Sony 4K sensor for gorgeous, super-sampled HD and 2K
The 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 colour reproduction and greater clarity. The camera offers robust built-in recording modes, all with vibrant 4:2:2 colour. 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 includes HD/2K on SxS memory and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K on AXSM™ media
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 to180 fps XAVC 2K/HD* internally and 120 fps RAW 2K onto the AXS-R5. Recording directly in Apple ProRes codec and Avid DNxHD codec are also available options.
* Recording onto the optional AXS-R5 recorder.
Lightweight modular design to maximise versatility in 2D and 3D
The F5 is exceptionally small, light and modular, letting you build up the right configuration for each job – or each shot. The camera includes cache recording functions and has an easy-to-access customised user menu that sits on top of the setup menu. As well as the choice of formats and internal and external recording options, you can attached 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.
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 megapixels (total) and 8.9 megapixels (effective), the Sony 4K CMOS sensor 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 colour correction and other post processes. Sony's 16-bit recording captures more tonal values than the human eye can differentiate. Sony RAW retains 16 times as many Red, Green and Blue gradations as 12-bit RAW and 64 times as many tones per channel as 10-bit recording. Sony's 16-bit linear RAW is also the ideal point of entry into the 16-bit linear Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow.
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. AXSM memory provides a super fast, affordable format for sensational quality recordings.
Choice of HD/2K internal recording formats
The F5 CineAlta camera allows you a choice of internal recording formats in addition to 16-bit RAW 2K/4K recording output onto the AXS-R5. The camera incorporates high-speed SxS PRO+ memory card recording that allows the choice of: 8-bit MPEG-2 HD422, 50Mbps, MPEG-2 HD422 XAVC 422 Intra (up to 222Mbps), SStP 422 (220Mbps) and SStP 444 (440Mbps). ). MPEG4 SStP+Proxy simultaneous recording (SR-SQ 422/444 on 29.97p only) allows faster transfer and less storage capacity needed. This is ideal for editing while the hi-resolution files will be used for grading.
High speed shooting up to 180 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 180 fps. It also offers 120 fps 2K RAW with the optional AXS-R5 outboard recorder, achieving the high frame rates, while retaining exceptional, 16-bit image quality.
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 128 GB* SxS PRO+ memory card – which can be read by the next-generation USB card reader, the SBAC-US20.
* 1 GB equals one billion bytes, a portion of which is used for data management functions.
Simultaneous RAW and onboard camera SxS recording
Sony 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, file names and other metadata. The camera supports the following RAW + Onboard combinations: RAW 4K/2K + XAVC 2K/HD and RAW 4K/2K + MPEG-2 HD422.
Real world workflows with Avid DNxHD codec and Apple ProRes codec recording options
Sony understands a fundamental truth: working cameras require practical workflows. That's why the F55 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. Recording directly in Apple ProRes codec and Avid DNxHD codec are also available as hardware options. The DNxHD or ProRes files can stored in the easy-to-manage MXF OP-1a wrapper, and recorded onboard to Sony’s SxS PRO+ memory card format, which was specially designed to handle mission-critical production applications.
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.
S-Gamut/S-Log3 (Log Gamma that is close to Cineon gamma curve) allows users experienced in the Cineon workflow to start grading more easily.
Choice of viewfinders includes amazing OLED technology
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. The DVF-L350 3.5-inch* LCD viewfinder has higher resolution (960 x 540) than previous Sony viewfinders, plus ten times the contrast. And the eyepiece flips up for direct monitoring. The DVF-L700 compact 7-inch* LCD view finder enables high resolution when shooting in 2K and 4K, not to mention pixel-for-pixel 1920 x 1080 representation of your HD images.
*Viewable area, measured diagonally.
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 for added versatility in 3D
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.
Incredible flexibility with the choice of PL-mount, FZ-mount and still lenses
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. Slip off the supplied PL-mount adaptor to reveal the native FZ mount with 18 mm flange focal distance. It's perfect for accepting commercially available adaptors for still lenses, including Canon® EF, Canon FD, Nikon® DX, Nikon G, Leica® M and even 2/3-inch broadcast B4 lenses. There's also Sony's game-changing FZ-mount auto focus servo zoom: the SCL-Z18X140.
A new generation of 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. The focus rings rotate 240°. The series includes focal lengths of 20, 25, 35, 50, 85 and 135 mm. For easy lens changes, all have the same T2.0 aperture, the same external diameter, matte box diameter, and gear locations for follow focus and aperture. All are the same size except for the 135 mm.
