Full-frame digital cinema camera with internal X-OCN recording and choice of 8K and 6K sensors.
VENICE 2 is a cinema camera created by and for the cinematographer. The camera comes with one of two full-frame image sensors, each offering exceptional picture quality. Thanks to new internal recording capabilities, users can capture even more colors and detail within the compact body they already know.
VENICE 2 offers a choice between 8K and 6K sensors, both of which boast incredibly wide latitude and gamut. Filmmakers have greater freedom of expression in grading than ever before, with either 16 or 15+ stops of latitude and exquisite color rendition.
Operators need to know their camera is reliable and usable, especially during demanding shoots. VENICE 2 features simple menu navigation and connectors arranged to make life easier on set. With a durable, compact build, the camera is fast to set up for handheld or mounted shooting, so you can focus on filming, not the camera.
VENICE 2 features one of two 36 x 24‑mm full-frame image sensors, designed speciﬁcally for the demands and performance of high-end cinematography. Each offers remarkable sensitivity, latitude and color rendition, and because the sensor blocks are interchangeable, users can easily switch between sensors—without any extra firmware—and can even use the sensor from their original VENICE. The new 8K sensor can capture images up to a maximum resolution of 8640 x 5760, while the established 6K sensor offers up to 6048 x 4032. Both offer powerful oversampling for incredible 4K images.
In full-frame, you can use the full width of the sensors (6048 or 8640 pixels) for widescreen spherical 2.39:1 or Large Format Scope. Full-Frame can be used creatively in a number of ways—for example, to allow for extra shallow depth of ﬁeld or super-wide shooting.
For anamorphic shooting and production, a variety of de-squeeze formats are supported, enabling an even greater creative choice of lenses.
These popular imager sizes have native support in VENICE 2, and the 8K sensor makes it possible to capture 5.8K footage in these modes. Current Super35 mm PL mount lenses can be used as well.
|Software License||Imager mode||Resolution||W x H (mm)||Project Frame Rate||Select FPS|
|License not Required*||5.4K 16:9||5434 x 3056||22.6 x 12.7||23, 24, 25, 29, 50, 59||1**–60, 66, 72, 75, 88, 90|
|License not Required*||5.8K 17:9||5434 x 3056||24.1 x 12.7||23, 24, 25, 29, 47, 50, 59||1**–60, 66, 72, 75, 88, 90|
|License not Required*||5.5K 2.39:1||5480 x 2296||22.8 x 9.55||23, 24, 25, 29, 47, 50, 59||1–60, 66, 72, 75, 88, 90, 96, 100, 110, 120|
|AnamorphicLicense||5.8K 6:5||5792 x 4854||24.1 x 20.2||23, 24, 25, 29, 47||1**–48|
|AnamorphicLicense||5.8K 4:3||5792 x 4276||24.1 x 17.8||23, 24, 25, 29, 47, 50, 59||1-60|
|Full-FrameLicense*||7.6K 16:9||7680 x 4320||32.0 x 18.0||23, 24, 25, 29, 50, 59||1**–60|
|Full-FrameLicense*||8.1K 16:9||8100 x 4556||33.8 x 19.0||23, 24, 25, 29||1-48|
|Full-FrameLicense*||8.2K 17:9||8192 x 4320||34.1 x 18.0||23, 24, 25, 29, 47, 50, 59||1**–60|
|Full-FrameLicense*||8.2K 2.39:1||8192 x 3432||34.1 x 14.3||23, 24, 25, 29, 47, 50, 59||1–60, 66, 72|
|Full-FrameLicense*||8.6K 17:9||8640 x 4556||35.9 x 19.0||23, 24, 25, 29, 47||1-48|
|Full-FrameLicense*||8.6K 3:2||8640 x 5760||35.9 x 24.0||23, 24, 25, 29||1**–30|
*The Anamorphic license is required to enable ratio setting, other than Off (1.0x), for the de-squeeze function.
** In high base ISO 3200, 1-7FPS is no available. The selectable FPS value varies depending on the recording format and type of AXS memory card.
