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New Sony announcements at IBC 2015, pt. I: SONY PXW-FS5

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When this image came out few days ago on Sony’s social channels, hell broke loose. Sony enthusiasts from all around the globe started wondering what the new Sony FS camera will have on board:

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Luckily enough, here we are few days later with an official announcement: please welcome the brand new Sony PXW-FS5!
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The camera is surprisingly small, weighing only 830 grams body only and 2,2kg with 18-105mm ƒ/4 lens attached and all accessories.
Just like her bigger sister, the successful Sony FS7, the new Sony FS5 has built in NDs, a detachable LCD and a smart grip for handheld operations. Moreover, the Sony Fs5 will use the same batteries as the FS7, the BP-U series.
But this new little star in Sony’s family has a few new specs too: it uses market standard SD cards, it has electronic NDs too, a base ISO value of 3200 ISO (just like the low light beast A7s) and it has a Sony α mount.
As of today the camera can record at the maximum resolution of UHD 3840×2160, but it looks like that it will be able to record true 4k 4096×2160 with a future paid firmware upgrade.

Here are the tech specs:

  • 4K Super35mm EXMOR sensor — 4352 x 2662, 11.6 Megapixels (8.4 Megapixels Effective)
  • Native 3,200 ISO, Goes up to 32,000 ISO
  • 14 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Manual ND Filter: OFF: CLEAR, 1: 1/4ND, 2: 1/16ND, 3: 1/64ND
  • Built-in Electric Variable ND from 1/4ND to 1/128ND
  • S-Log2 and S-Log3
  • On-board XAVC-L  recording
  • 3840 x 2160 8-bit, 4:2:0, up to 30fps continuous.
  • 1080 10-bit 4:2:2 up to 60fps continuous & 120, 240, 480, 960 fps buffered.
  • Less than 5 sec boot time, Direct Access Menu, No rebooting for Rec format changes, etc., 2K Center Crop
  • OLED Viewfinder: Approx. 1.44M dots
  • 3.5″ LCD: 1.56M dots
  • Magnesium frame & body with active cooling
  • 4K 4096×2160 output capable with paid future firmware upgrade
  • 4K RAW in Future Firmware
  • Dual SD Card Slots, Can Record Proxies
  • 3G-SDI, 4K HDMI, WiFi, Wired LAN, 2 XLR, Built-in Mic
  • 2X Digital Zoom in HD, 1.5x in UHD and 2K Center Crop for Super 16mm Lenses
  • Same batteries as FS7
  • Weight: Just under 2 pounds, Under 5 Pounds with everything
  • Availability: November 2015
  • List Price: $6,700 without lens, $7,300 with 18-105mm f/4 (actual street prices will probably be lower)

And here some video test:

Link to the official Sony product page here.

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