For the first time in cinematography history, Panavision is making its ground breaking entry into creating the world’s most technologically advanced camera. Yes, Panavision 8K RAW DXL Cinema.
What To Know About The Panavision Millennium 8k DXL Camera
This camera is not just a high-end large format cinema camera, it’s also a collaboration effort of Panavision, Light Iron, and RED coming together to create the world’s most technologically advanced camera. This is indeed a ground breaking effort that will take video creative works to the next level. The DLX Cinema has a built-in motorized lens control for their Primo 70 lenses without external motors to 6 independent SDI video outputs. There are so much work that was put into creating this exciting machine.
Photo Credit: Panavision
In the same category with the 8k DXL camera is the recently announced Arri Alexa 65 which is another top-end large sensor digital camera. but the 8k DXL camera is fully supported by RED’s workflow, and is even capable of shooting 4K proxy files in ProRes or DNx flavours at the same time and its proxy mode alone performs better than several other existing professional cameras. and for more emphasis, The Panavision DXL shoots 8K .r3d RAW which makes it the world’s most technologically advanced camera at the moment.
Also worthy to note that the Panavision DXL camera is a rather light as it weight 10lbs. and due to the large size, its processing power and the gigantic sensor will give cause for a lot of heat generation. But it was design such that its airflow system will ensures sufficient cooling for the camera which will make the camera a bit heat resistant. You can edit the 4K file in any edit suite, but the 8K RAW file is encrypted, so they may well limit the ability to open that file to their system. You must also know that there’s a built-in WiFi Ambient ACN time code transmitter receiver so there is probability that no one will be recording audio direct into the camera but there is a way to link it up.
The DXL launch event in Hollywood. Photo courtesy Bill Bennett.
The Camera Specifications
Sensor Type – 16-bit, 35.5 Megapixel CMOS
Resolution – 8192 x 4320
Sensor Size – Large Format: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (Diagonal: 46.31mm)
Dynamic Range – 15 stops
Max Frame Rate- 60 fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)
Recording Codec –8K RAW with simultaneous 4K proxy (ProRes or DNx)
Recording Media- SSD (up to 1 hour on a single magazine)
File Type- .r3d (supported in RED SDK)
Color Profile- Light Iron Color (compatible with all popular gamuts and transfer curves)
Weight- 10 lbs.
6 independent video outputs
Supports 6 independent 1D LUTs or up to 4 independent 3D LUTs
Directly motorize Primo 70 lenses through wireless control
Built in wirelesss timecode for genlock (Ambient Control Network)
Dual menus (Operator side, Assistant side)
Advanced airflow system for superior temperature management
Custom cheeseplate with integrated electronics
Modular and tooless quick changeover accessories
This Camera is not available for sale any time soon. It is only available for rentage for now just like the Arri 65. But if you are ready for this next big thing, wait until the first quarter of 2017 at a price that is yet to be announced.