In September and November the much anticipated Blackmagic Cinema Camera was delayed further due to production problems. Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty has now released a statement saying that the issues have been resolved and first cameras will be released next week.
Grant Petty CEO of Blackmagic Design posted a statement on the Blackmagic forum in which he says the sensor supplier has been given the go ahead to commence volume production and they will be working hard to build many cameras over the next weeks.
Grant Petty also mentioned the MFT model which has a more versatile lens mount, but says they won’t start production before mid January.
The full statement:
Ok good news everyone as the test run of sensors have just been built into cameras and they look good. Very good. So we have just given the sensor supplier the go ahead to commence volume production of the sensors and we hope to start getting them within the next week to start building cameras. How many cameras? I am not sure, as we have all stopped production and so we all need to restart production and see how many they can produce. However we will be working hard to build as many cameras as possible over the next few weeks.
I hope people start to see more cameras shipping, but it might be a good idea if I post another update early January to update everyone on how production is progressing.
As for the micro four thirds model, it’s ready to go, however the problem is I feel until we are shipping a whole bunch of EF model cameras, there is little point building any of the MFT model. So we will ship as many as we can and then perhaps see where we are mid Jan and do a few MFT models then.
It is sure a relief seeing this problem coming to a close. I cannot believe this happened and it’s been an incredibly frustrating delay. However I am feeling really positive now.