CHINON Bellami HD1 Digital Video Camera (Standard)

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The Bellami HD-1 is an interchangeable-lens full HD Digital Movie Camera. It pays tribute to the old pistol-grip Super 8 camera and transforming it with modern digital technologies.

The Bellami HD-1 can use a variety of lenses with D, C, CS, or M42 screw mounts. It is designed to bring the unique optical characteristic of these lenses, be it vintage or brand new, into the world of digital imaging. Bellami HD-1 comes standard with the CHINON f=4mm / F1.2 D-mount lens. This large aperture lens is bright and offers superb optical performance.

The HD-1 features a retro style body built around a die cast alloy frame; the classic design integrates a high performance electronics viewfinder, removable hand grip and a flexible lens mount system. Boasting a 2.1 megapixel sensor, the camera is capable of shooting in full HD in variety of frames rates and wide range of shutter speeds.

Die-cast metal frame used on camera body for robustness and solid handling.

The CHINON 4mm/F1.2 lens is designed and made in Japan for the Bellami HD1. This lens, is all glass with 7 elements in 6 group, gives superb optical performance.

Bellami HD-1 is a perfect tool for working with the old movie lenses. Enjoy the fusion of the elegant images created by the old lenses and state-of-the-art technology of Bellami HD-1.

There are two different Bellami HD-1 packages on offer. The standard package comes with the D-mount and C-mount adapters. The deluxe package comes also with the CS-mount and M42-mount adapters.


High sensitivity MOS sensor and state-of-the-art image processing enable high ISO of 12800. The Bellami HD-1 captures bright and clear movies/images in low light conditions of 0.2 Lux and darker.

We picked the 1/3-inch, 2.12 mega pixels MOS image sensor, from many different sensors, to exploit the old lenses’ characteristics. The sensor of the 1/3-inch size fits perfectly to the 8mm film format of movie cameras used by high-end users.

The 0.47 inches color LCD electronic viewfinder with 1.44 megapixels gives a high quality viewing image as that of a high-end DSLR camera. Focusing is made easy with the high resolution and natural color image, even under bright outdoor conditions.

Wide shutter speed range to capture clear movies and photos in dark conditions or of fast-moving objects. 1/30 sec to 1/10000 sec for taking movie, and 2 sec to 1/10000 sec for capturing still image.

Create Full HD and HD movies and images perfect for your large screen TV and computer.

Electronic Image Stabilization helps to reduce camera shaking during movie shooting.

In burst capturing mode, 8 images per second can be achieved. The Bellami HD-1 can capture image at the decisive moment. 

The Bellami HD-1 offers 6 different frame rates for the movie shooting including 10fps, 15fps, 16fps, 18fps, 24fps, and 30fps. 16 and 18 frame-per-second movie is reminiscent of the earliest movie film cameras (16fps) and 8mm film cameras (18fps). The combination of the low frame rate and old lenses can create a retro movie that is more authentic than those created by digital image processing on a PC.

Digital zoom function up to 12x is supported. The Bellami  HD-1 can magnify the subject even if a fixed focal length lens is used.

Two types of the color filters, Sepia and Monochrome for creating retro feels in your movie and photos.

There are  color illusion function with four selections of image processing filters for creating movies and images of originality. “CG art” brings you to the world of computer graphics, “Reversal” to the world of reversed gradation, “Retro” to the 1940’s world of imaging with blast of color and vignetting shadow, and “Pictorial” to the world of paintings.


An accessory conforming to the ISO standard such as a flash light or a movie light can be attached to the hot shoe on the top of the Bellami HD-1.

Connecting your music player to the AUX port to create movie with your preferred high quality background audio.

Connecting the Bellami HD-1 to a TV, a LCD monitor, or
 a tablet computer with the HTMI port to review the captured images and movies on large screen. 

Connecting the Bellami HD-1 to a computer through an
USB cable and use it as a high performance Web camera.

Since the Bellami HD-1 operates with two AA batteries, you can get the batteries easily even if they are run out. 









































 There is a tripod mount on the bottom for mounting a tripod or hand grip.

