Getting to know your camera before a shoot is without a doubt a critical part of pre-production. Most of us owner/ops own our own camera gear that we use on most jobs, which we have embraced for all its quirks and limitations, however for those who are Camera assisting for a living or working as prep techs in rental houses, getting to know a brand new camera system before it’s even released is not an easy task.
Luckily, Sony and ARRI have release online menu simulators to get you started. Announced at BSC Expo 2018 in London, the ARRI Alexa LF features a 4K+ version of slightly larger than Full-frame 35mm ALEXA sensor maintaining the ALEXA family’s optimal pixel size for highest overall image quality resulting in a 4448 x 3096 image in the LF Open Gate mode, which uses the full sensor.
In the camera’s 2nd sensor mode called LF 16:9 mode, cinematographers can use S35mm lenses in addition to full-frame lenses for maximum lens choice flexibility while still meeting 4K deliverable standards, and the 3rd mode – LF 2.39:1 combines a cinematic widescreen image with high frame rates up to 150 fps super-slow motion.
The ALEXA LF has a native 800 ISO sensitivity in all modes as well as reduced noise, providing the perfect canvas for modern, subtle lighting techniques.
The ALEXA LF Camera Simulator is an interactive learning tool to get an in-depth look at the user interface of ARRI’s Large Format Camera System. The UI shows a simulation of a real ALEXA LF camera with some limitations (e.g. recording not possible).
The Sony VENICE is the latest top-dog CineAlta camera that supports 6K full-frame recording (at launch) and also features an interchange-able sensor block, and an E-mount underneath the PL mount.
Sony Venice on set of launch promo film
Sony VENICE 6K FF Highlights
New Full-Frame 36 x 24mm CMOS Sensor
15+ stops Dynamic Range
Interchange-able Sensor Block – for future sensor upgrades (user serviceable)