Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


2012 has been another bumper year for camcorders with 16 produced over the last twelve months and seven of them large sensor cameras. Sony went on overdrive this year bringing out nine cameras alone making sure there was a camera for almost every eventuality.

The Black Magic story is the saddest of 2012 with a 6 month delay on delivery due to a sensor flaw and the delivery date seems to be shunted to mid January 2013…


“Ok good news everyone as the test run of sensors have just been built into cameras and they look good. Very good. So we have just given the sensor supplier the go ahead to commence volume production of the sensors and we hope to start getting them within the next week to start building cameras. How many cameras? I am not sure, as we have all stopped production and so we all need to restart production and see how many they can produce. However we will be working hard to build as many cameras as possible over the next few weeks.

I hope people start to see more cameras shipping, but it might be a good idea if I post another update early January to update everyone on how production is progressing.


As for the micro four thirds model, it’s ready to go, however the problem is I feel until we are shipping a whole bunch of EF model cameras, there is little point building any of the MFT model. So we will ship as many as we can and then perhaps see where we are mid Jan and do a few MFT models then.

It is sure a relief seeing this problem coming to a close. I cannot believe this happened and it’s been an incredibly frustrating delay. However I am feeling really positive now.”

Regards Grant, Blackmagic Design. (Via Phil Baxter CVP)

If you own any of the new 2012 camcorders like the ….Sony NEX VG900, NEX EX50, NEX FS700, HXR NX30, PMW-100, PMW-150 or the PMW-200 or the Panasonic AG AC90, AG HPX600 or the JVC GY HM600 or the Canon C100, C500 please give me your thoughts on your camera for my review.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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