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Full Frame F65 replacement in 2018?

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http://www.newsshooter.com/2017/06/03/sony-to-launch-a-full-frame-36x24mm-sensor-cinealta-camera-next-year/

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...the new camera or cameras will feature an aspect ratio-agnostic sensor that is capable of full frame, Super35 4K 4-perf 4:3 Anamorphic and 4K spherical 3-perf 17:9 capture. Having a ratio-agnostic sensor in camera makes a lot of sense as it gives you a lot of creative control depending on what you happen to be shooting...

Could give the Alexa 65 some competition, especially if it has F65-level color and sensor sampling, and would be even more amazing if it's the first cinema-level camera to include DPAF-level AF.

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This has been known for a while now. They are developing it with input from cinematographers and post houses. It's going to take advantage of Sony X-OCN compressed raw format in order to bring file sizes under control. One of the Achilles' heels of the F65 was the fact that the file sizes were massive. And with 8K, it's even more important to provide efficient compression.When data rates go into the terabytes/hr range, data management becomes feasible for only the really big productions.

Word on the street is that it will be compatible with Sony's R7 raw recorder, which indicates that the camera will share the F5/F55 form factor and that's a big step forward. Those are well-sized and shaped cameras. The F65 was an ungainly beast.

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@BrooklynDan yeah it makes sense. The F65 wasn't very popular (very low cost used now), probably due to it being a massive camera along with massive 16-bit raw files. It's been rumored for a while, back in 2015 to be based on the A7R2's sensor technology: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?339380-Sony-8K-CineAlta-rumor. Hopefully it will use the same tricks the F65 used to get true-ish 4K, and if outputting 8K, has at least 8K*1.5 = 12K photosites (to minimize aliasing). Sony's a clever engineering company- they could certainly bring industry-leading AF to market at the high-end if they wanted to (and force ARRI to develop a similar solution :)).

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1 hour ago, tupp said:

It's been rumored since at least 2015, what are they waiting for, Netflix 4K approval? ;) 

Seriously, hopefully they'll add some serious competition for AF on cinema level cameras (Canon has DPAF on the C700). The F65 had (has) alias-free 4K and color that can compete with ARRI, add FF and AF and it will be very competitive (especially with an E-mount option).

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