Panavision Unveils Its First 8K Digital Cinematography Camera

Panavision 8K DXL camera -H 2016
Courtesy of Panavision

Panavision on Wednesday unveiled its first 8K “DXL” digital cinematography camera at the American Society of Cinematographers clubhouse, just prior to the start of Cine Gear Expo, which opens Friday on the Paramount backlot.

With it, Panavision joins the trend toward offering higher resolution digital cinematography cameras, including ARRI's Alexa 65, which is a 6K camera; Red's 8K Dragon sensor-based camera; and Sony's F65, which uses an 8K sensor.

Expected to be available for rent in early 2017, the Panavision camera supports up to 8K resolution (8192 x 4320 pixels), which is 16 times the resolution of HD, and it uses a 16-bit, 35.5 Megapixel large-format CMOS sensor.

According to Panavision, its DXL camera has 15 stops of dynamic range and supports frame rates of up to 75 frames per second in 8K. The 10-lb. camera records to solid-state drives.

It also uses what Panavision calls “Light Iron Color,” from Panavision-owned Light Iron. Further details were not immediately available.

There are currently no systems in place to display 8K on TV or in cinemas in the U.S., so when used, cinematographers shoot for the higher resolutions and the final content is distributed for today's formats.