Sony grows large sensor camera family with new 4K camera systems
New PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 Models -- Plus New PL Lenses, Battery, RAW
recorder , Viewfinders, and Recording Media -- Expand Sony's Line of
End-to-End 4K Acquisition Solutions
Basingstoke, 30 October 2012
– Sony is unveiling two new CineAlta™ 4K cameras, complemented by a
full line-up of new accessories. The new cameras, the PMW-F55 and
PMW-F5, fill a critical gap in large-sensor acquisition between Sony's
PMW-F3 camcorder and its F65 CineAlta Premium 4K camera, giving content
creators new levels of flexibility and creative options for HD, 2K or 4K
acquisition and production.
With a modular and compact
design for easy configuration, each camera features a new type of 4K
Super 35mm image sensor with a 4096 x 2160 resolution (11.6M total
The 20 megapixel F65 remains the flagship of
Sony's large sensor camera family. The 8K sensor-equipped F65 continues
to evolve, with new features designed for the most demanding high-end
imaging applications. These features include a new high frame rate mode
for 4K RAW recording at 120P to deliver stunning 4K images with super
smooth slow motion capabilities, and image capture using the SR codec at
12-bits. Future updates to the F65 will deliver 6K de-mosaicing, along
with other major new features.
New PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 Cameras
The new PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 CineAlta 4K cameras deliver unprecedented
creative options for HD/2K*/QFHD*/4K (PMW-F55) and 2K*/HD (PMW-F5)
production. Both offer multi-codec support featuring Sony's new XAVC
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, the SR codec (MPEG4 SStP) and the
industry-standard High Definition XDCAM 50Mbps 4:2:2 codec. In-camera
recording is on Sony's New SxS media, SxS PRO+ (Plus ) – which can be
used to record XAVC in HD High Frame Rate and in 4K at up to 60fps (in
the PMW-F55), and XAVC HD High Frame Rate in the PMW-F5.
addition to on-board recording onto SxS PRO+, the PMW-F55 and PMW- F5
can also be connected to the new AXS-R5 RAW recorder. Slow-motion
imagery at up to 240fps** (PMW- F55) and up to 120fps** (PMW- F5) can be
captured as 4K RAW files on newly developed AXS memory.
The PMW-F55 features a global shutter to eliminate rolling shutter skew
and flash band, and features a wider colour gamut for exceptional colour
reproduction. The cameras are further distinguished by wide (14 stops)
exposure latitude, high sensitivity, and low noise.
New Options for Monitoring
The PMW-F55 can connect to the new 4K 30-inch LCD monitor, PVM-X300,
using four 3G-SDI interfaces to monitor pictures at 4096x2160 resolution
at up to 60p, while recording and playing back XAVC 4K images.
Similarly, it is also possible to connect directly to the 84" BRAVIA 4K
LED TV for large-screen monitoring of the camera's 4K 60P images (at
resized horizontal resolution of 3860 pixels).
PL Lens System – The Second Generation
The PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 cameras continue Sony's efforts to offer the
most flexible lens options. A PL-mount lets users choose cinematic
lenses from suppliers such as Angénieux, ARRI, Canon, Carl Zeiss, Cooke,
FUJIFILM and Leica.
Sony is also launching a second
generation of cost-effective PL mount prime lenses. Each is certified
for 4K capture, and is designed to minimize geometric distortion,
vignetting and breathing. A 9-blade iris delivers beautiful bokehs and
the focus rings rotate 240°. The new lens series includes focal lengths
of 20, 25, 35, 50, 85 and 135 mm. For easy lens changes, each has the
same T2.0 aperture, the same external diameter, matte box diameter, and
gear locations for follow focus and aperture. All are the same height
except for the 135 mm lens.
Shooters can use stills lenses
by removing the supplied PL-mount adaptor to reveal the native FZ mount.
This makes it easy to accept commercially available adaptors for
third-party lenses, including Canon® EF, Canon FD, Nikon® DX, Nikon G,
Leica® M and even 2/3-inch B4 lenses. A third option is the use of Sony
FZ-Mount lenses with auto focus servo zoom (model SCL-Z18X140.)
Using a new digital interface, PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 users can take
advantage of a new series of high-quality OLED and LCD viewfinders. The
DVF-EL100 OLED viewfinder measures 0.7-inches with 1280 x 720 HD
resolution, superb brightness, contrast and response. The DVF-L350
3.5-inch LCD viewfinder offers 10 times the contrast of previous Sony
LCD viewfinders, with a flip-up eyepiece for direct monitoring. A third
option is the full HD DVF-L700. This compact 7-inch LCD viewfinder
enables high resolution when shooting in 2K and 4K, with pixel-to-pixel
1920 x 1080 representation of HD images.
New RAW Recording System
Sony is also unveiling the AXSM™ Access Memory System for 2K*/4K RAW
recording, based on Sony's unique recording technology. Optimised for
this new platform is the AXSM memory card (512 GB capacity, model
AXS-512S24), using the generic file system exFAT. Users can record 4K
RAW data up to 60 fps and 2K RAW up to 240 fps**, with a 300MB/s
sustained transfer speed. PC-friendly operation is enabled through use
of the AXS-CR1 card reader, offering a USB 3.0 interface for high speed
Additionally, the new AXS-R5 RAW recorder directly
docks onto the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55, for an extremely elegant and compact
recording system for 2K** and 4K RAW recording.
New Recording Media
The cameras support Sony's new high-speed, enhanced versions of its
SxS PRO memory cards: the "SxS PRO+(PLUS)" series (in 128 and 64 GB
capacities, models SBP-128B and SBP-64B). Based on the format long used
in Sony's XDCAM EX camcorders, the cards support XAVC 4K and XAVC HD
high frame rate recording, and can be directly inserted into the
New Battery and Charger
The PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 cameras take advantage of Sony's new BP-FL75
battery pack, which uses Olivine-Lithium Iron Phosphate-instead of
conventional Lithium Ion cathodes. The result is a substantial increase
in charge-discharge cycles, compared to previous Sony batteries. The
Olivine battery works with Sony's BC-L90 quick charger. The new battery
supports outstanding mobility for on-set shooting enabling two times
higher speed charging than current chargers and a maximum 150 minutes of
The PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 cameras are
also compatible with Sony's BP-GL95A, GL65A, L80S and L60S batteries,
which use the BC-L70 and L160 chargers.
Delivering advances in ergonomics specifically requested by
cinematographers, the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 feature Sony's newest shoulder
rig for extra stability and comfort. The rig is sturdy, lightweight and
uses industry-standard rosettes on both sides for quick and easy
attachment of third-party hand grips and other accessories.
Pricing and Availability
The new cameras are scheduled to be available in February 2013, with
suggested list pricing to be announced. For more information, visit
www.pro.sony.eu/pro/product/f55 or www.pro.sony.eu/pro/product/f5.
* 2K/QFHD for PMW-F55 and 2K for PMW-F5 will be available with firmware version up.
**High frame rate higher than 60fps will be available with firmware version up.