Sony To Ship VENICE Camera with Full Frame Capability Unlocked

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Sony is giving filmmakers who have ordered their new CineAlta VENICE 6K Cinema Camera an early Christmas present … the news that thanks to extensive conversations and suggestions in early beta testing, full frame image capture will be activated and available from day one.

“Sony’s development of the VENICE motion picture camera platform represents our commitment to the film industry in furthering image capture in the key areas of dynamic range, colour 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 Claus Pfeifer, Head of Technical Sales, Broadcast & Cinematography, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “This announcement reflects our strong relationship with filmmakers around the world and enables them to create Emotion in Every Frame.”

(Image sensor map) Capable of shooting above ultra high definition at 6K resolution, the VENICE captures a 16 bit color in Sony’s X-OCN Raw image format.  Other specs include:

  • Full Frame 36x24mm sensor
  • 15 stops of dynamic range
  • 10bit XAVC, with 16bit X-OCN RAW external
  • 24volt power
  • Lemo plug for accessories
  • 4096×2160 to 60fps
  • 4096×3432 Anamorphic available by license

The VENICE was originally planned to ship with Super35 as it’s main mode limited to only shooting 4K. But this left about 30-40% of the VENICE 36x24mm Full-Frame Sensor unused. Sony had always planned to gradually activate the entire real estate of the sensor with 6K in both 2.39:1 and 2x squeeze Anamorphic 17:9 and 16:9 modes as part of a scheduled series firmware updates culminating in full frame image capture by August of next year.

Maybe it was the result of development that was well ahead of schedule, combined with filmmaker feedback as Sony stated that prompted the early release of Full Frame capability motivated Sony to act, or maybe it was the fact that in the past, impatient filmmakers have risked their warranties to hack their cameras to make the wider spectrums available. That’s the rebel in me, I admit, but in today’s hacker obsessed culture, that is nearly always a possibility.

Meanwhile, there are other features scheduled in the pipeline:

Version 2.0 Firmware – Upgrade is free of charge and available in August 2018.

  • Imager mode
  • Supporting Lens mount
  • E-mount (lever lock type)
  • Recording format
  • Apple ProRes
  • Simul. Rec combination
  • RAW
  • Shooting function
  • Select FPS
  • Monitor Out function
  • Additional preset MLUTs
  • User 3DLUT
  • Shooting Assist function
  • Surround View
  • Dot by Dot Magnification
  • Auto White Balance
  • High-Lo Key
  • Hardware
  • Operator side CLIPS button

Version 3.0 Firmware – Upgrade is free of charge and available in early 2019.

  • Imager mode
  • Simul. Rec combination
  • XAVC 4K/QFHD & Apple ProRes Proxy
  • Shooting function
  • Paint menu (Custom mode)S
  • Cache Rec. (AXS, SxS)
  • Monitor Out function
  • 12G-SDI (for 4K 50/60p)
  • Shooting Assist function
  • False Color
  • Hardware
  • Remote S700 Protocol
  • 12pin lens remote
  • Network function
  • Wired LAN control
  • Wireless LAN control (with CBK-WA02)

Not word yet, however, on whether Sony will make full frame available under an additional license purchase or will merely ship it for free. But what we do know is that when VENICE ships in February, Full Frame will be an available mode, along with Super35, 6048 x 3190 (17:9), 6048 x 3270 (1.85:1), 6048 x 2534 (2.39:1), and all the way up to 6048 x 4032 (3:2). And that’s a good thing.

The CineAlta VENICE sells for $42,000 body only. For more information about the VENICE platform visit

Hat Tip – RSN

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