Sony Unveils VENICE 2 Cinema Camera

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Sony has introduced VENICE 2, the new flagship and latest addition to its lineup of high-end digital cinema cameras.

VENICE 2 builds upon the strength of its predecessor, the original VENICE. 

It includes new features such as a compact design, internal recording, and the option for two different sensors: the newly developed full-frame 8.6K sensor or the original 6K VENICE sensor.

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What's New? 

Paired with a newly-developed 8.6 K full-frame CMOS image sensor, VENICE 2 offers excellent image quality with 16 stops of total latitude to capture beautiful images with excellent color separation and shadow detail. 

The camera also inherits its color science from the original VENICE, which is highly regarded for its natural skin complexions. 

VENICE 2 8K CineAlta camera has a unique dual base ISO of 800/3200, allowing filmmakers to capture incredibly clean, film-like images under a wide range of lighting conditions. 

It supports everything from full-frame, full-frame anamorphic to Super35, all at a minimum 4K resolution, resulting in an outstanding and versatile camera system for cinematographers and productions.

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Interchangeable Sensor

VENICE 2's chassis adds a unique feature to interchange the image sensor block.

The camera can be used with the 8.6K sensor as well as the original 6K sensor block.  The camera body automatically recognizes the change and will start without any firmware exchanges or re-installs, adding more flexibility on-site. 

The original 6K sensor will allow higher frame rates.

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Versatility 

With the 8.6K sensor providing ample oversampling, images shot on VENICE 2 will benefit from less noise and enriched information in a 2K or 4K production.

It also means the camera is well suited for VR, in-camera VFX, and virtual production setups, delivering an immersive experience and realistic images especially in combination with Sony’s high-contrast and large-scale Crystal LED displays.

This cinema camera is truly built for the future of filmmaking. 

Why You Should Upgrade

VENICE 2 was designed with a smaller and more lightweight body than the original VENICE while keeping its intuitive operability.

Despite being 44 mm smaller and approximately 10% lighter, the VENICE 2 chassis allows internal recording of X-OCN and Apple 4K ProRes 4444 and 422 HQ without the AXS-R7 recorder, offering advanced usability in a compact and lightweight body.  

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Other updates to VENICE 2, based on the feedback from current VENICE users to enhance usability, include: 

  • 4K output with LUT applied 
  • Improved 3D LUT processing to improve picture quality  
  • EI changes directly applied to S-Log3 outputs
  • LUT/ASC-CDL control via Ethernet/Wi-Fi  
  • Zoom to Fit (Full-Frame recording with 17:9/16:9 monitoring) operation  
  • Ethernet connector position changed to Camera Assistant side  
  • Lemo 2pin 12V output connector  
  • Internal microphone installed  

Availability

VENICE 2 with the 8.6K image sensor is scheduled to start shipping in February 2022, while VENICE 2 with the 6K image sensor will ship in March 2022.  

In addition, VENICE 2 6K can be used with the existing VENICE Extension System and a next-generation Extension System for VENICE 2. The 8K is planned to be released by early 2023.  

What do you think of the new Sony VENICE 2? Let us know in the comments!      

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