Sony Finally Made a Full-Frame 6k Cine Alta Motion Picture Camera

The Sony Venice is here, and it's dropping more than jaws. Its body is small and compact and instead of getting a letter 'F' and a number designation, they're simply calling it the Venice. Just by doing that, they're already more competitive with the Arri and Red than they were. Think about it, F65, F55, what do those numbers even mean? They don't correlate to sensor size. The Venice is perfect, I already remembered its name and have a burned in image of how awesome it looks. 

Before we get into the specs, look at this camera. It's compact and gorgeous.


It also shows that imitation is the best form of flattery. If you saw this from a distance you might mistake it for something Arri made and not Sony. Not just because of the body shape, check out the controls on this camera.

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That's not just by accident, I'm guessing their thinking is if the controls are similar to an Alexa, it's going to make it easier for DPs and camera assistants to try the camera out as there will be less of a learning curve. But what would make them want to try it out in the first place? It turns out, a lot. 

The Venice has:

Full-Frame Full width 36 mm 6K*
  • In full-frame, you can use the full 6048-pixel width of the sensor for widescreen spherical 2.39:1 or Large Format Scope. Full-Frame can be used creatively in a number of ways - for example, to allow for the extra shallow depth of field or super-wide shooting.* Firmware update required

Super35 full height 2x squeeze Anamorphic
  • For anamorphic shooting and production, Super35 full height 2x squeeze anamorphic is supported.

Super35 17:9 and 16:9
  • Natively supported by VENICE. Current Super35mm PL mount lenses can be used.
  • Fast Shutter

Limited Jello Effect
  • VENICE has high-speed readout sensor which minimizes the jello effect that are typical in the CMOS sensors.

PL Lens 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.

Lever Lock Type E-mount*
  • E-mount offers unsurpassed compatibility with Sony lenses. E-mount (lever lock type) gives users the ability to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, which means that in most cases lens support rigs don't need to be removed, saves time during a production. * Firmware update required

Phenomenal latitude
  • VENICE has an exceptional 15+ stops of latitude, with low noise for extraordinary performance in delivering phenomenal images in conditions from searing sunlight to almost no light. VENICE's real-world performance also excels at High Dynamic Range imaging and allows unprecedented creative freedom in grading.

More colors for More Expression
  • 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.

Depth of Field*
  • As the sensor size gets larger, depth of field becomes shallower. VENICE's wide 36 mm full-frame sensor can capture images that have the equivalent of 1-2 stops shallower depth of field compared to Super35. * Firmware update required

Anamorphic Look
  • VENICE's support for anamorphic lenses combined with its ability to shoot 4:3 aspect ratio at a horizontal resolution of 4K allows the capture of breathtakingly beautiful images with stunning lens flare, bokeh and emotional impact.

6K High Resolution*
  • The stunning full 6K resolution of the camera can be recorded directly in X-OCN (16 bit Extended tonal range Original Camera Negative) file format. Also, XAVC 4K can be captured onto SxS cards while still sampling from the full 6K resolution of the sensor.* Firmware update required

On top of all that, the camera is modular and small enough to fit on a drone and has built in ND filters... like a lot of them.

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This is just the tip of the iceberg please see the press release below for more information. The Sony Venice Cine-Alta will be released in February of 2018.

Press Release

Sony Unveils VENICE, Its First 36x24mm Full-Frame Digital Motion Picture Camera System
by Sony Pro Team 09/06/2017


LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6, 2017 -- Sony Electronics is unveiling VENICE - its first Full-Frame digital motion picture camera system. VENICE is the next generation of Sony's CineAlta camera systems, designed to expand the filmmaker's creative freedom through immersive, large-format, Full Frame capture of filmic imagery producing natural skin tones, elegant highlight handling and wide dynamic range. VENICE was designed through close collaboration with the creative community, fulfilling the requirements from filmmakers and production professionals.

VENICE will be officially unveiled on Sept. 6, in front of a select audience of American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) members and a range of other industry professionals. Sony will also screen a short film, "The Dig", the first footage shot with VENICE, produced in Anamorphic, written and directed by Joseph Kosinski and shot by Academy Award winning Cinematographer Claudio Miranda, ASC.

"We really went back to the drawing board for this one," said Peter Crithary, marketing manager, Sony Electronics. "It is our next-generation camera system, a ground-up development initiative encompassing a completely new image sensor. We carefully considered key aspects such as form factor, ergonomics, build quality, ease of use, a refined picture and painterly look--with a simple, established workflow. We worked in close collaboration with film industry professionals. We also considered the longer-term strategy by designing a user interchangeable sensor that is as quick and simple to swap as removing four screws, and can accommodate different shooting scenarios as the need arises."

Full frame sensor and wide range of lens compatibility

VENICE combines a newly developed 36x24mm Full Frame sensor to meet the high-quality demands of feature filmmaking. Full Frame offers the advantages of compatibility with a wide range of lenses, including Anamorphic, Super 35mm, Spherical and Full Frame PL mount lenses for a greater range of expressive freedom with shallow depth of field. The lens mount can also be changed to support E-mount lenses for shooting situations that require smaller, lighter, and wider lenses.  User-selectable areas of the image sensor allow shooting in Super 35 mm 4 - perf. Future firmware upgrades are planned to allow the camera to handle 36mm wide 6K resolution.  Fast image scan technology minimizes "Jello" effects.

New color management system and established workflow for flexible post-production

A 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. VENICE also has 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.

VENICE achieves high quality and efficient file-based production through Sony's established 16-bit RAW/X-OCN via the AXS-R7 recorder, and 10 bit XAVC workflows. 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 high-speed Thunderbolt-enabled AXS-AR1 card reader, using established AXS and SxS memory card formats.

Intuitive design & refined functionality support simple and efficient on-location operation

VENICE has a fully modular and intuitive design with refined functionality to support simple and efficient on-location operation. It is the film industry's first camera with a built-in 8-stage glass ND filter system, making the shooting process efficient and streamlining camera setup.  The camera is designed for easy operation with an intuitive control panel placed on the Assistant and Operator sides of the camera. A 24 V power supply input/output and LEMO connector allow use of many standard camera accessories, designed for use in harsh environments.

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.

The VENICE CineAlta digital motion picture camera system is scheduled to be available in February 2018.  For more information, please visit:

Source: SONY