Digital Bolex camera brings 2K recording to everyone

Thought you had to save up thousands of dollars for a video-enabled SLR to make movies? Think again, say the makers of the Digital Bolex, a modern version of the classic video camera.

(Credit: Digital Bolex)

Announced at South by Southwest (SXSW), the Digital Bolex is a reinvention of the classic Bolex 8mm and 16mm movie cameras. What sets this camera apart from many others is its relatively affordable price point — US$3299 — and that it can shoot 2K (2048x1152) RAW video. The new Bolex is an interchangeable lens cinema camera with a Kodak CCD sensor, with a C-mount option available as standard. There will be other mounts available, and they can be interchanged, namely, PL, B4 and EF.

The design is also very retro, featuring the traditional Bolex pistol-grip design. It records in Adobe Cinema DNG, TIFF and JPEG image sequences, and also comes with a 2.4-inch adjustable LCD. The project is being funded via Kickstarter, and has already reached its first goal, raising US$100,000. This will allow the makers to produce 100 cameras, and additional funds will be used to produce the extra mounts and accessories for the system.

Not only does the Digital Bolex come in at a cheaper price than many video-enabled digital SLRs (namely the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800), but it also shoots RAW straight out of the box, offering a more faithful, film-like look.

You can read more about the concept, and hear an interview with the creators of the Digital Bolex over at Philip Bloom's website. Watch the first frames from the Digital Bolex in the video below.

Digital Bolex: First Frames from Digital Bolex on Vimeo.

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