Meet the 65 Megapixel Cinema Camera Gunning for IMAX


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The 9×7 aims to democratize Giant Screen filmmaking.


Pawel Achtel, a cinematographer by trade, has roots in Australia, so it’s only fitting that he found a passion for underwater photography. When the technology he sought out to improve his craft wasn’t available, he decided to make it. Teaming up with Mark Horstman in 2013, they combined lens technology and titanium housing to bring ultra high definition underwater images to the big screen.



Achtel has since moved his gallantry on land with the development of the 9×7, a digital cinema camera designed for VFX, VR, Giant Screen, and IMAX productions. The camera touts an APS-H sensor with 65 megapixels and records uncompressed RAW footage up to 10GB/s using a true global shutter capable of frame rates up to 70fps at full resolution.



While its price tag of about $145,000 ($200K AUD) might seem steep, when comparing to a renting a IMAX camera combined with buying and processing 15-perf 70mm, it can be a bargain. No Film School reached out to Achtel to learn more about this IMAX alternative. Here’s what he had to say:



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