Sony Venice – 6K Full-Frame Cine Camera With a Replaceable Sensor – With Footage
This will be the hot new camera rental.
Sony’s shift from changing the naming conventions of their cameras from numbers to names is a significant departure. I like it. Meet the Sony VENICE.
VENICE is the new Sony flagship camera, designed around a 6K full frame sensor (36mm x 24mm). This new sensor is described as having greater than 15 stops of dynamic range with a color range wider than Rec.2020 and P3 (in S-Gamut3). Sony is making a lot of statements regarding the sensor read speeds on this camera, claiming that rolling shutter is a non-issue.
The sensor block itself on the VENICE is modular. Sony designed it to be user changeable in the field with no requirement for a clean room. This will allow for swaps on set depending on what paths Sony has planned. Maybe a better low light sensor, or a high speed sensor, or simply a better performing version of a all rounder.
Recording formats vary. Internally, Sony sticks to SxS cards which can record XAVC Class 480 4:2:2 10-bit intraframe along with 10-bit Apple ProRes 4:2:2.
For what you really are looking for, raw and compressed raw, you will need the Sony AXS-R7 recorder. The VENICE will record 6K in the new 16-bit X-OCN which Sony claims is visually indistinguishable from uncompressed raw but 30% smaller files. 16-bit raw is also an option for those who like to make everyone’s life down the post chain difficult. Software vendors are currently gearing up to release updates to support X-OCN at launch. Basically Sony’s answer to RED RAW.
VENICE also has a 8 step ND filter system (0.3 – 2.4) controlled by servo which allows for control via remote. Ergonomically there is nothing really standout here, but a small OLED display with controls on the assistant side is a nice touch.
There were some short films created for the announcement, but this is the one I recommend watching. Life of Pi cinematographer Claudio Miranda, ASC shot the short film titled “The Dig” with director Joseph Kosinski.
- Full Frame Sensor 24×36 mm
- Painterly Look
- 6K Full Frame 6048 x 4032 maximum resolution
- 4K Super35 window
- Full Frame, full 6048 photosite width of the sensor
- Widescreen spherical 2.39:1 or Large Format ‘Scope
- Super35 full height 2.0x squeeze Anamorphic
- 8-Step, 8-Stop Internal NDs
- PL and Ruggedized E-mount
- Spherical FF & S35
- Anamorphic FF & S35
- 15+ Stops of Exposure Latitude
- Native ISO 500 (maybe 800)