The Blackmagic Cinema Camera was plagued throughout its initial launch window with a sensor manufacturing problem that was well documented and openly addressed by Blackmagic Design. It was the a rather tragic issue for the company’s first camera launch.
Speaking with Blackmagic reps at NAB 2013, I was assured that the problem had been addressed the company was filling the backlog of pre-orders as fast as it possibly could, and that we should begin seeing the supply line catch up with demand.
We are pretty much there now.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is currently available and shipping in EF mount. Additionally, the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount version was full caught up on pre-orders as of last week. It appears that B&H is currently in-between shipments of the MFT version, as it is now showing available for pre-order.
In addition to the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera that was unveiled in 2012, Blackmagic added a 4K Production Camera and a Pocket Cinema Camera to its line back at NAB 2013. Both cameras are set to ship in late July 2013.
Along with assurances about the Cinema Camera’s availability, Blackmagic reps said they expected no manufacturing delays for the 4K Production Camera or Pocket Cinema Camera. Both camera are expected to ship to customers at the end of July with pre-orders filled by retailers on a first-come, first-served basis.