Sony Venice 6K camera features an all-new Full-Frame sensor with the classic 36 x 24mm dimensions that have been a staple of photography for over 100 years. Designed exclusively for high-end cinematography, this sensor can capture images up to a maximum resolution of 6048 x 4032.
Switchable imager modes mean VENICE can support an unprecedented number of cinematic aspect ratios for complete creative freedom:
Full width 36 mm 6K
In full-frame, you can use the full 6048 pixel width of the sensor for 6K imager modes such as 3:2, 2.39:1*, 1.85:1, 17:9 and 16.9*. Equivalent to 4-perforation motion picture film, these 6K modes allow for extra shallow depth of field, super-wide shooting and other creative effects.
Super35 anamorphic 4K
For super wide screen productions, VENICE offers two full height 2x squeeze anamorphic imager modes that include 6:5 and 4:3 recording modes for 12:5 (known as 2.39:1) and 8:3 (2.66:1) scenes respectively.
Explore how VENICE can meet your production requirements with the firmware and licensing requirements in the aspect ratio chart:
Sony Venice 6K camera: Fast shutter
VENICE’s high speed readout sensor minimises the jello effect typical in CMOS sensors.
Sony VENICE has an exceptional 15+ stops of latitude, with low noise for extraordinary performance in delivering phenomenal images in conditions from searing sunlight to almost no light. VENICE’s real-world performance also excels at High Dynamic Range imaging and allows unprecedented creative freedom in grading.
More colours for more expression
VENICE can exceed Rec. 2020 colour space. This means the colour range is wider than DCI-P3 and can beautifully reproduce the true colour of the scene in front of your lens. This also provides the broad palette in the grading suite using the established workflow of Sony’s third-generation LOG gamma encoding (S-Log3), and ultra-wide colour space.
Sony Venice 6K camera: Dual Base ISO
Sony Venice 6K camera has a base ISO of 500 to provide the optimal dynamic range for typical cinematography applications with on-set lighting. A secondary High Base ISO of 2500 excels in low-light High Dynamic Range capture, with an exposure latitude from 6 stops over to 9 stops under 18% Middle Gray, for a total of 15 stops. High Base ISO 2500 is ideal whenever you’re using slow lenses or shooting dimly lit environments. Combining ISO2500 with VENICE’s internal eight-step Optical ND filter system offers the ability to emulate different ISO’s while maintaining maximum latitude of +6 and -9 stops, enabling you to use VENICE as an ISO1250 camera.
PL lens mount
Sony Venice 6K camera comes with the industry-standard PL lens mount. It is compatible with all Super35 and full-frame PL lenses, spherical and anamorphic. The lens mount includes contacts that support Cooke/i Technology. Lens information is recorded as metadata frame by frame.
Lever lock type E-mount*
Choose from the growing eco-system of E-mount lenses and, via third party adaptors, the world of SLR and rangefinder lenses. Lever lock operation provides added security with large lenses and in most cases lens support rigs don’t need to be removed when changing lens. Switching from PL Mount to E-mount is can be done by simply removing six hex screws while E-mount lens iris operation is controllable via assignable button.
VENICE’s support for 2x squeeze anamorphic lenses, combined with its ability to shoot 4:3 and 6:5 aspect ratios at a horizontal resolution of 4K, allows the capture of breathtakingly beautiful images with stunning lens flare, bokeh and emotional impact for both 2.4:1 and 2.66:1 widescreen cinema releases.
Sony Venice 6K camera: 6K high resolution*
The stunning full 6K resolution of the camera can be recorded directly in X-OCN (16 bit eXtended tonal range Original Camera Negative) file format. Also, XAVC 4K can be captured onto SxS cards while still sampling from the full 6K resolution of the sensor.
*Firmware update required.
The Select FPS function lets you choose frame rates from 1 frame per second to as high as 60 fps, depending on imager mode. Firmware Version 2.0 supports Select FPS for all the available imager modes, while Version 3.0 enables Select FPS for the two additional imager modes noted in the firmware timeline.
Engineered to survive
VENICE’s chassis is engineered to be amazingly robust and has been rigorously tested in the harshest conditions. 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.
Sony Venice 6K camera has a fully modular design and even the sensor block is interchangeable. So, as sensor technology advances in far future, you have the opportunity to upgrade without investing in a new camera. In order to maintain ergonomic balance for operators, the top handle and viewfinder are easily adjustable. As the height of the camera from the bottom to the optical center of the lens mount is the same as the F55, base plates and other accessories used for the F55 can be used with VENICE. The AXS-R7 recorder can be attached to VENICE with just four screws.
