Blackmagic Cinema Camera Supplies are Picking Up

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

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...]

New Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and 4K Camera Available for Pre-Order

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K won’t be shipping until July 2013. However, the line to get one starts now.

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.

Sony Sues RED for Patent Infringement by RED ONE, EPIC and Scarlet Cameras

RED v Sony

Round 2 ladies and gentlemen.

Recall a couple months back when RED initiated suit against Sony for patent infringement by Sony’s F65F55 and F5 cinema cameras. RED wanted to literally have Sony’s cameras pulled from shelves and destroyed.

Now, it’s Sony’s turn.

On the eve of NAB 2013, Sony released a statement that it has filed suit against RED for infringing on seven of its patents. [Read more...]

RED Sues Sony Over F65, F55 and F5 Cine Cameras; Seeks to Stop Sales and Have Them (Literally) Destroyed

RED v Sony

Here’s some damages you don’t see in your everyday lawsuit… RED is asking a court to have existing Sony cameras destroyed.

RED brought the lawsuit today in federal court against Sony due to the technology inside of Sony’s F65, F55 and F5 cinema cameras – claiming that it infringes on two of RED’s patents. RED is asking the court to force Sony to stop making and selling the cameras and that Sony should surrender all profits derived from the previous sale of the cameras.

Additionally, RED asks the court to force Sony “to deliver up and destroy all infringing cameras.” Ouch. [Read more...]

Canon EOS C50 Coming to the Low End of Cinema Line?

Canon Cinema Camera

After yesterday’s rumor of a new Canon EOS Cinema camera to be unveiled around NAB 2013, new rumors surfaced of an “entry-level” cinema camera (perhaps a Canon EOS C50) that would be situated below the Canon C100.

While Canon’s cinema cameras are certainly popular, they are still well out of the reach of many amateurs and low-end pros who are shooting video with Canon DSLRs such as the Rebel T4i and Canon 60D. At $6500, the C100 is still quite a bit of a reach for many of these shooters.

Would a $3000 Canon C50 push these enthusiasts and low-end pros to step up to a dedicated cinema camera? Would you pay $3000 or more for such a camera? If a C50 is in the works, what kind of specs could it bring to the table and not cannibalize the C100?

[via CR]