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Sony BURANO Revealed: 8.6K Full-Frame Sensor for small crews and solo operators

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Sony has unveiled its new BURANO camera – part of its CineAlta lineup of digital cinema cameras. The new BURANO features a sensor that matches the colour science of the VENICE 2 and is specially designed for single-camera operators and small crews. It’s the world’s first digital cinema camera with a PL-Mount to feature in-body image stabilisation. 

Sony pulled off another neat trick by including for the first time, both a thinner-than-before electronically variable ND filter structure alongside the optical image stabilisation mechanism. When removing the PL lens mount, the camera can be used with E-mount lenses and supports fast hybrid AF and subject recognition AF.

Introduction video to the Sony BURANO.

8.6K Full-Frame Sensor

BURANO features an 8.6K full-frame sensor that shares most of the VENICE 2 specifications enabling it to work alongside that camera in all types of productions. The sensor features dual base ISO of 800 and 3200 and 16 stops of latitude.

Like all cameras in Sony’s full-frame Cinema Line, BURANO will have the ability to shoot at full-frame, Super 35, and also features a desqueeze function for anamorphic lenses. It can film at frame rates including up to 8K at 30 frames per second, 6K at 60 frames per second or 4K at 120 frames per second.

BURANO features a compact and lightweight body for high mobility, approximately 32mm shorter and 1.4kg lighter than the VENICE 2 camera. BURANO is housed in a rugged magnesium chassis, making it suitable for filming in the most challenging environments. The camera and accessory packaging bags materials are made primarily of plant-based cellulose instead of plastic as part of Sony’s efforts to be environmentally conscious. Moreover, a moulded pulp cushion is used on the camera as the cushioning material, thus not using expanded polystyrene.

BURANO IN ACTION

Highly acclaimed and Milli Award-winning cinematographer, Stefan Duscio, ACS, (The Dry, Shantaram, The Invisible Man) created a beautiful cinematic film entitled At the Motel with the BURANO.
Behind the Scenes footage of At the Hotel.

Built In Optical Image Stabilisation

BURANO is the world’s first digital cinema camera with PL-mount to support in-body image stabilisation. With a newly developed image stabilisation mechanism and control algorithm that leverages the advanced image stabilisation technology cultivated in the Alpha™ series of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, unwanted camera shake, such as movement from shooting handheld or walking, can be corrected when shooting with an E-mount or PL-mount lens.

Variable ND Filter for added control and exposure optimisation

BURANO is equipped with an electronic variable ND filter from 0.6 to 2.1, enabling easy adjustments in various lighting conditions. In addition, the electronic variable ND filter allows control of the depth of field with the iris and adjusts to the optimum exposure without changing the depth of field.

FE-mount lenses for an increased choice

More than 70 E-mount lenses can use the excellent image stabilisation function cultivated with Alpha™, as well as Fast Hybrid AF that combines the benefits of phase detection and contrast detection method and are also compatible with high-precision Subject Recognition AF using AI. Using an E-mount lens further reduces the weight and size of the camera.

Updated Body Design for greater ergonomics

BURANO also includes design improvements based on feedback from the filmmaking community. For example, all menu buttons are positioned on the camera operator’s side. Additionally, tally lamps are placed in three locations to make it easier for the surrounding crew to check the shooting status. The 3.5-inch multi-function LCD monitor can be used as a viewfinder, for touch focus, or menu control. The BURANO also comes equipped with an optional robust T-handle, viewfinder arm, two 3-pin XLR audio inputs, and a headphone terminal (stereo minijack), convenient for solo operation.

Recording Formats for added workflow flexibility

The BURANO can record from HD to 8K depending on the resolution, aspect ratio and codec. BURANO supports multiple internal recording formats, such as the new XAVC H™ for 8K, which uses the MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 high compression efficiency codec. Other recording formats include XAVC and X-OCN LT. X-OCN is Sony’s original compressed RAW format that can capture information shot with 16-bit linear data, which gives filmmakers more freedom in post for colour grading. X-OCN LT can reduce file transfer time and storage size load, making post-production workflows more efficient than standard versions of RAW data.

