Blackmagic Design are reporting “Significant progress in production of the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
Full production manufacturing is underway on the Pocket Cinema Camera with first production units in final test.
This is in line with expectations of the end of July and this will start to ship in quantity during August. There are several weeks of work to do on Production Camera 4K before this will enter full production manufacturing, however we hope to ship the first quantities of this model before the end of August.”
So what does this mean?
Clearly neither camera will reach a paying customer in July – As a dealer we haven’t even received a solitary demo unit yet!
IF the Pocket Cinema Camera starts to ship from the factory in a few weeks then it will probably be mid-August at the earliest before we receive any stock. There is no mention of quantities that are likely to ship, so we suspect that even when shipping commences stock will trickle through to us and back-orders are likely to take months to fulfil. (This is what happened with the current 2.5K Cinema Camera EF which has only become readily available in the last few weeks!)
As for the 4K Production Camera it’s clear that the delays will be even longer and whilst we’d love to be able to predict otherwise our best guess is that it could be more towards the end of the year for deliveries to be in full swing…
Sorry it’s not better news but thank you for your patience…