Sony have announced that they are working on a 36x24mm Full Frame sensor for a Cine Alta camera to be launched in 2018.  From their press release today:

“Sony Electronics is announcing plans for its next-generation CineAlta digital motion picture camera system. This latest addition to the CineAlta family is being developed through careful research and close collaboration with creative professionals including Directors, Cinematographers and Digital Imaging Technicians. Through the implementation of features demanded by the industry, Sony is demonstrating its commitment to innovation and the creative freedom needed for feature filmmaking and production.”

These are the key highlights:

  • 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
  • New image sensor enabling exceptional picture quality
  • 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).

A lot of these specifications look like this could be the sort of motion picture camera to replace the F65.  However, the compatibility with hardware designed for the F5/55 form factor (like the R7 RAW recorder) points towards something that looks more like an F55.  Whatever this turns out to be… it sounds like it might be expensive!

So now we’re left wondering if full frame sensors are going to be where we all start heading… just a few years from now?



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