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2.5K Cinema Camera Gets Lossless Raw in Firmware 2.1 Update

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The 2.5K Cinema Camera is Blackmagic’s oldest camera, but that hasn’t meant they have stopped improving it.  Not. At. All.  With firmware 2.1 the 2.5K Cinema Camera now has the option to record lossless raw compression.  The lossless raw should look similar to the raw recording while allowing longer recording times, but this is not the only feature.

Blackmagic also allows shooters to bypass the menu dashboard and go straight to the settings. Being able to skip a step to get to the settings will definitely be helpful for those who are trying to work quickly. Then they fixed another little annoyance.  The peaking state will now be remembered when recycling the camera on/off.  

Here are the details:

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

  • New Blackmagic Camera Setup software
  • Adds support for more frame guide options
  • Adds Japanese and Chinese language menu support
  • Holding down MENU will bypass Dashboard and go straight into settings
  • Peaking state is remembered after power cycle

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

  • New Blackmagic Camera Setup software
  • Adds lossless compressed RAW support
  • Adds support for more frame guide options
  • Holding down MENU will bypass the Dashboard
  • Peaking state is remembered after power cycle

Blackmagic URSA

  • New Blackmagic Camera Setup software
  • Improved media formatting performance

Lastly

On another note, Blackmagic is continuing to follow their traditional pre-NAB approach: release new firmware a month before NAB. If they have a new camera for NAB, we might see a price drop on the Pocket Camera or the URSA before the convention begins. Of course, that is all speculation.  


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