Frequently Asked Questions

These are questions relating to the D16 camera. Just want to know specs? Check out our Tech Specs page. For general questions about our store, see our Shop FAQ. For other specific questions, please check out our forum or Contact Us or access our user manual from the Downloads page.

General Questions
Q: Is the pistol grip removable?
Q: Can you record using the pistol grip?
Q: Okay, cool. Now where can I buy a Digital Bolex?
Q: Wait, so you’re actually working with Bolex International?
Q: What comes in the box?
Q: Is there a warranty on the camera?
Q: What does the crank do?
Q: Can you record sound on this camera?
Q: Why is the battery built in?
Q: What are the monitoring options?
Q: How do I get a loaner camera?
Q: Where can I find the latest Digital Bolex footage?
Q: Is LightPost available for Windows?


General Questions

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: Cameras are now on sale at out online store, shop.digitalbolex.com.

Q: Wait, so you’re actually working with Bolex International?

A: Yes.

Q: What comes in the box?

A: Check out the D16 product page for a list of all the items included.

Q: Is there a warranty on the camera?

A: Yes, the camera comes with a standard 1 year manufacturer warranty that begins on the date of shipment.

Q: What does the crank do?

A: The crank performs a number of programmable functions. You can assign the crank settings you want to adjust on the fly, like ISO, shutter angle, or headphone volume. With future firmware updates, the crank can also record meta data of the handle movements so that film-like effects can be added in post, and will also serve as a way to control frame rate while shooting.

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 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: 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: Thanks for your interest in our camera, Ron. We don’t have a high number of loaner cameras available, and those cameras have to be reserved far in advanced. The best way to arrange a loaner situation is to email us with your name, project synopsis, budget, cast & crew information, and planned shooting schedule. We are able to accommodate some projects depending on the schedule and needs. To guarantee access to a D16 camera, you can always purchase one on our online store. Your camera will arrive about one week after placing your order.

Q: Where can I find the latest Digital Bolex footage?

A: The latest Digital Bolex footage can be found on the Videos page. You can also find more clips on Vimeo and Facebook.

Q: Is LightPost available for Windows?

A: No, there are no plans to make a Windows version of LightPost.