The Sony F55 looks to be a game-changer, I took these photos of the camera at the SATIS expo in Paris.
Sony’s new F5 and F55 share the same body with slightly different functions and have very competitive pricing.
The Sony F55 and F5 both have:
- Super 35 4K CMOS sensor
- PL mount with PL/FZ adaptor
- A range of codecs:
MPEG2 422 8-bit, XAVC 422 10-bit, SR 444/422 10-bit
- 120P high-speed
The F55 also has:
- Global shutter
- Simultaneous recording of XAVC and Mpeg on SxS cards
- Up to 180P high-speed
Both cameras can also be fitted with a small RAW recorder that can capture 2K or 4K 16-bit lin files. This high-quality capability is very promising indeed. With a camera body under $30K, the F55′s pricing is well below the Arri Alexa, and slightly higher than an Epic. Of course you need to add pricy accessories to get a working system
The left side of the F5 camera with the menu screen, and on the right the R5 RAW recorder. The camera enables recording with S-Log gamma curves. The sensitivity is set to 1600 ISO. XAVC is a new codec that delivers 10-bit 422.
The F5 and F55 cameras will use 2 kinds of memory:
- SxS internal memory to record files in several codecs including the new XAVC 422 10-bit codec
- A new AXS memory card, which can record high bandwidth 2K or 4K 16-bit lin RAW files
Above the memory are 2 playback units shown in Paris with USB 3 connectors, which may be a little slow for 16-bit 4K files…