Sony Announces Venice, 36x24 Digital Cinema Camera

Sony has unveiled Venice the next generation of Sony’s CineAlta camera system, designed to expand the filmmaker’s creative freedom through large-format, full frame image capture of filmic imagery with natural skin tones and expressive dark areas. VENICE was designed through close collaboration and careful research with the creative community, fulfilling the various requirements from filmmakers and production professionals.

The large sensor is well-suited to anamorphic lenses, much loved by DPs for their special look.

The large sensor is well-suited to anamorphic lenses, much loved by DPs for their special look.

First hints of the camera came last June and just in time for IBC, Sony has released further details of the new camera. 

The Venice motion picture camera combines a newly developed 36x24mm full frame sensor and compatibility with a wide range of lenses, including anamorphic, Super 35mm and full frame PL mount for a greater range of expressive freedom with shallow depth of field. The lens mount can also be changed to handle E-mount lenses for shooting situations that require smaller, lighter and wider characteristic lenses. User-selectable areas of the image sensor allow shooting in Super 35 mm 4 – perf. Future firmware upgrades are planned to allow the camera to handle 36mm wide 6K resolution.Fast image scan technology minimises rolling shutter effects.

New colour management system and established workflow for flexible post-production

A new colour management system and wide colour gamut gives users more control and greater freedom to work with images during grading and post-production. Venice also has more than 15 stops of latitude to handle challenging lighting situations from low-light to harsh sunlight.

Venice achieves high quality and efficient file-based production through Sony’s established 16-bit RAW/X-OCN and XAVC workflows using the portable memory recorder AXS-R7. The camera is also compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories for CineAlta cameras (DVF-EL200 HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and AR1 card reader, AXS and SxS memory cards).

Venice has an 8-stage ND filter integral to the camera.

Venice has an 8-stage ND filter integral to the camera.

Venice has a built-in 8-stage glass ND filter system, minimising the replacement work of external ND filters and making shooting progress efficiently. The camera is designed for easy operation with an intuitive control panel placed on the left and right sides of the cameras. A 24V power supply input/output and Lemo connector allow use of many standard camera accessories and make use in harsh environments easier.

License options for individual production requirements

With Venice Sony is giving users the option to customize their camera by enabling the features needed, matched to their individual production requirements. Optional licenses will be available in permanent, monthly and weekly durations to expand the camera’s capabilities with new features including 4K anamorphic and Full Frame, each sold separately.

Venice ships from February 2018.

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