The compact, flexible PMW-F5 makes serious cinematography in HD, 2K, QFHD or 4K accessible on all budgets. Modular, easy to use and highly sensitive, it’s effortlessly adaptable to suit different production agendas, from documentaries to music promos and ENG. It can even be upgraded to the PMW-F55 to match your widening creative horizons.
Sony CineAlta 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.
Even if you’re not planning on 4K production just yet, the 11.6 megapixel resolution of our 4K CMOS image sensor in the F5 lets you to shoot gorgeous, super-sampled HD right now, with visibly superior texture, detail and contrast that HD sensors just can’t touch.
Preserving all the original detail of your original shot, your future-proofed 4K master is ready to take full advantage of the fast-growing 4K Ultra HD distribution ecosystem.
Once you’ve tasted the limitless creative possibilities of CineAlta, you could find yourself wanting even more. A factory upgrade option adds a new image sensor module and firmware, transforming the F5 into the even more capable F55.
You’ll gain exciting functional advantages including on-board XAVC™ recording in 4K and QFHD (3840 x 2160), electronic frame image scan to eliminate rolling shutter, real-time 4K output over SDI and HDMI, and extended S-Gamut colour.
Also available, an optional licence upgrades the F5 to allow XAVC 4K and XAVC QFHD internal recording, together with a 4K/QFHD output via 3G-SDI and HDMI.
“With the F5, I am getting the beautiful detail my producers want. The latest firmware update gave me the ability to use a Center Cut of the sensor for 2K shooting. That, with the ultra-long lens, finally gets me sharp and close.”
Photo: Gina Poole.
Cinematographers tell their stories with light and shadow – and the ability to render tones from deepest shadows to brightest highlights is a crucial test of any digital camera.
The F5 excels with an impressive 14 stops of exposure latitude, bringing audiences more emotion, depth and detail in every frame.
DPs notice how the F5 holds remarkable detail in the highlights, together with extremely low noise in blacks and lowlights. The result? Graceful, ultra-natural contrast rendering in any scene.
The F5 is shown here with the AXS-R7 4K Portable Memory Recorder.
From stunts and explosions to a single raindrop – high-speed shooting at up to 240 frames per second with the F5 gives directors and DPs a powerful storytelling tool.
The camera also supports Slow and Quick (S&Q) motion for overcranking and undercranking, letting you alter the narrative by speeding up or slowing down the action in 1 fps increments.
You’ll enjoy full quality at any frame rate, with no sacrifice in bit depth and no ‘windowing’ of the sensor. So there’s no crop factor and no loss in angle of view.
Surprisingly small, light and modular, the F5 lets you build up the right configuration for each project – or each shot.
Add the AXS-R7 Portable Memory Recorder and capture 2K RAW at up to 240 fps for silk-smooth 10x super slow motion. Detach the recorder with an extension cable to shoot in tight spaces with rigs and cranes*. Or go with internal recording whenever size and weight are top priorities.
The optional CBK-55BK build-up kit transforms the F5 into a familiar shoulder-mounted camcorder for news and field-based production. You can even mount B4 lenses via an optional adapter to switch between broadcast- and cine-style shooting.
*4K recording up to 60fps supported when using the AXS-R5/R7 extension cable.
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.
With the F5 you’re always ready for the unexpected. Great for wildlife and documentary shooting, cache recording continually stores the last 15 seconds* of action prior to pressing the camera’s record button.
So when something unpredictable happens, you know that the crucial moment’s already been captured.
*Time depends on codec, resolution and camera settings