BURANO

Versatile, lightweight, and compact full-frame 8K cinema camera with 16 stops of latitude, image stabilization for PL and E-mount lenses. Easily configurable for solo and team production.

Side view of BURANO cinema camera

A New Era in Cinematography

BURANO is a new concept in cinema cameras. It takes VENICE’s superior image quality and usability but re-imagines it for solo and small team productions. 33% lighter than VENICE 2, more power efficient and supporting CFexpress media – it’s not just our smallest full-frame CineAlta camera, in many ways it’s our most technically advanced. Expect uncompromising image quality wherever you are, whatever the size of your crew.

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Smarter Shooting

BURANO makes shooting the highest quality 8K simpler than you can imagine. The world’s first PL mount compatible camera with a built-in stabilization system*. A ground-breaking combination of our unique electronic variable ND filter system with in-body image stabilization (IBIS) in a full-frame PL and E-mount cinema camera. For the first time in a full-frame CineAlta camera, Fast Hybrid and Subject Recognition AF with AI makes it easier to get the shots you want under the most demanding scenarios. With BURANO, you don’t need a studio or big crew to excel.

* As of September 2023, based on Sony research for cinema cameras with standard equipped PL mount

View a behind-the-scenes article with Thierry Donard >

Shoot The Way You Want

BURANO adapts to be the camera you want to be whatever the shoot. A multi-purpose touchscreen LCD monitor, with a flexible mounting system and versatile, robust handle, allow you to easily configure BURANO for different shooting styles. A lightweight, compact chassis and ergonomic balance make it easy to switch between shoulder-mount, handheld, gimbal or drone operation. BURANO can be configured for large and small projects, solo or with an entire crew. It’s all your choice.

View a behind-the-scenes article with Paolo Sodi >

Full-Frame 8.6K Sensor

BURANO has a large 3.6 x 2.4 cm full-frame image sensor that delivers high-quality images and superb rendition with wide latitude and a rich color gamut. It achieves the beautiful bokeh and dynamic wide-angle shooting that only a full-frame sensor can provide. 8K image quality with a maximum resolution of 8632 x 4856 and, through oversampling, it can output phenomenal looking 4K content.

Front view of BURANO camera showing sensor and PL Mount

Multiple Image Scan Modes

BURANO supports 16:9 and 17:9 readouts in full-frame (8.6K) and Super 3.5 cm (5.8K). Image scan modes include full-frame and Super35 as well as finely optimized down sampled and high-speed modes such as 6K 60p (FF crop), 5.8K 60p (S35), and 4K 120p (S35 crop*) catering to a wide range of production requirements.

* Only 17:9 in Super 35 Cropped (S35c) mode

BURANO Scan Modes Diagram

BURANO Sensor Modes

Imager Scan ModeResolutionW x H (mm)Project Frame RateShooting frame rate
FF 8.6K 16:98632 x 485635.9 x 20.223.98, 25, 29.971-30
FF 8.6K 17:98632 x 455235.9 x 18.923.98, 24, 25, 29.971-30
FFc 6K 16:96052 x 340433.6 x 18.923.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.941-60
FFc 6K 17:96052 x 319233.6 x 17.723.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.941-60
S35 5.8K 16:95760 x 324024.0 x 13.523.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.941-60
S35 5.8K 17:95760 x 303624.0 x 12.623.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.941-60
S35c 4K 17:94096 x 216017.0 x 9.023.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.941-60, 100, 120*

X-OCN LT recording mode.

* For some lenses, there may be an upper limit on the frame rate, depending on the combination with the recording format.

16 Stop Latitude

With a wide latitude of 16 stops*, BURANO captures beautiful, low-noise images under almost any lighting conditions. The camera’s wide dynamic range captures everything from highlights to shadows expertly with superb color rendition, giving operators maximum flexibility in color grading.

* S-Log3 shooting. Sony measurements.

Wide Color Gamut

BURANO features Sony’s signature S-Gamut/S-Gamut.Cine wide color space that, as with the VENICE 2, covers a gamut exceeding BT.2020 and DCI-P3. S-Log3 and X-OCN also dramatically enhances creative flexibility in post-production. As BURANO offers the same color accuracy as VENICE 2, it’s easy to use both cameras together for a seamless and efficient post-production workflow.

Dual Base ISO

Cinematographers worldwide love VENICE 2’s ability to switch the sensor’s sensitivity to capture clean images even in low light conditions. BURANO supports the same Dual Base ISO 800 and 3200 as VENICE 2. This means clear images with low noise whether shooting in brightly lit environments (ISO 800) or in challenging dimly lit scenarios (ISO 3200). With BURANO, it’s possibly to shoot amazing imagery with nothing more than candlelight.

ISO 800 chart
ISO 3200 chart

Internal 16-bit X-OCN LT and XAVC H recording

Despite its compact dimensions, BURANO offers internal recording of X-OCN LT* as well as our new XAVC H and proven industry standard XAVC-I format. X-OCN is Sony’s compressed RAW format that records everything that the 8.6K sensor can capture in a broad latitude 16-bit scene linear file full of rich tonal gradation. X-OCN LT’s high efficiency reduces storage requirements and accelerates file transfer times for 8K content for a post-production workflow that’s comparable to a 4K project.

BURANO also features 10-bit S-Log3 with XAVC H-I HQ recording at 1200 Mbps and XAVC H-I SQ recording at 800 Mbps for 8K30p image quality. This enables even greater data savings and faster post-production workflow.

* Not compatible with X-OCN XT and X-OCN ST recording formats

Camera operator with BURANO camera

New in-camera Looks for Ready-to-Use Footage

BURANO has four new looks – Warm, Cool, Vintage and Teal and Orange – to choose between alongside the established s709 and 709 (800) looks in Cine EI mode. Creatively tuned to suit typical shooting scenarios, they give the operator a choice of distinctive, engaging looks at the touch of a button. Moreover, LUT data from a shoot can be embedded in those clips’ metadata for an efficient color workflow.

s709: Kodak 2383-like natural tones and colors

s709(800): Standard 709 tone curve for accurate color reproduction*

Teal and Orange

A modern, colorful, contrasty reformulation of the classic film look. With a strong separation between cool backgrounds and warm skin tones, it’s an ideal look for productions with a focus on human subjects.

BURANO application image showing Teal and Orange Look

Warm

A soft, gentle look with amber highlights, and flattering for skin.

BURANO application image showing Warm Look

Cool

Evokes the chill of a shadow, and the blue of twilight – ideal for midnight blue or the coolness of a city at dawn.

BURANO application image showing Cool Look

Vintage

Transports the camera’s high-resolution cinema quality into a previous era. The look applies a film-like bleach bypass and faded, pale sepia effect.

BURANO application image showing Vintage Look

These looks are available as free downloads for on-set monitoring and post-production.

17 or 33 point 3D LUT files in CUBE (.cube) format can be imported. LUT files with other lattice sizes can be used after conversion in Catalyst Browse/Prepare.

Download BURANO LUTs now >

Forward Development

Sony is committed to extending the capability of the BURANO based on ongoing discussions with filmmakers.

View firmware roadmap >

Lens Mount Flexibility

PL Lens Mount

BURANO comes with the industry-standard PL lens mount and is compatible with Super 3.5 cm and full-frame PL lenses (spherical and anamorphic). The lens mount includes contacts that support Cooke /i Technology, and lens information is recorded as metadata, frame by frame.

Lever Lock Type E-mount

E-mount lenses can be fitted when the PL mount adapter is removed. E-mount (lever lock type) gives users the ability to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, which means that in most cases lens support rigs don’t need to be removed, saving time during a production. Sony’s ever-increasing range of E-mount lenses, from ultra-wide to ultra-telephoto, are supported by the BURANO’s advanced image stabilization and AF capabilities – ideal for mobile and single-operator projects.

