Earlier today I received an email from Grant Petty over at Blackmagic concerning the upcoming pocket cinema and the new 4K production camera. I am still waiting on my pre-order for the Pocket Cinema so i am very happy to report that Blackmagic is officially shipping them so hopefully the wait will be short at this point. Technically they had promised I would have a camera by late July but sometime in August is still good news.
If you are waiting for the 4K camera I am sorry to say that its going to be a few more weeks for the software to get up to speed let alone begin sending them out.
“Camera Update (from the email I received)
The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is now shipping and there is a software update for it posted on our web site.
There are some new features in the software for the Pocket Cinema Camera. You can now focus by pushing the focus button when using an active MFT lens. This makes it very easy to accurately focus. The focus peaking feature is still there and you enable it by double pressing the focus button. The focus zoom feature is enabled by double pressing the OK button.
There will be an update for the 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Camera soon that will also add these features, plus new de-bayer processing that will improve the cameras sharpness when shooting non RAW files.
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is not yet shipping as we need some more time. Our first batch of sensors was delivered only this week, so we have not been able to complete the software for the camera. We expect to start shipping in about 3 to 4 weeks once the final software work and testing is completed.”
Stay tuned for more updates!