Sony Burano brings 8K cine camera in a portable package for a princely $25,000

Sony Burano
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Sony has today announced a new model in the company's lineup of professional cinema cameras in the CineAlta range, the Sony Burano. This new camera comes in a compact package and sits neatly between the company's flagship camcorder, the Sony FX9, and the top-of-the-range cinema camera, the $59,000 Sony Venice 2.

Above: launch video for the Sony Burano

Unveiled in time for IBC 2023, the Sony Burano offers a small-style form factor that packs a serious punch, offering a massive 8.6K CMOS sensor, that not only matches the top-of-the-line Sony Venice 2 8K's exceptional imagery, but it also incorporates Sony's renowned autofocus technology, which is a massive boost for solo filmmakers when facing fast-paced environments with challenging focus. The sensor also offers both full-frame and Super35 modes.

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The Sony Burano is equipped with the same rugged and reliable PL- and E-mount system as the Venice series, enabling you to select your glass from a huge selection of lenses.

The PL mount is also compatible with all Super35 and full-frame PL lenses in both spherical and anamorphic versions, which gives filmmakers added flexibility. It also supports Cooke/i technology for frame-by-frame metadata and ZEISS eXtended Data. The E-mount will also support metadata when using Sony E-mount lenses.

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A unique offering to the Burano is its in-camera image stabilization for both Sony E- and Arri PL-mount lenses, which is a first in any digital cine-style capture. This new PL-mount feature provides a 3-axis pitch, yaw, and roll stabilization with high, low, and off options. 

E-mount lenses benefit from the 5-axis pitch, yaw, roll, x, and y stabilization with active, standard, and off settings - which is an interesting take on a pro-grade cine camera, giving the arguably lesser lens system more stabilization and options - least these lenses are cheaper than the PL alternatives!

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Intuitive user features include a detachable viewfinder and LCD screen combo that functions as a 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 who are looking for that perfect - B-cam to mirror with their Venice 2.

This package costs a massive $25,000 / £25,790 so is out of reach for most cinematographers - even though it is under half the cost of the Sony Venice 2. But for those wanting an additional setup to their Sony Venice or who are looking for a pro-grade setup that can adapt to various jobs and projects it's not a bad price to pay for a portable 8.6K package.

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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.