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Sony PXW-FS5 4K camcorder on IBC 2015
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    • Super35 Exmor® CMOS image sensor with 14 stops of dynamic range and 8.4 million effective pixels
    • 4K 30fps XAVC recording
    • Up to 960 fps Super Slow Motion with high sensitivity; burst mode recording at up to 240 fps in HD, 480 fps at reduced resolution and 960 fps at reduced-resolution Center Crop
    • S-Log3, S-Log2 and S-Gamut3
    • Continuously variable Neutral Density filter, a first in Super35 imaging, enables you to blur the background even in sunlight; also offers conventional presets at 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64 ND
    • XAVC proxy recording captures frame-accurate lightweight proxy video suitable for faster file transfers and convenient file sharing
    • Two SD memory card slots
    • Wireless Android® and iOS® remote control
    • $6099 with lens -
    • $5599 without lens -

    Brochure -

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  • Title changed to reflect upcoming camera name.

  • Does the PXW-FS5 CamCorder have a version of the A7s Sensor as rumored? If so, where do I pre-order?

  • PR

    Sony has today announced the PXW-FS5, the latest addition to its rugged range of professional camcorders with superior creative features and flexible shooting. The versatile “grab and shoot” style PXW-FS5 provides unsurpassed on-the-go shooting in the most demanding of conditions, with stunning image choices and creative features. Complementing the successful PXW-FS7, this compact camcorder delivers high quality imagery suitable for a range of professional applications from event videography to corporate and online video production.

    The PXW-FS5 is ergonomically designed with the user in mind; the 0.8kg lightweight body has excellent weight balance ensuring reliability and all-day comfortable handheld shooting, for almost any location, even airborne mounted on a drone. Ease of use for a variety of shooting applications is possible with the one-touch rotatable grip; all of the key controls are at the user’s fingertips allowing for ultimate shooting flexibility and instant switch between low or high angle shooting. In response to users demand for more ergonomic flexibility, the 3.5-inch type LCD panel can be attached to different positions on the handle or the compact camera body, further supporting easy handheld operation and offering customisable shooting.

    Superb creative expression is visible through the inclusion of 4K XAVC high-definition shooting, with the Super35 Exmor™ CMOS sensor incorporating 11.6 million pixels and 8.3 million effective pixels, capturing detail and image texture that even HD sensors cannot see. The high sensitivity and large size of the sensor delivers background defocus, increased low-light sensitivity and lower image noise coupled with stunning picture quality. High quality imagery is further ensured by High Frame Rate cache recording at 10bit 4:2:2 Full HD and an incredibly high frame rate of up to 240fps, in 8 second bursts, which makes 1/10 times Super Slow Motion possible without sacrificing bit depth or loss of image quality.

    The PXW-FS5 is the world’s first* Super35mm camcorder to feature built-in electronic variable ND filters, further expanding the depth of field representation by the large-format sensor and enabling flexible exposure control, encouraging the user to reach their full creative potential. Professionals can push their work to the next level with a high-end cinematography feel to footage, coupled with the mobile feel of the camcorder. Get the exact shot needed for a project, even in difficult shooting locations; as the compact power zoom E lens PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS( SELP18105G), provided in the PXW-FS5K kit model, enables zoom operation with one hand.

    Integrating easily with other camera lenses, α Mount System offers unsurpassed compatibility with both Sony and third-party lenses. The PXW-FS5’s E-mount can take virtually any lenses, such as SLR lenses via an adaptor, as well as Sony’s E-mount and A-mount lenses; ensuring the camcorder adapts to multiple environments. Sony’s α Mount System and its enhanced interfaces include 3G-SDI, HDMI output and SD dual card slots. Also equipped with Wi-Fi and a Wired LAN terminal, the PXW-FS5 features enhanced network functions such as file transfer and streaming transmission. Furthermore, the future firmware update will provide RAW output.

    “Last year we launched the PXW-FS7 at IBC, which changed the way broadcast programmes and documentaries were made. With that in mind and building on the success of the PXW-FS7, we’re introducing a lighter more compact camcorder, the PXW-FS5,” said Claus Pfeifer, Strategic Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “The PXW-FS5 presents unrivalled flexibility coupled with complete creative control, equipping professionals with all the tools needed to exceed any brief. It stands apart in the current market as a comfortable handheld, lightweight camera, which at the same time delivers high quality imagery for content creation spanning; cinematic wedding videography, corporate footage, online and event videography. Professionals have all the practical and creative functionality at their disposal, leaving them without any limits to realise their full potential.”