Anamorphic Lens De-Squeeze function

BURANO comes with an anamorphic de-squeeze function as standard. The monitoring menu gives a choice from 1.3x/2.0x, based on the anamorphic lens’ magnification. The result can be seen on the LCD monitor display, and on external monitors at FHD resolution. The camera monitor output supports SDI or HDMI for X-OCN shooting, and HDMI for non-X-OCN content.

Application image showing Anamorphic Lens De-Squeeze function

In-Body Stabilization with PL mount lenses

BURANO is the world’s first cinema camera that supports in-body optical image stabilization (IBIS) for almost any attached lens, including for the first time PL. The new, compact image stabilization system was originally developed for the Alpha series of mirrorless cameras. Featuring a gyroscopic sensor and control algorithm, it compensates for camera shake even for handheld shooting while walking. The stabilization is so effective that it removes the need for any extra equipment for many applications.

Stabilization is even greater with E-mount lenses, allowing more difficult shots to be captured without blurring. Camera shake data can be passed to post production for precise alignment with CGI and in volume stages.

BURANO image stabilization diagram

Diagram showing 5-axis image stabilization for an e-mount lens compensating for pitch, yaw and roll.

Electronic Variable ND Filter

Sony’s unique electronic Variable ND Filter has been redesigned to be both smaller and compatible with the built-in image stabilization mechanism. It can smoothly and continuously change its density from 0.6 (1/4) to 2.1 (1/128). With physical ND filters no longer needed, operators can adjust the electronic filter density by simply rotating the ND dial. Operators can maintain a constant depth of field by adjusting the electronic ND filter and the iris control together. Continuous or stepped changes can be selected with the ND STEP/VARIABLE switch, depending on the application. The [Auto ND] function automatically adjusts the filter density to give correct exposure, effectively allowing the use of the ND filter as an alternative Auto IRIS.

Find out more >

BURANO electronic variable ND diagram

Catch the action with Fast Hybrid AF*

Effortlessly track fast moving subjects with pin-sharp focus, even when using wide lens aperture settings to maintain a shallow depth of field with BURANO’s full-frame sensor. Originally developed by Sony’s Alpha camera engineers, enhanced Fast Hybrid AF combines phase detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. In addition, Face Detection intelligently recognizes and locks on to human faces.

The dedicated 627-point phase detection AF sensor covers approximately 88.7% of the whole image area, allowing consistently accurate, responsive AF tracking, even with shallow depth-of-field.

BURANO application image showing Fast Hybrid AF

AI Subject Recognition AF with touch*

Our onboard AI processing unit recognizes not only eye position but also accurately senses human torso and head positions. Subject Recognition AF automatically draws a frame around people’s faces when they are detected. Human pose estimation technology recognizes body and head position, so you can even track a subject facing away from the camera or wearing a mask.

Touch a person to focus on, and the camera will track that person precisely. Even in challenging situations like a bowed head or when hair is covering a face, the camera accurately captures the eyes, so that operators can focus accurately even in the most difficult circumstances.

* Over 70 E-mount lenses can use BURANO’s advanced Hybrid AF and AI Subject Recognition AF features

BURANO application image showing AI Subject Recognition AF touch operation

Virtual Production made simple

Up to 8K recording and 16-bit colors allow cinematographers to focus on the art of shooting virtual sets rather than technical compromises. The flawless sync with advanced Crystal LED controllers is unique in the industry.

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Dual CFexpress Type B Slots

Sony’s new CFexpress card VPG400* allows for reliable capture at exceptional high data rates, including X-OCN LT recording in full 8K.

BURANO’s dual media slots allow relay and simultaneous recording**, while versatile CFexpress Type B media are convenient for backing up and transferring data in the field. An additional SD card slot is for storing Proxy and camera setting information.

* Non-VPG CFexpress Type B memory cards are not guaranteed for normal operation.

