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Sony Announces F5 and F55 Cinema Cameras

 

The digital cinema camera market has been quite competitive as of late: RED has the Epic, Canon has their C-series, and the new kid on the block, Blackmagic Design, has their Cinema Camera.  Depending on the scope of a productions film budget the options remain extensive and growing daily.

 

Sony is now stepping up to the plate with their newly announced PMW-F5 and PMW-F55, slated to be released in January or February of 2013, and it sounds as though they have knocked it out of the park.  The CineAlta motion picture cameras provide filmmakers the tools to shoot their movie production with scalable technical tools depending on the budgets available.

 

 

Both cameras feature a new 4K Super 35mm image sensor (4096 x 2160), a lightweight, modular body, FZ lens mounts (but come with a PL adapter), new, faster SxS cards, and a brand new recording codec (XAVC). Sony will also be releasing their second generation of CineAlta PL prime lenses with the cameras.

 

While the cameras are set to release early next year, the full potential will not be realized until Sony releases a free “planned upgrade” and their external recorder (AXS-R5). See the specs below for more info:

 

Brief specs comparison:

 

 

F55

 

Frame Rates:

 

60 fps out of the box (XAVC HD at launch; XAVC 4K, QFHD and 2K with a planned upgrade)

 

180 fps with a planned upgrade (XAVC 2K/HD). Unique to this process, there is no line skipping or sensor windowing. So there’s no crop factor, no loss in angle of view.

 

240 fps 2K RAW, with the optional AXS-R5 outboard recorder and a planned upgrade, achieves the highest frame rates most productions will need, while retaining exceptional, 16-bit image quality. This not only exceeds 12-bit RAW with 16 times as many Red, Green and Blue gradations. By design, it exceeds the capabilities of human vision!

 

Simultaneous RAW + Onboard SxS recording (with external recorder)

 

4K/2K RAW + XAVC 2K*/HD

4K/2K RAW + MPEG-2 HD422

2K RAW + XAVC 2K*

 

*expected with future upgrade

 

- Global Shutter (eliminates rolling shutter issue)

 

- 4K output via HDMI or 3G-SDI

 

 

F5

 

 

 

60 fps out of the box (XAVC HD).

 

 

 

120 fps with a planned upgrade (XAVC 2K/HD). Unique to this process, there is no line skipping or sensor windowing. So there’s no crop factor, no loss in angle of view.

 

120 fps 2K RAW, with the optional AXS-R5 outboard recorder and a planned upgrade, achieves high frame rates while retaining exceptional, 16-bit image quality. This not only exceeds 12-bit RAW with 16 times as many Red, Green and Blue gradations. By design, it exceeds the capabilities of human vision!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4K/2K RAW + XAVC 2K*/HD

4K/2K RAW + MPEG-2 HD422

 

 

 

- No Global Shutter

 

 

- No 4K out

 

 

 

Price:

 

The official price has yet to be announced, but these cameras are meant to fill in the gap between the F3 and F65, so it is safe to assume somewhere between $16K and $65K, with the F5 being the cheaper of the two.

 

Click here for Sony’s full information page for the F5.

 

Click here for Sony’s full information page for the F55.

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