D16 Cinema Camera

The D16 combines legendary Bolex quality with the best in digital technology to bring you unrivaled image quality for its class. The D16 captures and preserves image detail with stunning accuracy that gives your footage an organic look, and the camera body is designed to fit comfortably in your hands–emulating the feel of a traditional 16mm film camera, while still offering all of the shooting positions and mounting options of a professional digital cinema camera.

  • 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB Hard Drive for up to 3 hours recording time in 2K or 4 hours in 1080
  • Global Shutter
  • 1080 or 2K resolution
  • Dual 24-bit 96kHz audio recording capability
  • 12-bit color depth with unrivalled colors


  • Purchase the Powerbase-70 and a Digital Bolex D16 together and get an additional $20 discount!
  • Purchase a D16 today, and get 10% off our 3-lens set with coupon code camera-lens-bundle!

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Rated 4.92 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews)


Once upon a time, motion picture cameras that created high-quality images were affordable for all filmmakers on any budget. Consumer 8mm and 16mm cameras like those made by Bolex shot footage that could be projected on any movie theater screen.

In today’s digital market, ‘affordable’ and ‘consumer’ have become synonymous with ‘low-quality’ — but it doesn’t have to be that way. Meet the D16, the first digital cinema camera to shoot raw at a price anyone can afford.

The D16 combines legendary Bolex quality with the best in digital technology to bring you unrivaled image quality for its class. The D16 captures and preserves image detail with stunning accuracy that gives your footage an organic look, and the camera body is designed to fit comfortably in your hands–emulating the experience of a traditional 16mm film camera, while still offering all of the shooting positions and mounting options of a professional digital cinema camera.

The D16 comes with a global shutter that avoids the jello-motion common to most digital cameras, and its Super 16mm sized CCD sensor records in 12-bit .CinemaDNG raw format that gives you 12 stops of dynamic range and fully uncompressed footage with no artifacts. 24-bit 96 kHz sound delivers studio quality audio from your mic directly into camera without need for external recording devices. The D16 comes with an internal Enterprise Class SSD that acts both as a buffer and a backup for your footage, as well as a 4 hour internal battery. Dual CF card slots and USB 3.0 ensures your ability to download footage safely and quickly. Our interchangeable lens mount gives you the option of using traditional Bolex and C-mount lenses, or the newer lenses you already own and love. And if you need to transcode to ProRes ofr editing, our LightPost software ensures the fastest path from your raw footage to your NLE of choice.

Whether you’re a seasoned filmmaker or just learning cinematography, the Digital Bolex D16 offers you the beautiful color and rich detail we all expect from a true cinema camera, at a price anyone can afford. Join the raw revolution.

Additional information

Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 10 x 14 x 10 in
SSD Size

2TB Drive, 1TB, 512GB Drive, 256GB Drive

Panel Color

Silver, Black (+$75), Canary (+$75), Blood Orange (+$75), Cherry (+$75), Ocean (+$75), Spearmint (+$75), Pear (+$75), Gunmetal (+$75), Army Green (+$75)

13 reviews for D16 Cinema Camera

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    jonathan (verified owner)

    This camera is by far the most unique camera I have ever used. The image quality is above the rest! It has a very organic and solid image! The image does NOT band like most CMOS Sensors. Motion is awesome, color is awesome, texture is awesome and unlike any digital cinema camera I have every used. It has a Kodak CCD which blows away traditional CMOS sensors. Yes maybe low light is not its strong point but I find even when you are pushing the low light capabilities on this camera it preforms excellently. Don’t let the image on the LCD fool you, this thing is packing a extremely gradable robust Cinema RAW DNG codec that has a ton of dynamic range. It looks so filmic even when its pushed to its limits. And finally it has amazing sound quality now with 96KHz 24bit audio!!! The audio is SO crisp!!! Bravo D16 team for making an awesome beast of a Cinema Camera. The only thing I am mad at is the D16 made me dislike my Canon 5ds still Image. Now I need Digital Bolex to make me a still camera. Maybe some day.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    FredrikEkholm (verified owner)

    I love this camera and take it everywhere I go. It’s so simple and yet very challenging. The motion cadence and the quality of the images are far superior to anything I’ve used before.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    dlovetere (verified owner)

    The camera is fun and easy to shoot with. There’s something special about the look that when combined with vintage C-mount lenses that I just can’t seem to replicate with a BMPCC. Post-production has been a little challenging, for someone new to the RAW game (and a Windows user to boot). It can be challenging to get the color balance right in post, but with patience, I get great results. The D16 is not without its quirks, but overall it’s a great camera!

