Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System

Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System

Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System


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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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.


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
    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 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 94.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sony the bologna meat company Lol. The Sony FS5 was discounted that's why I bought it. It's a fine camera, but many on the YouTube morons blow this thing up as the best thing sense slicing film. It's a good camera, but not that easy to use as other claim the hand grip etc. is great. I'm not fond of it. The good lighting and smooth zoom of the kit lens makes this a good Dance recital camera if your close enough to the stage. Less than 100' otherwise I have not used it, that much. I use other gear first, NX100 for sports, the NX80 or light work.
    Date published: 2019-07-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile without breaking the bank When I was looking to replace an aging Sony EX1, I hadnt given this camera a thought until a friend asked me to find out about it. I was hesitant to consider it as it wasnt a three-chip camera, but I looked up several online reviews and all of them seem to have positive comments. What got my attention right away was the option to change lenses. Until now the only other camera I worked with, that could do that, was the Canon XL1s.   Theres a wide range of lenses for the FS5, but the one I got is the Sony E PZ 18-110mm f/4 G OSS. Like the Sony EX1s lens, it allows full manual operation. Its a true zoom, holding the f4 aperture all the way through the zoom range, and maintains focus throughout the zoom in manual mode. I tend to do a lot of crash zooms to get closeups in real time for documentary-style shooting (theyre edited to become a clean cut to a closeup), and being able to operate the zoom ring swiftly is essential. The 35mm equivalent of the 18-110mm is 27-165mm. Not bad for general ENG-style shooting, although the telephoto end of the range could be better. While that lens allows the FS5 to be operated like an ENG camera, it adds significant bulk and weight to the package, and the whole thing becomes nose-heavy unless its mounted on a rail system, and the LCD turned into an EVF. This camera is designed to allow the user a lot of options. The camera body itself is somewhat of a rectangular box. The handle and even the grip can be removed if the camera is to be mounted on a jib or Steadicam. There are multiple threaded holes on the top deck that can be used to mount other accessories. Theres even a peg to hook a tape measure if critical focus is needed in production.  Image quality is on par with other Sony cameras at this price point. The Super 35 imager allows shots with limited depth of field. That would probably look even better with a longer lens that can open up to f2.8 or more. The low-light sensitivity is very good, again considering the price point. There are a lot of presets that provide a DP with options for more or less dynamic range, as well as different levels of color saturation, etc. And all of those parameters can be customized and stored to memory as well. Being able to relay-record with two SDHC cards is a valuable feature, as one doesnt have to stop in the middle of a critical event to swap cards. And it uses off-the-shelf SDHC cards. No more expensive proprietary recording media.  Itd give this camera five stars except that it doesnt have a record-ahead buffer, and when set at 4k resolution, its recording to a 4:2:0 color space instead of 4:2:2.  I worked with this for a week in the freezing cold snow of Hokkaido in February, and am looking forward to using it on our TV fishing show.
    Date published: 2019-05-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The FS5 is a really nice run-and-gun camera! To start things off, I would like to say the FS5 is an amazing camera. Here are some of the features I love: First things first, this camera can shoot 4k up to 30fps internally at 8bit 4:2:0. That may sound like a drawback, but the 1080p at 4:2:2 10bit really does help in post-production when you start to throw the color grade around. People often criticize the menu of the FS5, but to me, it just feels solid. Yes, certain features on the menu couldve been laid out better, but there are little to no glitches inside the menu system. The super slow motion function on this camera is great. You do have the limitation of a slow motion buffer, but the ultra-high frame rate speeds make up for that limitation easily. There is also a time-lapse feature which works great when youd like to save file space and do internal time-lapses. This is a video camera, which means no recording time limit as well as built-in ND filters. The limitless recording is amazing for long events when youd like to keep the camera rolling. The built-in ND filters on this camera really do help. You can achieve a shallow depth of field simply by cranking up the ND filter and stopping up on the aperture. The camcorder also comes with Sonys Variable ND technology. This allows you to apply an internal ND, and adjust exposure smoothly and seamlessly through a small ND dial on the body of the camera. This feature is great for run-and-gun scenarios. There is not a large selection of codecs, but the options are good. The proxy recording feature is great for when you need low-resolution files to edit with, or to share on the web. It is pretty incredible to think that a camera of this price range is able to output a 4K DCI (4096x2160), 4:4:4 uncompressed 12bit RAW signal through the SDI port to an external recorder.  I dislike specific things on any camera, here are some of the things I dislike on the Sony FS5: Only 4:2:0 8bit in 4K internally Yes, 10bit 4:2:2 processing in 4K would mean the implementation of a better processor, which drives the price higher. I am not complaining about the internal 4K, I just wish it was better. Fairly soft 4K image internally No, I havent paired my FS5 with an external recorder yet, but I have noticed that the internal 4K is fairly soft. If you do not know what I mean, the internal 4K out of this camera looks almost fuzzy and to some extent, foggy. This may have to do with the optical low pass filter that is placed over the sensor at the factory. One pro of having an optical low pass filter is reduced moire and aliasing.  One thing that still continues to bother me throughout the months of owning this camera is the fixed white balance temperature in Sonys S-Gamuts. You are stuck with either 3200K, 4300K or 5500K for white balance. This is especially annoying when you have that very certain white balance temperature in mind for a certain scenario or would like to match white balance with another camera. Overall, the FS5 is a great little cinema camera which I would definitely recommend for documentary work, short films and sports videography for years to come, as this camera is future-proof with its great jam-packed features.
    Date published: 2019-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great camera I purposefully waited for a while to write this review. I did want to be as honest and candid ad I could seeing how this isn't a cheap thing to purchase, and like a lot of people I rely on a fair amount of other's to tell me about a product before I purchase it. With that in mind you should always rent before you buy something if you can. Now, about this camera, I LOVE it!!! Sony really did a good job when they made this baby. I have shot almost everything with this rig, sports, commercials, even shot my latest documentary with this. It really has a lot of good features on it that makes it a good balance. Like all Sony's its menu driver (but what isn't nowadays?) I just shot a piece for NFL Network with this and it handled going from the field and locker room, to inside peoples homes with ease. The viewfinder is ok but the ability to change glass when I need to is great. And the 4k is good. Not stellar, but I have a Atomos Shogun so I am able to record a Pro Res file with no problem. Yes you might have to purchase some additional products to make it work for you or in different locations, but that's all cameras today. I have used Canon C300's and others. But for the price point this camera suits 90% of the jobs I shoot. Does it have its drawbacks. Of course You cant jam timecode like you can on its older brother the Sony FS7. And the slo mo is good, but again its better on the FS7. But again for the price point this is a great camera. Size wise its compact, so when I fly its a easy haul. And I have had to do handheld, with a shoulder rig I rented I was able to shoot all day and not have a sore shoulder. The rotating handgrip is especially nice also. It does miss some other features like no waveform in the viewfinder, but thats the tradeoff you get and for the money what I get in return I comfortable with this purchase. So check it out not a bad camera in my opinion. Good shooting!!
    Date published: 2018-09-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera We use this camera for a run and gun digital web series, has a great picture and can take the beating we give the camera in day-to-day use.
    Date published: 2018-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact, User-Friendly, Amazing! I simply love this camera, with its unique stand out features such as the built-in ND filter as well as the Super Slow motion at 240fps. I would recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat. There are a few cons to it, but nothing that you can't deal with.
    Date published: 2018-04-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Xlr & firmware update process Sony should’ve put the 2 Xlr connectors on the body like the FS7. No option for true stereo without keeping the handle on at all times because of the Xlr on the handle. I’ve tried updating the firmware following the steps they give on my iMac (2013) & MacBook Pro (2015)... neither will register that the camera connected. (Yeah I tried every USB port) Canon & Panasonic both have drag & drop the downloaded firmware file onto a formatted sd card for updating, Sony should too.
    Date published: 2018-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Flexibility This little camera does everything. You can strip it down and fly it on a drone, or pair it with an external recorder and a rig and use it as a cinema camera. This camera can take on all comers when configured properly.
    Date published: 2018-01-31
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    What is the best Sony lens to use with the PXW ...

