I'm in pre production and was counting on a Red from a local Cable TV station, but the availability is unworkable. So now I'm looking at the cheapest solutions to come as close as what the Red, the Scarlet to be precise, would have given me.
The difference in price between the three models of Black Magic Cam is not that huge. I'm not sure I understand the 2.5 K model?
I certainly do NOT have a contract to be distributed in a theater, so it's not like I need to shoot 4K at all cost. I was going to use the Red because it was free.
So which cam should I get? I have experience shooting, I've shot a film before with a Canon XH A1, 6 years ago. Since them just small shorts.
If you can afford it, I recommend the URSA. Pro sound inputs, dual CFast card recording and a large, bright built-in monitor make this camera much easier to shoot with than the ergonomically challenged Production Camera.
Here is what URSA can do:
This is a serious production camera that will be competitive with RED - for a lot less money.
Hope this is helpful and good luck with your picture!