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Hei there,

This is something relatively new and unknown, but actually it's a project I've been working on for the past 2 years.

My goal is to Show how great Sony Colors are in reality, even straight out of camera, without any editing.

Here I present to you, 8 Film Simulations for Sony cameras only by using the Picture Profile Menu. they can be used for both Photo and Video Modes.


While I love Sony cameras and get they are more professional oriented than Fuji, I still wanted more interesting looks straight out of the box, something that would cut down the color grading, sometimes even completely, so I made these.

Some of them are made after real Film Stock, while others are made after my own color preferences.


With a lot of testing, took me about a year to understand Sony's Picture Profile Menu and how to create Profiles that will render Film like images right from the camera.

It also includes the Perfect S-Log recipe, that removes ugly green hues from skin tones that everybody is complaining about, giving you great colors out of camera without grading.

Many people are gazing over Fuji's colors and Film Simulations, but having a background of shooting real film, I was disappointed when I fist tried my first Fuji camera.


Even tho Fuji Colors are nice, I don't find Fuji's Film Simulations to resemble real film stock, but rather a re-branding of the Classical Picture Styles which are Portrait, Landscape Neutral and so on. Besides Classic Negative which is my absolute fav from Fuji, and the only one that looks like film, the differences between the rest are basic, and mostly working on contrast and saturation, nothing crazy.

I knew Sony had more in camera options when using the picture profiles, from Color modes, gammas, shadow control and individual Color Channel Luma, I knew i could get closer to the film look only by using my Sony camera. So I gave it a try.

2 years later, you can find over 40 Sony Film Simulation Recipes, and still counting.


Besides Youtube, I also showcase these Film Recipes on my Blog, where I present samples images while I talk a little bit about individual characteristics.

Here is one my Favorites, the CineChrome Sony Film Simulation.


I've also created Black 'n' White Film Simulations for the Panchromatic lovers, check it out


Hope you'll find this post useful and can't wait to hear what you think about them.

Have a great one!


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