Sony has now unveiled its long trailed full-frame digital motion picture camera system. It’s calling the camera Venice.

“The launch of Venice demonstrates our strong relationship with filmmakers around the world, and our commitment to developing tools that support directors, DOPs and cinematographers in bringing their vision to the screen as they originally intended it,” said Sebastian Leske, Product Marketing Manager, Cinematography, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “We’ve not only focused on features to deliver the most true to life images, including colour reproduction for natural skin tones. We also thought about the best usability and operability, without compromising on quality. We’re looking forward to seeing how Venice will be used to create Emotion in Every Frame.”

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. The lens mount can also be changed to handle E-mount lenses.  User-selectable areas of the image sensor allow shooting in Super 35 mm 4 – perf. Sony is planning future firmware upgrades to allow the camera to handle 36mm wide 6K resolution.

Sony says a new colour management system and wide colour gamut will give users more control and greater freedom to work with images during grading and post-production. The camera has more than 15 stops of latitude to handle lighting situations from low-light to harsh sunlight.

It uses 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).

Sony says Venice has a fully ‘modular and intuitive design’ with ‘refined functionality to support smooth and efficient on-site operation.’  There’s a control panel placed on the left and right sides of the cameras. A 24 V power supply input/output and Lemo connector means lots of standard camera accessories will be usable and make use in harsh environments easier.

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 camera is scheduled to be available in February 2018.

Jon Creamer

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