If you were one of the many (probably thousands) who pre-ordered the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, you're probably wondering when you might receive the camera. The original target shipping date of July 31st meant the camera would be in the hands of at least the resellers today. That doesn't seem to be the case, as Blackmagic has responded and given an estimate about when they think the first cameras will start getting out the door. So if you were one of the many who has been anxiously awaiting today, you might have to wait just a little longer.
They reached out to Safe Harbor Computers in regards to the camera, and also stated that they would be releasing a statement on CreativeCOW. Here is that statement:
We expect the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to begin shipping within two weeks, with the first shipments getting to our resellers by the third week of August. The camera is nearly ready for manufacturing and shipping now, and is in the process of Thunderbolt certification and final internal testing. Once this is complete, manufacturing and shipments to all worldwide offices will start.
While this is disappointing for some people who were the first to pre-order, it's looking like you will be receiving your camera the last week in August to the first week in September, depending on how the particular reseller handles the order. There is no word on how many cameras will be going out in the first batch, but from what we've heard it seems like numbers will be low in the initial shipment, and then will roll-out through the fall with the rest of the pre-orders. If you haven't already pre-ordered, I don't expect the camera to be available to buy until well into the fall -- but it would be great if I was wrong.
In the meantime, there will likely be more footage released online, but if you're wondering when there might be a review for this camera from us or from other websites, we will likely be receiving the camera the same time the first pre-orders are going out.
[via Notes On Video]