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More RAW Than You Can Handle - Digital Bolex D16

I think Bolex may have a hot little number on their dance card, provided they can get it out the door. The Digital Bolex D16 looks to be a direct competitor to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The main difference being, you can by the BMCC today (well....sort of), but the D16 is still vaporware. Now granted it's vaporware with working prototypes, but still vaporware for the segment of the market it's going after.

From the spec sheet the D16 looks to be a pretty heavy hitter at a $3K price point, even beefier than the BMCC. Here's the specs:

Resolution 2336 x 1752 (4×3) 2048 x 1152 (Super 16mm mode) + 1920 x 1080 pixels (16mm mode) 1280×720 (720p mode) 720×480 (480p mode)
Format Adobe Cinema DNG (RAW), TIFF, JPEG image sequences, at all resolutions
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 via XLR (includes phantom power)
Viewfinder 320×240, 2.4” diagonal, with Focus Assist
Video out 1920×1080 via mini-HDMI or 640 x 480 B&W via ⅛” video jack (HD-SDI available in separate unit)
Ports ⅛” video, headphone, USB 3.0, Audio XLR (2), 4-PIN XLR, mini-HDMI
Data Storage Dual CF card slots, SSD (buffer drive)
Power Internal battery, 12V External via 4 pin XLR port, 12V DC output
Body Magnesium alloy 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. M, Micro 4/3, turret in development.
Weight 5lbs
ISO Options 100, 200, 400
Dynamic Range 12 stops
Also in the box pistol grip, USB 3.0 cable, internal battery, 4 pin XLR battery cable, video cable, transcoder/raw conversion software

 

Not bad for $3,000, eh?! Now it just remains to be seen if they can deliver on these specs/price. I think it'll need to be sooner rather than later as I believe what Blackmagic did was push open a whole new door with their camera. My expectation is that within the next 18-36 months every major camera manufacture will have a RAW offering in the pipeline. In fact, most already have them on the market. The problem is they are too expensive for most people (RED's Scarlet being on the cheapest side, Canon's C500 being the latest sub-$30K entry). I think that's an area where Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, etc. can move into - low cost RAW format cameras. So maybe I should be more clear on my expectation. I expect that within the next 18-36 months every major camera manufacture will have a RAW camera for under $10K.