Sony VENICE Updates: Dual Base ISO and more

Following the success of BSC Expo 2018, Sony has released a statement with new upcoming updates and added features for their Sony VENICE camera. Most importantly, Sony has also announced that the first units of the VENICE will start shipping Mid February.

All new features and updates will be available with the upcoming firmware v2.0 which should be available in August 2018. All updates are subject to change without notice and descriptions do not represent all features being implemented. Below information posted February 2018 and will be updated as necessary.

Sony VENICE

Sony VENICE updates announced so far:

1)  25p in Full Frame recording enabled from firmware v2 update. This is very important for European productions as 25p is the main frame rate for Commercials & TV productions
2) False Colour will be available in V2 instead of V3
3) Partial Camera Remote via wired LAN connection from V2 onwards. This includes the possibility to remotely Start/Stop Record, change ND filter, Shutter, FPS or EI and the Assign Buttons.
4) DUAL BASE ISO from V2: This is a complete new feature which will add a second High ISO value next to the Base ISO of 500. The second ISO is 2500. To add ISO 2500 as 2nd BASE ISO gives customers to switch between these two depending on the shooting scenes.

ISO 500: Ideal for outside and day scenes
ISO 2500: Ideal for night/ dark scenes

With ISO 2500 Sony will have much lower noise as competition and following the feedback from customers as with current ISO 500 in dark scene VENICE was a bit noisier. Also Anamorphic lenses are slower compared to spherical lenses so Sony VENICE users can avoid Noise with this feature as well.

Last but not least, Sony will keep the superb latitude of 15+ stops and customer can shoot with ISO 800 when they wish. Just combine ISO2500 and add internal ND filter.

All details about the new features can be found online:
https://www.sony.co.uk/pro/article/broadcast-products-venice-firmware-roadmap

Although Sony can cannot disclose any details about the Support of higher frame rates with VENICE, they did confirm the following:
The recording of higher frame rates is currently under development and will be implemented at a later date.

Version 2.0 Firmware

Upgrade is due to be available in August 2018.

New Features & Improvements:

● Imager mode
4K 6:5 Anamorphic
6K 1.85:1
6K 17:9
6K 3:2 25p
6K 3:2 In-camera playback
4K 4:3 25p 29p
● Supporting Lens mount

E-mount (lever lock type)

● Recording format
Apple ProRes
● Simul. Rec combination

RAW / X-OCN & Apple ProRes

● Shooting function

Select FPS

Dual Base ISO

● Monitor Out function

Additional preset MLUTs User 3DLUT

● Shooting Assist function

Surround View Dot by Dot Magnification Auto White Balance High-Lo Key

False Colour in Viewfinder

● Hardware

Operator side CLIPS button

● Network

Wired LAN control (partial)

Version 3.0 Firmware

Upgrade is due to be available in early 2019.

New Features & Improvements:

● Imager mode

5.7K 16:9 6K 2.39:1

● Simul. Rec combination

XAVC 4K/QFHD & Apple ProRes Proxy RAW/X-OCN & XAVC 4K/QFHD

● Shooting function

Paint menu (Custom mode) Cache Rec. (AXS, SxS)

● Monitor Out function

12G-SDI (for 4K 50/60p)

● Shooting Assist function

False Color

● Hardware

Remote S700 Protocol 12pin lens remote

● Network function

Wired LAN control (FULL MENU) Wireless LAN control (with CBK-WA02)