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Sony VENICE Full-Frame Digital Motion Picture Camera System: 36x24mm Full-Frame Image Sensor; Supports 24x36mm Full-Frame 6K Recording; Compatibility with a Wide Range of Lenses; Ultra Wide Color Gamut; Film Industry’s First Camera with a Built-in 8-Stage Glass ND Filter System

The following video presents Sony | CineAlta VENICE | Introduction Video:
Sony proudly introduces the next generation motion picture camera system, forward thinking to large format production, the VENICE. It is a cinema camera created by and for the cinematographer, and has been created based on significant feedback from film industry professionals. The VENICE is equipped with a newly developed full-frame image sensor meeting the needs of the film industry in pushing the boundaries of large format image capture with exceptional picture quality. With the wide latitude and gamut recorded by the VENICE, freedom of expression is significantly expanded in grading and based on established workflow. With a user friendly design, clear and simple menu navigation, and with a highly durable and reliable construction, in using VENICE, you can simply concentrate on filming, and not the camera.

In September, Sony introduced Venice, the next generation motion picture camera system. Sony Venice’s key highlights include:

Sony VENICE

Sony VENICE

  • Wide 36 mm full-frame sensor can capture images that have the equivalent of 1-2 stops shallower depth of field compared to Super35.*
  • New color management system with an ultra wide color gamut gives users more control and greater flexibility to work with images during grading and post-production.
  • More than 15 stops of latitude to handle challenging lighting situations from low-light to harsh sunlight with a gentle roll-off handling of highlights.
  • Compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories for CineAlta cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and high-speed Thunderbolt-enabled AXS-AR1 card reader, using established AXS and SxS memory card formats.
  • A 36x24mm full-frame image sensor, designed specifically for the demands and performance of high end cinematography, and can capture images up to a maximum resolution of 6048 x 4032*. By switching imager modes, VENICE can natively support Super35 24.9×18.7mm, 4096 x 3024 resolution (equivalent to 4-perforation motion picture film) and Super35 24.9×14.0mm 4096 x 2160 resolution (equivalent to 3-perforation motion picture film). In other words, VENICE’s new full-frame sensor can capture in almost any format, including full 18mm-height Super35 Anamorphic and spherical and full-frame 24mm-height Anamorphic and spherical*. Almost any aspect ratio can be conjured up: 1.85:1, 2.39:1, 17:9, the list goes on in full-frame* or Super35.
  • Lever Lock Type E-mount*.
* Firmware update required
  • Fast image scan technology minimizes “Jello” effects that are typical in the CMOS sensors.
  • Compatible with all Super35 and full-frame PL lenses, spherical and anamorphic.
  • A fully modular design and even the sensor block is interchangeable.
  • World’s first camera of its class with a servo-controlled 8-step Mechanical ND filter mechanism* built into the camera chassis.
* Based on Sony market search

View Venice firmware roadmap ›

Sony VENICE: System Configuration

Sony VENICE: System Configuration

The following video presents Hands-On with Sony’s CineAlta VENICE: An Exclusive First Look at Removing the Sensor Block:
Join Sony Electronics’ Peter Crithary and 1st Assistant Camera, Dan Ming as they show you how to effortlessly remove the sensor block from Sony’s new Full Frame CineAlta VENICE digital motion picture camera, in under one minute

Sony VENICE is Easily Configurable: The top handle and viewfinder are easily adjustable; and the AXS-R7 External RAW recorder can be attached to VENICE with just four screws

Sony VENICE is Easily Configurable: The top handle and viewfinder are easily adjustable; and the AXS-R7 External RAW recorder can be attached to VENICE with just four screws

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.

Sony Venice: Licenses will be available to expand the camera's capabilities with new features including 4K anamorphic and full-frame* (* Firmware update required).

Sony Venice: Licenses will be available to expand the camera’s capabilities with new features including 4K anamorphic and full-frame* (* Firmware update required).

Due to the industry’s demand for Full-Frame image capture, Sony enables VENICE to support Full-Frame 24x36mm shooting (with an optional license) from day one of its availability.

Sony VENICE

Sony VENICE

Press Release

Sony enables 24x36mm Full-Frame Image Capture upon Launch of VENICE Digital Motion Picture Camera System

by Sony Pro Team 11/15/2017, in Cameras, Production, Sony Professional

Conversations with and feedback from production professionals played an essential part in the development of Sony’s next generation CineAlta motion picture camera, VENICE. In the months after the camera’s September announcement, the immediate demand for Full-Frame capture was clear. Sony has answered the industry’s requests for Full-Frame image capture and, with an optional license, VENICE can support Full-Frame 24x36mm shooting from day one, at the camera’s expected ship date of February 2018.

Sony VENICE with AXS-R7 RAW recorder

Sony VENICE with AXS-R7 RAW recorder

Filmmakers can now benefit immediately from VENICE’s maximum potential, including 24x36mm Full-Frame 6K recording in Sony’s established 16-bit acquisition format, X-OCN, when used with Sony’s AXS-R7 recorder. In addition to Full Frame image capture, Sony plans an extensive roadmap of features planned to be implemented in future firmware upgrades.

Sony’s development of the VENICE motion picture camera platform represents an on-going commitment to the film industry, by furthering image capture in the key areas of dynamic range, color rendition and large format aspect ratio freedom. “VENICE demonstrates our commitment to developing tools that support Directors and Cinematographers in bringing their vision to the screen,” said Peter Crithary, marketing manager, Sony Electronics. “This announcement reflects our strong relationship with filmmakers around the world and enables them to create Emotion in Every Frame.”

The VENICE CineAlta digital motion picture camera system is scheduled to be available in February 2018. For more information about the VENICE platform, please visit www.sony.com/VENICE.