Blackmagic Design has announced the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, a miniature digital film camera that can be used for drone applications.
The unique feature of the camera, the company explains, is the built-in expansion port with PWM and S.Bus connections that provide wireless access to many of the camera's functions via common remote control solutions, such as those of radio model aircraft.
These channels can be mapped to any camera or lens setting in the camera and then remote-controlled via the radio controller. Customers can also remote-control features such as iris, focus, audio levels, and start and stop recording.
The expansion port also includes composite video out with overlays, so operators can use the same low-cost video transmitters to get real-time feedback from the camera for framing, confirming camera settings and seeing the state of recording.
The camera will be available in July for $995 and is being demonstrated at the company’s booth at The National Association of Broadcasters' 2015 NAB Show, held April 11-16 in Las Vegas. According to Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design, the product “is the smallest and most expandable digital film camera in the world.”