  4. bert
    Rated 5 out of 5

    bert (verified owner)

    I love the camera so much I wrote a guest post about it. http://www.digitalbolex.com/guest-post-bert-kish-editor-netflixs-hemlock-grove/
    For the tyro, the maverick, the seasoned pro, this camera is for filmmakers who love making movies!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joseph (verified owner)

    Truly the best camera for the price. I’ve shot on DSLRs/Alexa/Vision 2/3 film, and out of all of those only this camera and the film had global shutter. Not to mention how my life changed with RAW. I had a lot of questions when I first got this camera, but the community was really helpful in answering all of those questions. Also the customer service has been great, and why I have to give a five star rating. A day before I shot a two day short film over a weekend, the SSD on the camera failed. It was a random error that came out of nowhere, and I was doomed for my shoot the next day. I emailed the bolex team, and Sylvia amazingly solved everything. She loaned me their office camera for the weekend while I sent them my camera to get fixed. I went from stressed and upset to relieved and thankful. With new cameras it’s sometimes worrisome what issues or problems they will have, but it’s clear that the Digital Bolex company knows how to overcome them. I must also say that this camera, because it shoots RAW is very manual and it’s harder to achieve a finished look than it would be with DSLRS. Thankfully, this finished look, looks professional and the camera’s features and menus are very intuitive and make it easy to figure out. You really don’t need a manual. Thank you Bolex!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ron (verified owner)

    I Love the super 16 aesthetic! And the 12 bit raw is an absolute dream to work with. The colours coming out of this camera are unmatched by any digital camera I’ve had the chance to work with. For the price, nothing else comes close.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    lunalobo75 (verified owner)

    D16? I’m sold.
    I’ve had the camera since April – I’m HIGHLY impressed with the D16. Checkout my post for more details on WHY I’m sold on this camera:


  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    nikitapavlov (verified owner)

    I think the most important about that camera is not that I, as a cinematographer, love to work with it, but that all the directors I work with prefer this camera.
    As a photographer, I loved to work with raw images, and I always wanted this from my cinema camera. But with this camera I’m getting more than simple raw video files. Footage from this camera looks as maximum non-digital, as any digital camera in the world could ever provide.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    mattwygo (verified owner)

    There are a lot of ‘cinema cameras’ flooding the market these days, but all come with their drawbacks. For me personally, I hate the rolling shutter effect. While the D16 eliminates this problem with its global shutter, it has also manufactured a piece of equipment with a certain je ne c’est quoi… as soon as I picked the thing up, I felt like I was holding a camera that was made for me.

    While the RAW format was (and still is) intimidating when you don’t have a lot of post/workflow knowledge, seeing the image that this affordable camera can produce will dilute concerns. This thing is fun to shoot on and simply put, it takes gorgeous pictures. I can’t wait to see the D16 evolve.

    Extra points go to the wonderful staff at Digital Bolex. Their service has always been fast and friendly!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rhetorikolas (verified owner)

    There is simply no camera like it in the world. There similar and relative cameras, but nothing has the beautiful replication of color and RAW imagery that is produced from this modular camera. What’s more is that Digital Bolex makes sure to respond to every customer, and it’s not just a company, it’s like an extended family you can trust.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    the_mike (verified owner)

    Best sub $10k camera i’ve worked with (and more fun/as good as the 10k plus cams in many ways imho…). I find myself annoyed when i’m DP’ing a gig where i can’t use my D16. The more i work with it, and the more i grade the footage, the more impressed i become.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    mrbrianmorgan (verified owner)

    This camera is a power horse that provides an excellent image with total free range of possibilities as to how you massage the final image. I’ve been waiting to review this product as I’ve been waiting for more frame rates and resolutions. Even though those things are still currently unavailable (hopefully soon) this camera is well worth the money! Enough for me to make the decision of buying a second one.

    5 Stars for a company that provides EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE, Quality and Reliability. For the price point, there’s really nothing that competes with this camera’s image.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Grimorca (verified owner)

    The best camera on the market.

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