Sony Professional aims to shake-up the professional video camera market with Venice, its first 36x24mm full-frame digital motion picture camera system. The camera, which is the next generation of Sony’s CineAlta camera system, was unveiled on September 6, in front of a select audience of American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) members and industry professionals. At the event, Sony screened the first footage produced with the new camera, directed by Joseph Kosinski and shot by Academy Award winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, ASC.
Venice, which will be commercially available in February 2018, was designed through close collaboration and careful research with the creative community, fulfilling the various requirements from filmmakers and production professionals.
The 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, wider and more 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 minimizes “Jello” effects.
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. Venice is also compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories for CineAlta cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and AR1 card reader, AXS and SxS memory cards).
Venice has a fully modular and intuitive design with refined functionality to support smooth and efficient on-site operation. It is the film industry's first camera with a built-in 8-stage glass ND filter system, enabling to reduce the replacement work of the external ND filter and make shooting progress efficient. The camera is designed for easy operation with an intuitive control panel placed on the left and right sides of the cameras. A 24 V power supply input/output and Lemo connector allow use of many standard camera accessories and make use in harsh environments easier.
With Venice, Sony is giving users the option to customise 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.
The Venice CineAlta digital motion picture camera system is scheduled to be available in February 2018.