NAB 2014: Blackmagic Design has launched a studio camera with a starting price of around £1,200.

The Blackmagic Studio Camera, which the manufacturer described as “the world’s smallest live broadcast camera with the world’s largest viewfinder”, is available in 1080 HD and Ultra HD models.

Featuring a lightweight magnesium alloy body, the Blackmagic Studio Camera offers a 10-inch viewfinder, four-hour battery, talkback, tally indicators, phantom powered microphone connections and built in optical fibre and SDI connections.

The company said the LCD viewfinder is “extremely bright” and has a very wide viewing angle for use in direct sunlight.

The camera also includes a large fold up sun shield for outdoor use.

The Blackmagic Studio Camera contains an active Micro Four Thirds lens, allowing operators to use high quality photo lenses for smaller setups or fixed camera use and high-end broadcast ENG lenses for large live broadcasts using an MFT to B4 lens mount adapter.

The built in fibre-optic connection allows a single thin tether cable to connect cameras to live production switchers.

The optical connection is bi-directional and carries HD or Ultra HD video with embedded audio, talkback, tally and camera remote control.

Built-in talkback allows the camera operator and crew to communicate using lower cost aviation headsets.

The Blackmagic Studio Camera supports the tally SDI standard used on the ATEM range of live production switchers and tally lights illuminate automatically with a light on the front for talent and a light above the viewfinder for the operator.

The operator side control panel allows access to focus, iris and on screen menu settings.

On-screen menus are overlaid on the viewfinder and slide on and off as needed.

The Blackmagic Studio Camera HD is available now for $1,995 (£1,200) and the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K will be available in June for $2,995 (£1,800).