The Sony F5 is a high quality modular cinema camera from Sony. The F5 camera body is a compact square box covered in various controls and connectors. A viewfinder, lens, and battery must be purchased separately to operate the camera. The F5 has an FZ lens mount for Sony FZ lenses and comes with an FZ to PL lens mount adapter making the F5 compatible with a wide range of cinema lenses. The F5 can record internally in 2K or 1080P in the new XAVC codec to SXS Pro+ cards. XAVC is a very flexible codec and operators can record in anything between 8 bit 4:2:0 at 35 Mb/s and 12 bit 4:4:4 at 300 Mb/s. This allow for higher quality in-camera 1080P filming than has previously been available at in this price point.
The F5 also features a super 35mm sized 4K sensor that is rated at an impressive 2000 native ISO, making it an ideal camera for shooting in very low light situations. It also has built-in ND filters ensuring you don’t have to stop down to diffraction-causing levels to avoid overexposing when shooting at 2000 ISO in daylight situations. Sony also promises 14 stops of dynamic range out of the F5.
4K on the F5
The F5 is unable to record 4K internally and the Sony AXS-R5 recorder must be purchased to record 4K with the F5. The good news is that Sony designed the F5 with the AXS-R5 recorder in mind, and the recorder mounts to the back of the F5 like a battery and receives both power and the video signal from the F5 without any cables. This makes recording 4K with the F5 more reliable and easier to set up then typical on-camera external recorders. With the AXS-R5 recorder the F5 can record compressed DCi 4096 x 2160 16 bit RAW onto AXS memory cards. RAW files from the AXS-R5 recorder run about 960 Mb/s at 24P. This will take up about 7.2 GB a minute and 432 GB an hour. The AXS-R5 recorder is the only 4K recording option for the Sony F5.
- DCi 4K RAW with optional AXS-R5 recorder
- Up to 12 bit 4:4:4 recording in 2K internally.
- FZ and PL Lens mount
- 14 Stops of Dynamic Range
- Native 2000 ISO