Sony’s F5 is an extremely adaptable camera that is able to fulfill the needs of any production. With its capability to record a wide array of codecs and of capturing resolutions from HD to 4k, this camera can aid any project no matter what the budget or post flow. The F5 excels at maintaining detail in shadows and highlights with its 14 stops of exposure latitude. The camera is rated at ISO 2000 (S-Log 2 gamma) for superb results in available light.
The F5 has a lightweight body and comes from Birns and Sawyer outfitted with the versatile Element Technica cage system, making it easily swapped from a tripod to shoulder-mounted in no time. The F5 side display means reviewing and changing project settings is easy and quick.
Recording formats: HD (MPEG, XAVC, SStP, ProRes, DNxHD), 2K (XAVC or RAW with external recorder), QFHD (XAVC), 4K (XAVC or RAW with external recorder)
Frame rates: Up to 180fps at 2k/XAVC (240fps with external RAW recorder)
Native EI: 2000
Codecs: MPEG, XAVC, ProRes, DNxHD, SStP, (RAW with external recorder)
Sensor: 17:9, 4096×2160
Output: 3G-SDI x4 with 2K and 4K capability, HDMI 1.4a
Weight: Approx. 5lbs
Power Output Options: 2x Hirose connectors 12v 1.8A
Mount Options: Sony FZ, with PL adapter
Media: SxS Pro+ Cards (AXSM Cards for External RAW recorder)
Input: Timecode, Genlock (BNC), 3 pin XLR
Interfaces: USB 2.0, SD Card (for loading Looks, saving frame grabs, etc)
TIPS FROM THE TECH
The F5 has such a variety of options for recording codec, color space, frame rate, and resolution that there is no project this camera can’t handle. The F5 is even able to simultaneously record RAW and XAVC, which is an excellent option for productions that want an uncompressed copy of a project, but don’t have the immediate post capabilities to work with it.
A major tip I have regarding the Sony F5 and F55 is how to approach the menu system. Looking at the menu these cameras can seem a bit complicated. Sony tends to use different labels that are more accurate to what these digital cameras are doing, and are less concerned with accepted film terms. For example, the term “frequency” is used rather than “frame rate”, and for the RAW recorder the term “center scan” is used rather than “2k”. Due to the variety of project settings, the best way to set your options is by deciding what the end goal will be and selecting each setting with the that goal in mind.