World’s first 8-step mechanical ND Filters*
VENICE is the world’s first camera of its class 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 ND2.4 (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.
*Based on Sony market research.
Intuitive on-set operation
VENICE has a surprisingly compact design which allows easier shooting in confined spaces or on drones. Control buttons are carefully positioned for intuitive operation and even illuminate for easy use on dark sets. There are control displays on both sides of the camera, with the main display positioned on the camera outside for fast access to settings by the camera assistant while shooting. The camera operator’s OLED mini display allows intuitive control of commonly accessed features, on-set monitoring operation benefits from an extra HD output alongside the standard 12G-SDI (capable of 4K content on a single BNC cable).
The control interface is an all-new design based on extensive researches with camera operators.
Sony Venice 6K camera: General
|Power Requirements||DC12V (11～17.0V)|
|Operating Temperature||0 ～ 40℃|
|Mass||Approx. 3.9kg (8lb 10oz) (without lens, handle, VF attachment expansion bottom plate and accessories)|
|Dimensions||133 x 159 x 172 mm (without protrusion)|
|Imaging Device||Full-Frame CMOS|
|Imaging Device Pixel Count||24.7M (total), 24.4M (effective)|
|Imaging Device Size||36.2×24.1mm. 43.5mm (diagonal).|
|Built-In ND Filters||Clear, 0.3(1/2), 0.6(1/4), 0.9(1/8), 1.2(1/16), 1.5(1/32), 1.8(1/64), 2.1(1/128), 2.4(1/256)|
|Lens Mount||PL Mount|
E-mount (lever lock type, without supplied PL lens mount adaptor)
|Select FPS*||Imager mode:|
3.8K 16:9, 4K 17.9: 1-60FPS
4K 4:3: 1-48FPS
4K 6:5, 5.7K 16:9, 6K 17:9, 6K 1.85:1, 6K 2.39:1: 1-30FPS
6K 3:2: 1-24FPS
|White Balance||2000~15000Kelvin and Green/Magenta adjust, AWB*|
|Recording Format (Video)||XAVC 4K Class480: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p|
XAVC 4K Class300: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
XAVC QFHD Class480: 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p
XAVC QFHD Class300: 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
MPEG HD422(1920×1080): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50i, 59.94i
HD ProRes 422HQ*: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p, 50i, 60i
HD ProRes 422*: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p, 50i, 59.94i
HD ProRes 422 Proxy*: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p, 50i, 59.94i
|Recording Format (RAW/X-OCN) *required AXS-R7||RAW SQ:|
4K 17:9 (4096 x 2160): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
3.8K 16:9 (3840 x 2160): 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
6K 3:2(6048 x 4032)*: 23.98p, 24p,
6K 2.39:1 (6048 x 2530)*: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
6K 1.85:1 (6048 x 3270)*: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
6K 17:9 (6048 x 3190)*: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
5.7K 16:9 (5672 x 3190)*: 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p
4K 6:5(4096×3432)*:23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
4K 4:3(4096×3024) :23.98p, 24p, 25p*, 29.97p*
4K 17:9 (4096 x 2160): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
3.8K 16:9 (3840 x 2160): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
|Recording Format (Audio)||LPCM 4ch , 24-bit 48-kHz|
|DC Input||XLR-type 4pin (male)|
|Battery DC Input||Square-shaped 5pin connector|
|DC Output||12V: Hirose 4pin x1|
24V: Fischer 3pin x2
|SDI Output||BNC×4, (12G, 3G, 1.5G-SDI)|
|HD MONI Output||BNCx1 (1.5G-SDI)|
|HDMI Output||Type A ×1|
|Audio Input||XLR-type 5pin (female) x1 (LINE/ AES/EBU / MIC / MIC+48V selectable)|
|Timecode Input||BNC x1|
|Genlock Input||BNC x1|
|AUX||LEMO 5pin (female) x1 (Timecode Output)|
|Lens Mount Hot Shoe||4pin x2, conforming to Cooke /i Intelligent Electronic Lens System|
|Network*||RJ-45 type x1, 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX|
|USB*||USB host, type-A x1|
|Headphone Output||Stereo mini jack x1|
|Media type||ExpressCard/34 slot×2|
SD card slot ×1