Manufacturing of Original Cinema Cameras 'Has Temporarily Slowed'; MFT Version Expected in December
Blackmagic Design says it has been "overwhelmed by the fantastic response" to its Cinema Camera since announcing the new product in April, but it won't stop there—even though this flagship camera has yet to ship in volume. Blackmagic founder and CEO Grant Petty explained this morning that users have been asking for a Passive Micro Four Thirds model of the camera that would work with existing high-quality MFT lenses or could be adapted to PL and other lens mounts using third-party adapters. He said Blackmagic is already at work fulfilling that request.
While the Cinema Camera officially began shipping in very limited quantities in August, Petty said a supply-chain bottleneck has led to a temporary slowdown in manufacturing. "Some components are coming into our factory slower than we expected, and this has caused the manufacturing of the cameras to slow," he said. "We expect to have this sorted out over the next few weeks and then can speed up and get more cameras delivered. In the meantime, our engineering has not been slowed down at all and we are continuing to develop the next software update with new features for release very soon."
The new Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT is expected to ship in December for exactly the same price as the original: $2,995. Petty also said the company is working with its dealers to ensure that customers can change their orders from the original camera to the MFT version if they wish.
Photo, top: Grant Petty with the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera at company headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.