IMAX teases its next-gen film camera: 30% quieter than existing IMAX film camera, and more

IMAX teases its next-gen film camera, designed and built by IMAX: 30% quieter than existing IMAX film cameras, more stable and even more film exposure.

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IMAX has unveiled its next-generation film camera, designed and built in-house by IMAX with the company saying its next-gen film camera is 30% quieter than existing IMAX film cameras.

IMAX next-gen film camera details (source: Stephen Ford on X)

IMAX next-gen film camera details (source: Stephen Ford on X)

The next-gen IMAX film camera is also more stable and has even more film exposure, rocks an all-new multi-layer carbon fiber body and structure, and all-new technology and functionality improvements throughout the camera design. IMAX says that there is a new, brighter Optical Viewfinder in its next-gen film camera, designed by Panavision.

The next-gen IMAX film camera is metadata-capable, embedded data via SDI to on-set playback to allow for visible data overlays for both on-set and editorial use. IMAX includes gigabit ethernet (1GbE) and a newer USB-C interface, with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. There are also live on-set dailies from the new digital viewfinder in the glorious 4K resolution.

The 5-inch 4K-capable full-color LCD display has updated physical buttons for core functionality, with a new full-function remote enabled for increased shooting flexibility. IMAX includes User Profiles for custom screen functionality layouts, and "far more camera controls" and operational status than previously possible.

IMAX teases its next-gen film camera: 30% quieter than existing IMAX film camera, and more 2004IMAX teases its next-gen film camera: 30% quieter than existing IMAX film camera, and more 2005
IMAX next-gen film camera details (Mattgelo93256 on X)

IMAX next-gen film camera details (Mattgelo93256 on X)

I can imagine that Hollywood directors like Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and Denis Villeneuve are all salivating at IMAX's next-gen film camera, as they've all got multiple film experiences working with IMAX cameras. You don't know what you're missing out on if you haven't seen a movie in 70mm IMAX. It might sound like hype, but 70mm IMAX on a gigantic screen -- I saw Interstellar in 70mm IMAX in Melbourne, Australia, which has the biggest screen in the southern hemisphere -- and it was life-changing.

IMAX is an incredible experience, and more and more movies are coming out in IMAX, one of the most recent being the Civil War and, before that, Dune: Part Two. Dune: Part Two had so much IMAX demand that the company saw people choosing late-night 3:15 AM sessions just to see the movie in IMAX.

Now that there are next-gen IMAX cameras being prepared, we should expect future movies from Snyder, Nolan, and Villeneuve to look even better... and they'll have a better experience using them. Especially with the next-gen IMAX film cameras being 30% quieter, which will make a big difference on a movie set.

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