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F5 CineAlta 4K truly gorgeous HD - For incredibly vivid HD, start with the 4K imager of the Sony F5. You’ll get superior, super-sampled pictures with noticeably higher contrast, rich color reproduction and greater clarity. This is the next generation of the incredibly popular F3 and offers robust built-in recording modes, all with vibrant 4:2:2 color. 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.

F55 CineAlta 4K the future, ahead of schedule - What happens when top engineers spend years consulting cinematographers and creating breakthroughs in sensors, image processors and recording media? The Sony F55. Here is a camera engineered to reward its owners now and far into the future. The Sony 4K image sensor incorporates a revolutionary electronic global shutter. You get superb dynamic range, the widest color gamut, and pristine image quality whether you shoot in HD, 2K or 4K. With the optional AXS-R5 recorder, you can even make the jump to incredibly precise 16-bit Linear RAW in both 2K and 4K.

 

Both the F55 and F5 record 4K (and 2K) RAW onto a modular onboard AXS-R5 recorder that uses a new AXS Memory Card.  Both cameras have a Super 35mm 4,096 x 2,160 single CMOS sensor (11.6M total photosites, 8.9M effective). Super 35mm 3-perf format size, 24 x 12.7 mm, 27.1 mm diagonal.

The F55 imager has a Bayer Pattern similar to the F65 and a “global shutter.” F5 has a Bayer Pattern similar to the F3. It does not have a global shutter.

The cameras weigh about 4 lb 14 oz (body only), and measure 7 1/8 x 7 7/8 x 12 ¼ inches. They consume 12 V DC (11 V – 17 V) at about 25 W.

F55 is rated at ISO 1250. F5 is rated at 2000 ISO. Certainly, you can adjust ISO up or down from there. Exposure latitude is 14 stops.

There are 3 behind-the-lens optical filters: clear, ND 0.9 (3 stops) and 1.8 (6 stops). Electronic shutter angle is variable from 4.2 – 360 degrees. Shutter speeds adjust from 1/24 – 1/6000 second. White balance choices are 3200, 4300, 5500K, Memorized, and ATW (Auto). There are 6 standard Gamma Curves and S-Log2 Gamma.

F55 records internal 4K (not RAW) to SxS cards, along with varieties of HD and 2K. Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) and Consumer 4K TV QFHD (Quad HD 3840 x 2160) are both supported on SxS cards. F55 will record 4K and QFHD up to 60 fps. HD and 2K up to 180 fps. And 2K RAW up to 240 fps. (Only the Sony F65 records 4K RAW up to 120 fps.)

F5 records HD and 2K internally onto SxS cards. It cannot record internal 4K. F5 does HD, 2K and 2K RAW to 120 fps, and HD to 180 fps.

The F55 has a choice of viewfinders:

OLED: DVF-EL100. This 0.7-inch (diagonal) 1280 x 720 viewfinder offers high definition, and improved brightness, contrast and response.


LCD: DVF-L350.  This 3.5-inch (diagonal) 960 x 540 LCD viewfinder has higher resolution and 10 times the contrast of previous LCD models.  The eyepiece flips up to reveal the 3.5-inch LCD screen.

LCD monitor: DVF-L700.  This compact 7-inch (diagonal) 1920 x 1080 LCD on-board monitor works with the camera’s 2K and 4K output modes, and provides pixel-for-pixel 1920 x 1080 viewing in HD.

Lenses

One of the first dedicated lenses for the FZ mount was Sony’s ENG-style 18-252 mm T3.8-6.8 SCL-Z18X140 FZ-mount auto-focus, auto-iris, image-stabilized servo zoom. The short flange focal distance is one of the things that helps shrink its variable overall length: 6.8″-8.6″ long. 

Sony’s PL to FZ mount adapter lets you use almost all PL mounts on the planet. Electric contacts probably will pass through /i and LDS data. (PL mounts are 54 mm internal diameter, with a 52 mm focus depth.)

Sony also introduces a second generation of inexpensive PL mount prime lenses, with improved mechanical design. Focal lengths are 20, 25, 35, 50, 85 and 135 mm, all T2.0.  All have the same widest diameter of 118 mm, the same front diameter (114 mm), and geared barrel locations.  All are 120 mm long, except the 135 mm, which is 145 mm long.  They each have a 9-bladed iris, The focus ring rotates 240°.

For more information, read the entire Film & Digitial Times review here.