** XAVC-only

Find out more >

BURANO dual CFexpress slots and SD card slot

Smaller, Lighter, Stronger

At 6.39 lb including the PL adapter, BURANO is approximately 33% lighter than Sony’s top-of-the-line VENICE 2 digital cinema camera – a significant advantage when shooting hand-held or shoulder mounted, as well as when using with gimbal, drone, cranes and jibs.

All the button and key layouts have been carefully considered to suit the new compact size and solo or team operation. The main cinematography controls are on the Operator Switch Side and can be illuminated for use in dark environments. The camera has tally lights in three positions, so operators can check status from four different directions. There’s also an optional audio beep for recording start and stop.

Despite its compact size, BURANO is engineered to Sony’s highest standards of reliability with a housing constructed of sturdy magnesium alloy and aluminum for shooting in the harshest environments. Recording for hours on end is no problem with a highly efficient cooling system, which is completely isolated from the image sensor and other dust sensitive components.

BURANO chassis diagrams showing robust construction and cooling fan operation

Exceptional ergonomics

Intuitive Menu Control with Touch

BURANO’s LCD Monitor has a quick access control menu for commonly accessed features. With a single touch, you can press to change key settings including:

  • Codec, Imager Scan mode, Picture Size and frequency
  • Base ISO/Sensitivity
  • Shooting Mode
  • Audio Levels
BURANO camera with intuitive touch control Monitor LCD

Versatile Monitor

BURANO features a 3.5 type LCD monitor that can be freely adjusted to suit the shooting style. A viewfinder loupe can be attached, autofocus is operated by touching the screen, and the display can also be mounted in a wide variety of ways to adapt to the project style.

BURANO camera with Monitor LCD

Smart Grip Flexibility

Popular with operators around the world, the FS7/FX9 telescoping arm with grip control transformed shooting on the go and now with GP-VR100* we’ve made it even better for BURANO. The arm’s length is easily adjustable at the turn of a knob, while a quick-release lever adjusts the angle. Once perfectly adjusted for shooting from your shoulder or waist, Sony’s Grip Remote Control puts all the important controls at your fingertips with Zoom, Start/Stop and a range of Assign controls, including a dial you can use to adjust Iris. So, you can operate BURANO without taking your hand off the grip.

* Optional accessory

BURANO camera and GP-VR100 Remote Control Grip

Camera Menu Simulator

Sony’s BURANO Camera Simulator is an interactive training tool that represents the CineAlta camera’s menu-driven user interface.

View the BURANO Camera Menu Simulator >

Advanced Cloud Services*

As you’d expect, BURANO supports all our latest generation online services.

Monitor and Control App

Wireless share of live images on smartphones and tablets with control over key functions:

  • False color, waveform, histogram functions for accurate exposure control
  • Focus control from the mobile device
  • Setting of picture profile, scene file, and LUTs

Find out more >

M and C logo

Creators’ App for enterprise

File transfer is easy from the camera to our C3 Portal cloud service.

  • File transfer from the camera to C3 Portal cloud via a USB tethered smartphone
  • 3D LUT file import from C3 Portal cloud
  • Setting file (All file) management on C3 Portal cloud

Find out more >

Creators App for enterprise logo

* Availability of both services will vary depending on the region in which you live. Please contact your local Sony representative for more information

