December 12, 2013

Save $100 on a Digital Bolex D16 Camera with This Exclusive No Film School Discount Code

The first D16 cameras have been finished and are shipping to Kickstarter backers this week, but that doesn't mean the folks at Digital Bolex are done. They are ramping up production beyond just crowdfunding backers, and will be opening up pre-sales for a new batch of 500 cameras starting Monday, December 16th, at 10AM. The good news doesn't stop there, not only can you get in line, but you can also save $100 on that order with an exclusive No Film School discount code.

Here is what you'll need to do before you can order a new camera (from their previous post):

You will need to be logged in as a member of the site in order to make a purchase, so if you plan to buy a camera, but do not already have a user account, please create an account here on our site before December 16th to ensure an easy checkout.

There are two versions of the camera that will be officially going on pre-sale Monday, December 16th, at 10AM EST:

  • Digital Bolex D16 with 256GB Internal SSD: $3,300
  • Digital Bolex D16 with 512GB Internal SSD: $3,600

To save $100 off a new pre-sale, this is the discount code you'll be using: nfsreader13

Since the camera shoots RAW, in order to ensure write speeds and compatibility, there is an internal SSD that records the footage. It can then be transferred to off-the-shelf CF cards in the camera itself, or with a USB 3.0 cable from the camera to a computer. The process of transferring to CF cards is eventually going to be something that happens in the background and automatically can span to new cards when you go over the limit, but you'll be able to shoot about 82 minutes of 2K footage at 24fps with the 512GB version, and half that for the 256GB version. To me, if you're going to be getting one, the 512GB model makes more sense long-term as the internal drive is not user replaceable.

We're going to be posting footage as well as a review sometime in the next week, so stay tuned.

Head on over to the Digital Bolex website to sign up for a user account if you want to order when the pre-sale goes live on Monday, and be sure to use the code nfsreader13 to save $100 off the purchase of either camera version.

Link: The D16 Ships This Week! — Digital Bolex

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43 Comments

I've never used usb 3.0. Can you plug a usb 3.0 plug into a usb 2.0 slot and function reliably, though obviously only at usb 2.0 speeds?

December 12, 2013 at 4:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tom

Yes.

December 12, 2013 at 4:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tiedtke

yes. usb 3 and usb 2 are compatible in cables and ports, though you'll only get usb 3 speeds with a usb3 cable and port.

December 12, 2013 at 4:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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ben

I really wish I had the money for this. It's pretty much my dream camera. Guess I'll have to *settle* for a BlackMagic Pocket....

December 12, 2013 at 6:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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von

It is over priced, isn't it.

December 12, 2013 at 11:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Gene

Not really Gene. Please point us to the other options for raw, xlr, GLOBAL SHUTTER in this price range.
BMPCC is great, just don't move it :P

December 13, 2013 at 3:08AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Luke

Do the maths. How much will a BMPCC cost before it's truly useable? Not speaking of complexity. D16 is grab-it-power on-shoot.

December 13, 2013 at 5:56PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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pask

A GH3 is half a DB. A GH2 Driftwood Hacked is even less, far less. :-)

December 13, 2013 at 10:35PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Gene

I have a hacked GH2 and even though it serves me well, the D16 is clearly another league.

December 14, 2013 at 5:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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pask

Technically yes. But have you seen footage from the DB that looks better than this GH3 footage?

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCez2utjcl8 ]

December 14, 2013 at 6:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Gene

If they would make the camera with mass production in mind the price could be lower. I don't think they want mass production. So the price is higher than it could be.

December 13, 2013 at 10:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Gene

Once they can afford mass production, I'm sure the price will come down. The same way BM cut prices on the BMCC.

December 16, 2013 at 9:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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You act as if the Black Magic camera systems are that terrible.

While i really salute them on their acheivement, lets wait and see how these cameras respond in the real world before we start calling it a dream camera.

None the less, good and new exciting times, can't wait for first camera reviews

December 13, 2013 at 4:11AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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JAYE

They're not. I was being facetious. Hence the *asterisks.*

December 13, 2013 at 10:26AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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von

Ah, now that you point out the reason for the asterisk I get it.

December 13, 2013 at 10:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Gene

So when do we see a shoot-out between the D16 and the BMPCC?

December 12, 2013 at 6:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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ronn

They both will have pros and cons

DIGITAL BOLEX has xlr, no rolling shutter (ccd sensor), but also has a base iso of 400 , also ccd sensors, alothough they do not have rolling shutter, they do at time suffer from light streaks, but still no rolling shutter makes this camera on paper a very nice option when light is available.