Intuitive one-touch interface and customisable user menu
Carefully designed with significant input from cinematographers, the PMW-F5 provides an incredibly rich range of controls. And the interface is nicely intuitive. Instead of diving through menus, you get direct, one-touch access to key shooting parameters including frame rate, shutter speed, colour temperature, ISO sensitivity and gamma. Assignable buttons mean that favourite adjustments are always at your fingertips. A user customisable menu sits on top of the setup menu allowing users to access a choice of up to 20 menu items more quickly and easily. Menu control on sub display also allows you to set up without using the attached viewfinder. A selectable colour marker is available for users to use their favourite colour marker that is visible even in light conditions while shooting a white background.
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. The XLR inputs accept balanced analogue signals, provide 48-Volt phantom power and will accept four channels of AES/EBU digital audio. HDMI V2.0 support for 4K and QFHD at 29.97p, 50p and 60p allows users to connect Sony and other manufacturers’ 4K TV sets to display 4K from the camera.
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. 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 camera is also compatible with Sony's BP-GL95A, GL65A, L80S and L60S batteries, which use the BC-L70 and L160 chargers.
||DC 12 V (11 V to 17 V)
||Approx .24 W (while recording XAVC HD 60p, EVF Off, LCD monitor Off, HD-SDI On)
||0°C to 40°C
32°F to 104°F
||-20°C to +60°C
-4°F to +140°F
||2.2 kg (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)
4 lb 14 oz (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)
|Dimensions (W x H x D) *1
||130 x 125 x 191 mm (without protrusions)
5 1/8 x 5 x 7 5/8 inches (without protrusions)
|Battery Operating Time
||Approx. 160 min with BP-FL75
Approx. 230 min with BP-GL95A
|Recording Format (Video)
||XAVC (AVC/H.264 High 4:2:2 Intra Profile)
HD: SMPTE RP2027 Class101 compliant
MPEG2 HD (MPEG-2 Long GOP)
HD 422 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps max., MPEG-2 422P@HL
|Recording Format (Audio)
||LPCM 8CH (2CH recording/playback), 24-bit, 48-kHz
|Recording Frame Rate
||XAVC 2K (2048 x 1080):
XAVC HD (1920x1080):
MPEG4 SStP (1920 x 1080):
MPEG2 HD (1920x1080):
MPEG2 HD (1280 x 720):
||XAVC HD, 23.98p: Approx. 70 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 140 min (SBP-128B)
59.94p: Approx. 30 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 60 min (SBP-128B)
MPEG2 HD: Approx. 60 min (SBS-32G1A)/Approx. 120 min (SBS-64G1A)
|Imaging Device (Type)
||Super 35mm equivalent Single-chip CMOS
|Imaging Device (Pixel Count)
||11.6M (total), 8.9M (effective)
||Clear, 0.9 (1/8ND), 1.8 (1/64ND)
|Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)
||Video Gamma: T14@24p (3200K light source)
||S-Log2 Gamma: ISO 2000 (D55 light source)
||PL mount (with supplied lens mount adapter)
FZ mount (without supplied lens mount adapter)
||57dB (Video Gamma, 24p, Noise Suppression OFF)
||1/24s to 1/6,000s (23.98PsF)
||4.2°to 360°(electrical shutter)
|Slow Shutter (SLS)
||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-frame accumulation
|Slow & Quick Motion Function
||XAVC 2K/HD: 1-120p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p
XAVC 2K/HD: 1-100p (PAL), 25p
||Preset (3200K, 4300K, 5500K), Memory
||-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
HG1, HG2, HG3, HG4, HG7, HG8
||CH-1/CH-2: XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), Line/Mic/Mic +48V (AES/EBU) *4 switchable
||XLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1), 11 V to 17 V DC
||4-pin (x2), 11 V to 17 V DC (max. 1.8 A) with battery adapter
||Digital viewfinder interface (x1)
||BNC (x4), SDI 1/2 Line Output, SDI 3/4 Monitor Output
||BNC (x1), HD-Y or HD Sync (tri-level) V1.0
||TC IN/OUT (x1) switchable
||A Type (x1)
||USB device, Mini-B (x1)
USB host, type-A (x1)
||Stereo mini jack (x1)
||BNC (x1) (To be supported by future upgrades.)
||USB host, type-A (x1)
||ExpressCard/34 slot (x2)
SD card slot (x1)
||*1 The values for dimensions are approximate.
*2 These are the supported formats at launch and will be added by future upgrades.
*3 Some frame rates are not supported at launch and will be supported by future upgrades.
- PMW-F5 Body
- Lens mount adapter
- Battery adapter
- Audio input connector
- Screws for the audio input connector (4)
- Tape measure hook
- USB wireless LAN module IFU-WLM3 *To be supported by future upgrades
- Operating Instructions (CD-ROM)