A Brief History of Bolex


Jacques Bogopolsky created the Bolex Auto Cine A motion picture camera in 1927. Three years later, Jacques joined forces with Paillard & Company to become Bolex-Paillard (now Bolex International) and began producing a line of consumer 8mm and 16mm cameras and accessories.

By 1941, The Bolex H16 was the most sought after 16mm camera in the world. By 1950, so many people owned a Bolex that the company circulated The Bolex Reporter, a magazine that showcased its cameras, and often featured cover stories about celebrities and noted filmmakers on set with their Bolex cameras.

In 1952, Bolex introduced the world’s first commercially available 3D camera. Many renowned filmmakers got their start in the 1960’s and 70’s shooting their first films on their family’s Bolex. Universities across the globe still use Bolex cameras to teach students the fundamentals of shooting on film.

In 2012, Bolex returned back to inspire a new generation of filmmakers with the Bolex D16, the first Digital Bolex. Digital Bolex is joint venture between Bolex International, S.A. and Cinemeridian, Inc., founded in 2011 to develop the Digital Bolex project. Initial fundraising was accomplished through Kickstarter from March to April of 2012, raising more than $250,000 to build the first 100 cameras.