For all the waiting Blackmagic has forced with its Production Camera 4K model, the camera is finally starting to ship. And perhaps its worth the wait, as the camera now retails for $2995, instead of the previously announced $3995 price tag. While not all retailers have updated the price on their listings yet, Blackmagic Design confirms that those who pre-ordered the camera at $3995 will get it at the new $2995 price.
Expect the pre-orders to be filled in the coming days and new orders shipping thereafter.
Blackmagic Design has released Blackmagic Camera 1.5 software for the Pocket Cinema Camera, which adds new 12-bit Log CinemaDNG RAW recording to the Pocket Cinema Camera, so users can now capture super wide dynamic range in a single file. This feature was promised when the camera was announced back at NAB 2013. You can find the update here on Blackmagic Design’s website.
Here’s some sample footage.
Check out the full press release below. [Read more...]
With the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera starting to ship any day now for $995 and the 4K Production Camera available later this month at $3995, Blackmagic Design has dropped the price on its original Cinema Camera to $1995 (down from $2995).
Many people consider the camera to be quite the bargain at $2999, so the $1000 price drop should up the value even further. You can find the price drops already in effect on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera here at B&H Photo and here at Adorama.
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. [Read more...]
For those itching to get your hands on the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, you’ll appreciate this footage from John Brawley and his Sunday morning at a local market with a preproduction BPCC unit.
He shot with the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 m4/3 lens with image stabilization turned on.
You can see the ungraded footage in the video below.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is scheduled to ship in July 2013 for $995. Read more about the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
I expect both of these models to be in high demand. I sat down with a representative earlier today and he said that while the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will begin shipping in July, they are expecting a high demand that will lead to a hefty backorder log.
In short, if you want one, pre-order it now.
You can pre-order the Blackmagic Pocket Camera here at B&H Photo.
You can pre-order the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K here at B&H Photo.
The new camera is housed in the same body as last year’s Blackmagic Cinema Camera; however, the Production Camera 4K sports some fancy new innards, including a Super35 format sensor that captures high quality compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ) files in 4K resolution. It boasts 12 stops of dynamic range and includes DaVinci Resolve color grading software. [Read more...]