Specifications

General
Camera type
Digital motion picture camera
Lens mount
PL Mount (detachable)/E-mount (lever lock type)
Camera Section
Type
35 mm full frame (35.9 x 24.0 mm), Exmor RS CMOS image sensor
Number of pixels (effective)*1
Approx. 41.9 megapixels
Optical low pass filter
Yes
Built-in ND filter
CLEAR, linear variable ND (0.6(1/4) - 2.1(1/128))
Gain control
-3 to 18 dB (every 1 dB)
Latitude
16 stops
Color temperature range
2000 K - 15000 K
Recording system (movie)
Video compression
X-OCN(LT), XAVC H Intra HQ, XAVC H Intra SQ, XAVC H Long, XAVC Intra, XAVC Long
Audio recording format
LPCM 4ch (48 kHz 24 bit)
Movie function
Slow & Quick Motion (S&Q)
Yes
Proxy recording
Yes
TC/UB
Yes
Memory card slot
Memory card slot
SLOT A: Slot for CFexpress Type B card, SLOT B: Slot for CFexpress Type B card, Slot for Utility SD card
Focus System
Type
Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
Focus point
Max. 627 points (phase-detection AF)
Recognition target (Movies)
Human
Other features
AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity
AF Transition Speed
AF Assist
Exposure Control
ISO sensitivity
ISO 800/3200 (Cine EI mode, D55 Light source)
LCD screen
Type
8.8 cm (3.5 type) TFT
Touch panel
Yes
Number of dots (total)
2,764,800 dots
Shutter
Shutter speed
Angle Mode: 5.6°to 360°, 2F to 64F
Speed Mode: 1/8000 sec to 64F
Image Stabilization
Type
Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (Compensation depends on lens specifications)
Mode
PL mount: High / Low / Off
E-mount: Active / Standard / Off
Interface
PC interface
Mass-storage
USB Type-C® Terminal
Yes (SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps (USB 3.2) compatible)
Wireless LAN (built-in)
Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz band/5 GHz band))*2*3
HDMI output
HDMI connector (Type-A)
XLR audio input
Yes (3-pin (female) x2)
Headphone terminal
Yes (3.5 mm Stereo mini jack)
Remote terminal
2.5 mm, 3-pole sub-mini type
SDI output
SDI OUT1: BNC, 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI (Level A/B), HD-SDI
SDI OUT2: BNC, 3G-SDI (Level A/B), HD-SDI
DC input
XLR, 11 V to 17 V
TC input/TC output
BNC, TC IN/OUT Switchable
Genlock input/Ref output
BNC, REF IN/OUT Switchable
Grip remote control connector
3.5 mm, 4-pole mini jack
LAN terminal
Yes (1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T)
Audio
Microphone
Built-in, monaural
Speaker
Built-in, monaural
Lens Compensation
Lens compensation
E-mount: Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Breathing
Power
Battery
Battery pack BP-GL95B (Sold separately)
Power consumption
With LCD screen
Unit nominal power consumption: Approx. 50.0 W (lens, 6K 17:9, 59.94P, X-OCN LT recording, auto fan, excluding grip remote control and peripheral devices)
Unit maximum power consumption: Approx. 66.0 W (lens, 6K 17:9, 59.94P, X-OCN LT recording, 40 °C (104 °F) environment, ND filter (1/4), proxy recording on, Wi-Fi on, auto fan, including grip remote control and peripheral devices)
Weight
Body only
Approx. 2.4 kg (body only, excluding PL-mount adapter)
Body only (oz.)
Approx. 5 lb 4.7 oz (body only, excluding PL-mount adapter)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
145.7 mm x 142.5 mm x 218.1 mm (body without protrusions)
Dimensions (W x H x D) (in)
5 3/4 x 5 5/8 x 8 5/8 inches (body without protrusions)
Operation
Operating temperature
0 - 40 ℃ / 32 - 104 °F
Storage temperature
-20 to 60 ℃ / -4 to 140 °F
Supplied Accessories
Supplied Accessory
Handle (with viewfinder arm) (1)
Handle mounting screws (4)
LCD monitor (1)
Viewfinder loupe (1)
Viewfinder mount adapter (1)
Shim (circular) (1)
Shim (1/3 arc) (15)
E-mount cap (1)
PL mount cap (1)
Notes
*1
Number of effective pixels varies depending on attached lenses and camera settings.
*2
Models sold in some countries/regions support IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) wireless LAN only.
*3
(Configuration method/Access method) WPS or manually /infrastructure mode. When connecting to smartphones, the camera can always work as a base without a wireless access point. (Security: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK/WPA3-SAE)