Super 35-mm 4K CMOS Camera System

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Capture even more unforgettable live moments

The extraordinary performance of this new camera system takes live entertainment production to the next level. Building on the success of Sony’s acclaimed HDC-5500, HDC-F5500’s Super 35‑mm 4K CMOS sensor delivers extraordinary clarity, realism, and shallow depth of field with every scene, from wide beauty shots to tight close-ups. Numerous workflow enhancements—including IP networking, remote multi-camera operation, and in-CCU recording—improve the most demanding live entertainment productions including sport, music, and drama.

Create sensational viewing experiences

The HDC-F5500 4K system camera captures cinematic pictures with a shallow depth of field, bringing the thrill of music and other live events even closer to viewing audiences.

Live Entertainment

The HDC-F5500 4K system camera brings more on-stage excitement to every viewer.

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The Super35mm 4K CMOS sensor of the HDC-F5500 captures stunningly immersive HDR images.

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A capture of live hockey on the f5500 camera

Super 35-mm 4K CMOS sensor and global shutter

At the heart of this camera system is Sony’s Super 35-mm 4K CMOS sensor. Bringing new creative possibilities to live production, the HDC camera series, this large sensor achieves high sensitivity with an impressive signal-to-noise ratio. It’s teamed with proven global shutter technology to capture stable, precise 4K (UHD) images even with fast-moving subjects: ideal for sport and live entertainment productions involving LED displays and laser beams.

Sony sensor

Motorized eight-step ND filter

Built into the camera’s rugged chassis, the eight-step optical Neutral Density filter offers a wide ND range of 0.3 (1/2 = 1 stop) to 2.4 (1/256 = 8 stops) in 0.3‑stop increments, allowing precise control of the amount of light entering the camera for enhanced creative expression. The ND Filters can be controlled locally or remotely, offering a choice of workflow in fast-moving live environments.

ND Filter

New viewfinder slide mechanism

Operability is enhanced with a unique new viewfinder slide mechanism that minimizes the camera operator’s body movements while panning. Sliding the viewfinder closer to the axis of tripod rotation reduces the viewing angle change for the operator. This allows use in tight environments such as tracked dollys, stadium platforms, and scaffolding.

viewfinder slide mechanism

Focused on more efficient live production

Rich focus assist functions

Three focus positions can be assigned to preset buttons, making it quick and easy to find preset focal positions during live shooting.

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Ergonomic grip

It’s easy to grip the handle even with gloves on. And visibility through this area has improved. In addition, the ergonomically designed handle enables stable handling of the camera—use your index finger to tightly hold this part of the camera.

Ergonomic grip

Side tally lamp

The side-mounted LED tally lamp next to the camera number improves visibility of tally status.

Side tally lamp

Powerful control possibilities

ARIA (Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation)

F drop and peripheral light-loss are unwanted physical phenomena that often occur when shooting objects from a long distance away. With the newly developed ARIA function found in our HDC series cameras, the impact on picture appearance is automatically compensated with the processing inside the camera when using supported lens.

ARIA (Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation) displayed in an image of a man kicking a ball backward

Web menu control

The menu of the optional HDCU-5500 Camera Control Unit can be accessed remotely via an intuitive web browser interface, allowing integrated monitoring of optical levels and CCU status of multiple devices from a single PC. It also offers other useful functions, such as the CCU file for preparation.

Camera web menu control

In-CCU record option

Adding the optional HKCU-REC55 to the HDCU-5500 Camera Control Unit allows 4K video and audio to be recorded directly to the CCU with no other external recording device needed. Recording can be controlled by a video engineer on the CCU side, allowing the camera operator to focus on capturing beautiful images without distractions.

The image shows the process of how 4K video and audio can be recorded directly to the CCU by adding optional HKCU-REC55 to the HDCU-5500 Camera Control Unit.

Ready for IP Live

Both the HDCU-5000 with IP option and the HDCE-TX50 camera extension adaptor allow seamless integration of the new camera system into an all-IP live production system. This brings a more efficient workflow to support every IP-oriented live production budget.

The image shows seamless integration of the new camera system into an all-IP live production system.

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Power requirements
240 V AC, 1.4 A (max.), 12 V DC, 9.5 A (max.), 240 V DC, 1.05 A (max.)
Operating temperature
–20 °C to +45 °C (–4 °F to 113 °F)
Storage temperature
-4°F to 140°F (-20°C to +60°C)
Approx. 5.25 kg (11 lb 9.2 oz) (Unit only)
Super 35-mm 4K CMOS sensor with global shutter
Single chip
Electrical characteristics
T10 with 4K/59.9P
T11 with 4K/50P
(at 2000 lx with 89.9% reflectance)
Image S/N
-62 dB
Horizontal resolution
2000 TV lines (at center of screen)
5% or higher modulation
Geometric distortion
Negligible (not including lens distortion)
Optical system specifications
Built-in filters
ND filters 1: CLEAR, 2: 1/2ND, 3: 1/4ND, 4: 1/8ND, 5: 1/16ND, 6: 1/32ND, 7: 1/64ND, 8: 1/128ND, 9: 1/256ND
Input/output connectors
Optical/electrical multi-connector (1)
12-pin (1)
20-pin (1)
XLR 3-pin, female (1)
XLR 3-pin, female (1 each)
When AUDIO switch is set to MIC: –60 dBu (can be selected up to –20 dBu by menu operation), balanced
When AUDIO switch is set to LINE: 0 dBu, balanced
XLR 5-pin, female (x1 each)
4-pole mini jack (1)
(2-pole mono, 3-pole stereo, 4-pole CTIA standard, 4-pole OMTP standard)
XLR 4-pin (1), 10.5 V to 17 V DC
4-pin (1), 10.5 V to 17 V DC, max. 0.5 A
(This may be limited by the imposed load or input conditions.)

2-pin (1), 10.5 V to 17 V DC, max. 2.5 A
(This may be limited by the imposed load or input conditions.)
SDI 1, SDI 2, SDI 3
BNC-type (x1-each)
BNC-type (1)
BNC-type (1)
BNC-type (1)
PROMPTER 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω
HD: SMPTE ST274, tri-level sync, 0.6 Vp-p, 75 Ωx
SD: Black burst (NTSC: 0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω/PAL: 0.3 Vp-p, 75 Ω)
6-pin (1)
8-pin (1)
12-pin (1)
12-pin (1)
USB 2.0 Type A 4-pin (1)
(for connecting USB drive)
RJ-45 type 8-pin (1)
Supplied accessories
Supplied accessories
Before Using This Unit (1), Operating Instructions (CD-ROM) (1), Cable clamp belt (1 set), Screws (+B3 ×8) (2), Attached label (1), Viewfinder slide unit, Handle clamp