Black and White Cinema Diehards Will Love Digital Bolex’s New D16M

Digital Bolex D16M side

We’ve seen a whole lot of 4K cameras announced at NAB 2014, but in between all the high-resolution action Digital Bolex also released a new black and white D16M digital cinema camera. Much like the RED EPIC Monochrome and Leica M-Monochrom, the D16M is a backed by a Kodak native monochrome sensor. As such its image sensor can focus on completely creating high-resolution images with a fuller tonal range of grays and different contrasts.

Otherwise the camera is very similar to the original D16. It shoots footage in multiple resolutions including Super 16mm 2K, 16mm 1080p full HD, and Super 8 720p. The camera can also be setup to record at ISO 100-800 and it has a built-in 500GB hard disk drive.

Shooting B&W films might seem a bit backwards but recent films like Much Ado About Nothing and Nebraska have shown the monochromatic styling is still very much in fashion. Digital Bolex’s D16M is selling for $3999.99 and it will ship in eight to 12 weeks. Check past the break for another image of the black and white camera and a video of what it can shoot.

Via No Film School

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New Footage From Digital Bolex D16 Shows Stunningly Film-Like Characteristics

Digital Bolex Footage

Just recently we shared some first footage from the Digital Bolex Super 16mm camera with you. An now there’s even newer and even better stuff to see. Michael Plescia, a professional filmmaker and compositor (Zodia, Jumper, Jack Reacher) has recently taken a pre-production Digital Bolex D16 out for a spin–and came back with some stunningly film-like footage. Granted, Michael is an expert on post-production techniques, so much of this look is owed to his grading skills. But the fact that the images coming out of the D16 have the potential for such a filmic look speaks for itself. And this is what Michael has to say about the D16:

I’ve never before seen images of such a rich, filmic, organic and narrative quality from a digital camera. Especially when imaging human skin. The footage is a dream to work with and grade. It’s like putty. When you lay a hand on it with abusive curves and you think it’s going to break, it doesn’t.

(Source: Digital Bolex blog)

Well, go figure. The sensor is from TrueSense Imaging, who were previously known as Kodak, and those guys have a reputation for their awesome CCDs. You can find the video after the break.

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