The Sony PXW-FS5 is a professional 4K E-mount camcorder built around a Super 35mm-sized Exmor CMOS sensor to deliver cinematic 4K (3840 x 2160) XAVC recording, Full-HD (1920x1080) and super slow motion. With its built-in electronic variable Neutral Density (ND) filter, users can expand the depth of field and exposure capabilities further from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly to create stunning, stand out imagery. The Sony PXW-FS5 offers all the benefits you'd expect from a large format sensor and packs it into a lightweight, compact body that's comfortable for handheld shooting on-the-move and compatible with virtually any DSLR lens.
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Sony PXW-FS5 4K: Key Features
- Rugged, lightweight (830g) professional 4K camcorder
- World's first Super to feature built-in electronic variable ND filters
- 11.6 million pixel Super35mm Exmor CMOS sensor
- 4K XAVC 100 Mbps shooting
- 10bit 4:2:2 Full HD at 240fps
- Variable ND linear control from 1/4ND to 1/128ND
- Grab and shoot style for on-the-go shooting
- Ideal for event, corporate and online video production
- One-touch rotatable grip; easy access to all controls
- Adjustable 3.5" LCD panel
- 3G-SDI, HDMI output and SD dual card slots (SDXC)
- Compatible with third party lenses via adapter (not included)
- Sony E-mount - Body only, lenses available separately
PXW-FS5 Official Function Video
4K Super 35 Exmor sensor
The FS5 is built around a high-sensitivity 4K Super35 "Exmor" CMOS Sensor that offers all the benefits of a large format sensor in combination with the exceptional image readout speeds required for 4K motion-picture shooting and Super Slow Motion. 4K resolution. 11.6 million total pixels and 8.8 million effective
pixels deliver 4K resolution. Even if you’re delivering in HD, your recordings will capture detail and image texture that HD sensors simply cannot see. Super 35 size sensor offers "bokeh," the defocused backgrounds made possible by shallow depth of field, as well as excellent low-light sensitivity and an expansive field of view. 14 stops of exposure latitude deliver powerful grayscale rendition without crushing shadow detail or blowing out highlight detail. Exceptional sensitivity enables you to shoot well after sunset, without tons of lighting and grip. Sony’s Exmor CMOS design provides high-speed full-pixel read- out capability (without pixel binning) and sophisticated camera processing to ensure jaggies and moiré are minimized.
240fps High Frame Rate (HFR) recording
The FS5 offers High Frame Rate (HFR) cache recording at Full HD 10bit 4:2:2 image quality and a frame rate of up to 240 fps. The 8-second cache recording means no more mistimed shots lead-ing to extra takes. It also lets you pick out footage at exactly the point that you want. It is also possible to record 120 fps with up to 16-second cache recording. Higher frame rates of 480 fps and 960 fps are also possible.
Built-in Electronic Variable ND Filters
The FS5 is the world's first Super 35mm camcorder* with a built-in electronic variable Neutral Density (ND) filter, further expanding the depth of field capability of its large format sensor. Unlike conventional optical ND filters, the electronic ND filter on the FS5 can be controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly. This makes the FS5 ideal for fast-moving shoots in changeable environments - there’s no need to change filters as lighting conditions change and variable control makes it easy to keep depth of field under control. *Sony market research, September 2015.
Grab and Shoot with handheld super 35
A handheld camera should be able to get you into tight places. To work in your lap. To move with the talent. To shoot high and low angles with equal agility. And a handheld camera should function beautifully against your chest comfortably steadied by your right hand with all the controls at your fingertips. Sony’s extraordinary PXW-FS5 does all of this, and more.
Colour, contrast and the XAVC codec
When quality is everything, make the most of the FS5’s Super 35 Exmor sensor and shoot 100Mbps 4K (3840 × 2160) using Sony's advanced XAVC (Long GOP) recording system. In the future, there will even be the option to record RAW externally (details to be announced). If you need a fast turnaround, switch to Full-HD (1920x1080)- recording at up to 60p XAVC 10bit 4:2:2 50Mbps. The FS5 has the flexibility to suit how you need to work, today and tomorrow.
The FS5 is a radical re-imagining of the FS7 for unsurpassedon the go showoting in the most demanding of conditions. With a body-only weight less than half the FS7 at 0.84kg, you can shoot almost anywhere. Handheld operation is simply exceptional as the superbly balanced chassis is easily configured to shoot from high to low angles thanks to a flexible, rotatable grip and a LCD viewfinder that can be mounted in no less than nine locations.
