Grab and shoot with handheld Super 35 PXW-FS5/FS5K

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A handheld camera should be able to get you into tight places. To work in your lap. To move with the talent. To shoot high and low angles with equal agility. And because the FS5 is a Sony, there’s no compromises. Record 4K at 60*/50fps in FS RAW** via a compatible third-party external recorder, such as the Convergent Design® Odyssey 7Q and the ATOMOS Shogun. Shoot stunning 240fps in Full HD and turn around projects faster with Instant HDR workflow. Go beyond what anyone ever imagined for a camcorder that weighs just 0.8kg.


**Requires V2.0 firmware or above, plus optional CBKZ-FS5RIF upgrade kit.

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Ultimate mobility

The FS5 is a radical new design for unsurpassed on-the-go shooting in the most demanding of conditions. With a body-only weight less than half the FS7 at 0.8kg, you can shoot almost anywhere. Handheld operation is simply exceptional as the superbly balanced chassis is easily configured to shoot from high to low angles thanks to a flexible, rotatable grip and an LCD viewfinder that can be mounted in no less than nine locations. And as you’d expect from Sony, to provide complete control over lighting in fast moving situations, we invented the first built-in electronic Variable ND Filter for a Super35 mm camcorder.

Adaptable design

When you’re in the field, you don’t want to lose time or miss any opportunity. The FS5 allows you to quickly add or remove components such as the grip and LCD viewfinder without special tools, while standard ¼-inch screw holes support mounting on a drone, gimbal or in underwater housing.

α mount flexibility

Sony’s α mount system offers unsurpassed compatibility with both Sony and third-party lenses. The FS5’s E-Mount can take cinema lenses and SLR lenses with a third-party adaptor, as well as Sony’s E-mount and A-mount lenses. So whether buying new lenses, or making use of lenses you’ve already purchased, the FS5 makes it easy.

You can also purchase the FS5 on its own (PXW-FS5) or with lens (PXW-FS5K).

Weighing only 427g, the SELP18105G is an ideal partner for the FS5 delivering stunning imagery with a 6x power zoom which is easily adjusted by a zoom lever on the camera’s grip and handle.

Maximum aperture is a constant F4 from 18mm to 105mm, with excellent resolution and contrast throughout.

A lever and ring on the lens barrel allow zoom speed to be freely adjusted as required while maintaining a sure, stable grip.

SELP18105G is supplied as standard with the PXW-FS5K.

Handheld 4K

When quality is everything, make the most of the FS5’s Super 35 Exmor sensor and shoot 4K (3840 x 2160) using Sony’s advanced XAVC (Long GOP) recording system. If you need a fast turnaround, switch to Full-HD (1920×1080) recording at up to 60p XAVC 10bit 4:2:2 50Mbps. The FS5 has the flexibility to suit how you need to work, today and tomorrow. You can also output 4K 60p/50p, 30p/25p, 24p in FS RAW format with optional CBKZ-FS5RIF upgrade kit to record it on an external recorder.

240fps slow motion

High Frame Rate shots can turn everyday actions into slow-motion ballet and the FS5 delivers a stunning 240 frames per second (fps) in Full HD XAVC 10bit 4:2:2. If your project plays at the cinematic 24p, you get beautiful 10x super slow motion. There’s no sacrifice in bit depth and no ‘windowing’ of the sensor. So there’s no crop factor and no loss in angle of view.

Lightweight but robust

Despite its amazingly light 0.8kg body, the FS5 is more than tough enough for the rigours of real-world shooting. The main frame is magnesium, for high rigidity and light weight. Cooling is an urgent requirement in a 4K camera, all the more so in a camera as compact as the FS5.

An advanced cooling system design features a vertical heat sink placed directly beside the image sensor and main circuit board to maximise its effectiveness. An air duct cools the heat sink while isolating the electrical components from exposure to dust.

4K Super 35 Exmor® sensor

The FS5 is built around a high-sensitivity 4K Super35 ‘Exmor’ CMOS Sensor that offers all the benefits of a large format sensor in combination with the exceptional image readout speeds required for 4K motion-picture shooting and super slow motion.

4K resolution: 11.6 million total pixels and 8.8 million effective pixels deliver 4K resolution. Even if you’re delivering in HD, your recordings will capture detail and image texture that HD sensors simply cannot see.

Super 35 size sensor offers ‘bokeh,’ the defocussed backgrounds made possible by shallow depth of field, as well as excellent low-light sensitivity and an expansive field of view.

14 stops of exposure latitude deliver powerful grayscale rendition without crushing shadow detail or blowing out highlight detail.

Exceptional sensitivity enables you to shoot well after sunset, without tons of lighting and grip.

Sony’s Exmor CMOS design provides high-speed full-pixel read-out capability (without pixel binning) and sophisticated camera processing to ensure jaggies and moiré are minimised.

Record 4K at 60*/50 fps in FS-RAW via a compatible third-party external recorder, such as the Convergent Design® Odyssey 7Q and the ATOMOS Shogun.


**Requires V2.0 firmware or above, plus optional CBKZ-FS5RIF upgrade kit.

Instant HDR workflow

Shoot, edit and view HDR content in HLG without the need for additional colour grading.