BURANO is also equipped with two new CF express Type B memory card slots and supports VPG400, which can sustain high bitrate writing of video data, including X-OCN LT 8K. Sony will also be releasing in early 2024 new compatible CFexpress Type B memory cards, CEB-G1920T (1920 GB)/ CEB-G960T (960 GB).

Versatile and Efficient Production Ecosystem

BURANO supports various log recording modes including S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine, which are colour spaces that cover a colour gamut exceeding BT.2020 and DCI-P3. BURANO can reproduce the same colour as all cameras in Sony’s Cinema Line, including the VENICE 2. This allows filmmakers to match cameras within the line.

BURANO comes with four new cinematic looks: Warm, Cool, Vintage, Teal and Orange, in addition to supporting industry standard s709 and 709 (800%) Look Up Tables (LUTs).

Furthermore, like the VENICE series amongst others, BURANO can be used for virtual production using large screen LED displays such as Sony’s Crystal LED VERONA. The camera also features gen-lock.

Sony will be releasing separately the GP-VR100 Grip remote control for the BURANO’s main unit, to control the zoom lever and recording start / stop button, particularly useful in solo shooting set ups.

BURANO will support the S700 protocol over ethernet and a 1.5x de-squeeze display function when using anamorphic lens by summer 2024. Further updates based on user feedback and suggestions will be rolled out in the future.

Continuous enhancement of Cinema Line in both hardware and software

Cinema Line is a series of camera products for content creators, which delivers not only the coveted cinematographic look cultivated through extensive experience in digital cinema production, but also the enhanced operability and reliability that meet discerning creators’ various needs. Set to continuously evolve, Cinema Line currently includes the high end CineAlta cameras VENICE, VENICE 2, BURANO, as well as the various FX models and the unique FR7 PTZ camera. From a software perspective, the newly launched mobile app, Monitor & Control, part of the Sony Creators’ Cloud can be used with the FX3, FX30 amongst others. The app, designed with visual creators in mind, enables wireless video monitoring, support for high-precision exposure determination using false colour and waveform monitors, and intuitive focus operation of compatible cameras, on the screen of a smartphone or tablet. BURANO will also be compatible with this app.

The film was written, directed and starred Australian actor Sam Corlett (The Dry, Vikings: Valhalla).

Availability and price

The BURANO and new GP-VR100 Grip Remote Control (sold separately), CFexpress Type B memory cards, CEB-G1920T (1920 GB)/ CEB-G960T (960 GB) will be available in Australia & New Zealand from early 2024.   

BURANO

SRP: A$43,999.00

SRP: $47,999.95 NZD

Grip Remote Control

SRP: $2,599.00 AUD

SRP: $2,899.95 NZD

CFexpress Type B 960GB

SRP: $2,899.00 AUD

SRP: $3,499.95 NZD

CFexpress Type B 1920GB

SRP: $5,399.00 AUD

SRP: $6,499.95 NZD

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Triple Base ISO and More: Canon Throws the C400 into the Cinema Mix

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Canon has just announced the C400. It’s a full-frame 6K cinema camera with RF mount and triple native ISO. The new CMOS sensor is backside-illuminated and it can record up to 6K/60p Cinema RAW Light. And there’s a lot more to brag about but is it enough?

It’s certainly a camera that will keep many shooters in Canon’s wheelhouse and might even tempt Sony users to jump ship. It certainly resembles the much older FX6, and although the Sony model is much cheaper, it’s missing a lot of specs and horsepower the C400 boasts.

EOS C400: A$13,500.00 RRP (A$12,999.00 general price)

SONY FX6: A$8,199.00 (general price)

The C400 works a cinema camera or ENG/live broadcast shooter. Despite its size, it packs a lot of options for TV and/or filmmaking into that tiny body.

THE GAME CHANGER – TRIPLE NATIVE ISO

Shooting documentaries in various lighting conditions can be challenging even with dual native ISO. Sometimes 12800 is too much and that’s where the C400 has you covered with triple ISO levels of 800, 3,200 and 12,800. This is available when shooting in Canon Log. To avoid ‘chasing’ low light settings, Canon also has an automatic switching mode that detects ambient lighting and adjusts the base ISO level to match.

