The Sony Cinealta

The Sony Cinealta

The Sony Cinealta HD series is known for having many features that are available on 35 mm motion picture cameras.


Sony’s Cinealta brand are products that focus on the content creation, production and exhibition in the digital workflow. The brand now also includes cameras, camcorders, recorders, projectors and cinema servers. The cameras record onto HDCAM tapes, XDCAM Professional Discs, SRMemory and SxS memory flash cards. The cameras can shoot at various frame rates and the resolution is up to 4k. Although, tech rumor has it that a new 8k camera will be released by Sony Cinealta in 2016.

According to Sony’s website, every camera in the Cinealta series can shoot Rec. 709 HD and quality workflow beyond HD using S-Log 2 or RAW recording. The cameras are also compatible with a wide range of third party tools and solutions – with more than 30 vendors supporting the XAVC™ recording system and another 30 plus supporting the SRFile system.

Sony Cinealta users are finding that the workflows are easy. They can easily play back Sony SRFile, XAVC and RAW files using a PC and a free Sony software. Workflows are also smooth, fast and efficient using compression codes, recording media and card readers developed by Sony.

Here are some major motion pictures that used the Sony Cinealta:

  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Russian Ark
  • Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
  • Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
  • Sin City
  • Rachel Getting Married
  • Mirror, Mirror
  • The Smurfs 2
  • Lucy
  • Tomorrowland

When the F65 from the Sony Cinealta series first came out, a full package cost around $100,000. Today, it can set you back around $35,000. You don’t have to make that big dent in your budget though. The Sony Cinealta cameras are available for rent at Aim Image.

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