Q: Is the pistol grip removable?
A: Yes! The handle is screwed into the tripod mount at the base of the camera.
Q: Can you record using the pistol grip?
A: Yes! There is a function trigger on the pistol grip. There is an additional record button on the top of the camera itself.
Q: Okay, cool. Now where can I buy a Digital Bolex?
A: The first run of cameras is currently sold out. A pre-order for the second run of cameras can be purchased from our website early in 2013.
Q: When will the Digital Bolex be available for non-Kickstarter backers?
A: Our estimated retail date will be late 2013 for North America, early 2014 for International buyers.
Q: Why can’t you sell to International buyers right now?
A: Our current contract with Bolex says we may only ship cameras to addresses in North America. If you have friends or family in North America or are able to set up a US mailing address, using one of the many online services, you can purchase a camera.
Q: Wait, so you’re actually working with Bolex International?
Q: What is the estimated price of a Digital Bolex?
A: The camera will retail for $3299.
Q: What comes in the box?
A: Check out the Products page for a list of all the items included.
Q: Does the D16 do slow motion?
A: The D16 at 2K or 1920 x 1080 does not do slow motion.
- 2K = 30 fps
- 1080p = 30 fps
- 720p = 60 fps
- 480p = 90 fps
Q: Why is RAW better than regular video?
A: Most digital video is compressed to increase the storage capacities of memory cards. Most compression formats save only as much data as is necessary to display the image as it is recorded. This can make post-processing footage difficult and degrade the image by creating digital “artifacts” (blocky, pixelated areas) when colors or values are changed in any way.
RAW footage is entirely uncompressed, which means each recorded frame has the same amount of information the sensor captured. RAW footage has no digital artifacts, and can be highly altered in post with little image degradation.
Q: What is different about a raw workflow from a compressed one?
A: Raw workflows require an extra step called transcoding. This extra step gives you much higher control over your image than standard video allows. Doing this step in post also means that you don’t have to do it on set, saving you valuable production time!
Q: Will the D16 come with software?
A: Yes! The D16 will come with software designed by the internationally renowned company Pomfort.
Q: What are the core concepts behind the software?
A: The Bolex software will be intended to make the transcoding process as easy and quick as possible, while still maintaining very high image quality.
These are our three mantras:
- Keep it raw as long as you can.
- Transcode only once.
- Transcode only what you need to transcode.
You can read more about it here: Software + Workflow
Q: What is a codec?
A: A codec is a format of compression used by a camera to create video files that maximize image quality while reducing the amount of memory that the video file takes up on a storage drive or memory card. There are many different codecs, some of which produce high quality video images, some of which do not. While there are some codecs that approach a RAW (uncompressed) look, no image created with a codec is truly RAW.
Q: Why a 16mm size sensor?
A: This camera will be able to take advantage of all of the amazing lenses meant for 16mm cameras, while still creating images of such high resolution that they can be projected in a movie theater, much in the way that 16mm and super 16mm film were.
Q: Why a CCD instead of a CMOS sensor?
A: The CCD sensor has a global shutter and better color separation than CMOS sensors. In this way, it eliminates the “rolling shutter” effect and has a more film-like look than CMOS sensors.
Q: Does it matter which CF cards I buy?
A: It does matter. The write speed of the CF card you purchase will determine the amount of time the camera requires after a shot to transfer the data from the internal buffer to your CF cards. We recommend 400x and up cards.
Q-Which lenses can the D16 use?
A: The D16 comes with a C-mount lens bracket, but other brackets like PL-Mount, and Canon Mount can be purchased separately.
Q: Can I really shoot at movie theater quality?
A: Yes! The D16 shoots at FULL 2K resolution which is the same resolution at which most digital movie theaters project films.
Q: How much data storage will I need?
A: The D-16 images are around 3.5 MB per frame. At 24 frames per second, that works out to about 5 GB per minute. This means that on two 32 GB cards, you can record about 13 minutes worth of footage.
We recommend at least four 32 GB CF cards or two 64 GB cards.
Q: Will there be a warranty on the camera?
A: Yes, the camera will come with a standard 1 year manufacturer warranty.
Q: What does the crank do?
A: The crank records meta data of the handle movements so that film-like effects can be added in post. The crank will also serve as a way to control frame rate while shooting.
Q: What’s the highest frame rate?
A: Our sensor is limited to a maximum of 32 FPS at full resolution. Higher FPS are possible at lower resolutions.
Q: Can you record sound on this camera?
A: Yes, there are 2 balanced XLR ports with phantom power, that can record 24bit/96khz audio.
Q: Why aren’t there any in camera compressed formats on the D16?
We are focusing on providing the highest quality images possible with the D16. This to us is uncompressed raw footage. We are however discussing including a form of compressed raw or 10 bit log to save space. These would come as future firmware updates.
Q: Why is the battery built in?
This camera follows the legacy of 16mm film cameras that all ran off of 4 pin XLR batteries. Keeping the battery internal saves space making the battery more powerful, the internal battery will run for 4 hours, and costs less.
Q: What are the monitoring options?
The D16 has a small 320 x 240 monitor built into the top of the camera. There is also a zoom 1:1 mode for focus. The camera also has an full res 1080p HDMI port so you can use HD monitors and professional EVFs with the camera. And there is a SD 1/8″ mini jack too.
You will be able to monitor in a basic color setting, a black and white setting, and a custom Bolex non-debayered setting.
Q: Are you making lenses specifically for the D16?
Yes we are working with Kish Optics designing new S16mm lenses especially for the D16!
Q: What is the concept behind these lenses?
We are creating fixed focus and fixed aperture lenses that have the sharpness and qualities of much more expensive lenses for a fraction of the price. These lenses will offer amazing images for around $250 – $300.
Q: Do you plan on making anamorphic lenses?
A: Yes we are also currently working on an anamorphic adapter specifically for the D16! More on this soon.
Q: Hey, I, Ron Howard, just met you, and this is crazy, but I am shooting a biopic of Lyndon Johnson next month and would like to use the D16. IT WOULD BE GREAT EXPOSURE FOR YOUR CAMERA. Here’s my number, so can you give one to me, like, tomorrow, maybe?
A: I’m sorry, Ron, but we won’t have any cameras available until late summer, and those cameras will be exclusively for our Kickstarter backers. You and the general public can pick one up as soon as they are available for retail.