Sony 4K sensor for gorgeous, super-sampled HD and 2K
The PMW-F5 CineAlta camera shoots spectacular images with its 8.9 megapixels (effective) Sony 4K image sensor. You get superior, super-sampled pictures with noticeably higher contrast, rich colour reproduction and greater clarity. The camera offers robust built-in recording modes, all with vibrant 4:2:2 colour. Irresistible options include the amazing precision of 16-bit linear RAW 2K/4K recording and high speed shooting at up to 120 fps without cropping.
Sony's 4K image sensor enables a single camera to provide gorgeous, super-sampled HD and 2K while preparing you for the 4K future. With 11.6 megapixels (total) and 8.9 megapixels (effective), the Sony 4K CMOS sensor captures a true 4K 4096 x 2160 DCI-standard cinema image.
Capture RAW at your choice of resolutions: the camera's native 4K or beautiful, derived 2K. RAW recording preserves the greatest latitude for colour correction and other post processes. Sony's 16-bit recording captures more tonal values than the human eye can differentiate. Sony RAW retains 16 times as many Red, Green and Blue gradations as 12-bit RAW and 64 times as many tones per channel as 10-bit recording. Sony's 16-bit linear RAW is also the ideal point of entry into the 16-bit linear Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow.
The bolt-on AXS-R5 recorder records onto high-capacity AXSM™ memory cards, which are compatible with an affordable optional USB 3.0 reader, the AXS-CR1. Once on a PC, the RAW files can be screened using Sony's free RAW Viewer software. AXSM memory provides a super fast, affordable format for sensational quality recordings.
The F5 CineAlta camera allows you a choice of internal recording formats in addition to 16-bit RAW 2K/4K recording output onto the AXS-R5. The camera incorporates high-speed SxS PRO+ memory card recording that allows the choice of: 8-bit MPEG-2 HD422, 50Mbps, MPEG-2 HD422 XAVC 422 Intra (up to 222Mbps), SStP 422 (220Mbps) and SStP 444 (440Mbps). ). MPEG4 SStP+Proxy simultaneous recording (SR-SQ 422/444 on 29.97p only) allows faster transfer and less storage capacity needed. This is ideal for editing while the hi-resolution files will be used for grading.
The F5 features high-data-rate on-board XAVC HD recordings up to 180 fps. It also offers 120 fps 2K RAW with the optional AXS-R5 outboard recorder, achieving the high frame rates, while retaining exceptional, 16-bit image quality.
The PMW-F5 records internally onto SxS memory. High-speed shooting and the highest quality recording options require next-generation SxS recording media – Sony's 128 GB* SxS PRO+ memory card – which can be read by the next-generation USB card reader, the SBAC-US20.
* 1 GB equals one billion bytes, a portion of which is used for data management functions.
Sony provides a coordinated "off-line, on-line" workflow with simultaneous recording to internal SxS cards and the optional AXS-R5 RAW recorder. For seamless conforming in post, you get matching time code, start frame, stop frame, file names and other metadata. The camera supports the following RAW + Onboard combinations: RAW 4K/2K + XAVC 2K/HD and RAW 4K/2K + MPEG-2 HD422.
Sony understands a fundamental truth: working cameras require practical workflows. That's why the F55 is part of a larger production platform that includes affordable media cards, affordable card readers, free RAW Viewer software and compatibility with popular NLEs and finishing tools. Recording directly in Apple ProRes codec and Avid DNxHD codec are also available as hardware options. The DNxHD or ProRes files can stored in the easy-to-manage MXF OP-1a wrapper, and recorded onboard to Sony’s SxS PRO+ memory card format, which was specially designed to handle mission-critical production applications.
The ability to render tones from deepest shadows to brightest highlights is a crucial test of any digital camera. The F5 excels, with an impressive 14 stops of exposure latitude, extraordinary low-light sensitivity and extremely low noise in the blacks.
S-Gamut/S-Log3 (Log Gamma that is close to Cineon gamma curve) allows users experienced in the Cineon workflow to start grading more easily.
|Power Requirements||DC 12 V (11 V to 17 V)|
|Power Consumption||Approx .24 W (while recording XAVC HD 60p, EVF Off, LCD monitor Off, HD-SDI On)|
|Operating Temperature||0°C to 40°C
32°F to 104°F
|Storage Temperature||-20°C to +60°C
-4°F to +140°F
|Mass||2.2 kg (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)
4 lb 14 oz (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)
|Dimensions (W x H x D) *1||130 x 125 x 191 mm (without protrusions)
5 1/8 x 5 x 7 5/8 inches (without protrusions)
|Battery Operating Time||Approx. 160 min with BP-FL75
Approx. 230 min with BP-GL95A
|Recording Format (Video)||XAVC (AVC/H.264 High 4:2:2 Intra Profile)
HD: SMPTE RP2027 Class101 compliant
MPEG2 HD (MPEG-2 Long GOP)
HD 422 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps max., MPEG-2 422P@HL
|Recording Format (Audio)||LPCM 8CH (2CH recording/playback), 24-bit, 48-kHz|
|Recording Frame Rate||XAVC 2K (2048 x 1080):
XAVC HD (1920x1080):
MPEG4 SStP (1920 x 1080):
MPEG2 HD (1920x1080):
MPEG2 HD (1280 x 720):
|Recording/Playback Time||XAVC HD, 23.98p: Approx. 70 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 140 min (SBP-128B)
59.94p: Approx. 30 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 60 min (SBP-128B)
MPEG2 HD: Approx. 60 min (SBS-32G1A)/Approx. 120 min (SBS-64G1A)