Sony BURANO firmware roadmap

Sony has released details of the firmware plan for the BURANO. During the next year, BURANO Version 1.1 and Version 2.0 will be released. According to Sony, these updates will bring a host of new recording modes, support for live event production, and numerous other improvements based on user feedback.

Version 1.1, which is expected to be released in late June, will introduce features tailored for live event production and improved monitoring capabilities, including remote control capabilities and multi-camera monitoring via the updated Monitor & Control app.

Version 2.0, which is slated for release in March 2025 or later, will apparently feature new recording formats, improved de-compression settings, and improved exposure tools.

BURANO Version 1.1 (end of June 2024)

BURANO version 1.1 will include new features for live event production and the addition of a 1.5x de-squeeze screen for anamorphic lenses. Version 1.1 will add the S700 protocol over Ethernet that allows remote control of BURAN using the RCP (Remote Control Panel). Controllable settings include exposure, white balance, color and others (depending on the RCP model). ​ Version 1.1 also provides support for Multi Matrix Area Indication. This feature allows users to adjust target colors during Multi Matrix operation.

BURANO Version 1.1 also allows support for Sony’s Monitor & Control app version 2.0.0 which enables features such as multi-camera monitoring for iPadOS that allows feeds from up to four cameras, exposure tracking including waveform, histogram, false color and zebra. Some other features include focus control and control of frequently used functions such as similar operations to Sony’s CineAlta cameras using a mobile device, such as frames per second, ND filter, sensitivity, appearance, shutter speed, white balance.

BURANO Version 2.0 (March 2025 or later)

BURANO Version 2.0 will give users many new features and improvements requested by the community, including new recording formats, a new 1.8x de-squeeze and tracking improvements.

Version 2.0 will include new recording formats including a new 3.8K Full Frame crop that uses almost the entire sensor and can record up to 120 fps. ​Other new recording formats include the addition of 24.00 fps in X-OCN 16:9 recording mode and the following:

Full frame
3.8K 16:9 mode
Up to 120 fps
Great 35
4.3K 4:3 mode (for anamorphic)
Up to 60 fps
Great 35
1.9K 16:9 mode
Up to 240 fps

BURANO Version 2.0 will also add a 1.8x de-squeeze setting as well as additional high frame rate modes (S & Q) including 66, 72, 75, 88, 90, 96, 110 fps.

Version 2.0 will offer monitoring enhancements, including standardized SDI video output for monitoring via X-OCN and XAVC and an improved on-screen display that places camera status information outside the frame. Version 2.0 will also include View Finder Gamma Display Assist using S-Log3 for tracking.

It will also include additional exposure tools (High/Low Key) derived from the VENICE camera system. Version 2.0 will expand the memory white balance settings from 3 to 8 and support Active/High Image Stabilization in Full-Frame 6K and Super 35 1.9K 16:9 shooting modes.

Finally, version 2.0 will add breathing compensation and image stabilization metadata to X-OCN. ​

While it’s always great to see new features added to cameras via firmware updates, you could make the argument that you shouldn’t wait a year for basics like the 1.8x de-squeeze setting and View Finder Gamma Display Assist. Having said that, Sony has a long history of adding incremental firmware updates over many years. This happened with F3, FS7, F5, F55, @VENICE/VENICE etc.