The Black Magic Mini Ursa, Beacon’s brand new camera purchased with Fareham Borough Council money at the tune of £3200, arrived on 2 July 2018. The camera, which was bought from on-line digital equipment store CVP, will adopt the title Beacon 1, replacing the Canon 7D which previously adopted that name and which was sold in April. The camera joins the existing Canon 7D, Beacon 2, which will continue to film projects such asDay 66, 80 Degrees and Beacon Basement.
The afternoon of 8 July was put aside to trial run the new camera; the results from the experiment were very promising, and the camera is now ready for to officially enter service later this month with the commencement of the Hampshire Memories series. Although the camera is 4K, and will be soon advertised for hire-outs under this format, Beacon will use it in a high quality HD mode due to the file size and pressure on our computers. It is likely that the camera will record the new third season of 80 Degrees next year. The Beacon 2 will definitely be remaining with the club until well into 2019. However, having by then chalked up seven years of service a replacement is already being looked into. This will possibly be a cheaper Black Magic unit. This is a new era for Beacon’s cameras, following VHSc (1990-4), Super VHS-c (1994-2001), Mini DV (2001-2011) and HD (2011-2018).