Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta 4K Digital Cinema Camcorder, 8.9MP Super 35mm CMOS Image Sensor, Internal 2K and HD Recording, Native FZ-Mount and PL-Mount Adapter, SxS Pro+ Media Cards

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About Sony PMW-F5

The Sony 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 color reproduction and greater clarity. The camera offers robust built-in recording modes, all with vibrant 4:2:2 color. 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.

Multiple recording formats include MPEG-2 HD422, MPEG4 SStP, XAVC 2K/HD 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 120 fps XAVC 2K/HD internally and 120 fps RAW 2K onto the AXS-R5.

The F5 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-F5 Features

  • Super 35mm equivalent 4K single-chip CMOS sensor: 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 MP total and 8.9 MP effective, the Sony 4K captures a true 4K 4096 x 2160 DCI-standard cinema image.
  • 16-bit RAW 2K/4K recording options with bolt-on AXS-R5 recorder: Capture RAW at your choice of resolutions: the camera's native 4K or beautiful, derived 2K. RAW recording preserves the greatest latitude for color correction and other post processes. Sony's 16-bit recording captures more tonal values than the human eye can differentiate.
  • AXS-R5 records onto ASXM memory cards: 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.
  • Choice of HD/2K internal recording formats: The F5 CineAlta camera allows a choice of recording formats in addition to 16-bit RAW 2K/4K output onto the AXS-R5. The camera allows a choice of: 8-bit MPEG-2 HD422, 50Mbps; 10-bit XAVC 2K/HD 100Mbps; and SR Codec 10-bit MPEG4 SStP 220, 440 and 880Mbps.
  • High speed shooting up to 120 fps 2K internally and 120 fps 2K RAW with optional AXS-R5 recorder: The F5 features high-data-rate on-board XAVC HD recordings up to 60 fps with a free planned upgrade to XAVC 2K/HD recording at 120 fps. It also offers 120 fps 2K RAW with the optional AXS-R5 outboard recorder and a planned upgrade.
  • Next generation high-speed SxS PRO+ memory cards: 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 64 GB SxS PRO+ memory card which can be read by the next-generation USB card reader, the SBAC-US20.
  • Simultaneous RAW and onboard camera SxS recording: Sony provides coordinated 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. Supports: RAW 4K/2K + XAVC 2K/HD and RAW 4K/2K + MPEG-2 HD422.
  • Real world workflows: The F5 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.
  • Vast exposure latitude to 14 f-stops: 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.
  • Choice of viewfinders: A digital interface on the PMW-F5 allows for a variety of optional viewfinders, including the DVF-EL100. This 0.7-inch viewfinder has the incredible clarity of 1280 x 720 High Definition, plus superb OLED brightness, contrast and response.
  • Optional shoulder rig: The optional Sony shoulder rig provides comfortable handheld operation, hour after hour. The rig is sturdy, lightweight and features industry-standard rosettes on both sides for quick and easy attachment of third-party hand grips and other accessories.
  • Small lightweight design: The small size of the PMW-F5 is particularly welcome in stereoscopic 3D shooting. The chassis is only slightly wider than a typical PL mount prime lens, perfect for both mirror rigs and side-by-side configurations.
  • Choice of lens mounts: The F5 is designed to accommodate PL-mount, FZ-mount and still lenses. With the PL-mount adaptor, you can take advantage of acclaimed cine optics from Angénieux, Canon, Carl Zeiss, Cooke, FUJIFILM, Leica and more.
  • Sony PL-mount lenses: The PMW-F5 works with Sony's second generation, cost-effective PL mount prime lenses. Thanks to refined glass, all are certified for 4K capture, while minimizing geometric distortion, vignetting and breathing. A 9-blade iris delivers beautiful bokehs.
  • Wide choice of connections: The camera offers numerous connections to suit your workflow, including four HD-SDI jacks, HDMI, USB, DC in connection, a removable XLR audio module and a removable time code/genlock module.
  • Long-life Olivine battery and quick charger: The F5 takes advantage of Sony's innovative BP-FL75 battery pack, which uses Olivine Lithium Iron Phosphate instead of conventional Lithium Ion cathodes.
  • Battery compatibility: The Olivine battery works with Sony's BC-L90 quick charger. The camera is also compatible with Sony's BP-GL95A, GL65A, L80S and L60S batteries, which use the BC-L70 and L160 chargers.

Sony PMW-F5 Specifications

Sensor Type
Super 35mm equivalent single-chip CMOS
Pixels
Total: 11.6 MP
Effective: 8.9 MP
Sensitivity
Luminance: 2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance
Video Gamma: T13 @24p (3200K light source)
S-Log2 Gamma: ISO 2000 (D55 light source)
Dynamic Range
14 stops
Signal to Noise Ratio
57dB (Video Gamma, 24p, Noise Suppression OFF)
Video Recording Format
MPEG-2 Long GOP
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 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
MPEG4 SStP: 1920 x 1080 at 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 HD/2K: 1-120p (NTSC) at 23.98p, 29.97p
XAVC HD/2K: 1-100p (PAL) at 25p
White Balance
Preset (3200K, 4300K, 5500K), Memory, ATW
Gain
-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
SDI 1/2 Line Output, SDI 3/4 Monitor Output (character on/off)
Timecode
TC IN/OUT switchable (x1)
Genlock
BNC input (x1)
HDMI
A Type output (x1)
Audio
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
USB device, Mini-B (x1)
USB host, type-A (x1)
Wi-Fi
USB host, type-A (x1)
Shutter
BNC (x1)
DC Output
4-pin (x1), 11 V to 17 V DC (MAX 2.0A) w/ battery adapter
Remote
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 .24 W (while recording XAVC HD 60p, EVF Off, LCD monitor Off, HD-SDI On)
Battery Operating Time
With BP-FL75: approximately 160 minutes
With BP-GL95A: approximately 230 minutes
Operating Temperature
32 ~ 104° F (0 ~ 40° C)
Storage Temperature
-4° ~ +140° F (-20° ~ +60° C)
Dimensions
Without protrusions: 7.13 x 7.88 x 12.25" (15.1 x 18.9 x 21 cm)
Weight
Body only: 4.88 lb (2.2 kg)
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Shopper  How many frames per second can it shoot?
Andrew R  From the product overview: " There is also high speed shooting up to 120 fps XAVC 2K/HD internally and 120 fps RAW 2K onto the AXS-R5. "
Alan H  What SxS media card spec include?
Andrew R  The camera utilizes SxS (x2, ExpressCard 34 slots) and also has an SD card slot. No other specs are provided by the manufacturer in the sales literature.
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