Freedom from the “Dark Days” of compressed video. The New Digital Bolex D16 Digital Cinema Camera.

Ok, ok, ok, I’m really excited to be able to finally tell you guys about this exciting new camera. My good friend Joe Rubinstein has had this camera in the works for a while now and I’ve had to keep quiet about it until now! This post might get a bit nerdy techie, but bear with me, because this is awesome! The D16 Digital Bolex Camera is the first digital cinema camera to shoot RAW video in an affordable package. This is really exciting for people who want high quality video with the functionality and control of RAW, without the high cost usually associated with this technology. The D16 will feature a Kodak CCD sensor in a format similar to Super 16 film, capable of 2k capture in 12 bit, in frame rates of up to 32 fps at 2K, 60fps at 720p, 90 fps at 480p. You can check out the full specs over here: D16 Spec Sheet. Joe and the crew over at have opened up a Kickstarter page to help get the project rolling, and to start production on the first run of cameras, please check it out and help out if you can! They have already reached their first goal, in about one day I might add, but they could use more! Again, I am super excited about this, and very proud to see an awesome friend have their dreams start to come to life. Please check out the site, camera, and the video below. And, congratulations to Joe and all the others involved, I wish you the best! PS, I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these and try it out!


Bolex Spot: Storybook from Digital Bolex on Vimeo.

2 responses to “Freedom from the “Dark Days” of compressed video. The New Digital Bolex D16 Digital Cinema Camera.

  1. Joe, Great post! Thanks for the links! I looked at their website and this sounds awesome!
    I really want to try one out! I am not too familiar with video “techie” things but I read in a comment that the ratio is 3:4. I don’t know if that is true and couldn’t find it on the specs (since I don’t understand most of them), but if that is true then I feel like it doesn’t really benefit anyone since that is not the standard size anymore. Although, I might be wrong. Also, I think it would be great to have mounts that can be used with Canon, Nikon etc lenses since so many have already invested in lenses already. (someone also mentioned that in a comment and I thought they had a valid point.


    • Hey Sam, all of the specs are available here, check them out! It is not in a 3:4 ratio, it is similar in aspect ratio to the old Super 16 film cameras. As for the mounts, they will be offering C-mount standard with optional PL, EF, and B4 mounts that will be swappable. All the info is on the link!


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