Cinematographer & Filmmaker
Corey Steib
New Black Magic Cameras Part 2: Micro Cinema Camera
by Corey Steib on April 16th, 2015

​Introducing the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, a miniaturized Super 16mm, professional digital film camera that is designed to be operated remotely and capture action anywhere! A revolutionary built in expansion port has PWM and S.Bus inputs so you can use a model airplane remote control to operate the camera wirelessly. Imagine adjusting focus, iris and zoom wirelessly!

​The Micro Cinema Camera is a true digital film camera that features built in RAW and ProRes recording, 13 stops of dynamic range, a global shutter and an MFT lens mount. You get a true digital film camera that can go where no other digital film camera can!

Get Incredible Action Shots

The digital film camera for action camera shots

​The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is an impossibly small true, professional quality digital film camera that’s perfect for use on quadcopters, as a crash cam, or even hidden on set for reality TV. You can mount it anywhere such as on a skate board or hang glider for spectacular extreme sports shots, to a drone to record panoramic fly overs, or even wear it on a helmet for the most amazing point of view shots! The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera will make your audience say “Wow! How did they get that shot?”

Remote Camera Management

Wireless control of your camera from a safe distance

​When you’re mounting the camera on quadcopters, using it as a crash cam or placing it in dangerous locations, you can operate the camera remotely, view a live feed and monitor status, all from a safe distance. The expansion port can be connected to radio control airplane receivers and various camera functions can be mapped to radio channels so you can remotely start and stop recording, adjust focus, change the iris and more! The expansion port also has a composite video output that can be connected to low cost wireless video transmitters for remote monitoring of the camera’s recording status, battery life and audio levels.

Extremely Customizable Design

The world’s smallest completely open and customizable camera

​The design of the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera combines advanced miniaturization and a unique expansion port in a digital film camera that lets you create personalized rigs for remote operation and monitoring. The camera body is not much larger than the Micro Four Thirds lens mount making it as small as a camera with a professional lens can be. Its core is made out of a lightweight and strong magnesium alloy that makes it durable enough to shoot anywhere, from the ocean floor to the stratosphere or beyond! You can control the Micro Cinema Camera directly from the front buttons when it’s mounted, or remotely when it’s out of reach.

Lens Mount: MFT

Audio: Stereo Mic (L/R) and Audio In (3.5mm)

Battery: Canon Compatible

REC: RGB LED and SD Card

Ports: USB, HDMI and Expansion Port

Body: Magnesium Body and Mount 

Revolutionary Expansion Port

Now you can create your own custom camera remote control

​The revolutionary expansion port lets you create custom remote control, external power and monitoring solutions. The included breakout cable gives you access to many of the camera’s unique functions, but you can also create your own custom cables that open the camera up to do even more. In addition to things like LANC, power, video out, and genlock, you also get 4 analog PWM radio remote control inputs so you can map camera functions to the dials, knobs, buttons and joysticks on model airplane remotes! For even more control with greater precision, you can use the 18 channel S.Bus control input with Futaba radio control equipment or custom embedded controllers.

Remote Monitoring

Transmit and monitor video wirelessly!

​The expansion port includes NTSC and PAL composite video output that can be connected to low cost wireless video transmitters for remote monitoring. That means you can see exactly what the camera is recording whether the camera is in the air or hidden on set. For higher quality monitoring, the Micro Cinema Camera also has an HDMI output for wireless HD video transmitters. Both the composite and HDMI outputs can display overlays for camera status, lens settings, file formats, histogram, audio meters, battery life and more!

Super 16mm Sensor

Wide dynamic range and global shutter!

​The Super 16 sensor is full 1080 HD resolution and has an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range and global shutter up to 30 frames per second. Most DSLR and action cameras use a rolling shutter that exposes different parts of the image in fractions of a second, causing video to appear skewed or wobbly when the camera moves or vibrates. The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera’s global shutter acts more like a still camera, exposing the entire image at the same time so you get distortion and ripple free video! With an ISO up to 1600, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera also gives you great quality, even in locations with low lighting.

Built in RAW and ProRes Recorder

Record using professional formats without ugly compression artifacts

​The built in recorder captures true 12-bit log digital film quality images without the artifacts you get on heavily compressed 8-bit H.264 files used on small consumer action and DSLR cameras. Files can be saved in either Cinema DNG RAW or ProRes. Cinema DNG RAW files are 12-bit log and give you all of the data from the camera’s sensor, so you have the latitude to change things like white balance and exposure long after the camera stops rolling. If you need smaller file sizes and longer recording times, you can use ProRes to get broadcast quality images. Both formats can be easily edited and color corrected with the included DaVinci Resolve Lite for Mac and Windows.

