Check it out! http://www.digitalbolex.com
Here's the press release:
Launching A Digital Revolution
SXSW Film Festival and Technology Trade Show, Austin, March 12, 2012
Bolex International has leveled the digital cinema playing field with the announcement of the Bolex D16, the first digital camera from the 200 year-old Swiss company whose 16mm and 8mm cameras dominated the international consumer marketplace from the 40’s to the 70’s.
The D16 is an interchangeable-lens digital cinema camera that features a Kodak CCD sensor and produces images with a frame size equivalent to Super 16mm. The D16 remarkably captures the look and feel of film at a price that finally makes digital cinema available to filmmakers on any budget. The D16 shoots RAW image sequences at true 2K (2048x1152), without the rolling shutter or line scan effects found with CMOS sensors. The camera’s large pixel size contributes to better light reception without any need to artificially boost the signal.
Adaptability and Compatibility
The D16 comes standard with a C-mount Lens mount, but lens mounts in PL, B4, and EF will also be available and are easily interchanged. The camera has two flash mounts so a monitor and a microphone can be mounted at the same time, an adjustable 2.4” angle display with focus assist, and, in Bolex fashion, a stylish pistol grip that allows for exceptionally steady hand-held shots.
Under The Hood
Like the classic Bolex cameras, the D16 has a carbonized steel frame that gives it a rigid body and unmatched durability. To Bolex, affordable means “high quality” and “digital film” means shooting frames per second. The D16 will offer Adobe’s Cinema DNG format along with other image sequence file types, to ensure the highest quality footage without the pitfalls of video compression. With an internal buss of over 200 Mbps and a 256Gig internal buffer drive, this camera churns through RAW footage like butter. Dual CF card slots make sure that data storage is relatively cheap and readily available. Power is supplied by internal battery, but with a built-in 4-pin XLR port, the D16 can also be powered by a traditional battery belt for long shoot days.
Shoot to Thrill
With a sleek body design, functional pistol grip, and Bolex’s iconic crank, the D16 is fun to use and has character to spare. The crank can be programed to adjust just about anything in the menu, from volume to focus to fps. This feature and the start/stop trigger on the pistol grip makes for a shooting experience that’s unique to the Bolex brand.
Buying and Trying
The Bolex D16 is currently available only via Kickstarter.com. 100 cameras will be pre-sold on Kickstarter and shipped over the summer, dates to be announced. Additional cameras will become available to the general public in late Summer/Fall 2012. The estimated retail price for the D16 and its accessories is $3299.
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03-12-2012 09:25 PM
03-12-2012 09:49 PM
Sounds like everything Scarlet was supposed to be and more. It only goes to 400 ISO but pushing the RAW files 2+ stops shouldn't be a problem.Get your RAW magic here http://vimeo.com/66392958
03-12-2012 09:58 PM
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Do you have to turn the crank on the side to make it take pictures? What the heck is that for?
03-12-2012 10:09 PM
already been done.
03-12-2012 10:21 PM
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More competition....SWEET! We'll see what this little bad boy can do....
03-12-2012 10:23 PM
Footage from the prototype . Looks no bigger than a deck of playing cards.
03-12-2012 10:24 PM
Kickstarter is here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...-digital-cinem
03-12-2012 10:27 PM
Resolution 2048 x 1152 (Super 16mm mode) + 1920 x 1080 pixels (16mm mode) Format Adobe Cinema DNG, TIFF, JPEG Image sequences Colour depth 12 bit – 4:4:4 File size 2 to 3 MB per frame in RAW Sensor Kodak CCD: 12.85 mm (H) x 9.64 mm (V) – Similar to Super 16mm Pixel Size 5.5 micron (compared to the 4.3 micron size of many DSLRs) Framerate up to 32 fps at 2K, 60fps at 720p, 90 fps at 480p Sound Balanced, 2 channel, 16 bit, 48 kHz via XLR Viewfinder 320×240, 2.4” diagonal, with Focus Assist Video out 640 x 480 B&W via ⅛” video jack (HD-SDI avail in separate unit) Ports ⅛” video, headphone, USB 3.0, Audio XLR (2), 4-PIN XLR Data Storage Dual CF card slots, SSD (buffer drive) Power Internal battery, 12V External via 4 pin XLR port Body Milled steel and hard plastic Size (body) Approximately 5”H (without pistol grip) by 4”W by 8”D Size (grip) 5”H by 2”W by 5”D Lens mount C-mount comes standard; Optional PL, EF, B4 Weight 5lbs ISO Options 100, 200, 400 Also in the box pistol grip, USB 3.0 cable, internal battery, 4 pin XLR Battery, cable, video cable, transcoder/raw conversion software