THE SENSOR

At the heart of the EOS C400 is a new 26.7MP 6K full frame backside-illuminated, stacked CMOS sensor (BSI), connected to a DIGIC DV7 processor. Rolling shutter isn’t a real concern with faster readout from the sensor. You’ll also get a sharp image from the 6K oversampling for 4K and plenty of post production flexibility with 16 stops of dynamic range.

Super 35mm and Super 16mm are also options – cropped.

AUTOFOCUS

Canon is bringing its Dual Pixel CMOS AF II to its cinema EOS system with virtually 100% coverage across the sensor. C400 users will be able to select face | eye | body and animal detection and tracking. This is a bonus for solo shooters.

ND FILTER

The C400 has a mechanical ND filter with (2 / 4 / 6 / 8* / 10 stops*) * with extender.

RF MOUNT

The EOS C400 is the first high-end RF mount cinema EOS camera, although the R5C and C70 were also options. The RF lens options include integration with RF prime, zoom, hybrid, cinema and VR lenses. For more flexibility you can use EF-EOS R mount adapters as well as the new PL-RF mount adaptor. A 12-pin lens terminal gives greater control over lens operations.

RECORDING FORMATS

It’s all about RAW, in particular, Cinema RAW Light. Canon’s scalable 12-bit Cinema RAW Light is available in LT/ ST/ HQ. If you don’t need to use RAW then 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC and all-new MP4 based XF-AVC S and XF-HEVC S formats are also options.

The best of the best for PAL regions is: 6K 12bit Cinema RAW light 1780Mbps (50.00P ST).

You can download a full list of codecs and frame rates here.

DESIGN AND CONNECTIONS

The box design makes the C400 pretty flexible. It’s easy to build out for a film set tripod rig or strip it down for use on a gimbal. The camera weighs 1550g, 12% lighter than the EOS C500 Mark II.

The side handle grip is connected via USB-C with mappable buttons. The top handle connects to the multifunction shoe and duplicates it at the top. This is where you’ll find the monitor which you can mount directly to the body if you don’t want the handle attached. The display is a 3.5-inch LCD 2.76 million dots, touch panel.

There’s plenty of I/O in the C400, including built in Wi-Fi, G-LOCK/SYNC/RET terminal, ethernet terminal, SDI output, MON output and multiple input terminals. The G-LOCK/SYNC/RET and Ethernet terminals are located on the camera body. Just like the C70 the C400 has two mini XLR audio inputs.

Pricing and availability

The EOS C400 will be available in Australia this September for a RRP of A$13,500 RRP. But as stated above, you’ll find it available for pre-order at A$12,999.00 or less.

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BURANO Firmware Plans Revealed

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Sony has announced the BURANO is receiving two new firmware updates over the next year. The updates will include additional recording modes and support for live event production.

The firmware updates – BURANO Version 1.1 and Version 2.0, – will include more recording formats, new de-squeeze options and monitoring updates. Features requested from users have also been included.

The BURANO is the latest addition to the CineAlta family of digital cinema cameras.

BURANO Version 1.1 (late June 2024)

BURANO Version 1.1 includes new features for live event production and the addition of 1.5x de-squeeze display for anamorphic lenses.

It adds S700 Protocol over Etherneti which enables remote control of a BURANO using an RCP (remote control panel). Controllable settings include exposure, white balance, paint, and others (depending on the RCP model).

There’s also support for Multi Matrix Area Indication. This feature allows users to adjust targeted colours during Multi Matrix operation.

It will also allow support for Sony’s Monitor & Control appii version 2.0.0 which enables in demand features such as Multi-Camera Monitoring function for iPadOS. This allows feeds for up to four cameras and precise exposure monitoring including waveform, histogram, false colour and zebra.

Other features: Intuitive focus control and frequently used functions’ control – a similar operation to Sony’s CineAlta cameras using a mobile device such as frame rate, ND filter, sensitivity, look, shutter speed and white balance.

Sony’s Monitor & Control app is free and available for iOS and Android devicesiii.

