Sony introduces its latest cinema camera, Burano

Sony Burano

Burano is the newest addition to CineAlta family of high-end digital cinema cameras, and combines cinematic images and mobility for small crews and / or single camera operators

As a part of CineAlta lineup, Sony has announced the new Burano camera which features a sensor that matches the color science of the VENICE 2 and is designed for single-camera operators and small crews.  Burano is a digital cinema camera with a PL-Mount to feature in-body image stabilization and combines image quality with high mobility.

In addition, the compact housing includes both a thinner-than-before electronically variable ND filter structure alongside the optical image stabilization 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, perfect for fast-moving photography. 

Main Features: 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[ii] of latitude to produce images even in the most challenging lighting conditions. It has the ability to shoot at full-frame, Super 35, and inherits a desqueeze function for anamorphic lenses  with up to 8K at 30 frames per second, 6K at 60 frames per second or 4K at 120 frames per second.  

Built In Optical Image Stabilization

The new digital cinema camera comes with PL-mount to support in-body image stabilization and a new developed image stabilization mechanism as well as control algorithm that leverages the advanced image stabilization 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 optimization.

Also, 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.

E-mount lenses for an increased choice

More than 70 E-mount lenses can use the image stabilization 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.

Recording Formats for added workflow flexibility

The Burano camera can record from HD to 8K depending on the resolution, aspect ratio, and codec. It 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. X-OCN LT can reduce file transfer time and storage size load.

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-Gamut.Cine, which are color spaces that cover a color gamut exceeding BT.2020 and DCI-P3. The camera can reproduce the same color as all cameras in Sony’s Cinema Line, including the VENICE 2. The camera also features gen-lock. Also, it comes with four new cinematic looks[iv]: Warm, Cool, Vintage, Teal and Orange, in addition to supporting industry standard s709 and 709 (800%) Look Up Tables (LUTs).

Availability

The BURANO, CFexpress Type B memory cards, CEB-G1920T (1920 GB)/ CEB-G960T (960 GB) and new GP-VR100 Grip remote control (sold separately) will be available in early 2024. For a first look at the Burano camera, please visit the Sony stand at IBC 2023 from September 15th to 18th, 2023, in Amsterdam.

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