I wanted to show you guys what these prints are actually going to look like, they are going to be really cool and I don't think that the current pictures really show you how nice they are going to be. For the purposes of this video we played with making a few of the prints ourselves, but I promise the final prints will be made by professionals :)
I just got off the phone with the guys in Toronto, and I wanted to give you a little update. We are completing the final board designs and are getting ready to make the boards and begin testing, this usually takes a couple of months to complete.
At the same time we are also starting to program the FPGA. The FPGA is a programable chip that will act as one of two "brains" in the camera giving it it's functionality. The FPGA is more expensive, but it means we can continue to add functionality down the road as it is completely re-programable, unlike other chips out there.
We have received many suggestions for changes to the camera, and we are considering all of them. We don't want to push the schedule back though, and most changes will create a delay. The good news is that we are on schedule. The designers think that we can make the August(first 100) and October(retail release) deadlines that we setup for ourselves although it is an aggressive timetable.
Thanks again for your support! Joe and Elle
As promised, I have a little web cam video that introduces Stelio, one of the partners in the collaborative team creating the Digital Bolex.
The video is jumpy and very low quality, but hopefully you will get a sense of his experience and who he is.
You can also read about what they do at: http://digitalcameradesign.com/
Just another quick update, everyone! We're flabbergasted, yes, FLABBERGASTED!! (and also mindboggled) that there's been such overwhelming support for this camera in such a short period of time! Thank you all SO MUCH for contributing to this project that we've been working so hard on. We will not disappoint!
When Joe and I put this project up on Kickstarter, we had no idea whether people would be interested in seeing a camera from a new team. We both felt that this camera filled a big hole in the market, and we're so thrilled that other people feel the same way.
We're really excited to start producing the first 100 cameras, and of course any funding that exceeds our $250,000 goal will go towards designing new mounts and accessories and making the first 100 models as strong as possible. Our Kickstarter camera backers are our ambassadors to the rest of the camera world, so rest assured that we're going to work personally with each one of you to make sure your camera works as promised.
Our manufacturing partners, based in Canada, Ienso (http://digitalcameradesign.com/), are putting together a video update for all of you that we hope will be online by this evening. That should answer some of the questions about everyone's tech background, and will show some of the electronics they're working on for the camera. Check out their website to learn more about the design work they do on really cool niche cameras.
Joe and I offer our eternal gratitude to each and every one of you. Keep on asking questions, and we'll do our best to answer as soon as we can!
P.S: We've had a lot of questions at SXSW and on various forums about M, Nikon and 3 turret mounts. What do you guys think? Is there interest in that?