Panavision is at the BSC Expo 2018 showing its new Millennium DXL2 8K camera. The large-format camera is the heart of a complete imaging ecosystem designed from filmmakers’ perspectives, seamlessly incorporating Panavision’s unmatched optics and camera architecture, the Red Monstro 8K VV sensor and Light Iron color science (LiColor2). The DXL2 builds on the success of the Millennium DXL and benefits from Panavision’s partnership with cinematographers, whose real-world experience and input are manifested in the DXL2’s new offerings.
The Red Monstro 8K VV sensor in the DXL2 offers 16-plus stops of dynamic range with improvements in image quality and shadow detail, a native ISO setting of 1600 and ProRes 4K up to 60 fps. Images are presented on the camera in log format using Light Iron color science. An integrated PX-Pro color spectrum filter custom-made for the DXL offers a significant increase in color separation and dramatically higher color precision to the image. Built-in Preston MDR, 24v power and expanded direct-to-edit features are also standard equipment on the DXL2. An anamorphic flare attachment (AFA) offers a convenient, controllable method of introducing flare with spherical lenses.
New to the DXL2, LiColor2 streamlines the 8K pipeline, smoothly handling the workflow and offering convenient and quick access to high-quality RAW images, accommodating direct-to-edit without delays.
Since its introduction, the DXL has been used on over 20 feature films, and countless television shows, commercials and music videos. Oscar-nominee John Schwartzman, ASC, photographed two features on the DXL and is among those who have tested the DXL2, providing input that has guided the design. He’s currently planning to shoot his next feature with it.
DXL2 cameras are available to rent exclusively from Panavision.