BURANO Version 2.0 (March 2025 or later)

BURANO Version 2.0 user requests like new recording formats, new 1.8x de-squeeze, and monitoring improvements.

It includes a new 3.8K Full Frame crop that uses nearly the entire sensor and can shoot up to 120 fps. Other new recording formats include 24.00 fps to X-OCN 16:9 imager modes and the following below.

Full Frame3.8K 16:9 ModeUp to 120 fps
Super 354.3K 4:3 Mode (for Anamorphic)Up to 60 fps
Super 351.9K 16:9 ModeUp to 240 fps

Version 2.0 will also add 1.8x de-squeeze setting as well as additional high frame rate (S & Q) modes including 66, 72, 75, 88, 90, 96, 110 fps.

You’ll get monitoring improvements like standardised SDI video output for monitoring across X-OCN and XAVC and an improved on-screen display which places camera status information outside of the image. There’s also View Finder Gamma Display Assist while using S-Log3 for monitoring.

Additional exposure tools are coming – (High/Low Key) derived from the flagship VENICE camera system. There’s expanded white balance memory presets from 3 to 8 and support Active/High Image Stabilisation in Full-Frame 6K and Super 35 1.9K 16:9 imager modes.

And there’ll be breathing compensation plus image stabilisation metadata in X-OCN.

For more details head to the BURANO downloads page at Sony.

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Just Beautiful: Canon’s New RF mount Cinema Prime Lenses

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In all the excitement of IBC and the new iPhone launch you may have missed a seriously impressive announcement by Canon. Canon’s first cinema lenses equipped with RF Mount are coming your way early next year. Adding to its existing stock of EF mount CN-E Primes and PL mount Sumire Primes, Canon is offering seven new RF Primes.

Key features of the RF mount Cinema Prime lenses:

  • Genuine RF mount for stable operation without a converter
  • High speed lens communication offering advanced metadata support from the lens to camera
  • Geared rings offer greater control via hand operation and third party follow focus accessories
  • High optical performance and high image quality for 4K, 8K and HDR productions
  • T-stops up to T1.3 with broad focal lengths covering ultra-wide to telephoto
  • Minimal focus breathing
  • 11-blade iris for cinematic bokeh and softly diffused highlights
Watch Len Musmeci of Canon USA explain the RF Prime range.

The RF Prime series covers seven focal lengths, with lenses at 14, 20, 24, 35, 50, 85, and 135 millimetres, and share a common gear positioning and diameter across all seven lenses.

The native RF mount allows for high speed communication between the lens and camera body. They are compatible with the EOS C70 and EOS R5 C RF Cinema cameras. Fully compatible with the transmission protocol of the RF mount, and as with EF mount Prime series lenses, operators can control magnification, chromatic aberration correction, peripheral light correction, and a dual pixel focus guide via camera body operations. The new lenses also feature distortion aberration correction.

These fully manual lenses are suitable for use with 4K and 8K cameras – optimally positioning large-diameter aspherical lens elements and lens elements with anomalous dispersion glass. The use of 11 aperture blades gives a shallow depth of field for subjects, natural round blurring, and soft image expressions.

Due to the unified design across the series, including the gear position of the operation ring, the diameter of the lens and the rotation angle (operation angle), the lens can be exchanged smoothly without the need to adjust the mounting position of the matte box or external follow focus accessories for each model. A new knurled surface near the mount provides a comfortable fit in the user’s hand, allowing the lens to be held securely without gripping the operation ring when attaching and detaching different lenses.

The lens markings are phosphorescent. This ensures easy use when shooting a low light scene. The markings are available in metric or imperial.

Availability

Pricing for the lenses will be set at dealers’ discretion closer to availability in Australia:

ModelAvailable in Australia
CN-R14mm T3.1 L FMarch 2024
CN-R20mm T1.5 L FApril 2024
CN-R24mm T1.5 L FFebruary 2024
CN-R35mm T1.5 L FFebruary 2024
CN-R50mm T1.3 L FFebruary 2024
CN-R85mm T1.3 L FFebruary 2024
CN-R85mm T1.3 L FMay 2024
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