If you've had any lingering questions about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, like the reason for the current design and the possible future of the product line, we now have most of the answers. Clayton Burkhart over at cinema5D spoke with a member of the Cinema Camera development team, Soren Phillips, about the camera and the reasoning for many of the choices they made. The questions range from codecs, to the body design, and even to the sensor choice and capabilities all in this 24 minute video.
Thanks to Sebastian at cinema5D for the video and the link:
Blackmagic Design has been overwhelmed by the fantastic response to the very first few customers that have received their cameras. Naturally the question on everyone’s lips is when is more stock shipping? As you can understand the Cinema Camera is a highly advanced piece of equipment and therefore requires only the highest level of quality components. At this time certain components are coming into our factory slower than expected and as a result the manufacturing of units has slowed. We ask that you please be patient with us as we are doing our best to get more stock flowing within the next few weeks. In the meantime we are pleased to announce that our engineering team has not been resting and we have more features and updates coming to the next free firmware update.
This is surely going to be disappointing news for many who have wanted to use the camera in the next month or so, but as with any company who is building a camera for the first time, these things do happen. This is not unlike the introduction of the RED One and RED One MX, and the delays that accompanied those cameras. At some point in the next few weeks we should be seeing the camera start to ship in volume, but at this time they seem to be at the mercy of those who are building the parts they need. It's very possible that this could be sensor related, as this is the most complicated piece of the puzzle to get in the volumes that Blackmagic needs.
If there are any changes in the shipping status, we'll be sure to update you.
- IBC 2012 – Tough Q&A with Blackmagic on Cinema Camera -- cinema5D
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- Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT — B&H
- Blackmagic Cinema Camera Models — Blackmagic Website