This is it! The final camera body…
Before we release there will be two changes: the fold out part of the crank will be black instead of silver, and the little screws in the side panels will be silver instead of black, but other than that this is the finished D16 body in the correct materials!
These small changes are not part of the main tooling / production processes so they don’t in anyway slow us down.
Finishing this body has been an epic task! If you read our last blog about the 100 changes since March, you may remember that we changed the body from having 2 major sections to having 4 major sections, but this doesn’t really tell the whole story.
This body may look similar to the one we had designed in March, but really it’s a completely new camera. Every piece of the body was redesigned. Every panel, every connection, every surface, the interior mounting brackets, exterior accessories mounting locations, the overall width and height, the shape, and of course there are many pieces added that weren’t in the original design. This is a new camera body, that only resembles the old one.
I have heard some people say “just give me a brick with a sensor in it”. And I understand that mentality, but as someone working every day to bring a product into this world, I’ll tell you, it’s not just about making a pretty object. It’s about the pride in your work, it’s about imagining someone caring for this object for years to come.
The mentality of making the D16 a beautiful object, that we hope people will want to keep for a long time, and making it useful for that same duration of time are tied together. If we had made a plastic camera that we thought most people will dispose of in 18 months we would never have put the effort into the other features that we hope will give the D16 a long useful life.
This is form follows function on an emotional level.
The best is yet to come, Joe and Elle