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  • Writer's pictureAlex Groom

Sony BURANO Unveiled: 8.6K Sensor Tailored for Solo Filmmakers

Sony's CineAlta line of cameras has just welcomed its newest member, the Sony BURANO, joining the ranks of the renowned VENICE and VENICE 2. Packed with cutting-edge features and innovations, the BURANO is the fusion between the FX9 and VENICE 2.

Key Features:

  • 8.6K full-frame sensor

  • Electronic variable ND filter (ND 0.6 to 2.1)

  • Dial Base ISO (800 & 3,200)

  • World's first in-body optical image stabilization for PL lenses

  • Phase detection AF/subject recognition AF with AI processing (with E-mount lens)

  • Internal 16bit X-OCN LT

High Mobility and Compact Design

Designed with solo and small crew shooting in mind, the BURANO boasts exceptional mobility with its compact and lightweight body, weighing in at less than 3 kilograms. This camera is a game-changer for filmmakers on the move, offering the flexibility and freedom for run and gun shoots.

Innovative In-Body Image Stabilization

One of the standout features of the BURANO is its world-first IBIS (In-body optical image stabilization) for PL lenses. This groundbreaking technology ensures that your shots remain steady and sharp, even in dynamic shooting situations. With the option to switch to E-mount lenses, the camera supports Sony's latest AI powered autofocus with subject recognition AF, catering to the needs of fast-paced cinematography. Sony states, "With a newly developed image stabilization mechanism and control algorithm that leverages the advanced image stabilization technology cultivated in the Alpha series of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, unwanted camera shake, such as movement from shooting handheld or walking, can be corrected when shooting with an E-mount or PL-mount lens."

Versatile for Every Filmmaker

The BURANO is a camera built for all types of filmmakers, whether you're working in multi-crew productions or embarking on indie-style shooting. Sony's goal was to create a camera that offers maximum flexibility, catering to solo artists wielding PL mount lenses, those opting for E mount lenses, and even large-scale production environments. Durability is not to be underestimated, crafted with a magnesium alloy body and a sealed ventilation system, the BURANO can withstand the harshest conditions. From rain-soaked shoots to skydiving adventures and desert landscapes.

Efficiency at Your Fingertips

While the camera body lacks a screen interface, Sony has included a responsive touch LCD that can handle all functions, including autofocus adjustments. This design choice enhances the camera's efficiency and user-friendliness.

Record Formats

The Sony BURANO has the ability to shoot at full-frame, Super 35, and a built-in de-squeeze function for anamorphic lenses recording up to 8K at 30 frames per second, 6K at 60 frames per second or 4K at 120 frames per second.

Dedicated Accessories

Sony has also introduced dedicated accessories for the BURANO, such as a grip remote control that simplifies arm angle adjustments and provides full control from the grip. Additionally, the camera supports CFexpress Type B recording media VPG400-certified, ensuring stable writing speeds for 8K and X-OCN LT. Sony will also release new compatible CFexpress Type B memory cards, CEB-G1920T (1920 GB)/ CEB-G960T (960 GB) in early 2024.

Availability and Pricing

The highly anticipated Sony CineAlta BURANO is set to hit the market in spring 2024. While pricing details have yet to be confirmed, it's expected to be in the vicinity of $25,000 USD. The Sony BURANO is poised to revolutionize the world of cinema with its game-changing features, versatility, and durability. Whether you're a solo artist or part of a larger production team, this camera promises to deliver exceptional results and take your filmmaking to new heights. Stay tuned for the spring of 2024 when the Sony BURANO becomes available.


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