to external SSDs.
Obviously, nobody has a 12K TV, so this camera isn't necessarily designed for projects that actually display in 12K. According to Blackmagic, the additional pixels can help to downsample a cleaner image in 8K or 4K and to be able to crop them in post-production without losing the resolution. Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve software can process 12K footage, while the camera's built-in compression can save 4K, 6K and 8K versions simultaneously for immediate export.
This is a similar approach to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, which also uses a high-resolution Super 35 sensor, but is designed for 4K or HD projects. The Ursa Mini Pro 12K is of course a much more expensive camera and is firmly in the range of products that only film and television professionals would buy or rent.
At $ 9,995, however, the price isn't astronomical for something that doesn't have a direct competitor. Blackmagic says it will be available worldwide later this month.