Sony Announces Small Form 4K Cinema Cameras: PXW-FS5 & α7S II

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Sony has announced a new small form 4K camera today at the #missinglink conference. The PXW-FS5 is a large 4K Super 35mm sensor in a compact camcorder body which weighs just 0.8kg (1.76lbs). The small form factor means that you can even mount this camera onto a drone to shoot some 4K footage.

The camera is surprisingly small at a width of 111.3mm, a height of 128.7mm, and a depth of 172.4mm (4.38″ x 5.07″ x 6.79″). It features a rotatable grip and various mounting options for the 3.5-inch LCD screen for monitoring. With the lens and and attachments, the camera still comes in at about only 5lbs. Check out Sony’s functionality video here and below.

There is a state-of-the-art Super35 Exmor CMOS sensor that can shoot UHD 3840 x 2160 with 14 stops of exposure and a native ISO of 3200. A DCI 4K and 4K RAW apparently coming in a later firmware update. It also supports the ability to shoot a high frame rate, up to 240 fps in 8 second bursts, at 10-bit 4:2:2 Full HD. One of the great features is a built-in electronic variable ND filters that Sony says is a first in a Super35 camcorder.

The Sony PXW-FS5 uses Sony’s α Mount System which allows an exceptionally wide range of not only their E-mount and A-mount lenses as well as virtually any third-party glass, such as SLR lenses, via an adapter. The camera outputs via 3G-SDI, HDMI and dual SD card slots as well as Wi-Fi and a wired LAN terminal for live-stream shooting.

Sony’s PXW-FS5 will be available in November 2015 with a retail price of $6,699 for body only and $7,299 with an 18-105mm f/4 lens (although you can pre-order it from B&H for $5,600 for the body only, and $6,100 the lens).

Here is some sample footage from Sony PXW-FS5:

Sony has also unveiled its α7S II which comes with standard ISO of 100 – 102400 that is expandable to ISO 50-409600. The camera sports a 12.2 megapixel full-frame sensor that can shoot 4K UHD movies internally in the XAVC S format by utilizing the entire sensor. Like the PXW-FS5, this DSLR can record a high framerate in Full HD but at 120 fps which is a first for a α7 series camera.

The autofocus system has been upgraded, too, and now offers 169 AF points of reference, and the Sony α7S II will be available in October for probably $3000 (although information is conflicting about the price point.

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