Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K vs ARRI Alexa Test

Popular stills and video YouTube channel the Slanted Lens put the super popular and quite new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K digital cinema camera against the often cited as industry standard measuring stick - the ARRI Alexa in a under/overexposure and recovery test for skin tones and dynamic range.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K has been shipping for the past few weeks and we've been quite busy fulfilling back-orders, but as more and more cameras ship more cinematographers would be interested in knowing how to camera performs against more established cameras in the digital cinema world.

So how would a £4K camera perform against a £40K high-end camera? See the results below and judge for yourself.

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K Features

  • 15 Stops Dynamic Range Super 35 4.6K CMOS Sensor
  • 4K/60p & 1080/120p Slow-Motion
  • Anamorphic modes available
  • 12bit Compressed 4K Raw and ProRes 4444
  • Dual CFast 2.0 card slots
  • 12-G SDI out
  • Dual XLR inputs
  • Optional OLED 1080p Viewfinder

Designed for budget oriented filmmakers who want to be using the latest cutting edge 4K+ sensor technology while keeping the roof over their heads at the same time, the URSA Mini 4.6K offers staggering image quality for a fraction of the cost of an ARRI Alexa. Now, I am not saying that the image is better or worse, just stating the obvious - the URSA Mini 4.6K is quite the achievement in terms of image quality to price ratio.

The Alexa has been a staple of the industry for more than 6 years now, and new models like the Alexa MINI will continue to dominate high-budget productions, but for those looking for a much more affordable way into shooting high-end looking pictures - the URSA Mini 4.6K might just be the one.

Whether your needs require and Alexa or an URSA Mini camera, we can help you. You can order the URSA Mini 4.6K directly from our website here or speak to one of our Blackmagic or ARRI specialists at 0208 977 1222.