The first shipments of Sony’s flagship digital cinema camera, the VENICE 2 have now been received by rental houses and select dealers. Keslow Camera, Otto Nemenz, and Panavision have already received and sent cameras out to major productions.
The VENICE 2 builds upon the strength of the original VENICE and it features a new 8.6K full-frame image sensor with a claimed dynamic range of 16 stops. The camera also comes in a smaller, more lightweight body with the ability to capture X-OCN and 4K Apple ProRes 4444 and 422 HQ internally.
The original VENICE was arguably Sony’s most successful high-end digital cinema camera and the VENICE 2 looks to be a solid upgrade.
The VENICE 2 has already been used on productions by Claudio Miranda ASC, Newton Thomas Sigel ASC, Tommy Maddox-Upshaw ASC and Rachel Morrison ASC.
Above you can see some test reels that were released by Sony.
2023 V2 Firmware
Sony will also enable the following features in early 2023 when V2 is released.
Additional imager modes
- 8.6K 17:9 up to 48 FPS
- 8.2K 2.39:1 up to 72FPS
- 8.1K 16:9 up to 48FPS
- 5.8K 4:3 up to 60FPS
- 5.5K 2.39:1 up to 120FPS
In addition, a next-generation Extension System for VENICE 2 8K is also planned to be released in early 2023.
VENICE 2’s demo reel can be viewed HERE.