Camera Specification
Type Interchangeable-lens full HD Digital Movie Camera
Sensor 1/3 inch, 2.12 mega pixel MOS image sensor
Lens mount D mount (Support C, CS, and M42 mount lenses by using option mount adaptors)
Standard Lens f=4mm, F1.2, D mount lens
View finder 0.47inch 1.44 megapixels color active matrix liquid crystal panel
Interface HDMI output
DC 5V input
USB2.0 (High speed)
AUX input (3.5mm stereo mini jack)
Headphone output (3.5mm stereo mini jack)
Sound Stereo condenser microphone, Internal speaker
Flash Hot shoe
Storage media Internal memory (187MB)
SD, SDHC, SDXC card (up to 128GB)
Power source Two AA batteries (NiMH or Alkaline)
AC to DC adaptor (5V)
Operating environment Temperature 0 - 40 degrees Celsius
Humidity 35%- 80%
Weight Camera + Lens 260g (without handgrip)
Size Camera body (without lens, handgrip) 9.6cmx9.5cmx3.3cm (WxHxD)

Functional Specification
Movie Image Size FHD (1920x1080) 
HD1 (1280x720) 
QHD (960x540) 
HD2 (1440x1080)
Frame rate 10, 15, 16, 18, 24, 30 fps
File format MOV (H.246/AVC, AAC)
Quality High, Standard
Still Image Image Size 16:9 2.0M (1920x1080) 
16:9 1.0M (1280x720) 
16:9 0.5M (960x540) 
4:3 1.6M (1440x1080) 
4:3 0.8M (1024x768) 
4:3 0.3M (640x480) 
3:2 1.4M (1440x960) 
3:2 0.6M (960x640) 
1:1 1.0M (1024x1024) 
1:1 0.5M (720x720)
File format JPEG (Exif 2.3) 
DNG (16:9 2.0M (1920x1080) only) 
DCF 2.0 compatible
Still burst Image Size 16:9 2.0M (1920x1080) 
16:9 1.0M (1280x720) 
16:9 0.5M (960x540) 
4:3 1.6M (1440x1080) 
4:3 0.8M (1024x768) 
4:3 0.3M (640x480) 
3:2 1.4M (1440x960) 
3:2 0.6M (960x640) 
1:1 1.0M (1024x1024) 
1:1 0.5M (720x720)
File format JPEG (Exif 2.3) 
DCF 2.0 compatible
Mode Single burst: Set the number of images for 1 sec/shot. (up to 8 images.)
Multi-burst Select number of images in a second up to 8 images/sec.. 
5(Continuous capturing up to 10 images/shot)
Interval shooting Select the interval time up to 1 hour.
Digital zoom Up to x12
Hand shake correction Electronic camera shake correcting method
Exposure Auto-Exposure (aperture priority), Manual
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV
ISO speed Auto, 160 - 12800
Shutter speed Movie 1/30-1/10000 sec 
Still Image 2sec~1/10000sec
Minimum illumination 0.2 Lux (F1.2, shutter speed:1/30 sec)
Flash setting Trigger output On/Off
Rear Sync./ Front Sync.
Color mode set Standard, Monochrome, Sepia
White balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescence (8 types)
One shot, custom
Contrast 7steps
Chroma set 7steps
Hue set 7steps
Sharpness set 7steps
Exposure Auxiliary Exposure Indicator
Sound sensitivity High, Middle, Low, Super Low
Playback Movie Playback (Normal playback, pause, Rewind, Advance)
Normal playback, Thumbnail playback (9 images), Slide show
Playback zoom Up to 10x
Delete Single delete, All delete, Format
Language Japanese, English
Operation sound Volume Large, Middle, Small, OFF
Shutter sound Volume Large, Middle, Small, OFF
Speaker Volume  10 steps
Headphone output level
Brightness of EVF 5 steps
Self-timer 3 seconds, 10 seconds
Mass storage

In the Standard package

The Bellami HD-1 Camera body
Standard f=4mm F1.2 Lens (D mount) 
D mount adaptor 
Lens cap 
Hand grip 
USB cable 
HDMI cable 
SD card (8GB/SDHC/Class10) 
Two Size AA rechargeable batteries
Battery charger 
Camera pouch 
Hand strap 
Hot Shoe protector 
C mount adaptor 
AC/DC adaptor
User Guide