Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor compact CineAlta camera records HD/2K/4K on SxS memory plus 16-bit RAW 2K/4K output
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You’ll find the PMW-F55 CineAlta camera everywhere – from Hollywood features to episodic TV, commercials, promos, sports and more. Its compact size belies breathtaking 4K image quality and effortless adaptability. Better still, its extraordinary capabilities continue to evolve in response to the creative demands of film-makers worldwide.

Shot with the F55

The versatile F55 brings films and TV shows to life with spectacular 4K detail, colour and dynamic range. No wonder it’s the go-to choice for many of the world’s most in-demand image makers.

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Five reasons to choose the F55

Compact, versatile and future-ready, the F55 gives cinematographers and directors plenty of good reasons to pick CineAlta. Find out why it’s the prime choice whenever you need superlative 4K picture quality and near-limitless creative options – today and tomorrow.

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PMW-F55 with viewfinder

From Palme d'Or to online drama

It’s everywhere – from major Hollywood features and world cinema prize winners to top-rated episodic TV and premium drama from online streaming leaders like Netflix and Amazon.

And that’s just the start. The flexible, highly modular F55 is an equally popular choice for documentaries, news magazines, indie shorts and music promos.

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A process of refinement

It’s the camera that’s always evolving to keep pace with film-makers’ needs. Latest firmware for the F55 adds extended colour space support, high frame rate 16-bit 4K RAW recording, fresh ergonomic refinements and more.

PMW-F55 with shoulder mount

Colour outside the lines

Why accept ordinary colour when you can go so much further? Our S-Gamut reproduces reds and greens that are literally beyond the reach of less capable cameras.

Then we preserve every last nuance of colour with phenomenal 16-bit linear RAW recording. This encodes over 65,000 discrete shades of red. Plus 65,000 blues. Plus 65,000 greens.

It all adds up to more than 275,000,000,000,000 possible colours. Want the ultimate in colour fidelity? Then you want Sony.

PMW-F55 S-Gamut curve

The speed you need at 240 frames per second

High speed shooting with the F55 is your passport to exquisite slow motion. Capture 2K RAW at 240 fps for playback at 24p. You’ll get 10x super slow motion playback – perfect for catching fine detail of sports, stunts and explosions, as well as the exquisite beauty of our natural world. (Requires AXS-R5 RAW recorder, sold separately).

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Shoot 4K on board

Before the F55, 4K digital cinematography cameras all had one thing in common. They couldn’t save your 4K footage – at least not without some sort of external recorder.

It’s all different with the F55. Turbo-charge your workflow with full 4096 x 2160 resolution, captured on board with the all-I-frame quality of Sony XAVC I recording at a highly practical 240 Mbps (24p).

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PMW-F55 shooting from rear of pick-up truck


ACES is a free, open, device-independent colour management and image interchange system that can be applied to almost any current or future workflow. It was developed by hundreds of the industry’s top scientists, engineers and end users, working together under the auspices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Sony is committed to supporting ACES-based workflows in the highest quality possible.

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Much more than movies

The capabilities of the F55 extend far beyond the movie lot. Whether you’re shooting documentaries or news, the portable F55 has the poise and agility to keep up with your creative vision – wherever you are and whatever’s happening around you.

An optional build-up kit brings you the familiar ergonomics and proper balance of a true shoulder-mount camera. There’s an adjustable shoulder pad and front block control for comfortably balanced operation. Other upgrades for power, wireless audio, lens support and RAW recording expand shooting possibilities in a wide range of field-based applications.

Rigged for Live Production, it’s also an ideal choice for capturing sports and cultural events in pristine detail-packed 4K. The F55 fits right in with broadcasters’ workflow, giving OB crews the reassuring operation and flexibility they’d enjoy with any conventional Sony HD system camera.

PMW-F55 and PMW-F5

Higher emotions

High Dynamic Range (HDR) takes viewers’ engagement to the next level with brighter highlights, deeper blacks and richer colours. You’re all ready to shoot in HDR with the F55 – opening up exciting new creative possibilities for audiences to enjoy, today and tomorrow.

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Continuous refinement

It’s all about you. And we’re constantly refining the capabilities of the F55 by asking real-world cinematographers what they want.

Like this intuitive new Quick Menu function that makes it easy to perform everyday tasks on the camera’s sub-display at a touch of the Option button. You’ll spend more time making effective creative decisions. And less time diving deep into menu options.

