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Sony PMW-F5 to PMW-F55 Upgrade Kit - Converts Your PMW-F5 to the full features of the PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Digital Cinema Camera


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Product Highlights

  • MPEG-2, 50Mbps HD422 + 2 10-bit mastering formats
  • Made For FZ Mount Mounts
  • Made For PL Mount Mounts
  • Interchangeable Lens
  • Super 35mm Sensor
  • Time Code I/O
  • 4K Resolution
  • Genlockable
Sony PMW-F55 Upgrade Kit: Picture 1 regular $16,999.99

About Sony PMW-F55 Upgrade Kit

Sony PMW-F5 to PMW-F55 Upgrade Kit
A notable step up from the Sony F5 CineAlta camera, the Sony F55 CineAlta offers more options for high-frame rate shooting and the full array of color filters found in Sony's flagship F65 camera. Equipped with Sony's 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensors and offering lens compatibility with all of the FZ-mount lenses (with third-party adapters), a wide dynamic range, a global shutter to eliminate rolling-shutter skew and flash banding, the F55 delivers spectacular native 4K images.

Although, cosmetically the PMW-F5 and the PMW-F55 camera systems are similar, there are a number of key internal differences. The most talked about difference is that the F55 has shares its color filter array with the F65 while the F5 has is the same as the F3. The F55 means more options for high-frame-rate shooting with an increase to 240 fps at 2K RAW 16-bit linear vs. 120fps with the F5 when using the AXS-R5 recorder. The F55 supports 3G-SDIx4 which connects the F55 to the Sony PVM-X300 4K 30" LCD monitor for live 4K monitoring up to 60p. The F55 also contains a global shutter on the imager to help eliminate rolling-shutter skew and flash banding. Sony boasts that the F55 eliminates rolling-shutter distortions and flash banding.

Key Features

  • Super 35mm CMOS sensor with global shutter
  • Sony's 4K sensor captures true 4096x2160 DCI-standard cinema image and features 11.6 megapixels (total) with 8.9 megapixels (effective)
  • Choice of three recording formats to SxS media - MPEG-2 50Mbps HD422 plus two 10-bit mastering formats: XAVC at HD, 2K, & 4K resolution; SR Codec at 440Mbps or 220Mbps. 16-bit Linear 2K/4K RAW recording to optional AXS-R5 recorder for preserving greatest latitude for color correction in post.
  • High frame rate on-board XAVC HD and 4K recording up to 60fps plus free upgrade to XAVC, QHD up to 60 fps in addition to XAVC 2K/HD up to 180 fps.
  • FZ-mount is compatible with virtually all 35mm DSLR lenses, and Cine lenses with readily available and inexpensive lens mount adapters.
  • Ships with PL-mount compatible with Cooke/i and Arri LDS.
  • 14 stops of exposure latitude with excellent sensitivity and low noise capture. Equipped with the same color filter array found in the flagship F65 model which delivers a wider color gamut than 35mm film prints
The Sony F55 can handle multiple recording formats including HD/2K/4K on SxS memory and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K on AXSM media. The F55 can record the following formats - MPEG-2 HD422, MPEG4 SSIP, XAVC 2K/HD, XAVC QHD/4K and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K. AXSM media is easilyt attached to the F55 with the optional bolt-on AXS-R5. The Sony F55 offers some of the best Sony professional cinema cameras have to offer in a compact and modular system. Whether you're setting up for your next job or your next shot; the F55 is the multi-tool for digital filmmakers and camera operators alike.

From the Manufacturer

Equipped with a Sony 4K sensor for gorgeous, super-sampled HD, 2K and 4K, the PMW-F55 CineAlta camera shoots spectacular images with its 8.9 megapixels (effective) Sony 4K image sensor. You get superb dynamic range, the widest color gamut, and pristine image quality, whether you shoot in HD, 2K or 4K. Multiple recording formats includes HD/2K/4K on SxS memory and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K on AXSM media Multiple recording formats include MPEG-2 HD422, MPEG4 SStP, XAVC 2K/HD, XAVC QFHD/4K and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K. You can have simultaneous recording on internal high-speed SxS PRO+ memory cards and RAW 2K/4K recording on sleek AXSM memory cards using the optional bolt-on AXS-R5 recorder, designed specifically to attach seamlessly to the F55 and F5 cameras. There is also high speed shooting up to 240 fps RAW 2K and 60 fps in RAW 4K recording onto the AXS-R5 (Expected as a future upgrade)

The F55 is exceptionally small, light and modular, letting you build up the right configuration for each job - or each shot. As well as the choice of formats and internal and external recording options, you can attach a variety of viewfinders, including the revolutionary optional DVF-EL100 OLED viewfinder, PL-mount, FZ-mount and still lenses, including second-generation Sony PL-mount lenses, and extra long-life Olivine Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. The chassis is only slightly wider than a typical PL-mount prime lens, perfect for 3D rigs. An optional shoulder rig provides for hand-held and shoulder-mounted shooting.

