I can remember growing up my dad used to get on my nerves really bad with his stupid video camera. It was one those cameras that recorded to reels of film that you had to develop the film for playback. To watch the film he had to put it on one of those reel-to-reel projectors. I remember it resembled this D16 Bolex quite a bit. If you like things that appear to be retro, but are actually modern, this might be the camera for you.
The camera went on Kickstarter like so many projects today to get funding to come to reality. As it turns out there’s a lot of interest in the camera and the project racked up $100,000 in funding in the first 24 hours of being online. This camera doesn’t use any compression or record using an interlaced format, it shoots uncompressed raw files and native resolution of 2048 x 1152. That makes editing the video a snap.
That video is shot in Super 16 mm mode. The goal of the project is to be able to produce the cameras at $3000 each. That seems very expensive for a video camera, but obviously, there are a bunch of people interested. So far, the project has raised $283,802 and still has 27 days to go. The company notes that they’ve sold 91/100 cameras from the first production batch, which will be serialized.