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So at NAB the Ursa Mini Pro had new modules released.

 

Specifically this;

 

In addition to making DaVinci Resolve 14 better software for audio professionals, Blackmagic also announced new modules and functionality for the URSA Mini Pro:

 

Bluetooth Capability: The Bluetooth tech in the camera has lain dormant until now. With Blackmagic's new app, users can now control settings and make notes remotely. This is ideal for situations where the camera is in high (jib, crane) or low (underwater) places.

 

 

"This is ideal for situations where the camera is in high (jib, crane) or low (underwater) places."

 

 

SSD Module: This module allows direct recording to your choice of approved SSDs for improved workflow with RAW files. The URSA Mini Pro is now capable of flexibly recording to CFast 2.0, SD UHS and SSD, making it one of the most versatile cameras on the market in terms of media. The module attaches flush in between the back of the camera body and the battery plate, and is powered by the camera itself.

 

Native Nikon Mount: Building its repertoire of native mount options, the URSA Mini Pro has added Nikon to the list. The mount is a dumb mount—meaning no electronic communication between camera and lens (for aperture, etc)—but is ideal for the oft-used manual Ai Nikons

Does this mean that housing manufacturers could now make a housing for the URSA Mini Pro? I believe the reason there was no housing for the original URSA mini was because all the controls were behind a fold out door, meaning there was no real way to be able to control the camera without having the fold out door open and thus not realistic for the camera to be mounted in a housing.
But now the camera can be operated by bluetooth it should mean that the camera can be operated with its door closed thus housing size can be kept acceptable. So all it needs is a Bluetooth control module built into the housing. Should be doable.
I wonder if we will now see a housing for the URSA Mini Pro .
Here's looking at you Nauticam - if anyone can do this, it's them. Build one and i will buy it. Anyone else ?
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Hi John Doe

Sorry for the late response, just became a member.

Love for Blackmagic? TOTALLY. Also love what they are doing to the market. Now having dropped that URSA 12K from $9995 to $5995, it's a no-brainer for us Stock Film shooters, to make our product future-proof.

As for the housing, I have been begging Nauticam for many months, but they say that the camera sales were lower than expected. With this new price drop, Nauticam have nu-officially committed to putting the housing into production, if they get a minimum of 10 confirmed orders.

This is exactly why I just joined the WetPixel forum, to try and drum up some interest and with a little luck, co-ordinate 10 willing customers to place pre-orders for the Nauticam housing for the URSA Mini Pro 12K or 4.6K cameras, through their own preferred supplier.

Come Blackmagic users, lets start shooting 12K underwater.

Cheers

Russ

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Hi Feroxed,

I see you are in the mother city. I am just up the road from you by a few thousand clicks. I was very interested in housing a BM camera at one time but times have changed and Covid ruined the world. I am in the process of having a C200 housing checked out - had I of known this 12K price drop was coming I might have decided to keep going down the BM URSA road. I wonder if there are actually 10 people world wide who want to house an URSA? If they do go into production what sort of price do you think it will be? My guess is at least 10K USD but most likely a whole lot more.

I will be following this with keen interest as I am also most likely going to get the 12K now with the price drop - but for topside stuff - unless you manage to pull this off. But it all depends on the cost. 

 

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Hi John Doe II

Nauticam indicated that the price would depend on if they need to design a complete new housing or if they can adapt an existing one, like the RED Epic Dragon housing. Their ballpark figure was between $10K and $12K but if the number of orders is 15 to 20 units, then the price would drop. But yes, most definitely aimed at the semi-pro to pro end of the market, or videographers with DEEEEEP pockets.

Cheers

Russ

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