Modular design for easy integration
The FS5 is designed to be taken apart quickly and easily, with no need for custom tools. There are also ¼-inch screw holes on handle, top and bottom of the body to support mounting on a drone, gimbal or in a underwater housing. For tripod mounting, there’s both 1/4 and 3/8 inch screw hole on the bottom. You can
even add the FS7’s rosette mount* to securely attach an FS7 arm and compatible third-party accessories.
* Rosette mount component available from Sony service centres.
All of the FS5’s key functions are put at your fingertips - from an electronic zoom lever to assignable dials and responsive joystick. The smart grip is located as close as possible to the centre of gravity of the camera to avoid rolling, while a grip belt makes your hold completely secure. To adjust the smart grip’s angle, you only need to press one button and turn. Detaching the grip is made fast and simple with a bayonet connection.
However you want to shoot, the FS5 adapts to fit your style. Its 3.5-inch LCD screen can be attached in no less than nine different locations, three on top of the handle and another six on top of the body. And once attached, the positioning of the screen can be freely adjusted - for example either beside the camera body or directly along the axis of the lens.
S-Log3 and maximum dynamic range
As the exposure latitude of modern cameras climbs, conventional HD recording systems are hard-pressed to keep pace. That’s why Sony developed S-Log2 and now S-Log3. Sony’s most refined logarithmic gamma mode yet, S-Log3 enables faster, easier colour grading with more levels devoted to shadows and mid-tones for spectacular grayscale rendition. You’ll spend less time “getting into the ballpark,” leaving more time for creativity. Of course, for the S-log2 lover, Sony supports S-log2 gamma for PXW-FS5.
S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.cine
The camera features the ample colour space of S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.cine. The first reproduces the maximum available colour space, and is well suited to archiving. The second matches well with the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) P3 colour space.
Clear Image Zoom
This proprietary Sony technology significantly extends your ability to get closer to a remote scene while preserving image quality. Once you’ve zoomed in at maximum optical magnification, By Pixel Super Resolution Technology can enlarge the image by additional 200%. It is also compatible with fixed focal length lenses, so you can zoom into a scene while using a prime lens.
Centre Scan Mode
To support traditional Super 16mm cinema lenses, the FS5 has a Centre Scan Mode which selectively outputs 2160x1080 from the sensor’s centre. This gives the FS5 all the characteristics of a Super 16mm film camera and avoids any vignetting. It also offers a 2X Digital Extender zoom – effectively doubling your range for HD content.
Dual media slots with independent record control
To extend recording time and workflow flexibility, the FS5 is equipped with two memory card slots. "RELAY" mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full, while "SIMUL" mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards (for example to create an immediate back-up version). The FS5’s three Start/Stop buttons on the grip, handle and camcorder body, can independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in "SIMUL" mode.
Input / Output
The FS5 has two XLR connecters – so even if you remove the handle with its standard, easy-access XLR connector then a second on the body is still available, making it ideal for applications such as shooting in a confined space, such as a car interior, or when mounting on a gimbal.
Despite its amazingly light 0.84kg body, the FS5 is more than tough enough for the rigors of real-world shooting. The main frame is magnesium, for high rigidity and light weight. Cooling is an urgent requirement in a 4K camera, all the more so in a camera as compact as the FS5.
An advanced cooling system design features a vertical heat sink placed directly beside the image sensor and main circuit board to maximise its effectiveness. An air duct cools the heat sink while isolating the electrical components from exposure to dust.
a mount flexibility
Sony’s a mount system offers unsurpassed compatibility with both Sony and third-party lenses. The FS5’s E-Mount can take Cinema lenses and SLR lenses with a third party adaptor, as well as Sony’s E-mount and A-mount lenses. So whether buying new lenses, or making use of lenses you’ve already purchased, the FS5 makes it easy.
Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe
The FS5 takes advantage of Sony’s flexible Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, which provides power, signal connections and coordinated on/off switching to compatible Sony accessories. For example, you can connect and control Sony wireless microphone systems such as the UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 or attach the HVL-LBPC light.* * Accessories sold separately. HVL-LBPC light does not draw power from FS5.
Direct Menu function display onscreen, so shooting parameters can be changed quickly and conveniently without taking your eyes off the action.
Networked for high mobility
Live stream from any event thanks to a choice of Wi-Fi or built-in wired LAN. Control FS5 from your smartphone or tablet. Built-in NFC supports one-touch authentication possible with appropriate devices Be first with breaking news thanks to a built-in wired LAN jack for high-speed FTP transfer of full resolution content.
PXW-FS5 Official 4K Interview with Den Lennie and Mick Jones
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