The Panavision Millenium 8K DXL is a new large format digital camera, produced from the collaboration of Panavision, RED and Light Iron, which can go head-to-head with other high-end cameras, such as the Alexa 65. Receiving the expertise harnessed by the three companies, it comes with stunning features and practicalities of motion picture cameras.
Design & Features of the 8K DXL
This high-end cinematography camera is designed with an enormous sensor having 8K capabilities and 15 stops of dynamic range, integrated with the new T-series lenses, which according to the vice president of optical engineering, Dan Sasaki, offer the only 4K anamorphic in the motion picture industry. It also comes with a built-in WiFi Ambient ACN time-code transmitter receiver, color management function and a turnkey digital file handling management system. Specifically, the camera uses the RED 16-bit 35.5 megapixel CMOS sensor with a resolution of 8192×4320, a diagonal of 46.31 millimeters and a native ISO of 800 ASA that can be set up to 12,000 ISO.
As for the new range of Panavision Primo 70 lenses that the camera uses, they include internal motors that you can drive with electronic contacts in the lens mount, which powers them all. This means that it does not require anything like an external focus motor. To top this off, you can control them wirelessly as well.
The camera can record 8K RAW, but it can also simultaneously record a 4K file or proxy in Avid DNx or Apple ProRes. It allows 4K file editing in any edit suite, but take note that 8K RAW files will be encrypted, which means that you will be limited to open them to the camera’s system. As for recording, it is done to the SSD drives. The camera can also shoot at 60fps in 8K full frame or at a slightly higher frame rate of 75fps. However, it is not clear yet if it can produce windowed HD for even-higher frame rates.
The 8K DXL provides 6 individual independent video outputs, which means that you can apply 6 separate 1D look up tables (LUTs) to each of the video outputs.
With regards to the design, it seems like Panavision has integrated their practical side of filmmaking into it. It uses dual menus for the operator and the assistant, as well as an advanced airflow system to prevent heating from handling huge amounts of data with a large sensor. Its handles and widgets are attached without any tool, which means that you will not need Allen keys or screwdrivers, and there is a cable-less mount for a monitor on its side. Another nice design feature is the customized quick-release base plate, which is based on the Steadicam quick-release system, so you will be able to quickly move from the tripod head to Steadicam and vice versa.
As for the weight, the 8K DXL only weighs 10 lbs, which is fairly lighter than common studio cameras. Moreover, it uses Light Iron’s color profile, called Light Iron Color, which is compatible with all popular transfer curves and gamuts.
Even with all the technologies that are packed in the 8K DXL, the camera is just lightweight and can work well with mounts, modifications and accessories. As mentioned above, it allows you to move quickly from the tripod head to the Steadicam and vice versa with its quick-release base plate. Also, this camera is designed to allow you to deliver a high level of tool-less and rapid change-over capabilities when attaching and removing accessories to switch from one shooting style to another.
The only drawback that frustrates enthusiasts when it comes to this camera is that it is not available for purchase, but only for rent. During its introduction, it was even implied that one will not be able to buy this cinematography camera, where the chance of getting one of these equipment if you are a beginning filmmaker is very slim.
Most probably, the Panavision 8K DXL is the most prestigious rental camera in the world as of yet, which is created by three of the most prominent companies the world has ever known. Considering all the features and functions that this baby has, it is definitely one of the best cameras you can get your hands on. Now, if you do want to get the chance to use one, you might want to find yourself in the filmmaking industry to be able to rent it. For one who wants to capture great quality videos, this camera is the best option.
16-bit, 35.5 Megapixel CMOS
8192 x 4320
Large Format: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (Diagonal: 46.31mm)
Max Frame Rate
60 fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)
8K RAW with simultaneous 4K proxy (ProRes or DNx)
SSD (up to 1 hour on a single magazine)
.r3d (supported in RED SDK)
Light Iron Color (compatible with all popular gamuts and transfer curves)
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 Communication 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