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.
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.