Sony Adds “BURANO” To Its CineAlta High-end Digital Cinema Camera Range

BURANO combines outstanding cinematic images and exceptional mobility for single camera operators and small crews.

The new BURANO features a sensor that matches the colour science of the VENICE 2 and is specially designed for single-camera operators and small crews. This camera combines exceptional image quality with high mobility and is the world's first i digital cinema camera with a PL-Mount to feature in-body image stabilisation.

The compact housing includes for the first time both a thinner-than-before electronically variable ND filter structure alongside the optical image stabilisation mechanism, a technological feat never achieved previously. When removing the PL lens mount, the camera can be used with E-mount lenses and supports fast hybrid AF and subject recognition AF, even perfect for fast-moving subjects.

Main Features: Powerful 8.6K Full-Frame Sensor
Using the widely appreciated colour science of the VENICE cameras, BURANO features an 8.6K full-frame sensor that shares most of the VENICE 2 specifications enabling it to work alongside that camera in all types of productions. The sensor features dual base ISO of 800 and 3200 and 16 stopsii of latitude to produce stunning images even in the most challenging lighting conditions.

The camera will have the ability to shoot at full-frame, Super 35, and also features a desqueeze function for anamorphic lenses - and can film at frame rates including up to 8K at 30 frames per second, 6K at 60 frames per second or 4K at 120 frames per second iii.

The unit is housed in a rugged magnesium chassis, making it suitable for filming in the most challenging environments. The camera and accessory packaging bags materials are made primarily of plant-based cellulose iv instead of plastic as part of Sony’s efforts to be environmentally conscious. Moulded pulp is used as the cushioning material, thus not using expanded polystyrene.

Built In Optical Image Stabilisation
This is the world's first digital cinema camera with PL-mount to support in-body image stabilisation. With a newly developed image stabilisation mechanism and control algorithm that leverages the advanced image stabilisation technology cultivated in the Alpha series of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, unwanted camera shake can be corrected when shooting with an E-mount or PL-mount lens.

Variable ND Filter for added control and exposure optimisation
BURANO includes an electronic variable ND filter from 0.6 to 2.1, enabling easy adjustments in various lighting conditions. This allows control of the depth of field with the iris and adjusts to the optimum exposure without changing the depth of field.

FE-mount lenses for an increased choice
Many E-mount lenses can use the excellent image stabilisation function cultivated with Alpha, as well as Fast Hybrid AF that combines the benefits of phase detection and contrast detection method and are also compatible with high-precision Subject Recognition AF using AI.

Recording Formats for added workflow flexibility
The BURANO can record from HD to 8K depending on the resolution, aspect ratio and codec, as well as supporting multiple internal recording formats, such as the new XAVC H for 8K, which uses the MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 high compression efficiency codec. Other recording formats include XAVC and X-OCN LT. X-OCN is Sony’s original compressed RAW format that can capture information shot with 16-bit linear data, which gives filmmakers more freedom in post for colour grading. X-OCN LT can reduce file transfer time and storage size load, making post-production workflows more efficient than standard versions of RAW data.

BURANO is also equipped with two new CF express Type B memory card slots and supports VPG400, which can sustain high bitrate writing of video data, including X-OCN LT 8K.

Versatile and Efficient Production Ecosystem
BURANO supports various log recording modes including S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine, which are colour spaces that cover a colour gamut exceeding BT.2020 and DCI-P3 - and can reproduce the same colour as all cameras in Sony’s Cinema Line.

BURANO comes with four new cinematic looks v: Warm, Cool, Vintage, Teal and Orange, in addition to supporting industry standard s709 and 709 (800%) Look Up Tables (LUTs).

This can be used for virtual production using large screen LED displays such as Sony’s Crystal LED.

BURANO will support the S700 protocol over ethernet and a 1.5x de-squeeze display function when using anamorphic lens next year.


i - As of September 2023, based on Sony research, among cameras with standard equipped PL mount.
ii - S-Log3 shooting. Sony measurements.
iii - Please check BURANO product website here for details on image scan modes.
iv - Excludes materials used in coatings and adhesives. Depending on the production period, plant-based non-woven fabrics may not be available.
v - In Cine EI mode.

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