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Sony has made a few last minute changes to the VENICE just before the camera starts to ship. New capabilities include a “Dual Base ISO” mode. Along with the previously announced native ISO of 500, Sony has added an additional 2500 ISO base as well. VENICE will also benefit from the unique addition of a built-in 8-step optical ND filter servo mechanism.
Sony recently announced that version 1.0 features in VENICE will include support for Full-Frame 24x36mm recording. With the addition of the “Dual Base ISO” mode users will be able to take advantage of Sony’s unique sensor for better low light performance. Just how the “Dual Base ISO” works has not been made available so far from Sony. Whether it works in a similar way to the Varicam LT, Varicam 35 and EVA1 is unclear.
Another feature that will be unique to VENICE, is its built-in 8-step optical ND filter servo mechanism. This can emulate different ISO operating points when in High Base ISO 2500 and also maintains the extremely low levels of noise characteristics of the VENICE sensor.
Sony also claims that the VENICE features new colour science designed to deliver a soft tonal film look, with shadows and mid-tones having a natural response and the highlights preserving the dynamic range.
Additional upcoming features and capabilities planned to be available later this year as free firmware upgrades in version 2.0 include:
- 25p in 6K Full-Frame Mode will be added in Version 2
- “False Colour” has been moved from Version 3 to Version 2
The VENICE was criticised in some circles for only offering relatively low frame rates. The camera is only capable of capturing up to 60fps even in the 3.8K 16:9 mode. According to Sony, they are working to implement and make available higher frame rates at a later date.
The VENICE CineAlta motion picture camera system will be available in February 2018. VENICE version 2.0 firmware upgrades will be available in summer 2018. Optional licenses are required for Full Frame and anamorphic shooting.
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