The hype is continuing to build around the imminent announcement of Sony’s new full frame CineAlta digital motion picture camera. The camera will be unveiled at events in Los Angeles and London on 6 September.
Sony’s new camera will have a 36x24mm aspect ratio-agnostic sensor that is capable of full frame, Super35, 4K 4-perf 4:3 Anamorphic and 4K spherical three-perf 17:9 capture. Having a ratio-agnostic sensor in camera makes a lot of sense as it gives you a lot of creative control depending on what you happen to be shooting.
The new CineAlta camera will not be a replacement for the F5/55 or the F65, but it will share Sony’s existing 16-bit RAW/X-OCN and XAVC codecs. The camera will also be compatible with current hardware accessories like the DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and AR1 card reader, AXS and SxS memory cards.
Sony are also promising that the new sensor is going to offer more dynamic range and better colour science than any previous sensor. According to Sony the 36x24mm sensor size is set to become the defacto motion picture standard and more and more manufacturers are making full frame lenses for this very reason.
You can listen to the Sony press conference from CineGear talking about the new full frame sensor camera above.
If you are expecting Sony’s new camera to be affordable, you’d better think again. This will be aimed at high end cinema productions and episodic TV. If I was to guess the price, I would say it will probably fall somewhere between the F55 and F65. We’ll be at the launch event to bring you more information as we have it.