LOS ANGELES — Sony Electronics (www.sony.com) has introduced the Venice 2, the company’s new flagship model and latest addition to its lineup of high-end digital cinema cameras. The Venice 2 builds upon the strength of the original Venice with new features, including 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. The Venice 2 also inherits popular features from the original Venice camera, including color science, Dual Base ISO and eight stops of built-in ND filters.
Paired with the 8.6K (8640x5760) full-frame CMOS image sensor, the Venice 2 offers high image quality, with 16 stops of total latitude. The Venice 2 8K CineAlta camera has a dual base ISO of 800/3200, which allows filmmakers to capture clean, film-like images under a wide range of lighting conditions. It supports everything from full-frame and full-frame anamorphic to Super35, all at a minimum of 4K resolution.
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.
The new model has a 44mm smaller and 10 percent lighter body than the original Venice, while keeping its intuitive operability. The camera offers internal recording of X-OCN and Apple 4K ProRes 4444 and 422 HQ without the AXS-R7 recorder.
The Venice 2 with 8.6K image sensor is scheduled to start shipping in February, while the 6K image sensor model will be available in March. The 6K model can be used with the existing Venice Extension System. A next-generation Extension System for the 8K model is planned to be released by early 2023.