VENICE 2’s 8K sensor has an exceptional 16 stops of latitude, while the 6K sensor boasts 15+ stops of latitude. This means that both imagers can deliver phenomenal images with very little noise, in conditions that range from searing sunlight to almost no light. VENICE 2 also excels at High Dynamic Range imaging, allowing for unprecedented creative freedom in grading.
VENICE 2 can exceed the BT.2020 color space, with a color range wider than DCI-P3. This means it can beautifully reproduce the true color of the scene in front of your lens. The camera also provides a broad palette in the grading suite, using the established workﬂow of Sony’s S-Log3 and Ultra-wide Color space, S-Gamut3. Plus, VENICE 2’s 6K and 8K sensors match colors almost perfectly, making your grading experience even better.
VENICE 2 can shoot at speeds of up to 120fps at 4K and 90fps at 6K, when using the 6K sensor. In combination with an anamorphic license, it also allows shooting at speeds of up to 75fps at 4K 4:3 and 72fps at 4K 6:5. With the 8K sensor, VENICE 2 can achieve up to 72fps at 8.2K and 120fps at 5.5K.
Jello effect is something we don’t need when filming. VENICE 2 has high-speed readout sensors, which minimizes the Jello effect that is typical with CMOS sensors.
The CBK-3620XS VENICE Extension System 2 allows for new levels of shooting flexibility with no compromise to image quality. Developed alongside VENICE 2, it offers wider bandwidth to support the VENICE 2’s 8K sensor, over twice as much cable distance (up to 12 m) without a repeater box, additional control buttons and a built-in gyro sensor.
The Extension System consists of a front panel cover and an image sensor block case with a choice of 3-m and 12-m extension cables. The new Extension System is fully compatible with VENICE 2 using the 8K or 6K sensors with the latest firmware. It is also compatible with the original VENICE using the latest firmware, including a gyro sensor and four assignable buttons.
Up to 8K recording, 16-bit colors and a very fast sensor readout speed 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. In addition, Version 2 firmware enhances support for third-party LED display via Genlock phase shifting and the ability to display the locked frequency in the sub-display.
VENICE 2 allows you to easily remove and replace the image sensor, swapping between the 8.6K and original 6K image sensor as required. This also means a 6K sensor can be swapped between VENICE and original VENICE 2.
Sony is committed to extending the capability of VENICE 2 with powerful system upgrades based on ongoing discussions with filmmakers.
VENICE 2 features dual base ISO, meaning that the 8K sensor offers Base ISO3200 in addition to Base ISO800, while the 6K sensor has Base ISO500 and Base ISO2500. High Base ISO3200 excels in low-light High Dynamic Range capture, with an exposure latitude from 6 stops over to 10 stops under 18% Middle Gray, for a total of 16 stops. High Base ISO 2500 offers an exposure latitude from 6 stops over to 9 stops under 18% Middle Gray, for a total of 15+ stops.
New for VENICE 2, cinematographers and colorists can unlock the incredible creative possibilities of 16-bit X-OCN recording, without an external recorder. Users can enjoy the full dynamic range and color reproduction of the image sensor, capturing in 4K ProRes 4444 and 422 HQ. With such a compact design, and no external recorder, set-up is faster, simpler, and easier, particularly for gimbals, Steadicams, and drones.
VENICE 2’s support for anamorphic lenses allows for the capture of breathtakingly beautiful images. When combined with the ability to shoot 4:3 and 6:5 aspect ratio at high horizontal resolutions, this can give users stunning lens flare, bokeh, and emotional impact. The 8K sensor can shoot 5.8K with an aspect ratio of 6:5, while the 6K sensor can shoot both 6:5 and 4:3 at 4K.
VENICE 2 comes with the industry-standard PL lens mount and is compatible with all Super35 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. We have also added support for ZEISS eXtended Data.
E-mount offers unsurpassed compatibility with Sony lenses. 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.
