Sony has announced plans for its next-generation CineAlta digital motion picture camera system. Of note is that the newly designed sensor will mark Sony’s first foray in excess of Super35. This means that full frame lenses will be required in order to take full advantage of the sensor’s larger coverage area. Although this has long been a standard sensor size in still cameras, Full Frame Cinema lenses have here to fore been scarce in the marketplace. Predicting this trend of growing sensor sizes several companies, (including DCS sponsors ARRI, Zeiss, Cooke, Leica, Sigma, Schneider Optics, and Tokina), have started to offer full frame cinema primes and a very few zoom lenses. However, it should be noted that vast majority of legacy cinema lenses in the field today will not cover this larger sensor size.
No word as to delivery yet, but key features are said to included:
- Full Frame 36x24mm sensor exclusively designed for this Digital Motion Picture Camera
- Aspect ratio-agnostic – including Full Frame, Super35 4K 4-perf 4:3 Anamorphic and 4K spherical 3-perf 17:9
- Maintains the workflow established with Sony’s 16bit RAW/X-OCN and XAVC
- Compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories for CineAlta cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and AR1 card reader, AXS and SxS memory cards).