Sony VENICE 2 Announcement

Sony VENICE 2

Emotion in Every Frame


From sony: The history of digital motion picture camera technology started in 1999, when Sony released the first 24p digital motion picture production system. In 2006, we unveiled the world’s first 4K digital cinema projection system, influencing and increasing demand for high-quality digital content in 4K. Then we introduced the F65, F55 and F5 motion picture camera systems, which have been used on many productions and supported by many users from the cinema industry worldwide.

Then, in 2017, Sony introduced a next-generation motion picture camera system, focused on large format production: the VENICE. Working with extensive and detailed input from the film industry, we designed VENICE to give cinematographers more creative freedom. A 6K image sensor offered incredible detail and colors. Dual-base ISO drove remarkable low-light performance. An 8-step internal ND filter mechanism saved precious time on set.

Now, VENICE 2 builds on this success, with new capabilities in a familiar, compact body.

Sony VENICE 2

VENICE 2 Features at a glance

The brand-new VENICE 2 8.6K CMOS sensor features an impressive 16-stop dynamic range, and the camera body features numerous updates including internal recording onto a high-speed AXS card, internal recording formats up to ProRes 4K 4444 and 422 HQ, an interchangeable sensor, and updated usability and body design. The camera promises to be a vast improvement for DPs, camera assistants, colorists, VR, and VFX departments with its high-resolution capture and beautiful, film-like imagery.

  • Supporting 8.6K and 6K image sensor
  • Compact and X-OCN internal Recording
  • 4K ProRes internal Recording
  • An evolved product design based on VENICE
  • Almost the same I/O and screw holes for accessories
  • Lots of updates based on VENICE users’ voices
  • High speed 6.6Gbps AXS card for 8K 60p recording
  • Interchangeable Image sensor
Sony VENICE 2

Trusted Creative Partner

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.

Remarkable Images

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.

Simple and Intuitive

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.

Sony VENICE 2

36x24mm Full-Frame Sensor for Cinema

VENICE 2 features one of two 36x24mm 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.

Full-Frame full width 36 mm 8K and 6K

In full-frame, you can use the full width of the sensors (8640 or 6048 pixels) for widescreen spherical 2.39:1 or Large Format Scope. Full-Frame can be used creatively in several ways – for example, to allow for extra shallow depth of field or super-wide shooting.

Super35 full height 2.0x squeeze Anamorphic

For anamorphic shooting and production, Super35 full height 2x squeeze anamorphic is supported.

Super35 17:9 and 16:9

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 Super35mm PL mount lenses can be used as well.

Surround View (Look Around)

Using the 6K sensor, the camera records only the active area but the viewfinder and on-set monitors can display a 5% margin around it. Surround View supports three imager modes: 3.8K 16:9, 4K 17:9 and 4K 4:3

Sony VENICE 2 Sensor

Phenomenal Latitude

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.

Dual Base ISO

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. 8K sensor 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. 6K sensor offers an exposure latitude from 6 stops over to 9 stops under 18% Middle Gray, for a total of 15+ stops.

More Colors for More Expression

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 8K and 6K sensors match colors almost perfectly, making your grading experience even better.

High Frame Rate

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 60fps at 8.2K and 90fps at 5.8K.

Fast Shutter

Jello effect is something we don’t need when filming. VENICE 2 has high speed readout sensors that minimize the jello effects typical with CMOS sensors.

PL Lens Mount

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.

Lever Lock Type E-mount

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, saves time during a production.


For further infomation on the Sony VENICE 2 contact our sales team on 0208 977 1222 or sales@visuals.co.uk


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