    What is the best Sony lens to use with the PXW FS5? Which lens provides all camera functions?
    Asked by: Derek
    Hi, Derek! The Sony E PZ 18-110mm f/4 G OSS Lens is one of the best lenses to use on the PXW-FS5M2. The Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens is also a great value with works nicely with all of the cameras functions. Regards, Erin
    Answered by: SonyListens
    Date published: 2020-01-01

    will the fs5 auto focus if i pair it with a g ...

    will the fs5 auto focus if i pair it with a g master lens?
    Asked by: Miraj
    Hi, Miraj! Yes, it will. ~Ralph
    Answered by: SonyListens
    Date published: 2019-09-20

    Is there a cutoff time for recording? Or can you ...

    Is there a cutoff time for recording? Or can you roll without stopping until the card is full?
    Asked by: Luke
    Hi, Luke! You can record until the card is full. In Relay record mode, the card slot automatically switches from A to B and back. You can continue to swap cards for up to 13 hours, the cameras recording limit. ~Ralph
    Answered by: SonyListens
    Date published: 2019-09-05

    Does the FS5 Mk1 have end trigger recording at ...

    Does the FS5 Mk1 have end trigger recording at 240fps?
    Asked by: Oliver
    Hi Oliver, Yes it does. ~Ralph
    Answered by: SonyListens
    Date published: 2019-05-28

    Can we record 120fps internally and externally at ...

    Can we record 120fps internally and externally at the same time?
    Asked by: NICHOLAS
    Hi NICHOLAS, the FS5 cannot record 120fps internally and externally at the same time
    Answered by: SonyListens
    Date published: 2019-05-03

    Output the fs5 (with the raw update) and the ...

    Output the fs5 (with the raw update) and the fs5m2 to an Atomos Shogun Inferno would give the same image, with same colours, highlight rolloff etc? Or the "colour science improvement" sony did with the Mark 2 would also translate in RAW improvements?
    Asked by: Lucas
    The Color Science Improvements should lead to a better image with the RAW output as well compared to the FS5. It is an improvement to the entire system.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2019-02-18

    Can I mount a Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens ...

    Can I mount a Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens on this Camera?
    Asked by: Shalom
    Hi Shalom, Yes, no problem. ~Ralph
    Answered by: SonyListens
    Date published: 2019-01-16

    Does fs5 mark2 have a waveform? I know that fs5 ...

    Does fs5 mark2 have a waveform? I know that fs5 mark 1 has not.
    Asked by: volodymyr
    We're afraid not, the FS5 Mark II does not have Waveforms.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2019-01-04
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