VENICE 2 follows the world-first of VENICE, with a servo-controlled 8-step Mechanical ND filter mechanism built into the camera chassis. It offers a massive ND of 0.3 (1/2 = 1 stop) to 2.4 (1/256 = 8 stops) range that reduces time lost on set changing external filters. The ND filters also greatly increase VENICE’s flexibility when being controlled remotely on drones and cranes, or in an underwater housing.
VENICE 2’s chassis is engineered to be amazingly robust and has been rigorously tested in the harshest conditions, and the main frame structure enables the design of the body to be more durable. Its ventilation system is completely isolated from all electronic components to prevent ingress of dust, sand, and splash. The silent-running fan can be cleaned or even swapped out on set quickly and easily.
VENICE 2 has control displays on both sides of the camera, with the same layout as VENICE. A 3-inch LCD display provides the camera assistant with fast access to settings during shooting, while on the other side, the camera operator’s OLED mini display provides easy control of commonly accessed features, such as ND filter, shutter, FPS, White Balance, and Exposure Index.
Based on user feedback, the menu interface has been upgraded for even easier on-set operation. Many of VENICE 2’s connectors have also changed location and type, such as the Lemo 12V out and the Ethernet connector moving to the camera assistant’s side.
Sony’s VENICE 2 Camera Simulator is an interactive training tool that represents the CineAlta camera’s menu-driven user interface.
Full-frame 3:2 recording used to mean that users could not see their image without black bars on the sides of their monitors. Our Zoom to Fit function allows VENICE 2 to record in Full-frame 3:2 and deliver a 17:9/16:9 monitor output simultaneously so directors, cinematographers and crew are able to utilize the full display area of their on-set monitor.
Version 2 firmware extends the Zoom to Fit function to shooting with anamorphic lenses and it is also possible to output the same image as the viewfinder to the Monitor out when viewfinder is selected as Monitor Out Source.
VENICE 2 offers complete production flexibility. The camera supports internal recording of X-OCN or 4K ProRes recording onto AXS memory cards, removing the need to attach additional recording hardware.
Full 4K, 6K or 8K resolution, with extraordinary color reproduction, nicely suits Sony’s third-generation color development, S-Gamut 3. In particular, 16-bit scene linear tonal gradation retains the camera’s full dynamic range, with far greater capacity for visual expression than 10-bit or 12-bit digital formats.
16-bit X-OCN offers significant file size reduction, which makes working with full-resolution content from VENICE 2’s 8.6K or 6K sensor far more practical in terms of file transfer times and storage requirements.
Apple ProRes, including ProRes 4444 and Apple 4K ProRes 422 HQ, are popular in post-production, and VENICE 2 supports Apple ProRes 4K. This means there’s no need for transcoding; you can simply handle these 4K ProRes formats directly from the camera.
VENICE 2 V2.0 firmware supports embedded LUT and CDL data within MXF clip files. These are recorded in the same folder as a separate clip to simplify post-production workflow.
Also, for those who want to see on-set images that are closer to the final look of their project, VENICE 2 can apply 4K or HD LUTs to its monitor output. HD output also benefits from improved LUT processing, with richer images and color gradation.
The Picture Shop Look Collection for VENICE allows anyone to add the artistry and experience of world-leading colorists to their VENICE productions. Free downloads of LUT (Look Up Table) files can be used for on-set monitoring, as well as be applied in post-production. Also included are .ART files, Sony’s new proprietary file format, which offers enhanced performance compared to 3D LUTs.
The RAW Viewer are free software downloads for color grading and transcoding capabilities that work in close alignment with third-party color grading applications and also with non-linear editing systems.
*Support for 8K will be available in February 2022.
VENICE 2 supports control from an RM/RCP panel that can be used with broadcast camcorders and system cameras. When connected, ITU-R Rec. 2020 color space and HLG are selectable and adjustment of various paint parameters is supported.
Using WiFi or an Ethernet connection, LUTs, CDLs and ART files can all be imported directly onto cameras, so there’s no need to physically upload them using SD cards. CDLs can then be controlled and adjusted via a web interface and embedded in clip metadata.