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Sony introduces new camera designed for single-camera operators and small crews

Using the colour science of Sony's VENICE cameras, BURANO features an 8.6K full-frame sensor, as well as the ability to shoot at full-frame, Super 35

Sony has unveiled its new BURANO camera, part of the company’s CineAlta lineup, featuring a sensor that matches the colour science of the VENICE 2.

The BURANO has been specifically designed for single-camera operators and small crew and, according to Sony, is the world’s first digital cinema camera with a PL-Mount to feature in-body image stabilisation.

The camera’s compact housing includes a thinner-than-before electronically variable ND filter structure along with the optical image stabilisation mechanism. When removing the PL lens mount, the camera can be used with E-mount lenses. It supports fast hybrid AF and subject recognition AF, even for fast-moving subjects, said Sony.

Using the colour science of the VENICE cameras, 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. It also features a desqueeze function for anamorphic lenses. It can film at frame rates that include up to 8K at 30 frames per second, 6K at 60 frames per second or 4K at 120 frames per second.

BURANO is housed in a rugged magnesium chassis, making it suitable for filming in the most challenging environments, said Sony.

The new camera offers:

  • Built-in optical image stabilisation leveraging a mechanism and control algorithm developed for the Alpha series of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras that can be used with an E- or PL-Mount lens.
  • Variable ND filter for added control and exposure optimisation.
  • FE-mount lens support.
  • Body design improvements based on input from filmmakers, such as all menu buttons positioned on the camera operator’s side.
  • Recording format flexibility, including support for the new XAVC H for 8K, XAVC and X-OCN LT.
  • Support for various log recording modes, including S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3 Cine.

“BURANO is the perfect camera for both scripted and unscripted projects, be they for commercial, wildlife, or documentary productions, creating content that has a true cinematic feel, even when working with streamlined crews,” said Sebastian Leske, head of business development, Cinema, Sony Europe.

“This camera once again pushes back the boundaries of digital cinematography and is a wonderful addition onset alongside our existing digital cinema cameras.”