RED, Panavision and Light Iron Collaborate on the PANAVISION DXL 8K Raw Digital Cinema Camera

In a historic collaboration, RED Digital Cinema, Panavision and post-production masters Light Iron are collaborating on the newly announced Panavision DXL - an 8K camera beast capable of 8K/60p RAW + 4K ProRes proxies!

Panavision DXL side

At the heart of the new Panavision DXL lays an 8K RED-made sensor, while post-production guru's Light Iron have created a custom colour science tailored to this specific sensor ensuring maximum flexibility in post-production. The camera will be capable of recording 8K RAW files simultaneously alongside 4K Prores or DNxHR proxies for faster turnaround.

Obviously this is a very high-end, if not the highest-end camera to date, which is predominantly catering to cinematic productions of the highest budgets, as I am sure this sort of performance will not come cheap. Check out the DXL promo video below for more information on what the DXL can do.

Panavision DXL Specifications and Features

  • Sensor Type: 16-bit, 35.5 Megapixel CMOS
  • Resolution: 8192 x 4320
  • Sensor Size: Large Format - 40.96mm x 21.60mm (Diagonal: 46.31mm)
  • Dynamic Range: 15 stops
  • Max Frame Rate: 60 fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)
  • Recording Codec: 8K RAW with simultaneous 4K proxy (ProRes or DNx)
  • Recording Media: SSD (up to 1 hour on a single magazine)
  • File Type: .r3d (supported in RED SDK)
  • Color Profile: Light Iron Color (compatible with all popular gamuts and transfer curves)
  • Weight: 10 lbs.

Additional Features

  • 6 independent video outputs
  • Supports 6 independent 1D LUTs or up to 4 independent 3D LUTs
  • Directly motorize Primo 70 lenses through wireless control
  • Built in wirelesss timecode for genlock (Ambient Control Network)
  • Dual menus (Operator side, Assistant side)
  • Advanced airflow system for superior temperature management
  • Custom cheeseplate with integrated electronics
  • Modular and tooless quick changeover accessories

The new Panavision DXL camera is compatible with a wide range of Panavision large format lenses, including the Primo 70 series, and will be available for rental only through Panavision in early 2017.