Panavision DXL 8K Camera Unveiled at ASC Clubhouse

Panavision DXL 8K Camera

Panavision DXL 8K Camera

Panavision presented a sneak preview of their new large-format DXL 8K camera at the ASC Clubhouse this afternoon.

Members were offered not only specs and insight from the entire team behind the camera — including Panavision CEO Kim Snyder, Light Iron CEO Michael Cioni and Panavision VP of optical engineering Dan Sasaki — but an opportunity to meet the DXL up close and review projected 4K footage.

Panavision CEO Kim Snyder (far left) led the discussion following the presentation.

Panavision CEO Kim Snyder (far left) led the discussion following the presentation.

At its heart, the modular camera utilizes an 8K RED sensor, selected and licensed by Panavision to be used in the DXL after a lengthy test and research process.

Specs include:

• 16-bit, 35.5 Megapixel CMOS

• 8192 x 4320 Resolution

• 15 stops of dynamic range

• Large Format: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (Diagonal: 46.31mm)

• Recording 8K RAW with a simultaneous 4K proxy (ProRes or DNx)

• Built-in wireless lens controls

• Recording media: SSD (up to one hour on a single magazine)

• Color Profile: Light Iron Color

• Weight: 10 lbs. (without battery or lens)

• Variable Frame Rates: Up to 60 fps at full-frame 8K 8192 x 4320)

Daryn Okada, ASC examines a Panavision DXL at the ASC Clubhouse.

ASC members Daryn Okada (at eyepiece) and James L. Carter examine a Panavision DXL at the ASC Clubhouse.

The DXL will be available for rental in early 2017, with extensive field testing preceding the complete rollout.

Panavision will have the DXL on display at Cine Gear Expo, June 2-5 in Los Angeles, where they will also screen footage shot with the camera.