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Yet Another Blackmagic 4K Camera Delay

By Anthony Thurston on September 6th 2013


Blackmagic Design announced today that their 4K camera has hit some more bumps in the road and will be delayed a further 3 to 4 weeks. Blackmagic’s president Grant Perry took to the official Blackmagic forums to update everyone on the hold up, which he says is the result of the late arrival of the production sensors and some inconsistency issues between the pre-production sensors and the production sensors.

“Hi, I just want to give you an update on the 4K camera.As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we received the production sensors much later than we expected. When we built cameras from them we saw some big differences in the images between these production sensors vs the pre production samples we originally received. What this means is that we have been working over the last few weeks to replace a bunch of the software in the camera that handles the sensor calibration and image processing.

It’s taking a bit longer than we expected to do this and we think its going to take about 3 to 4 weeks more to get those changes done and to get the QA process completed before we can start shipping. We apologize for the delays from the original promised date. Ultimately, image calibration is a very important step so we want to make sure this is done properly before shipping.”

It is never good to hear that a product is being delayed, but personally I am of the opinion that products should not be released until they are 100% ready. The last thing that we want as customers is to get a brand new camera that has issues related to its sensor because the company rushed to meet an arbitrary deadline. I say take your time and get it done right, and it looks like Blackmagic agrees on that front.

What are your thoughts on this announcement by Blackmagic Design’s President? Does it concern you to have a product be delayed multiple times? Let us know in a comment below. 

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Chuck Eggen

    It’s not like there are thousands of people camping in line waiting for this camera. Sure there are a few but how many can really afford it.

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  2. Nza

    I live in the Caribbean and I’ve been waiting on this camera for so long now. It’s disheartening and a bit scary that all these delays (issues) are popping up. And to top it up… I travelled to the continental USA 4 times in 2 months hoping to pick up the camera… And boom. Nothing.

    I hope they get it together and meet their new target, as I’m almost starting to feel that I’d be better off spending all the extra cheddar on something which is proven and stable, like the RED, even though it would cost a billion dollars more. Sad thought… But true.

    Come on black magic… Redeem my faith.

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  3. Jesse Brauning

    That’s funny, because sensor calibration issues are EXACTLY what the first Pocket Cinema Cameras shipped with.

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  4. R Sail

    That lens look crazy. It must weight like 20 kgs. Glad my dslr lens are a bit smaller… Hehe

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    • Apollo

      Naa, just 5 kgs. :) It’s quite light actually than it looks and…dream to use…Gosh, I want to use it again!! (Too bad I don’t own it :( )

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