Your Digital Bolex Could Be Overheating

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Digital Bolex co-founder Joe Rubinstein offers some insider knowledge about what to look out for as the cameras age.

It's been almost 7 years since the Digital Bolex D16 was first released, after it's successful Kickstarter campaign. As it turns out, many of the earlier models' built-in SSD drives are beginning to show similar overheating symptoms.

If your camera is overheating, it may damage the electronics in the camera, which is why it's important to regularly check the camera's operating temperature.

Instructions to test the Digital Bolex D16

The following are the instructions Joe posted on the Facebook Group Digital Bolex User:

I've noticed a trend in cameras that are about 5 years old and have the original 256 GB or 512 GB SSDs. These drives are starting to fail in a very specific way. They keep working but they are getting extremely hot during operation.

This causes several problems including throwing the sensor calibration off, creating dead pixels, and overall doing damage to electronics, especially the power board.

If you have a 256 GB or 512 GB camera you can test it for this issue very easily.

  1. Set the fan mode to HIGH (in the "SETTINGS" menu).
  2. Record for around 15 minutes.
  3. Go back to the SETTINGS menu and scroll to the bottom where it says DIAGNOSTICS.

The camera should run at around 45 C - 50 C. If your camera is up near 60 C and the top of the camera is quite warm to the touch it may be time to replace your SSD.

Changing the SSD drive

Even though it's not easy to change the SSD drive, but if there's no alternative for you then Joe Rubinstein has uploaded a timelapse video of the process to Vimeo.

Here's the video showing how to change the SSD drive: