Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System

Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System

Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System

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Product Highlights

  • Super 35-Sized CMOS Sensor
  • Sony E-Mount
  • UHD at 24/30 FPS, HD Up to 240 FPS
  • XAVC Long, AVCHD Recording Codecs
  • 2 x SD Media Card Slots
  • HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Output
  • Supports Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Outputs 4K/2K RAW with Upgrade
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Camera: PXW-FS5


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Sony PXW-FS5 Overview

  • 1Description

Bringing a smaller, handheld form factor to Sony's line of digital cinema cameras, the PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System captures UHD video using a Super 35mm-sized sensor for cinematic imagery. Though small in size, it incorporates professional features that differentiate it from consumer and DSLR/mirrorless cameras and make it suitable for use on productions as diverse as cinéma vérité-style documentaries, reality TV, and commercial and corporate applications.

The camera's E-mount is machined from stainless steel and allows you to use E-mount lenses or accept most 35mm lenses with the use of adapters, including PL, EF, Leica, and Nikon lenses. The camera records in your choice of XAVC-L or AVCHD. It incorporates two SD media card slots that support simultaneous or relay recording. Outputs include both HDMI and SDI and Sony's proprietary Multi-Terminal. The body also incorporates an Ethernet connector, headphone jack, and XLR audio inputs. All connectors and card slots are covered to protect from dust incursion. The camera supports Wi-Fi and NFC functionality, allowing you live stream from the camera, or control it from a wireless device. A paid upgrade allows you to record 4K and 2K RAW to an external recorder.


The 4K Super 35 EXMOR sensor features approximately 14 stops of latitude and a wide color gamut. It offers a choice of XAVC or AVCHD codecs. The XAVC codec can be used for 4K and HD recording, while MPEG-2 is limited to HD recording. The XAVC Long allows you to encode from HD to UHD using Intra-Frame or Long GoP compression with 10-bit 422 for HD and 8-bit 420 for UHD.
The PXW-FS5 is equipped with an E-mount machined from solid stainless steel for stability and strength. It accepts E-mount lenses from Sony, Zeiss, and other manufacturers. The shallow flange distance allows you to mount most 35mm lens types, such as PL, DSLR, and legacy SLR lenses, including Canon EF, Leica, and Nikon as well as many others with mechanical adapters.
The camera includes an ergonomic handgrip that Sony calls a SmartGrip, which features Zoom, Start/Stop and Assign controls. The SmartGrip facilitates camera operation with the right hand, leaving the left hand free to operate the lens. The handgrip can be positioned at different angles permitting greater flexibility.
The camera features two SD media slots that support simultaneous or relay recording. One of the two SD slots also accepts Memory Stick-type media.
All input, output connectors feature covers for dust protection; this applies even to the DC input and LANC connector. The media card slots and Multi-Terminal are likewise protected from dust by a swing away door.
The camera includes a removable top handle that incorporates a second XLR 3-pin audio input that compliments the 3-pin XLR input incorporated into the body. Both audio inputs feature a selector switch for line/mic/mic+48.
The top handle allows you to attach the LCD viewfinder to the camera, providing you with a choice of using the camera's built-in EVF, or a larger LCD viewscreen. Audio level control is on the main body of the camera and offers automatic gain control.
A built-in, electronic, variable ND system allows you to dial in anywhere from 1/4 to 1/128th ND filtration in the camera body, allowing you to eschew the use of optical ND filters. The variable ND also features four preset positions; off, 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64.
One SDI connector provides HD 10-bit 422 output. In addition, one A-type HDMI 2.0 provides 4K and HD output. Both the SDI and HDMI ports can output REC trigger and TC following Sony's established transmission method.
The PXW-FS5 records to XAVC-L QFHD 8-bit 420 (up to 30fps) and HD 10-bit 422 (up to 60fps) internally.
The PXW-FS5 has Simultaneous-Recording capability with Individual Rec Trigger. Mirror or back-up recording is possible. There are two Rec s/s buttons: one on the camera grip, the other on the camera handle. The target SD card slot for each trigger is assigned in the Recording Menu.
The PXX-FS5 is capable of simultaneously recording proxy files with the same name and time code as the main recordings.
The camera has a built in Wi-Fi capabilities that enables live streaming to PCs, tablets, and smart phones. When using content Browser mobile, the user can even control the camera wirelessly. One (1) Ethernet connector located on the rear panel of the camera provides robust connections when a reliable Wi-Fi link is not available.
Recorded movie files can be transferred via network to a designated FTP server. The following file format is available for FTP:
XAVC Proxy files
XAVC-L recorded files (4K(QFHD) & HD)
AVCHD files (only m2ts stream files)
RAW Upgrade
A paid upgrade allows you to record 12-bit 4K and 2K RAW to external recorders. This supports 4K up to 60p and 120p for 4 seconds to the camera's buffer. You can also record 2K up to 240p to an external recorder without being limited by a buffer limit.
UPC: 027242896376
In the Box
Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System
  • Large Eye Cup
  • LCD Viewfinder
  • LCD Viewfinder Protector
  • Top Handle
  • Grip Remote
  • Accessory Shoe Kit (Accessory Shoe, Accessory Shoe Plate, Attachment Screws)
  • 2 x Power Cord
  • AC Adapter
  • BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • BC-U1 Battery Charger
  • CD-ROM with Manuals
  • Wireless Remote Commander
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Sony PXW-FS5 Specs

    Image Sensor
    Image Sensor Size Super35
    Sensor Type CMOS
    Sensor Resolution 11.6 MP
    Effective Sensor Resolution 3840 x 2160
    Gain 0 to 30 dB
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 57 dB
    Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
    Shutter Speed 1/6 to 1/10,000 sec
    Built-In ND Filter 2 to 7 Stop Electronic ND Filter
    Recording Media 2 x SDXC Card Slots
    Internal Recording
    Recording Modes XAVC-L:
    3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (60 to 100 MB/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (35 to 50 MB/s) 
    Audio Recording 2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
    Video Connectors 1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
    1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0) Output
    Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone Output
    Other I/O 1 x USB Micro-B Data, Monitor Input/Output
    1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control Input
    1 x RJ45 LAN 
    Wireless Interfaces 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Control
    Screen Size 3.5"
    Screen Resolution 1,560,000 Dots
    EVF Display Type OLED
    Screen Size .39"
    EVF Resolution 1,440,000 Dots
    Battery Type Sony BP-U Series
    Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
    Power Consumption 11.8 W
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Accessory Mount 1 x 1/4"-20 Female
    1 x Multi-Interface Shoe
    Dimensions 4.5 x 5.13 x 6.88" / 11.43 x 13.02 x 17.46 cm
    Weight 29.2 oz / 827.8 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.2 x 11.6 x 10.6"

