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Sony releases PXW-FS7 firmware V2.0

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:00 AM

New firmware for the Sony PXW-FS7 has arrived, bringing full 4K recording, HD Apple ProRes codecs and additional audio channels, amongst other enhancements and fixes. Juan Martinez of Sony has explained the key points in his blog, reproduced here.

You can download the new firmware from the Sony website.

Sony _PXW-FS7_4K_camera

What’s new in firmware Version 2.0 for PXW-FS7 and XDCA-FS7:

  1. Expands audio recording to four-channel audio at 24-bit, 48 KHz. 
  2. Supports DCI-compliant 4096 x 2160 XAVC-Intra-frame recording up to 60 fps. 
  3. Adds HD Apple ProRes codecs to enable progressive and interlaced HQ and 422 recording. 
  4. Eliminates “Magenta Cast” in WB preset mode. 
  5. Renames "Color Temp <P>" menu parameter to "Preset White" 
  6. Eliminates need to re-enable “Steady Shot” after power ON/OFF cycle. 
  7. Retains “Paint Menu” settings after power OFF/ON cycle.

Sony PXW-FS7 firmware v2.0: White Clip switches off in S-Log mode

Four-channel audio recording and other audio enhancements

Sony PXW-FS7 firmware v2.0: additional audio channels

Firmware 2.0 enables two additional audio inputs via the built-in Multi-Interface “MI Shoe” located on the FS7 top handle. This gives the FS7 four 24-bit, 48 KHz digital audio channels. The audio menu has been enhanced to enable management of these additional inputs.

Sony PXW-FS7 firmware v2.0: Using the XLR-K2M microphone

The high-quality MI-Shoe interface allows you to connect additional professional-quality micro-phones, mixing consoles etc. to the FS7. This intelligent interface automatically powers connected devices via the camera’s power switch.

Ver. 2.0 enables compatibility with several optional audio accessories, notably the XLR-KM2, which provides two XLR connectors plus all necessary controls, and the UWP-D digital wireless series, which offers robust transmission thanks to true diversity transmission - it has two discrete tuners, one for each antenna.

Sony PXW-FS7 firmware v.2.0 audio channels

Delivering Full 4K: DCI-compliant 4096 x 2160 XAVC-I recording

Sony PXW-FS7 firmware v2.0: Full 4K recording

Ver.2.0 adds DCI-compliant, 4096 x 2160, XAVC-Intra frame progressive recording at 23,98p, 25p, 29.97p, and 59.94p. Slow and Quick Motion “S&Q” frame-rate selection in single frame increments is possible.

The highly efficient XAVC-I codec is an ideal acquisition codec, providing mastering quality at a moderate bit rate. XAVC significantly cuts memory cards and HDD requirements. For example, XAVC-I requires only 600 Mbps to record 10-bit, 422, 4K at 60 fps; on the other hand, 4K Apple ProRes HQ requires 1.76Gbps.




XAVC-Intra 4:2:2

4096 x2160




MXF (600Mbps)
MXF (500Mbps)
MXF (300Mbps) 1 ‐ 60 fps MXF (250Mbps)
MXF (240Mbps)







HD Apple ProRes HQ and 422 recording

Sony PXW-FS7 firmware v2.0: On-board ProRes recording with the XDCA-FS7 extension unit

Ver. 2.0 adds HD Apple ProRes HQ and 422 codecs to the optional XDCA-FS7 expansion module. Ver. 2.0 supports progressive and interlace Apple HD ProRes HQ or 422 recording to the camera’s XQD cards. Supported progressive frame rates include 23.98p, 25p and 29.97p Supported interlaced at 50i and 59.94i.




ProRes 4:2:2 10bit HQ




QT (220Mbps)

QT (184Mbps) QT (220Mbps) QT (176Mbps) QT (184Mbps)

QT (147Mbps) QT (122Mbps) QT (147Mbps) QT (117Mbps) QT (122Mbps)








ProRes 10-bit 4:2:2






Download the new firmware from the Sony website

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