Just announced yesterday, at South by Southwest, was another glimpse at the future of digital cinema. For the past year, the folks over at DigitalBolex.com have been working on constructing a prototype for a Bolex digital movie camera. Why is this good? The Digital Bolex D16 would shoot uncompressed RAW footage at 2K resolution for a price under $3,500. Wow. That’s cheaper than the recently-released Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and way cheaper than the new Canon C300. Not to mention, neither of those camera even shoot RAW. The only thing comparable is the RED Scarlet-X, but that camera is out of the price range by about $10,000…
Hop on over to their website, or their Twitter (@digitalbolex) to follow their progress. For those who are really interested in seeing this camera come to life, go support the Kickstarter campaign and give as little as $1.00. Donors of $2,500 or more are guaranteed to receive one of the first 100 cameras produced. Still skeptical? Just FYI, Philip Bloom is on board, and if the use of their name was not a dead giveaway, so is the Swiss camera company, Bolex.
Here are some of the camera’s technical specs:
Ever had the privilege to shoot with an actual Bolex 16mm film camera? Well, it is quite the treat. For those who were born into the digital revolution age and have not had the opportunity to shoot with real film stock, go experience it first hand. They are relatively inexpensive on eBay.