Side-view of PMW-F5/F55 Quick Menu Function


Power Requirements
DC 12 V (11 V to 17 V)
Power Consumption
Approx. 25 W (while recording XAVC 4K 60p, EVF Off, LCD monitor Off, 4K SDI On)
Operating Temperature
0°C to 40°C
32°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature
-20°C to +60°C
-4°F to +140°F
2.2 kg (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)
4 lb 14 oz (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)
Dimensions (W x H x D) *1
130 x 125 x 191 mm (without protrusions)
5 1/8 x 5 x 7 5/8 inches (without protrusions)
Battery Operating Time
Approx. 150 min with BP-FL75
Approx. 210 min with BP-GL95A
Recording Format (Video)
XAVC (AVC/H.264 High 4:2:2 Intra Profile)
4K: VBR, 600 Mbps max.
HD: SMPTE RP2027 Class100 compliant
HD 422 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps max., MPEG-2 422P@HL
Recording Format (Audio)
LPCM 8CH (2CH recording/playback), 24-bit, 48-kHz
Recording Frame Rate
XAVC 4K (4096 x 2160):
XAVC QFHD (3840 x 2160): 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
XAVC 2K (2048 x 1080):
XAVC HD (1920x1080):
MPEG4 SStP (1920 x 1080):
MPEG2 HD (1920x1080):
MPEG2 HD (1280 x 720):
Recording/Playback Time
XAVC 4K, 23.98p: Approx. 25 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 50 min (SBP-128B)
59.94p: Approx. 10 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 20 min (SBP-128B)
XAVC HD, 23.98p: Approx. 70 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 140 min (SBP-128B)
59.94p: Approx. 30 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 60 min (SBP-128B)
MPEG2 HD: Approx. 60 min (SBS-32G1A)/Approx. 120 min (SBS-64G1A)
Camera Section
Imaging Device (Type)
Super 35mm equivalent Single-chip CMOS
Imaging Device (Pixel Count)
11.6M (total), 8.9M (effective)
Aspect Ratio
Built-in Filters
Clear, 0.9 (1/8ND), 1.8 (1/64ND)
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)
Video Gamma: T12@24p (3200K light source)
ISO Sensitivity
S-Log2 Gamma: ISO 1250 (D55 light source)
Lens Mount
PL mount (with supplied lens mount adapter)
FZ mount (without supplied lens mount adapter)
S/N Ratio
57dB (Video Gamma, 24p, Noise Suppression OFF)
Shutter Speed
1/24s to 1/6,000s (23.98PsF)
Shutter Angle
4.2°to 360°(electrical shutter)
Slow Shutter (SLS)
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-frame accumulation
Slow & Quick Motion Function
XAVC 4K/QFHD: 1-60p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p
XAVC 4K/QFHD: 1-50p (PAL), 25p
XAVC 2K/HD: 1-180p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p
XAVC 2K/HD: 1-150p (PAL), 25p
White Balance
Preset (3200K, 4300K, 5500K), Memory
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
Gamma Curve
Standard (x6)
HG1, HG2, HG3, HG4, HG7, HG8
S-Log2 Gamma
Audio Input
CH-1/CH-2: XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), Line/Mic/Mic +48V (AES/EBU) *4  switchable
DC Input
XLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1), 11 V to 17 V DC
DC Output
4-pin (x2), 11 V to 17 V DC (max. 1.8 A) with battery adapter
Digital viewfinder interface (x1)
SDI Output
BNC (x4), HD mode: SDI 1/2 Line Output, SDI 3/4 Monitor Output
4K mode: SDI 1/2/3/4 Line Output, Display On/Off switchable
Test Output
BNC (x1), HD-Y or HD Sync (tri-level) V1.0
Timecode Input/Output
TC IN/OUT (x1) switchable
Genlock Input
BNC (x1)
8-pin (x1)
HDMI Output
A Type (x1)
USB host, type-A (x1)
USB device, Mini-B (x1)
Headphone Output
Stereo mini jack (x1)
Speaker Output
BNC (x1) *4 
USB host, type-A (x1)
ExpressCard/34 slot (x2)
SD card slot (x1)
Supplied Accessories
Supplied Accessories
Lens mount adapter (1)
Battery adapter (1)
Audio input connector (1)
Screws for the audio input connector (4)
Tape measure hook (1)
USB wireless LAN module IFU-WLM3 (1) *4 
Before Using this Unit (1)
Operating Instructions (CD-ROM) (1)
*1 The values for dimensions are approximate.
*2 These are the supported formats at launch and will be added by future upgrades.
*3 Some frame rates are not supported at launch and will be supported by future upgrades.
*4 To be supported by future upgrades.
Product contains pre-installed software
This product contains pre-installed software and requires the purchase of licence keys to activate some functions.

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