Sony has announced a new Raw Video Recorder to add onto the back of their 4K F5/F55 cinema cameras, and continues to finetune the firmware with a new update for the Cine Alta F5/F55 4K video cameras that squeezes out even higher data rates in XAVC.
“We’re answering the question, why shoot in 4K 16-bit RAW? These new products make working in 4K RAW and High Dynamic Range (HDR) just as easy as HD RAW, while maintaining the highest level of image quality.” – Peter Crithary, marketing manager for large sensor technologies, Sony Electronics
First, let’s talk about the minor tweak on Firmware version 8.0: This update will support what Sony is calling ‘XAVC 4K Class 480,’ and offer higher data rates for 4K video recording at frame rates of up to 23.98, 24, 25 and 29.97.
“These newest additions and updates to our CineAlta platform are all the direct result of user feedback,” Crithary added. “It’s no longer about simply delivering a product. It’s about delivering the right products that can grow with a customer and fit within a workflow that is constantly evolving as production requirements change.”
That leads to the new AXS-R7 External Raw recorder. The R7 replaces the AXS-R5 and is a complete redesign that offers greater dust and moisture protection for on location shooting, and more secure attachment points to the camera body.
It offers 4K Raw recording at up to 120 frames per second, as well as double that in 2k Raw. The R7 also sports a 30 second cache for 4K pre-roll recording at 23.98 fps, while the camera is in standby mode. I’m guessing that means if you’re in between takes and something happens you want to keep, you’ve got the cache to recover it from. Nice feature.
- 4K 120 FPS Recording F55 only – 1-60 FPS, 120FPS
- Cache Recording (F5, F55)
- Up to approx 30 seconds Cache in 4K RAW
- 23.98p/24.0p: approx. 30 sec
- 25.0p/29.97p: approx. 24 sec
- 50.0p/59.94p: approx. 10 sec.
- Rugged construction – reinforced mounting to body
- Dust and Water resistant
- Dual slot recorder
- Supports A series AXS cards (Slim cards only)
- 4K 120FPS requires new black high speed AXS media: AXS-A1TS48 with 1 Terabyte capacity, AXS-A512S48 with 512 GB capacity
- The recorder also accepts the current S24 memory cards (slim cards only): AXS-A256S24, AXS-A512S24, AXS-A1TS24
The R7 also comes complete with dual media slots for continuous recording through either the current AXS cards, and S24 memory cards, but it is designed to take advantage of the higher read/write rates provided by Sony’s new AXS-1TS48 and AXS-512TS48 media cards and supported by the R7. The AXS cards can support sustained read and write speeds of 4.8 Gbps, delivering 44 minutes at 59.94p or 22 minutes at 120 FPS (1TB version). GB?! WOW.
No word on pricing, but the R7 will be available this summer. Firmware version 8.0 will be available for download at the same time. More specs and information coming at NAB next month. Check out the press release here.
Hat Tip – RedShark News