Digital Bolex Super 16mm Concept Camera. $2500


I picked this up via Philip Bloom on Twitter. The Digital Bolex concept camera looks insanely awesome. They are running a kickstarter campaign and trying to raise 100K. The footage shown here is from a prototype model. Here is a rip from the kickstarter page. This looks like a really cool concept. I hope they can pull it off!

$100,000 is the bare minimum we need to produce the first batch of cameras. If we reach $200,000 we can include a suite of post-processing software with the camera package to manage RAW workflow. If we reach $250,000 we’ll include an additional mount of your choice to anyone who buys a camera.

If the campaign is successful, the first 100 cameras will be available in August. After that, we’ll start taking pre-orders from the general public and the camera will be available in Fall.”

Here are the specs from the Digital Bolex website.
Click here for the Digital Bolex Kickstarter campaign.



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


Philip Bloom has an audio interview with the creators of the Digital Bolex here.

Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • creepyTexan

    Hi, this is from 2012, what ended up happening with this camera? Looks interesting.