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New Sony Cameras, Recorders and Lenses

Filling the large gap between their very high end F65 and more economical FS700, Sony has announced to new Large Single Sensor Cameras, the F5 and F55.

Both are extremely compact at less than 5 lbs. without accessories, and both offer a selection of detachable EVFs, in LCD (960×540), or OLED (1280×720). The lens mounts are the same “FZ” as with the F3, and they come with a PL adapter. Prices have yet to be announced. Recording options includes internal SxS cards up to 50Mbps 4:2:2: 8-bit and both can also record in the Sony HDCAM SR (SStP) format at 220 Mbps 4:2:2, with plans for the 440 Mbps 4:4:4 compression in the near future. Additionally, they can record to a new codec called XAVC which is based on AVC 100 Mbps Intra-Frame 4:2:2 format.

The F5 can record internally up to 60fps and up to 120fps in 2K with a planned update. The F55 can record XAVC in 2K up to 180fps and in 4K up to 60fps with another planned update. The aforementioned all record internally to new SxS Pro+ card, and the cameras also have the option of recording to two cards at once for instant backup or can they be set up for recording two formats at the same time, (a great option for symultaneous master and editing proxy).

Sony has also introduced AXS-R5 recorder which is designed to directly attach to the back of the F5 or F55 as a Raw recorder. It is completely controlled by the cameras without any cables and will record 4K Raw data from the F55 up to 60fps and up to 240fps in 2K Raw. The F5 will be able to record up to120fps in 2K Raw, all in the same Sony 3:1 compression format found on the F65. This new AXS-R5 records to media called AXSM cards capable of very high speed. The R5, with an adapter priced around $2K, can also be used to record Raw data from the FS700. Sony is also releasing new lenses with greatly improved mechanics, all at T2.0 with matching front diameter. Lens focal lengths include 20, 25, 35, 50, 85, and 135mm.