Hello all! Wanted to let you know that as a result of our recent trip to meet with our manufacturing partners we can now confirm a few changes to the D16 specs based on backer and forum requests. We hope you like them!
#1 We are adding a Mini-HDMI port to the side of the camera that can output full 1920 x 1080! This makes it possible to use many of the popular Electronic View Finders on the market today!
#2 The monitor will no longer swivel up. We needed extra room to add the video electronics for the HD output so we are removing the swivel on the panel and the built in focus assist. Many of our buyers prefer to use an Electronic View Finder like the Zacuto EVF while shooting that already has focus assist and many other features built in. One of our goals with the D16 is to make the camera as accessories compatible as possible, so we think this will make a lot of people happy.
#3 We are adding a 12v DC output for accessories, so you can buy an EVF and power it directly from the camera, essentially integrating the systems. Plug the EVF into the camera along with microphones and other accessories and the camera into a 12v battery. 1 battery for your entire system!
#4 We will be changing from CF card to SD, many people complained about the ability to bend pins in CF card readers and Toshiba is doing some exciting things with the SD format, so we decided to make the switch.
#5 We will allow full frame capture at 2336 x 1752 for people who want the maximum resolution the sensor can offer. This is a 4:3 format, but could also be used with Anamorphic lenses for a widescreen look.
#6 The body frame will be made from a magnesium aluminum alloy instead of steel, this will allow for a easier manufacturing and lighter weight while retaining almost all of the strength characteristics.
We’re also working on making the audio on the D16 the best it can be, and as soon as we can confirm those changes, you’ll be the first to know.
There are still a few cameras available at the $3500 reward level! So if you want one I would grab it now, before the campaign closes in a few hours.
The estimated $3299 retail price may change by the time we start our limited production run in the fall, and getting the D16 now on Kickstarter not only guarantees a great price and an early delivery date, but the camera will come with a gorgeous leather carrying case and your choice of an additional lens mount. So if you want to get a camera this year we would highly recommend grabbing one on Kickstarter!