    Sony PXW-FS5 Reviews

    PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great B or C Camera Love this camera ! I own an F5, Fs700 and A7s .. The FS5 has been a great addition with the a it'll to shoot 10bit in a very compact package .. Great for active run and gun .. And let's me use all my current E mount lens and with a PL adapter use my Ziess CP 2's ..and is perfect for my Ronin ! What's with this noise issue ?? If you shoot SLoG3 Cine .. And set to 3200 ISO the camera is beautiful .. One of my only complaints is the forced Rec709 LUT when shooting Log .. But it's a small issue .. Sure SONY has dropped some features in this camera .. But for the price and size .. It is amazing little camera !! It's great !!
    Date published: 2016-05-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge learning curve coming from DSLR, so far so good! Pros: - Fits soooo nicely in your hand, really a run and gun. Great for anyone on the go who has to get a shot quickly and right the first time. - 1080 @60fps is beautiful, focus even with adapter is amazing. - Adapts pretty much any lens. - Able to use cheap SD cards efficiently - Quick and easy file transfers and organization. - 240fps / 480 is just too much fun. - The amount of cool accessories is mesmerizing! Cons: - 4k @24fps is pretty much useless IMO. - Menu is clunky. - Sometimes grainy, learning the correct picture profiles helps, though. - Batteries are huge and expensive.
    Date published: 2016-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get it, you won't regret it. This is the best camera on the market, period. It's handy, lightweight, amazing resolutions, and the slowmotions are flawless. This camera is a tank, I used it in extreme snowing conditions (-40 degres), and the camera wasn't even freezing. Batteries have a very long life duration too, even in cold. This is the perfect camera for any freelance photographers. 4K is great, yes it's noisy in s-log but who cares? Do a little neat video job in Premiere pro and everythings is fine. This camera is like a little Red. It can be mount on a Ronin M with a 14mm pancake and it's incredible. Seriously, I won't ever sell that camera. Cheers!
    Date published: 2017-03-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Big step back Hard to tell it's brother of Sony fs7.better say it's old Sony fs 700 in new body with many bags .You will fill totally not safe this camera don't have file restore if some happen with power. all models of Sony camcorders have it .so for wot it's 2 slots if u not back up.Great comfort ! but some strange thinks .My fs7 working with no problems with ikan battary fs 5 give me error (change ac adapter ).Lank cable imput umconfortable for using exterenal lanc zoom.picture quality look like 70% of sony fs 7.No ajust for internal mic 2 option only normal and hight.Great function of dimmable ND filter.Hard to bit function and setinngs sony fs 7!!!!!
    Date published: 2015-11-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing noise issues. No 4k Monitoring. I'm a professional DP, having worked with loads of cameras from Reds, Alexas, and all of Sony's F line. I've had great experiences with the FS7, so I was hoping the FS5 would offer a similar IQ in a smaller package. I bought it then put it through a battery of tests. It has excessive noise issues, especially when shooting night scenes in 120/240 fps (anything above 400 ASA with dark areas becoming unusable IMO. Its noise thresholds in normal motion are lower then an FS7 and way lower than an A7s I or 2. The size, weight, ergonomics and groundbreaking variable electronic ND were fantastic. I wrested whether it's worth keeping. But the Long Gop Codec, noise, macro blocking and lack of external 4k monitoring via SDI, couldn't justify me keeping it. I returned it and bought an A7s II. With the exception of rolling shutter it has a better EVF display, way less noise, image stabilization and overall better IQ at half the price. If Sony put a better codec in the FS5 along with better signal processing it would an amazing piece of gear. For whatever marking reason (they have the tech), Sony missed the mark on this.
    Date published: 2015-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect step up from DSLR I'd been using Canon DSLRs for video for about 4 years and decided to step up to a mirrorless camera about two months ago. After countless hours of research and watching reviews, I went for the FS5 over the a7s series because of the features and benefits of using a dedicated video camera. The built-in variable ND is absolutely incredible, especially now that it has an auto-ND mode with the latest firmware update. As someone who does a lot of interviews and was always getting tired of plugging mics into an external recorder and then syncing in post, the built-in XLR inputs are a godsend as well and the pre-amps inside are just as good (if not better) than my Zoom h4n. The 10-bit 422 color while shooting 1080p is great as well, and really lets you perfect your image in post. And the slow motion is gorgeous as well - but it only shoots slow motion in a buffer. This is something that I struggled with when comparing the a7s ii to the FS5. The a7s ii can shoot 120fps continuously while the FS5 can do 240fps in 8 second bursts and 120fps in 16 second bursts (automatically conformed to a selected frame rate). After shooting a few weddings with the FS5 I've realized that the burst shooting is really not that bad - if you set it to end trigger and wait for something cool to happen you just simply hit record and it will buffer the last 8 or 16 seconds depending on the fps setting you choose. That said, because you have to wait for it to record and conform, I have missed some valuable shots on run & gun shoots, but it's never been so problematic that I've wished I had a different camera. The FS5 really is light and small and feels great to hold in your hand. If you are looking at this camera coming from DSLRs, I think it's worth noting that even in 1080p the FS5 picture quality looks much better than any Canon DSLR I've used. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this camera and see it lasting me a long time, especially with the 4K RAW upgrade that is available.
