Digital Bolex

Joe Rubinstein is the founder and camera developer for Digital Bolex. On Sunday, he sat down with me and talked about the Digital Bolex D16: what inspired him, what he set out to accomplish, what challenges he faced… and what he and the rest of his team have come up with. Plus: beauty shots of cameras, what’s new here at NAB, and a brief look at some menus and functions.


Watch it on Vimeo (12 minutes 19 seconds).

I briefly held the D16: it has a comfortable heft, and with a Kish cine lens on the front it balances perfectly on its pistol grip. Build quality appears to be quite good.

About 80 cameras have shipped so far; more are in the pipeline.

Disclosure: There is no material connection between me and Digital Bolex, and I received no compensation or other considerations From Digital Bolex for this interview.


About The Author

Adam Wilt is a software developer, engineering consultant, and freelance film & video tech. He’s had small jobs on big productions (PA, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, Dir. Robert Wise), big jobs on small productions (DP, “Maelstrom”, Dir. Rob Nilsson), and has worked camera, sound, vfx, and editing gigs on shorts, PSAs, docs, music vids, and indie features. He started his website on the DV format,, about the same time Chris Hurd created the XL1 Watchdog, and participated in‘s 2006 “Texas Shootout.” He has written for DV Magazine and, taught courses at DV Expo, and given presentations at NAB, IBC, and Cine Gear Expo. When he’s not doing contract engineering or working on apps like Cine Meter II, he’s probably exploring new cameras, just because cameras are fun.

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