Want a digital Bolex?

What an interesting project, you can support these guys through kick starter or check them out on their website www.digitalbolex.com.

Basically this gives amazing 2K RAW footage for $3000, I hope it gets made as it would really sell I am sure, it does not follow the current “I want a bigger sensor” fashion but it would make great looking films and there are plenty of C-mount lenses out there from security cameras at low F numbers to help with  depth of field choices. Of course anyone with 16mm lenses already would be able to use all their existing glass. What about sound? well the spec is for real XLR connections and uncompressed sound, great!

Here are the specs, you can download the specs as a pdf at their web site.

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 conversio

This reminds me a little of an Ikonoskop camera which was 2K RAW but now is HD RAW with a 16mm sensor 10.6 x 6mm. The digital bolex sensor is bigger at super 16 size.

ikonoskop

Ikonoskop

With any RAW camera you will be getting through cards quickly as RAW eats up data and you will be getting about 1 frame for each 2 to 3 megs, so that is around 5 gigs per minute.

A 32 gig card is only going to deliver 6.5 minutes of footage so data wrangling will be the order of the day on shoots. The sensor is a Kodak sensor and is CCD so no rolling shutter! I do dislike the picture break up you get with CMOS. It makes me wonder what camera the Kodak chip is in or destined to be in commercially?

Exciting init?

 

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