Re: Blackmagic Design 12K camera

John Brawley

Brand new sensor, 3 years in the making.

79 MP.

Native 800 iso.

14 stops (that’s probably a bit conservative, they haven’t been able to properly check it because the models are based on Bayer sensors...:-)

It’s not Bayer, but it has a very small pixel pitch of 2.2 microns. (Alexa is 8)

Instead of Bayer 2x2 grid of GRBG it has a 6x6 grid.  6G, 6B and 6R plus 18 W pixels.

The W are clear or “white” pixels.  This overcomes the reduced sensitivity issue of a 2.2 micron pitch.

Combined with their codec that is profiled to the sensor, it enables other modes of operation.  This what get’s you 12k, 8K 4K RAW without changing field of view.  There’s also a 6K super 16 mode.

Mostly I’m excited by the colour and look.

Here’s a day of shooting from an early not final hardware build of the camera. Edited on my 2017 MacBook Pro using a low-fi Drobo as a raid.



John Brawley
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On July 16, 2020 at 12:28:15, Mitch Gross (mitchgrosscml@...) wrote:
BMD website says 800 ISO. 

Mitch Gross
New York

On Jul 16, 2020, at 1:24 PM, Steve Oakley <steveo@...> wrote:

 I guess things just got a little more interesting. For $13-15K in shootable config its pretty nice. No word on native ISO although 400 was in a pic on their website. If they fixed or greatly reduced their fixed pattern noise, this could be a perfectly good camera for a lot of projects. 14 stops of DR in a sensor like this is pretty solid, although it’ll probably independently test at about 12.5 like most cameras claiming 14 stops of DR.  all that said as I was eyeing a C300-3 and in reality, I have pretty much no work. So not sure I can reconcile that.

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On Jul 16, 2020, at 12:10 PM, Paul Kepner via <> wrote:

Sounds like something along the lines of the old Sony F35 sensor??

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On Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 11:48 AM, Mitch Gross
Apparently the sensor is not Bayer pattern. From the BMD website: “The new 12K sensor has equal amounts of red, green and blue pixels.” Bayer pattern has twice the number of green as the other colors. Hmmm.

Mitch Gross
New York

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