As the expanding need for HDR content continues, internet video platforms and professionals producing corporate or event content are paying more attention to the added value of HDR. They need to deliver content quickly, without compromising on imaging expression and quality of content. To meet this demand, the PXW-FS5 offers Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) recording, in addition to S-Log3, for easy file-based workflows, while achieving the image quality of HDR. This simple workflow enables the shooting, editing and viewing of HDR content in HLG, without devoting a lot of time to post-production work and additional colour grading.

V4.0 firmware or higher required.

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Flexible controls

All of the FS5’s key functions are put at your fingertips – from an electronic zoom lever to assignable dials and responsive joystick. Direct menu options display on-screen, so shooting parameters can be changed quickly and conveniently without taking your eyes off the action. You can select your audio source to output to the left or right channel of your headphones (requires Version 2.0 firmware or above). The smart grip is located as close as possible to the centre of gravity of the camera to avoid rolling, while a grip belt makes your hold completely secure. To adjust the smart grip’s angle, you only need to press one button and turn. Detaching the grip is made fast and simple with a bayonet connection.

Versatile monitoring

However you want to shoot, the FS5 adapts to fit your style. Its 3.5-inch LCD screen can be attached in no less than nine different locations: three on top of the handle and another six on top of the body. And once attached, the positioning of the screen can be freely adjusted – for example either beside the camera body or directly along the axis of the lens.

Modular design for easy integration

The FS5 is designed to be taken apart quickly and easily, with no need for custom tools. There are also ¼-inch screw holes on handle, top and bottom of the body to support mounting on a drone, gimbal or in underwater housing. For tripod mounting, there’s a 3/8-inch screw hole on the bottom. You can even add the FS7’s rosette mount* to securely attach an FS7 arm and compatible third-party accessories.

*Rosette mount component available from Sony service centres.

Networked for high mobility

Live stream from any event thanks to a choice of Wi-Fi or built-in wired LAN.

Control FS5 from your smartphone or tablet.

Built-in NFC supports one-touch authentication possible with appropriate devices.

Be first with breaking news thanks to a built-in wired LAN jack for high-speed FTP transfer of full resolution content.

GPS function automatically records GPS data (requires Version 2.0 firmware or above).

High Frame Rate (HFR) recording

The FS5 offers High Frame Rate (HFR) cache recording at Full HD 10bit 4:2:2 image quality and a frame rate of up to 240 fps. The 8-second cache recording means no more mistimed shots leading to extra takes. It also lets you pick out footage at exactly the point that you want. It is also possible to record 120 fps with up to 16-second cache recording. Higher frame rates of 480 fps and 960 fps are also possible at specific resolutions. It is also possible to upgrade the FS5 for even greater creative flexibility.

CBKZ-FS5HFR* enables continuous 120fps in 1080P.

CBKZ-FS5RIF** enables continuous 240fps in 2K RAW and maximum four seconds of 120fps in 4K (with a suitable recorder).

*Paid upgrade. V4 firmware required.

**Paid upgrade. V2 or above firmware required.

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Built-in electronic Variable ND Filters

The FS5 is the world’s first Super35mm camcorder with a built-in electronic variable Neutral Density (ND) filter, further expanding the depth of field capability of its large format sensor. Unlike conventional optical ND Filters, the electronic ND Filter on the FS5 can be controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly. ND Filters can also be set to auto*. This makes the FS5 ideal for fast-moving shoots in changeable environments – there’s no need to change filters as lighting conditions change and variable control makes it easy to keep depth of field under control.

*Sony market research, September 2015.

*Requires Version 2.0 firmware or above.

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Clear Image Zoom

This proprietary Sony technology significantly extends your ability to get closer to a remote scene while preserving image quality. Once you’ve zoomed in at maximum optical magnification, By Pixel Super Resolution technology can enlarge the image by additional 200%. It is also compatible with fixed focal length lenses, so you can zoom into a scene while using a prime lens.

Centre Scan Mode

To support traditional Super 16mm cinema lenses, the FS5 has a Centre Scan Mode which selectively outputs 2160×1080 from the sensor’s centre. This gives the FS5 all the characteristics of a Super 16mm film camera and avoids any vignetting. It also offers a 2x Digital Extender zoom – effectively doubling your range for HD content.

Accurate OLED viewfinder

A high quality 0.39-inch OLED viewfinder is perfectly offset for right-eye or left-eye viewing. OLED’s superb accuracy, high contrast and high resolution (1,440K dot) enables precise manual focus and eliminates any colour-breaking phenomenon.

Dual media slots with independent record control

To extend recording time and workflow flexibility, the FS5 is equipped with two memory card slots. ‘RELAY’ mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full, while ‘SIMUL’ mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards (for example to create an immediate back-up version). The FS5’s three start/stop buttons on the grip, handle and camcorder body, can independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in ‘SIMUL’ mode.

Multi-interface (MI) Shoe

The FS5 takes advantage of Sony’s flexible Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, which provides power, signal connections and coordinated on/off switching to compatible Sony accessories. For example, you can connect and control Sony wireless microphone systems such as the UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 or attach the HVL-LBPC light.*

*Accessories sold separately. HVL-LBPC light does not draw power from FS5.

Dual XLR inputs

The FS5 has two XLR connecters – so even if you remove the handle with its standard, easy-access XLR connector then a second on the body is still available, making it ideal for applications such as shooting in a confined space, such as a car interior, or when mounting on a gimbal.

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