Sony Venice

Sony Venice

Venice is a cinema camera created by and for the cinematographer. It’s equipped with a newly developed full-frame image sensor meeting the needs of the film industry in pushing the boundaries of large format image capture with exceptional picture quality.

  • I-Code: 123456678-K
  • Daily Rate: US$ 2200
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Sony Venice

Quick specifications

  • Full Frame Sensor 24×36 mm
  • Painterly Look
  • 6K Full Frame 6048 x 4032 maximum resolution
  • 4K Super35 window
  • Full Frame, full 6048 photo site width of the sensor
  • Widescreen spherical 2.39:1 or Large Format ‘Scope
  • Super35 full height 2.0x squeeze Anamorphic
  • 8-Step, 8-Stop Internal NDs
  • PL and Ruggedized E-mount
  • Spherical FF & S35
  • Anamorphic FF & S35
  • 15+ Stops of Exposure Latitude
  • Native ISO 500
  • Retains highlights and color detail 6 stops overexposed and 9 stops into the shadows
  • Power: both 12 VDC and 24 VDC
  • Sony Venice

    36 x 24 mm Full-Frame sensor for cinema

    Venice is a high-end, 6K, Full Frame camera with an entirely new Sony designed 24x36mm sensor that has 15 stops of dynamic range and an artistic look. Venice supports every format from Full Frame 3:2 to Super35 4K full 18mm height 4:3, Anamorphic and Spherical, and everything in between.

    Aspect Ratio Agnostic

    VENICE is aspect ratio agnostic. Sony’s new Full Frame sensor can conjure up almost any conceivable aspect ratio permutation within Full Frame and S35: widescreen spherical, widescreen anamorphic (1.3x, 1.5 and 2x squeeze), 2.39:1, 1.85:1, 1.66:1, 1.33:1, 17:9, Univisium, and the list goes on.

    Phenomenal latitude

    VENICE has an exceptional 15+ stops of latitude, with low noise for extraordinary performance in delivering phenomenal images in conditions from searing sunlight to almost no light. VENICE’s real-world performance also excels at High Dynamic Range imaging and allows unprecedented creative freedom in grading.

    Depth of field

    As the sensor size gets larger, depth of field becomes shallower. VENICE’s wide 36 mm full-frame sensor can capture images that have the equivalent of 1-2 stops shallower depth of field compared to Super35 (Firmware update required).

    Anamorphic look

    VENICE’s support for anamorphic lenses combined with its ability to shoot 4:3 aspect ratio at a horizontal resolution of 4K allows the capture of breathtakingly beautiful images with stunning lens flare, bokeh and emotional impact.
    Sony Venice


    Venice is compact and comfortable. Sony answered the wish lists and complaints of cinematographers, crews and rental houses. Controls are where you expect them to be. There are LED panels with menus and buttons on both camera left and right sides—ready for operator, assistant or DIT. Menus are streamlined, logical and intuitive.

    Studio to Steadicam

    Venice will be welcome on almost any production setup: Studio to Steadicam, stabilizers, gimbals, drones, remote heads, and handheld. The modular and open design has an abundance of mounting points to attach on-board monitors, wireless video, audio and focus systems and other accessories.

    World’s first 8-step mechanical ND Filters

    Venice is the world’s first camera of its class with a servo-controlled 8-step mechanical ND filter mechanism built into the camera chassis. It offers a massive ND of 0.3 (1/2 = 1 stop) to ND2.4 (1/256 = 8 stops) range that reduces time lost on set changing external filters. The ND filters also greatly increase Venice’s flexibility when being controlled remotely on drones and cranes, or in an underwater housing.


    Venice supports in-camera XAVC or ProRes recording onto SxS cards. Attach an AXS-R7 recorder with 4 screws and it lets you record visually lossless RAW or X-OCN onto AXS cards.


    With the AXS-R7, you can record 16-bit linear RAW in 4K. This ultimate 16-bit linear RAW format preserves all the information captured in 4K, with 16 times more tonal values than 12-bit RAW


    Full 4K and 6K* resolution, with extraordinary colour reproduction, nicely suits Sony’s third-generation colour development, S-Gamut 3. In particular, 16-bit scene linear tonal gradation retains the camera’s full dynamic range, with far greater capacity for visual expression than 10-bit or 12-bit digital formats.

    16-bit X-OCN offers significant file size reduction, which make working with full resolution content from VENICE’s 6K sensor far more practical in terms of file transfer times and storage requirements.

    *Firmware update required.


    XAVC is the highest-performing implementation of H.264/AVC intra-frame coding. It supports 4K with superb efficiency and beautiful 10-bit pictures. Naturally, VENICE supports XAVC Class480, which is the highest bitrate and quality available.

    Apple ProRes

    Apple ProRes* including ProRes 422 proxy formats are popular in postproduction, and are supported by VENICE. This means there’s no need for transcoding; you can simply handle these formats directly from the camera.

    *Firmware update required.

    Dual recording

    VENICE can record two streams simultaneously onto two separate media cards. For example: RAW or X-OCN on the AXS-R7 as a digital negative and XAVC or ProRes onto internal SxS cards for editing. VENICE will also, with a firmware update, record RAW or X-OCN on the AXS-R7 and XAVC 4K internally at the same time. When not using the AXS-R7, VENICE can record both XAVC 4K and ProRes simultaneously. If you’re using one SxS card, it would be ProRes 422 Proxy.

    Production to Post

    With 15 stops of latitude and a wide color gamut, VENICE follows familiar Sony workflows of the F65 and F55. VENICE can work in the same color space as the F65 and F55 and Rec. 2020. Your images will flow seamlessly from camera to cart, dailies to grading, and ultimately to theaters, screens, tablets and displays.

    Sony's VENICE Camera Simulator