Sony Announces CineAlta BURANO 8K Digital Motion Picture Camera

Published: September 12, 2023

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Sony VENICE has a new baby brother, designed for the high mobility so often required for solo shooting. Sony’s new CineAlta BURANO 8K Digital Cinema Camera ups your cine-style game by offering up to 8.6K capture in a compact, full-frame form. Unique in-camera stabilization for E- and PL-mount lenses, Fast Hybrid Autofocus, and an easily adjustable ND filter enhance single-user capture and seamless image matching makes the BURANO camera ideal for use as your VENICE B or C camera.

Full-Frame 8.6K CMOS Sensor

In addition to matching the VENICE’s exceptional imagery, the BURANO camera’s 8.6K CMOS sensor incorporates Sony’s renowned autofocus technology—a huge boon for single operators when facing fast-paced environments with challenging focus. The sensor also offers full-frame and Super35 modes, enabling you to select from a vast array of lenses to suit a variety of project types.

Autofocus

Available with Sony E-mount lenses, the BURANO camera’s autofocus options include Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF) and Human Eye AF for accurately capturing fast-moving subjects, even when you’re operating alone.

Image Stabilization

One exciting feature unique of the BURANO is its in-camera image stabilization for Sony E- and ARRI PL-mount lenses—a first in digital cine-style capture. This new PL-mount lens feature provides 3-axis pitch, yaw, and roll stabilization with high, low, and off options. E-mount lenses benefit from 5-axis pitch, yaw, roll, x, and y stabilization with active, standard, and off settings.

Built-In, Variable ND Filter

Solo operators can quickly adjust their exposure when faced with changing light levels using the BURANO camera’s integrated, electronically variable 0.6 to 2.1 ND filter dial.

Exceptional Latitude

Thanks to its 8.6K sensor, the BURANO provides a massive 16 stops of dynamic range, producing phenomenal images with very low noise in conditions ranging from almost no light to blazing sunlight. It also offers excellent high dynamic range imaging (HDR) with unprecedented freedom when color grading in post-production.

Dual-Base ISO

Dual-base ISOs of 800 and 3200 enable the BURANO to excel at low-light, HDR capture. Its wide exposure latitude ranges from 6 stops over to 10 stops under 18% middle gray, for a total of 16 stops.

Frame Rates

The versatile BURANO supports multiple resolutions and frame rates, including full-frame 8.6K at 30 fps, full-frame cropped 6K at 60 fps, Super35 5.8K, and Super35 cropped 4K at 120 fps.

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ARRI PL and Sony E-Mount

Sony BURANO is equipped with the same rugged, reliable PL and E lens mount system as the VENICE, enabling you to choose from a huge selection of lenses. The PL mount is compatible with all Super35 and full-frame PL lenses in spherical and anamorphic versions. It also supports Cooke/I technology for frame-by-frame metadata and ZEISS eXtended Data. The E mount supports metadata when using Sony E-mount lenses.

HD to 8K Recording with Multiple Codec Support

Support for resolutions ranging from HD to 8.6K enables the BURANO to obtain the highest-quality images for all your productions. Supported internal recording formats include the new XAVC-H which uses the highly efficient H.265 codec to record 8K files, X-OCN LT for stunning raw images with efficient storage, and both XAVC-I and XAVC-L for UHD 4K and HD.

X-OCN 16-Bit Original Camera Negative

Ideal for the most advanced workflows, X-OCN (extended tonal range Original Camera Negative) codecs combine 16-bit precision with moderate bit rates to produce amazing color reproduction using manageable file sizes. X-OCN is supported for multiple resolutions and frame rates up to 8.6K 16:9 30 fps.

Media Type

Dual media slots on the BURANO let it record to CFexpress Type B cards; it also incorporates an SD card slot for utility functions.

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Interface, Optional Grip

Sony BURANO‘s advanced interface includes 12G/6G/3G-SDI, 3G-SDI, and HDMI outputs, 3-pin XLR audio Inputs, timecode, genlock, and reference input/outputs, a 1000BASE-T LANG terminal, and built-in, dual-band Wi-Fi. The interface also includes a port for linking to the new, separately available GP-VR100 Remote Control Grip.

Viewfinder/LCD

The detachable VF/LCD combo functions as a viewfinder and touchscreen controller for the BURANO. A handy Home button replicates the “big six” (FPS, EI, Shutter, ND, Look, and WB) functions that will be familiar to VENICE users.

Lightweight, Compact Form

With a chassis and body made of a magnesium alloy, the impressively robust BURANO is made to withstand the harshest conditions. Its ventilation system is completely isolated from the electronics, preventing the ingress of dust, sand, and splashes of water. The fan runs silently and can be easily swapped for a new unit.

Accessories

In addition to the new GP-VR100 Remote Control Grip, Sony is also releasing 960GB and 1920GB CFexpress Type B TOUGH Series Memory Cards for use with the BURANO.

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