Sony Unveils Its First Full-Frame Digital Cinematography Camera

The first test footage shot with the new camera was directed by Joseph Kosinski and lensed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda.
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Sony Electronics is debuting its first full-frame digital motion picture camera, which will be the new top-of-the-line model in its CineAlta line.

Dubbed Venice, the camera is being unveiled Wednesday for members of the American Society of Cinematographers and other industry professionals. Sony also is screening the first footage shot with the new camera — a short titled The Dig, which was made in anamorphic, written and directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) and shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi).

Scheduled for availability in February, the large-format camera uses a newly developed 36x24mm full-frame sensor and is compatible with lenses including anamorphic, super 35mm, spherical and full-frame PL mount. The lens mount can also be changed to support E-mount lenses for shooting situations that require smaller, lighter and wider lenses.

“It is our next-generation camera system, a ground-up development initiative,” said Sony marketing manager Peter Crithary of the new camera, whose development was first announced last spring at Cine Gear Expo. “We worked in close collaboration with film industry professionals. We also considered the longer-term strategy by designing a user interchangeable sensor that is as quick and simple to swap as removing four screws, and can accommodate different shooting scenarios as the need arises.”