Sony PMW-F55 Upgrade Kit Features

  • The PMW-F55's Sony 4K image sensor captures a true 4K 4096 x 2160 DCI-standard cinema image. Its 4K CMOS sensor features 11.6 megapixels (total) and 8.9 megapixels (effective). The "Frame Image Scan" technology used by F55 sensor eliminates flash band and image artifacts common to conventional CMOS sensors.
  • The sensor captures with an impressive 14 stops of exposure latitude with excellent sensitivity and low noise. The F55 image sensor is also equipped with the same advanced color filter array technology used in Sony's flagship F65, which delivers color gamut that's wider than 35mm motion picture print film.
  • The F55 CineAlta camera provides the choice recording of three formats to SxS cards - MPEG-2, 50Mbps HD422 plus two 10-bit mastering formats: XAVC at HD, 2K & 4K resolution, plus SR Codec (HDCAM SR) at 440Mbps or 220Mbps. 16-bit Linear 2K/4K RAW recording to the optional AXS-R5 recorder preserves the greatest latitude for color correction.
  • Sony's 16-bit recording captures 16x more tonal values than 12 bit RAW. Thus it's the ideal acquisition format for the 16-bit linear Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow.
  • The F55 features high frame-rate on-board XAVC HD and 4K recordings up to 60 fps, plus a free planned upgrade to XAVC, QFHD up to 60 fps in addition to XAVC 2K/HD up to180 fps. It also offers 240 fps 2K RAW with the optional AXS-R5 outboard recorder and a planned upgrade, achieving the highest frame rates most productions will need.
  • Simultaneous RAW and onboard camera SxS recording 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, and file names.
  • The F55 is equipped with Sony's large diameter, robust, FZ-mount which is compatible with virtually all 35mm DSLR, and Cine lenses with simple inexpensive lens adapters. It ships with a PL-mount compatible with Cooke/i and Arri LDS.
  • The F5/F55 excellent camera ergonomics enable comfortably shooting for long periods of time. The camera head, viewfinder and shoulder mount can be adjusted to fit any shooter and optimized for different lens configurations. Their clean, flexible architecture enables shooting in many configurations.

Sony PMW-F55 Upgrade Kit Specifications

Sensor Type
Super 35mm equivalent single-chip CMOS with global shutter
Total: 11.6 MP
Effective: 8.9 MP
Luminance: 2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance
Video Gamma: T11@24p (3200K light source)
S-Log2 Gamma: ISO 1250 (D55 Light source)
Dynamic Range
14 stops
Signal to Noise Ratio
57dB (Video Gamma, 24p, Noise Suppression OFF)
Video Recording Format
HD 422 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps max, MPEG-2 422P@HL
Audio Recording Format
Linear PCM (2 ch, 24-bit, 48-kHz)
Recording Modes XAVC
XAVC 4K: 4096 x 2160 at 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
XAVC QFHD: 3840 x 2160 at 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p

XAVC 2K: 2048 x 1920 at 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
XAVC HD: 1920 x 1080 at 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
Recording Modes MPEG
MPEG4 SStP: 1920 x 1080, 23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p
MPEG2 HD: 1920 x 1080 at 50i, 59.94i, 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p
MPEG2 HD: 1280 x 720 at 50p, 59.94p
Shutter Speed
1/24s to 1/6,000s
Shutter Angle
4.2 - 360°(electrical shutter)
Slow Shutter
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 frame accumulation
Slow & Quick Motion Function
XAVC 4K/QFHD: 1-60p (NTSC)
XAVC 4K/QFHD: 1-50p (PAL)
XAVC HD/2K: 1-180p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p with option
XAVC HD/2K: 1-150p (PAL), 25p with option
XAVC HD: 1-60p (NTSC)
XAVC HD: 1-50p (PAL)
White Balance
Preset (3200K, 4300K, 5500K), Memory, ATW
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
Gamma Curve
Standard (x6)
HG1, HG2, HG3, HG4, HG7 and HG8
S-Log2 Gamma
Memory Cards
SxS (x2, ExpressCard 34 slots)
SD card slot (x1)
Video Output
HD-Y or HD Sync (tri-level) V1.0
Analog Composite (VUP)
HD-SDI Output
HD mode: SDI 1/2 Line Output, SDI 3/4 Monitor Output (character on/off)
4K mode: SDI 1/2/3/4 Line Output (character on/off), HD-SDI/3G-SDI switchable
TC IN/OUT switchable (x1)
BNC input (x1)
A Type output (x1)
Audio Input
Input: XLR-type 3-pin with Line/Mic/Mic +48V/AES/EBU selectable (x2, female)
Output: phono jack (CH-1, CH-2)
Headphone: Stereo mini jack (x1)
Speaker: monaural
USB device, Mini-B (x1)
USB host, type-A (x1)
USB host, type-A (x1)
DC Output
4-pin (x1), 11 V to 17 V DC (MAX 2.0A) w/ battery adapter
8-pin (x1)
Lens Mount
FZ-mount, PL-mount (with supplied adapter)
Built-in Filters
Clear, 0.9 (1/8 ND), 1.8 (1/64 ND)
Power Requirements
DC 12 V (11 V to 17.0 V)
Power Consumption
Approx. 25 W (while recording XAVC 4K 60p, EVF Off, LCD monitor Off, 4K SDI On)
Battery Operating Time
With BP-FL75: approximately 150 minutes
With BP-GL95A: approximately 210 minutes
Operating Temperature
32 ~ 104° F (0 ~ 40° C)
Storage Temperature
-4° ~ +140° F (-20° ~ +60° C)
Without protrusions: 7.13 x 7.88 x 12.25" (15.1 x 18.9 x 21 cm)
Body only: 4.88 lb (2.2 kg)
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