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 E-Mount 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.

Camera

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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sony PXW-FS5 E-Mount 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
    Camera
    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
    Interfaces
    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
    Display
    Screen Size 3.5"
    Screen Resolution 1,560,000 Dots
    EVF
    EVF Display Type OLED
    Screen Size .39"
    EVF Resolution 1,440,000 Dots
    Power
    Battery Type Sony BP-U Series
    Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
    Power Consumption 11.8 W
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    General
    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 7.925 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.35 x 11.55 x 10.45"

    Sony PXW-FS5 E-Mount Reviews

    PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 96.
    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 1 out of 5 by from Good camera but Sony service not good At my studio we have 3 of the cameras and have been very happy and impressed with them. See Phillip Bloom's review to get a feel for all of the advanced features. That said, after a year and the expiration of the warranty, the dial for making menu selections was malfunctioning so we had to send it to Sony. It was out of commission for more than a month with spotty communication from them (sometimes good, sometimes nonexistent). The repair cost us over $400 which seems extreme for replacing a small part. So I'm giving a low star rating to reflect unhappiness not so much with the product but with product support.
    Date published: 2017-08-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this camera. I purchased this to replace my full frame DSLR, and it's completely revolutionized how I film. My favorite aspects of this camera are: 1. Great size. Fits in my Ronin-M perfectly. 2. Built in variable ND filters and Iris adjustment are extraordinary for daytime shooting. 3. 240fps HD. Nuff said. 4. Image is VERY crisp. 5. Having access to most of the controls quickly and easily along with autofocus, and face-follow make this an amazing run-and-gun camera. Notes: Native ISO is 3200! Shooting in Slog3 may look grainy, but it won't once you color it.
    Date published: 2016-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whew! Best decision.... I am a small woman. As an independent documentary filmmaker, broadcast quality and price were 2 major considerations. After weeks of research I was down to a few contenders, but after going into the store and playing around with the Sony it ticked all the boxes. One can go up ones proverbial wazoo with worries about colour bit depth for post production etc, and at some point you have to say enough is enough. To my joy the decision was validated for me when I heard my old film school just ordered a batch of these for their Documentary course. The features are as great as stated, and specially good for me is the ergonomic side hand mount, beautiful to hand hold and move around. Also loving the depth of field. Now to create good stories!!!
    Date published: 2016-06-21
    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 4 out of 5 by from A Great Camera Trapped in Some Constrains There are some really good things about this camera: battery life, the use of SD cards, the weight, the dynamic range and the great variable ND. The handle is great. High speed is useful and the buffer recording is enough for me. Although I accept that Sony can't put everything in one camera, I'd really like to have 4K (and not only UHD) and 60p at that. The Codec is ok. Some extra customizable buttons would be really helpful. What really puts me down about this camera is the menu: It is much like the FS700 (which I hated) and really seems amateur in some ways. The way the image looks in the LCD justifies the hate for the Sony video look, but - at least in Slog3-Sgamut combo - can really get beautiful in the editing room.
    Date published: 2016-03-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from No external monitoring or simultaneous record in 4K The good: The ergonomics are perfect. I've never shot handheld with a more comfortable camera in my life. The images are superb. The design of the camera, magnificent. The Bad: This zoom lens is horrible. I suspected that it would be but I bought it anyways so I have no one to blame but myself. Judging focus through the EVF is a constant battle. Peaking seems to make it even worse for me. Autofocus is responsive but only under extreme run and gun circumstances would I ever use it. I have a metabones on order. The Deal Breaker: If you record 4k internally, you are not able to connect ANY monitor either through SDI or HDMI without losing both the EVF and LCD screen. So if a client wants to see what you are shooting and you also want to see what you are shooting, you need to loop through another monitor for yourself to attach to the hot shoe mount. If you record externally to a shogun or similar device you can have both but you can't record internally as a backup. For all of the hoops and extra expense you have to incur, you're better off getting an FS7 which doesn't have these issues. I'd send it back but sadly I just discovered this issue and I'm outside of 30 days.
    Date published: 2016-01-02
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    question

    I am looking to buy a fs5 & just want to know what metabones adapter I need to buy? Speedbooster or normal? I will be shooting with canon lenses. Any help is appreciated. Thank you
    Asked by: Anonymous
    For Canon EF lenses you could get either the T-Smart Adapter Mark IV or the T Speed Booster Ultra 0.71x for E-Mount Cameras. The Speed Boosters are popular because they compensate for the crop factor of the APS-C sensor and give you a 1-Stop increase in the aperture. It is up to you if you value those features.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    I know that the fs5 can shoot slow motion in a 8 sec burst mode at 240fps. Can you or will you be able to record slow-motion continually with an external recorder?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Currently the FS5 does not have the ability to output 240fps, nor are there any external recorders on the market that would be able to record at that frame rate with this camera. While there are firmware upgrades planned for the FS5 that will include the ability to output a RAW signal, we are not aware of any plans to upgrade its external slow motion capabilities at this time.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    Everywhere is back-ordered on the FS5. When is the next shipping expected? Approximate date?
    Asked by: Joy A.
    Please email us at provideo@bhphoto.com for assistance with your inquiry.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    I know that 4k raw over sdi will be available through a firmware update, but I am looking to record pro res via sdi to a pix-e5 recorder, if I get the upgrade will I be able to do this as well as raw?(I know the pix-e5 does not support raw yet)
    Asked by: Matthew
    The PXW-FS5 FS RAW Output Upgrade License will require an external recording device that can accept a RAW input through SDI, which the PIX-E5 does not have at this point. You could however look in to the Atomos Shogun Flame, which will record RAW to ProRes/DNxHD with the FS5 and Upgrade through SDI.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    Does this FS5 support all the native focus ...

    Does this FS5 support all the native focus features of the Tamron 28-75 mm lens?
    Asked by: jamie
    The FS5 will support the Tamron 28-75mm auto focus. If you have further questions, please email us. provideo@bhphoto.com.
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2018-11-06

    question

    Can I take still images with the Sony PXW-FS5?
    Asked by: Jerry L.
    You cannot take still images with the Sony PXW-FS5. However, because it is a UHD camera that offers 3840 x 2160p resolutions you would be able to grab a high quality still from the video later in post production.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    Does this camera include a Level option to turn on for the LCD or EVF?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    That is not a feature that this camcorder offers I'm afraid. That tends to be something found on photo cameras.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    Is the lowest ISO 1000? I couldn't go any lower, if I can, how do I!? Thanks
    Asked by: Richard J.
    on cinema cameras you do not want to go lower than the native ISO, if you need to darken the image you either stop down the aperture, crank the shutter, or use the built in ND Filterthat is why this camera comes with an ND built in
    Answered by: John L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26
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