Panavision introduced the new Millennium DXL2 8K camera at the BSC Expo 2018. The manufacturer said the large-format camera is designed from filmmakers’ perspectives and incorporates Panavision’s optics and camera architecture for seamless integration with the RED MONSTRO 8K VV sensor, and Light Iron color2 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 went into the DXL2’s many advances.
“The Millennium DXL2 8K camera system was conceived with the goal of maximum creative control from the moment of capture through delivery and display,” said Michael Cioni, senior VP of Innovation at Panavision and Light Iron. “Panavision’s vast inventory of advanced large-format and anamorphic optics combined with RED’s MONSTRO imager expands what’s possible, allowing filmmakers to create radically inventive and powerfully cinematic images, customized for the needs of the project and the vision of creative teams.”
Since its introduction, the DXL has been used on over 20 feature films, and several television shows, commercials and music videos. Oscar nominee John Schwartzman photographed two features on the DXL and is among those who tested the DXL2, providing input that has guided the design.
Schwartzman says, “When you take an 8K image and super-sample it, it only gets better. It’s absolutely beautiful to look at. For me, the Millennium DXL2 is a no-brainer. It’s something I would use on anything. It does it all. And in fact, I’m currently planning to shoot my next feature with it.”
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 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 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.
“We are proud to provide an ecosystem of tools that gives filmmakers more choices to express their vision,” adds Panavision CEO and President Kim Snyder. “We have been listening to feedback from cinematographers and the results of our collaboration are directly manifested in the DXL2. We remain committed to continuous technological development and are excited to bring this new camera to market.”
The Millennium DXL2 was presented at the Panavision booth alongside a showcase of the company’s large-format and anamorphic optics, as well as the latest products and solutions from Panalux, Light Iron and Panavision Grip and Remote Systems. Also at BSC Expo, Panavision presented “The Beauty of Large Format 8K” seminar, a preliminary introduction to the DXL2, and deep dive into the relationship between resolution and large-format optics. Cioni presented clips that demonstrate the benefits of 8K capture and how ultra-high resolution equates to creative control with smoother imagery.
DXL2 cameras are available now to rent exclusively from Panavision on a worldwide basis.