Sony Unveils Venice, A Full Frame Cinema Camera

September 6, 2017

After cramming a large sensor into an ultra compact video camera, Sony is back at it with its first full frame cinema camera.

The Venice boasts a full frame (36 x 24mm) image sensor that can be removed and replaced by the user. The sensor delivers over 15 stops of dynamic range and supports a number of lenses including Anamorphic, Super 35mm, Spherical and full frame PL mount lenses. There are user-selectable image areas so you can match the lens to your recording scenario. Sony plans a future firmware upgrade to support 36mm wide 6K resolution filming.

The Venice offers a number of resolutions and frame rates:

According to Sony, Venice will exceed the Rec2020 color space, so your movies will look good on the HDR displays of the future.

Additional features include:

  • built-in 8-stage glass ND filter system
  • weather-sealed build
  • modular build to add viewfinders, external recorders and accessories
  • 10-bit XAVC, ProRes 422 and MPEG HD recording to SxS memory cards
  • 16-bit RAW or 16-bit Sony OCN format video recording to the Sony AXS-R7 recorder
  • simultaneous recording to memory card and external recorder
  • free Catalyst Browse management software and RAW viewer software with purchase

Venice owners can elect to enable specific features, such as 4K anamorphic recording, by buying licenses. These features can be turned on permanently or in monthly or weekly durations, Sony said. License pricing wasn’t announced. Sony has published a firmware roadmap which extends throughout 2018 to give prospective owners a sense of what’s in the works.

The VENICE CineAlta will be available February 2018 for a body-only price of $42,000.