    Date published: 2016-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this little camera So far, I love this camera it meets all my expectations. Its small and light enough to fit on my Ronin-M. It shoots 240fps in 1080p (Only 8 second burst) But thats more than enough for my uses. Its compact, easy to use once you get a hang of the controls and has excellent image quality. It also has a wifi function that allows you to not only use your iPhone or tablet as a monitor but you can also press record start from your device. The only thing I don't like about this camera is there isn't an on camera built in microphone for scratch audio once you take off the handle.
    Date published: 2016-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE S35 HD action/adventure/doc camera I have never felt compelled to write a product review before. After a week of using the FS5, I felt compelled to share my findings. I've been shooting a conservation documentary for the past year about Native American tribes and their roles in conservation of Yellowstone Bison, Chinook Salmon, and Blackfooted Ferrets. The majority of the shooting has been on my FS700, which while an awkward camera to use, served it's purpose well with some rigging and adaptation on my part. Rigging and adaptation is what most camera's require. I shoot/produce television for Nat Geo, Discovery, etc... and the C300 has become the go-to on many of these shows. While the C300 offers a beautiful image, it is a bear to use handheld, with a floppy LCD, awkward design, and extra rigging required to attach mic receivers, etc... Prior to owning the FS700, I owned a C100 briefly which again, had a beautiful image but strange design in my book. I wound up trading it for the FS700 for the added versatility of HFR as I do lots of action and sports filming. Enter the FS5, the camera I have been waiting for my entire existence as a camera operator. It's as if the C300 and the FS700 had a tawdry affair, and big uncle FS7's genetic traits were dominant. Having spent only a week with this camera, I can say that first and foremost, I've been very happy with the image, shooting in both SLog3 in bright, sunny, high contrast situations and the usual Cine1-4 gamma's. I am running FW1.11. The footage holds up, despite what people may say about the XAVC L codec. And I have been viewing dailies on a MacBook Air with Premiere Pro CC which plays back the footage smoothly (albeit with a strange flickering of levels at times). Everyone has their own opinions on image quality though, so I'm not going to talk to much about that. As for use, the ergonomics and design are a pleasure. The handgrip and it's 3 genius assignable buttons and dial is a godsend. The variND was delivered straight to Sony from the Lord, I don't know why this hasn't come about sooner on a pro grade camera but it's amazing. Often on the C300, shows (Port Protection on Nat Geo) will request we keep the aperture wide open and use the wheel on the C300 grip to adjust ISO so they can keep their dreamy shallow DoF and adjust exposure with ND's and ISO, as ISO has a smoother step than aperture. Well, goodbye archaic nonsense, the variND is smooth, precise, and allows you to set your image for what you want and picture wise and dial in exposure. Pure genius. My only complaint is when using fast lenses (f2.8) on a speed booster, the strongest ND (1/128) is not quite enough in bright daylight to continue on wide open. Close, but not quite. Clear Image Zoom. Sounds like a gimmick, nightmare, cheese ball bs to some probably but let me tell you, when you have the ability to shoot with your Nikkor 28mm f2.8 and all of a sudden get a little leeway to punch in without stopping to change lenses for a quick cutaway, whew. It works, it looks good, it's magic. Which brings me to my next point, the Center Scan. Bam, all of a sudden that 28mm f2.8 is a 56mm f2.8. Which is the same as zooming all the way in with CIZ but there's two ways to get there. The LCD is no magician, seems to be similar to the unit on the FS700 and the VF is kind of small and takes a bit of scanning around to view the whole thing but they are sufficient. The LCD is moveable, which, believe it or not is a huge help. The camera has Wi-Fi which allows for remote operation via Smartphone. Let me tell you a story. A couple days ago, I was shooting an interview with the FS5 and FS700. I had the FS700 on a longer lens, and put the FS5 LCD on the producer's side of the camera so she could keep an eye on framing while I was on the FS700. Then I remembered the wifi capability, so I could then man the FS700's tight shot AND view/operate the FS5 via my iPhone. Start/Stop record and iris adjustment were about all I could control, but it at least gave me a monitor so if I saw trouble, I could go fix it. That's neat. I haven't shot a frame of 4K with this camera yet, but for an HD light and fast documentary camera, this ticks all the boxes and frankly, in this reviewer's opinion, has set the bar high for this style of camera, which I would say was started with the FS100. The only things I would like to see on it which aren't there are a way to fill the 2 existing but perma-empty extra audio tracks (could we run the internal mic to them, or have an option to run hot-shoe accessories through them?), the auto ND exposure (which is apparently coming in FW1.2), and some way for the camera to maintain free run TC when you exit out of S&Q mode. That's a real pain in the butt when you sneak in a HFR shot and have to go into the menu to reset the TC preset and reset it to free run. FS700 had the same problem, and for doc/factual/reality/mulit camera shoots, this sucks. If I was a rich man, I might fly to Japan and kiss the person responsible for this camera. You'd be kidding yourself if you talked yourself out of at least renting it to try out if you are a light and fast kind of shooter who only has one chance to capture that moment.
    Date published: 2016-03-13
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