December 13, 2013 at 4:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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JAYE

+ very good preamps and converters
+ internal 512GB hard drive
+ 3-4 hour lasting internal battery
+ dual CF card slots
+ weather sealed
+ inter-changeable lens mounts
+ good ergonomics
+ can format card in-cam
+ good quality headphones jack
+ analog preamp gain knobs
+ excellent forum follow-up
+ accessories coming
...

December 13, 2013 at 5:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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pask

I think there is too much concern over rolling shutter. Sure, it's a fun little thing to have in a camera review, to turn the camera back and forth fast and show the rolling. But honestly, how often does anyone turn their camera that fast---like never.

December 13, 2013 at 10:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Gene

Personally to me rolling shutter is one of the biggest issues with digital filmmaking. It effects way more than just pans. Pretty much anytime something is moving wether it's the camera or the subject I see it. So we end up with lots of talking head films on digital. For me filmmaking has begun on fun horror movies like zombie movies and moving the camera ALOT is a necessity :)

December 14, 2013 at 12:14AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Rolling shutter makes me puke. I am being forced to shoot a feature on the RED EPIC and cannot do some whip pans I'd like because the rolling shutter is so bad. In tests, I just want to scream at the results. HATE IT! My God, I hate it.

December 14, 2013 at 1:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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The Rising

Rolling shutter is a huge issue, it's not just on whip pans its whenever ANYTHING moves. Screams digital and looks cheap to me. I'm very tired of working around it, next film will be on d16!

December 15, 2013 at 12:12AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Luekio

Thanks guys :)

December 15, 2013 at 1:06AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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oh look ANOTHER new camera

December 12, 2013 at 8:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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john jeffries

Great time to be making films, isn't it?

December 13, 2013 at 4:05AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Colin

If you were actually making some worth watching it would be, yes.

December 13, 2013 at 11:45AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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marklondon

Show us how its done Mark, lets see your films mate.

December 13, 2013 at 12:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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bond

You can watch any movie and see if it was worth being made. marklondon doesn't have to make movies to comment on movies. We all can comment on the value of movies we see, can't we? Because of marklondon's real world work in the video world his input on this blog is very valuable.

December 13, 2013 at 10:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Gene

A hula hoop too?

December 12, 2013 at 11:10PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Gene

I really wish this camera shot Prores.

December 13, 2013 at 5:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Muh

A neat software is bundled with the camera and lets you transfer shots from the camera to the computer through the software that can encode your raw footage in high quality ProRes - best of both worlds in my book.

December 13, 2013 at 5:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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pask

Prores is OVERRATED.

January 9, 2014 at 10:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Hendrick

When can we move from these small sensors! Please lets move up instead of down.

December 13, 2013 at 10:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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John Wilton

There is a lot of good reasons for shooting with a smaller format. I personally think S16 is the best format for lower budget filmmaking. ;)

December 14, 2013 at 12:10AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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An entire Super 16 cinema of XX century looks at you like you're retarded

December 18, 2013 at 7:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Natt

Congrats on the release of this camera, Joe. This camera is quite an accomplishment, and we filmmakers appreciate all the hard work put into it.

Any plan to do offer a compressed Raw for the Digital Bolex?

December 14, 2013 at 12:54AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Ian B

Thanks Ian,
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We have talked about it alot on our forum. It is something we are thinking about, but we really want to do it the right way. We try to think about what the environment will be like 5 or even 10 years from now. The transcoding process will improve greatly over the next couple years as debayering algorithms improve. I would hate to paint ourselves into a corner with a compression scheme that made improvements impossible.
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The truly safest thing to do is save the most bits per pixel you can afford to. You never know when those will come in handy ;)

December 14, 2013 at 2:29AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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This is awesome. I am really stoked on using this camera :)

December 14, 2013 at 1:25AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Miles

I want to buy one and sent to Germany please, when is international shipping coming?

January 9, 2014 at 9:58PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Hendrick

Fark!! Will us INTERNATIONAL buyers EVER get the chance to BUY this camera?? Too much fecking about!!

March 7, 2014 at 3:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hendrick

zzzzzzzzzzzzzz GOOD FOR YOU

March 7, 2014 at 3:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hendrick

STFU

March 7, 2014 at 3:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hendrick

I won't fart about waiting for this camera.....GH4 instead!!

March 7, 2014 at 3:35AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hendrick