NAB 2014: Digital Bolex D16M, Native Monochrome RAW

Written by Patrick Jong Taylor

Even though they don't have a booth at NAB, the team at Digital Bolex is making news with the announcement of the D16M, a native monochromatic version of their popular 2K camera.

Although you won't find Digital Bolex on NAB 2014's official exhibitor list, you wouldn't know it by their impressive event presence. You can find the original D16 at no fewer than five booths, including that of Wooden Camera, Zacuto, Pomfort and Switronix. And, better yet, Joe Rubinstein and company will be walking around the event, showing off their latest creation.

Dubbed the D16M, this new camera has the same form factor as the original D16, but there's a significant change under the hood. According to this blog post, the D16M sports a native "black and white sensor for highest quality monochromatic capture without the need to debayer, retaining a higher sensativity to light and preserving the full dynamic range of the sensor."

Here are the technical specs:

  • Kodak native monochrome sensor
  • Same resolution options as D16: Super 16mm (2K), 16mm (HD), and Super 8 (720p)
  • No OPLF filter to further maximize fine details
  • ISO 100, 200, 400, 800
  • 500GB Hard Drive

Fans of the original D16 love the ultra-filmic images that the camera produces, and as you can see from the video below, the D16M does for black-and-white what the D16 does for color. You can read more about the camera and the thoughts behind it's making by reading Elle Schneider's blog post.

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