Vintage Bolex Super 8 style Bellami HD-1 announced in Japan
Japanese camera manufacturer Chinon, from today has started accepting booking for its Bellami HD-1- full HD, interchangeable lens digital video camera in Japan. The camera will be available from March 22nd for approximately 89.290 yen ($866). With a vertical body like vintage 8mm movie camera, Bellami HD-1 can record full HD movies by mounting D type lenses used in 1950s-1970s. Shooting is via pressing the trigger on the hand grip.
Made of die- cast alloy, Chinon Bellami HD-1 is equipped with a MOS sensor 1/3 type, of 2.1 million pixels. The camera comes with a standard 4mm D lens with F1.2 aperture. The lens is made of seven pieces all glass in 6 groups.The 1.44 million pixel LCD viewfinder measures 0.47 inch.
Recording format of the video is in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV) format, resolution 10/15/30fps 1,280 × 720 pixels or 1,920 × 1,080 pixels. Audio is recorded in AAC format. You can attach a stereo condenser microphone via the built-in line mic input. Besides full HD movie recording, you can shoot still images at 1,920 × 1,080 / 1,280 × 720 pixels.
With 12x digital zoom, 12 types of White balance settings; the camera boosts manual / aperture-priority AE settings. Exposure, shutter speed and ISO settings are operated by dials-found in old movie cameras. The Chinon Bellami HD-1 with 187 MB built in memory uses SD / SDHC / SDXC card (up to 128GB) as recording media. It is possible to attach an optional video light or strobr via the built in hot shoe.The camera comes with a USB and HDMI output.
Chinon Bellami HD-1 is powered by easily available 2 AA batteries. Continuous shooting time is 80-minutes/300 JPEG images. The camera measures 3.3 × 9.6 × 9.5cm and weighs 260g with lens.