Sony VENICE Full Frame 6K

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The Sony VENICE CineAlta 6K Camera is the new flagship of Sony’s CineAlta range, offering a 6K (6048 x 4032) Full Frame (36.2 x 24.1mm) Sensor with an interchangeable PL or E-Mount, integrated ND filters in 8-stages, 15+ stops of exposure latitude, a wide colour gamut and improved colour management system.

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The Sony VENICE CineAlta Full Frame 6K features a 36mm x 24mm full-frame 6K CMOS sensor that can capture images up to a maximum resolution of 6048 x 4032. By switching imager modes, the VENICE can natively capture in almost any format, including Super35 24.9×18.7mm, 4096 x 3024 resolution (equivalent to 4-perforation motion picture film), Super35 24.9×14.0mm 4096 x 2160 resolution (equivalent to 3-perforation motion picture film), as well as full 18mm-height Super35 Anamorphic and spherical, and full-frame 24mm-height Anamorphic and spherical. Multiple aspect ratios are supported in both full-frame or Super35 modes. The higher speed sensor readout also reduces the rolling shutter jello effect found in many other CMOS sensors.

With the Sony VENICE CineAlta Full Frame 6K, additional features can be enabled through licenses that expand the camera’s capabilities including 4K anamorphic and full-frame.

VENICE Imager Modes

* Firmware update required

Required software licenceImager modeResolutionW x H (mm)Supported project FPSSelect FPS
3.8K 16:93840 x 216022.8 x 12.823, 25, 29, 50, 591-60
4K 17:94096 x 216024.3 x 12.823, 24, 25, 29, 50, 591-60
Anamorphic lense4K 4:34096 x 302424.3 x 18.323, 24, 25, 291-48
Anamorphic lense4K 6:54096 x 343224.3 x 20.423, 24, 25, 291-30
Full frame license5.7K 16:9*5670 x 319033.7 x 18.923, 25, 291-30*
Full frame license6K 17:96048 x 319035.9 x 18.923, 24, 25, 291-30
Full frame license6K 1.85:16048 x 327035.9 x 19.423, 24, 25, 291-30
Full frame license6K 2.39:1*6048 x 253435.9 x 15.023, 24, 25, 291-30*
Full frame license6K 3:26048 x 403235.9 x 24.023, 24, 251-25

Exposure latitude

The VENICE has 15+ stops of latitude, with low noise for greater performance in delivering high quality images in varying lighting conditions as well as excelling at High Dynamic Range imaging.

Dual Base ISO

A base ISO of 500 provides the optimal dynamic range for typical cinematography applications with on-set lighting. A secondary High Base ISO of 2500 excels in low-light High Dynamic Range capture, with an exposure latitude from 6 stops over to 9 stops under 18% Middle Gray, for a total of 15 stops. The VENICE’s High Base ISO 2500 is ideal when using slow lenses or shooting in low-light environments. Combining ISO2500 with VENICE’s internal eight-step Optical ND filter system offers the ability to emulate different ISO’s while maintaining maximum latitude of +6 and -9 stops, enabling you to use VENICE as a native ISO1250 camera.

Colour Space

VENICE can exceed Rec. 2020 colour space. This means the colour 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.

Engineered to Survive

VENICE’s chassis is engineered to be amazingly robust and has been rigorously tested in the harshest conditions. Its ventilation system is completely isolated from all electronic components to prevent ingress of dust, sand and splash. The silent-running fan can be cleaned or even swapped out on set quickly and easily.

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.

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.

World’s first 8-step 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.

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