Interchangeable Lenses

Use a wide range of lightweight professional photo lenses

​The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera features an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount so you can use high performance photographic lenses including wide angle, primes, standard zooms, telephotos and more. That means you’re not stuck with a built in lens and can choose the best lens for the job! The focus, iris and zoom on active MFT lenses can be controlled remotely from the camera’s expansion port. Many MFT lenses also have built in optical image stabilization, making them perfect for use in places where there might be a lot of movement, shocks or vibration.

Easy Camera Settings

Front panel buttons to quickly change settings

​You can quickly adjust camera settings using the row of buttons located on the front of the camera. Because they’re on the front, the buttons are always accessible, whether the camera is strapped to your body or mounted in tight locations. Camera settings are displayed on screen using the HDMI or composite video output. You also get power, record, stop, fast forward and rewind buttons, along with an LED light on top that shows recording status and has memory card and low battery warning indicators.

Professional Sound

High quality audio recording with built in or external microphones

​Engineered for high quality audio recording, the built in high quality stereo microphone is omni-directional and features a mechanical design to help reduce unwanted wind noise so you get a clear recording. There’s also a built in 3.5mm input connector so you can plug in directional or wireless clip on microphones. The 3.5mm input jack supports both mic or line level devices and automatically disables the internal mic when an external one is connected. The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera gives you the flexibility to choose the right microphone or audio source for your production!

Battery or External Power Use removable batteries or DC power sources

​For remote recording, you can attach any readily available LP-E6 battery to the back of the camera and place it in all sorts of locations. The battery level is shown in an overlay when the camera is connected to an HDMI display or on the PAL/NTSC video output so you can monitor battery levels even when the camera is operated remotely. There is also an LED on the camera to indicate low battery condition as well as record status. The included breakout cable has a 12V DC input jack so you can use external power supplies or even rig up your own long lasting custom power sources!

LP-E6Canon Battery Compatible
12V Via DC Jack on Expansion Cable

Add Popular Accessories

Rig it, mount it and control it anywhere

​The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is compatible with a virtually unlimited number of accessories ranging from interchangeable MFT lenses and lens mount adapters, to quadcopters, battery chargers and more. Two ¼” mounting points on the top and bottom of the camera let you securely rig the camera anywhere and then use wireless HDMI or composite video transmitters for remote monitoring. You can even control the camera using wired LANC accessories or go completely wireless with PWM or S.Bus radio remote control transmitters and receivers or roll your own custom control solution using embedded computers such as Raspberry Pi or BASIC Stamp!

The camera that goes where other cameras can’t!

​The Micro Cinema Camera goes where no other professional camera can go and delivers Super 16mm digital film quality. Now you can get the impossible shots that would be too dangerous for a cameraman, or too cramped for a regular camera!

​Unlike the cheap, lossy compression found on other small cameras, the Micro Cinema Camera features a built in recorder that saves images in professional Cinema DNG RAW and ProRes formats. That means you get files with exceptional image quality, timecode, accurate AV sync and perfect color fidelity.


The ultimate aerial digital film camera!

​Micro Cinema Camera is perfect for use on even smaller, more affordable quadcopters! Its wide dynamic range and light weight let you shoot panoramic fly overs that capture every subtle detail in the bright skies and dark moody terrain! You get brilliant images, and because it works with an incredible range of high quality interchangeable lenses, you can choose the right lens for each shot! Use a wireless video transmitter and radio remote control so you can see the shot while it’s in the air and remotely control lens settings and record start/stop. That means you won’t fill up valuable storage while flying into position!

Crash Cam

The perfect camera for the most dangerous shots!

​You usually only have one chance to get it right when shooting a dangerous crash sequence. The Micro Cinema Camera is the perfect crash cam because it’s small enough to fit virtually anywhere, has multiple mount points so you can enclose it in a crash-proof box, and can be controlled remotely. That means you can stay clear of the danger and still get true digital film quality shots! Its global shutter gives you stable images without any wobbly distortion and the remote control lets you quickly control iris, focus and even start or stop recording. With the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera you can safely capture the most dangerous shots at full digital film quality!

Helmet Cams

Capture unimaginable extreme point of view shots!

​You’ll get unbeatable base jumping or freestyle snowboarding shots because now you can wear a true digital film camera! The Micro Cinema Camera is small and light weight, uses high quality MFT lenses, has a distortion free global shutter and records to professional RAW and ProRes formats, so the shots have the quality to make amazing sports documentaries. That makes it the best wearable camera for getting extreme point of view shots. All you have to do is strap it to your helmet or wear it across your chest, push the record button, and go! Be careful not to compromise your helmet’s safety when you attach a camera to it.

Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles

Complete coverage, from dashboard to tail pipe

​Whether your shot takes place inside or outside of a vehicle, the top and bottom mount points let you secure the Micro Cinema Camera to any rig. You get the best image quality from it’s incredible sensor with high frame rates up to 1080p60 or global shutter up to 1080p30. You can even mount multiple cameras to a vehicle for complete coverage! You can push the record buttons manually, or link them all to radio remote control receivers on the same frequency to trigger them all at once! The record light on the top front of the camera can be seen clearly so you’ll know all the cameras are recording before the action starts.

Nature and Animal Cinematography

Record amazing wildlife encounters in exotic locations

​Capture the environment and animal behavior with all the wonder of the natural world! The Micro Cinema Camera can be set up for long shots in the wild and, because it’s so small, it won’t interfere with animals in their natural habitat! The camera’s image quality blends in perfectly with any scripted studio introductions. For time lapse recordings that go for hours, the camera can be customized with a larger external battery using the DB-HD15 expansion port’s power input. You can also attach LP-E6 compatible batteries to maintain power when you need to change the external battery and build custom cables when you need to place the camera far away from people!

Dangerous Locations

Safely shoot from risky and dangerous locations

​When a shot is too dangerous or physically impossible for a cameraman, the Micro Cinema Camera can still get the shot! Its compact body fits into extremely tight, difficult or even precarious locations. Send it up in a weather balloon to create the ultimate storm chaser scene, put it on a narrow conveyor belt in a factory for a unique point of view, or even capture a bird’s eye view from a cliff hanging Condor nest! No shot is too risky because the camera can be configured with wireless monitoring, long lasting power supplies and a wide angle lens with infinite focus. Once it’s set up, you hardly have to touch it again!

The incredibly small camera that’s massively expandable

Incredibly Small

The smallest camera body that still uses professional lenses

​With a design only 2.57in high, 3.25in wide, 2.74in deep, the Micro Cinema Camera is as small as it can possibly be while still being large enough to have a professional lens mount allowing a wide variety of interchangeable lenses. The miniature size lets you to mount the camera in unique locations, like on bike handles, hang gliders, skateboards, remote control toy cars and even on your own body for cinematic quality shots that would be impossible to get with any other camera!

Magnesium Alloy Core

Lightweight and super durable chassis and lens mount

​The core chassis and lens mount of the Micro Cinema Camera are made from the same unique magnesium alloy that’s used to build high performance racing car wheels. That means you get a super strong camera that’s also lightweight! There are two ¼ thread mount points located on the top and bottom of the camera that can be used for securely fastening the camera onto a standard mini flexible tripod, a quadcopter platform or any other custom rig that you design.

Active Micro Four Thirds LensesThe lightest weight, professional lenses available

​The Micro Four Thirds lens mount allows you to select from a wide range of photo quality, interchangeable lenses where you have control over focal length, aperture setting and performance. Select from fast primes, wide angles with infinite focus or even specialty lenses like macro or tilt and shift lenses. You can even control active MFT lenses remotely using the expansion port’s connections for radio remote control systems!

Completely Customizable

Create custom rigs that let you use the camera anywhere

​No other professional camera allows so much customization in such a small body. The unique expansion port gives you unparalleled options for power, monitoring and remotely controlling the camera. You also have your choice of professional Micro Four Thirds lenses or you can use a lens mount adaptor to attach larger EF or PL lenses. Using both the top and bottom mount points you can securely fasten the camera into what ever rig you need.

Maximum Connections

Monitoring, audio, power, remote and more!

​The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is designed to give you the maximum number of connection options in the smallest amount of space. You get a full sized HDMI connection for wired or wireless HD monitoring along with a 3.5mm microphone input that works with both mic and line level devices. The expansion port gives you an incredible number of options, all from a single DB-HD15 port! The breakout cable includes 4 PWM inputs for analog radio remote control, composite video out, power and LANC. You can even create your own custom cable to take advantage of additional features on the expansion port!

Removable Batteries

Use readily available LP-E6 batteries

​For convenient, portable power you can use Canon compatible LP-E6 batteries. These readily available, rechargeable batteries snap right onto the back of the camera for long recording times! The LED indicator on top of the camera blinks when battery power gets low, making it easy to know when you need to swap batteries. For longer shoots, the expansion port’s breakout cable allows you to plug into DC power so you can plug into standard AC power or even connect to your own external batteries so you never miss a frame of the action!

Price for the Micro Cinema Camera

The price for this beauty is $995
Their was a few more things to add to this but then it would be way to long of a blog post (click here to see the entire article) as I think the photos, price and specs speak for themselves. I love how BMD is taking the sucess of their pocket camera and saw how people were using it as a crash cam or action cam and just really built off that. They really tried to make this an all around "beat the crap out of me camera and watch me fly after". I will for sure have to add this to my collection as I can for sure put it to good use without having to buy extra lenses etc.. I would love to hear what you have to say about this (leave comments below). 

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