Sony’s Burano is a new entry-level CineAlta digital cinema camera that uses an 8.6K full-frame sensor matching the colour science of its high-end Venice 2, but is specially designed for single-camera operators and small crews. “We wanted to make a new entry-level cinema camera and I think Burano offers a good balance between weight, size and image quality,” said Tatsuhito Tabuchi, Sony’s Head of Professional Imaging. 

It is the first digital cinema camera with a PL-Mount that includes in-body image stabilisation. It also includes a new thinner-than-before electronically variable ND filter system (from 0.6 to 2.1ND) alongside the stabilisation mechanism, a technical feat never achieved before. The PL lens mount can also be removed so the camera can use E-mount lenses, when it supports fast hybrid AF and subject recognition auto focus.  


Nobutatsu Takahashi, Tatsuhito Tabuchi and Sebastian Leske with the Burano on the Sony stand

“Burano is the perfect camera for both scripted and unscripted projects, be they for commercial, wildlife, or documentary productions, creating content that has a true cinematic feel, even when working with streamlined crews,” said Sebastian Leske, Head of Business Development, Cinema, Sony Europe. 

“It is pushing the cinematic boundaries into new areas of production”, and in testing filmmakers particularly appreciated the auto-focus capabilities with E-mount lenses, said Nobutatsu Takahashi, Sony’s General Manager, Professional Imaging Technology. “It is ideal for documentary production as the focus tracks the iris of the subject.” 

The sensor features dual base ISO of 800 and 3200 with 16 stops of latitude, and includes a de-squeeze function for anamorphic lenses, recording up to 8K at 30fps, 6K at 60fps or 4K at 120fps.  

Burano is 1.4kg lighter than the Venice 2, and 32mm shorter, and has a rugged magnesium chassis. It has three tally lamps, a 3.5in multi-function LCD monitor, two three-pin XLR audio inputs and a headphone terminal. It supports multiple internal recording formats, including the new XAVC H for 8K, XAVC and the X-OCN LT compressed Raw format, to two new CF express Type B memory card slots. 

Stand Number: 13.A10, 13.D201 

Company: Sony