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FS5 Announced - Sony Reveals New PXW-FS5 Camera at IBC

Saturday, September 12, 2015 3:00 PM

Sony FS5 4k handheld camera

Twelve months ago, Sony’s hugely popular PXW-FS7 shook up the documentary and broadcast programmes market. Now, taking aim at the videography and online content market there's a new addition to the Sony 4K camera family, announced on Friday at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam. A “radical reimagining” of the FS7, Sony's FS5 is a freelancers' dream, a 4K run-and-gun handheld camera.

Aimed at videographers, online content producers and corporates, the Sony PXW-FS5’s compact size, excellent chassis balance and remarkable 800g body-only weight – half that of its bigger sibling, the PXW-FS7 – make it extremely flexible, so low- or high-angle shooting, tight spots and even drone filming are no problem.

Sony FS5 4k handheld camera

Sony gives flxibility with PXW-FS5's Customisable form factor

Further assistance on those low- and high-angle shots comes in the shape of an LCD screen that can be mounted in a variety of positions on the camera, including a side position, which is an improvement for the FS5 over not only the FS7 but also the FS700. The handgrip can be rotated to whichever position suits you best, and you can even add the FS7 arm and grip – so the form factor is adaptable to your needs.

Sony FS5 4k handheld camera

Sony adds facial recognition auto-focus to FS5 tool-kit

Facial recognition auto-focus is included and with Canon’s just-released C300 Mark II setting a high benchmark for facial recognition AF as a creative tool, it will be interesting to see how Sony’s effort stacks up with the PXW-FS5.

FS5 gets super 35 CMOS sensor

In terms of its sensor, the FS5 is the equal of the FS7, coming equipped with the same Exmor Super 35 CMOS sensor. A tentative 14 stops of dynamic range are supported by S-Log2 and S-Log3, and the same S-Gamut3 colour space just announced for the F5 and F55 via a forthcoming firmware release is also incorporated, giving Sony's FS5 a REC. 2020 colour space.

Sony FS5 4k handheld camera

Great lens compatibility on the FS5 camera

Coupled with adaptors, the Sony PXW-FS5's E-mount lens will take a huge range of lenses allowing videographers the greatest flexibility, and meaning there is no need to fork out for new glass.

As with the FS7, Sony has also announced an FS5K version of the new handheld 4K camera, which comes with an E-mount 18-105mm zoom lens.

As well as 4K filming, the Sony FS5 is capable of up to 240fps slow motion shooting in HD (in eight-second bursts). The camera also incorporates electronic variable ND filters, similar to the PXW-X180.

The Sony PXW-FS5 Camera is available to pre-order from our website for December delivery.


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