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Sony VENICE 6k Digital Motion Picture Camera

Sony VENICE is the first 6k and first full frame cinema camera from the camera Manufacturer. Built around the basics of the F5 and F55 cameras, and improved by input from hundreds of industry professionals, it offers an amazing array of features and tools that are unlike any other camera on the market.

VENICE is the first camera I want to own,” Claudio Miranda ASC, uncharacteristically loquacious in his enthusiasm, described VENICE, Sony’s new Full Frame camera, after shooting its product launch demo. “I can light tabletop pop tarts or a giant night exterior. I can easily work with VENICE on any job.”

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Full Frame Sensor

With a full width 36 x 24mm 6k sensor, VENICE joins just a hand full of professional digital cinema cameras with sensors larger than Super35. What sets sets VENICE apart from the rest is the staggering flexibility of the sensor. It has 9 aspect ratio and resolution recording options, from 4k UHD 16:9 up to 6k 3:2.With a full width 36 x 24mm 6k sensor, VENICE joins just a hand full of professional digital cinema cameras with sensors larger than Super35. What sets sets VENICE apart from the rest is the staggering flexibility of the sensor. It has 9 aspect ratio and resolution recording

Dual Base ISO

VENICE has two base ISO ratings that offer recordings free of gain based noise. There is base ISO of 500 to provide the optimal dynamic range for typical cinematography applications with on-set lighting or daytime exterior shooting. There is also a secondary High Base ISO of 2500 that excels in low-light capture. Both have an exposure latitude from 6 stops over to 9 stops under 18% Middle Gray, for a total of 15 stops of Dynamic Range. High Base ISO 2500 is ideal whenever you’re using slow lenses or shooting dimly-lit environments.

You can check out a pretty deep dive into the technology behind Dual Base ISO and what kinds of impacts it has by following this link to an article posted by Z Systems own Keith Mullin. Dual Base ISO and Shot Noise.

Super Wide Color Gamut

VENICE can exceed Rec. 2020 color space. This means the color range is wider than DCI-P3 and can beautifully reproduce the true color of the scene in front of your lens. This also provides the broad palette in the grading suite using the established workflow of Sony’s third-generation LOG gamma encoding (S-Log3) and ultra-wide color space.

Combined with optional 16-bit recording with the AXS-R7, there are trillions of possible colors that can be recorded for some of the most detailed and nuanced images.

8 Stop Mechanical ND Filter

VENICE is the world’s first camera of its class with a servo-controlled 8-step mechanical ND filter mechanism built into the camera chassis. It offers a massive ND of 0.3 (1/2 = 1 stop) to ND2.4 (1/256 = 8 stops) range that reduces time lost on set changing external filters. The ND filters also greatly increase VENICE’s flexibility when being controlled remotely on drones and cranes, or in an underwater housing.

Multiple Lens Mounts

PL Mount

VENICE comes with the industry-standard PL lens mount. It is compatible with all Super35 and full-frame PL lenses, spherical and anamorphic. The lens mount includes contacts that support Cooke/i Technology. Lens information is recorded as metadata frame by frame.

E Mount

Choose from the growing eco-system of E-mount lenses and, via third-party adapters, the world of SLR and rangefinder lenses. Lever lock operation provides added security with large lenses, and in most cases lens support rigs don’t need to be removed when changing lens. Switching from PL Mount to E-mount can be done by simply removing six hex screws.

Improved Operability

VENICE has a surprisingly compact design, which allows easier shooting in confined spaces or on drones. Control buttons are carefully positioned for intuitive operation and even illuminate for easy use on dark sets. There are control displays on both sides of the camera, with the main display positioned on the camera outside for fast access to settings by the camera assistant while shooting. The camera operator’s OLED mini display allows intuitive control of commonly-accessed features, and on-set monitoring operation benefits from an extra HD output alongside the standard 12G-SDI (capable of 4K content on a single BNC cable).

The control interface is an all-new design based on extensive researches with camera operators.

You can experience the new interface and menus using Sony’s VENICE menu simulator.

16-bit X-OCN Recording

Full 4K and 6K* resolution, with extraordinary color reproduction, nicely suits Sony’s third-generation color development, S-Gamut 3. In particular, 16-bit scene linear tonal gradation retains the camera’s full dynamic range, with far greater capacity for visual expression than 10-bit or 12-bit digital formats.

16-bit X-OCN offers significant file size reduction, which makes working with full resolution content from VENICE’s 6K sensor far more practical in terms of file transfer times and storage requirements.

X-OCN is supported by leading non-linear editing software tools such as Adobe Premiere CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X via Calibrated{Q} Sony RAW Decode plug-in, Avid Media Composer via nablet Sony RAW AMA plug-in, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, Colorfront OSD, and FilmLight Baselight, to name a few.

And So Much More…