    *As a Super35mm camcorder with integrated electronic variable ND filter, based on Sony research.

    Key features of the PXW-FS5

    Flexible handheld shooting with a compact 0.8kg lightweight body

    The lightweight body with excellent weight balance ensures comfortable handheld shooting as well as an easy fit with a drone or gimbal. The one-touch rotatable grip enables instant switching between low or high angle shooting. Shooting parameters can be changed with one hand even during recording thanks to the multi-functional grip. In the same way the zoom can be operated with a single hand. The detachable handle, one-touch rotatable grip and flexible LCD panel support various shooting styles.

    Creative expressive performance, including 4K shooting and 240fps high-speed shooting

    The camcorder is equipped with an 11.6million pixel Super35 Exmor™ CMOS Sensor, enabling 4K XAVC long GoP high-definition video shooting. It is the world’s first Super35mm camcorder with a built-in electronic variable ND filter, supporting linear control from 1/4ND to 1/128ND and further expanding the depth of field representation. 1/10 times Super Slow Motion reproduction is possible thanks to the 10bit 4:2:2 full HD 240fps High Frame Rate, with no sensor cropping. Low light capabilities and background defocus are heightened by the high sensitivity and large sensor size. On top of this, the 14 stops of latitude in exposure deliver strong grayscale rendition without crushing shadows or blowing out light details.

    Variety of shooting applications and rich network functions

    The camcorder is equipped with enhanced interfaces including 3G-SDI, 4K HDMI output, MI shoe, SD Dual card slots, Wi-Fi and wired LAN terminal, supporting various system configurations. The Clear Image Zoom allows users to zoom in at up to 2x, even with a fixed focal length lens.

  • Im assuming that the spec for XAVC-L recording is for 1080p only. Yet 1080p is capable of 10bit 422, but at 50mbps with XAVC-L.... wont this be too low a data rate to cram all that data in?

  • I was looking forward to a Sony CamCorder with A7s Sensor. I guess marketing trumps again. They must have figured it would torpedo FS7 sales.

    The FS5 looks really good but just like the FS7 my 28-135 Cine lens will not be optimized for it and it will not shoot in the dark, so I will pass. Perhaps what I am waiting for (FS6 or 8) will be released early 2016?

    I see that the A7sII was also just announced. Perhaps that (A7s Sensor) Camcorder will be delayed even further until sales start to decline?

  • Street price is already confirmed a grand lower than announced price!! This will kill any last remaining point in the C100 mk2 existing.

  • I hope this will be the beginning of mass adoption of electro-chromatic ND. Also curious about potential IR issues that could arise from this approach.

  • @Tron

    We do not know that approach is used actually, as it can be just combination of fixed ND and simple digital processing :-)

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev It looks like a previous Sony camera release had similar tech and they describe the system as including both conventional filter and LCD "dimming" panel.

  • Damn, no 10-bit UHD or Cine EI. Having worked on a feature film recently with the FS7 that predominantly lived on a Ronin, the shorter length of the FS5 is a welcome feature.

    But I'd have to have to use their normal Custom color matrix that wouldn't have the filmic look from Cine EI with SLOG3.cine. The launch video seems to have more of that video-ish Sony look so far.

  • It seems like the sdi out is a bit crippled. Too bad!

  • All the footage looks pretty shit so far, but according to "the camera store" vid you can get raw signal out. Now that could mean it is possible to get a completely different image out of the camera.. Looking forward to some tests of that and to see someone skilled wield it.

  • It seems like the sdi out is a bit crippled. Too bad!

    How so?

  • I looked at the specs and it seemed like the sdi port could not handle the data rate of 4k raw, although in the vid above "the camera store hands on preview" they say you can get a raw output.. I have to assume I was mistaken (until proven otherwise).

  • The spec sheet claims 3G-SDI max, which is not 4K resolution

    No detail yet on the HDMI output spec.

  • What are the major downsides of Long GOP?