Sony FS5 and A7S Mark II announced!

Date : 2015-09-11
Comments :

Sony will shortly announce a new camera in between the FS700 and the FS7 today, right now!

The new camera is the Sony PXW-FS5:

  • 4K Exmor Super35mm CMOS
  • XAVC QFHD UHD 4K : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile (29.97p, 25p, 23.98p 100Mbps/60Mbps)
  • XAVC HD : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:2 Long profile (59.94p, 50p, 50Mbps/35Mbps)
  • 240fps Full HD 4:2:2 10bit
  • Records on MemoryStick or SD-Card
  • Detatchable rotatable grip and top handle.
  • Electrical Vari ND
  • Raw output available in future via firmware
  • Price point: €5800 without lens

  Sony F5 Detailed Specs

FS5 thoughts

It will be a strong competition to Canon’s C100 MkII/C300. Downside is the codec with only 100mbit in 4K, which is way too low compared to Canon’s XC10 which has 305mbit 4:2:2 in 4K. I see it more as a replacement for the FS700 and the even the older FS100.

And the new A7S Mark II:

  • 409600 ISO
  • Internal 4K (UHD) XAVC-S 4:2:0 8-bit 60/100mbit
  • HD XAVC-S 4:2:0 8-bit up to 120p 60/100mbit
  • HD AVCHD 4:2:0 8-bit up to 60p 28mbit
  • full sensor readout with no Pixel binning

sony-fs-announcement

A7S II thoughts

The Sony A7S Mark II now features 4K (UHD) internally, but with the cavait of the XAVC-S Codec with only 100mbit in 4:2:0 which is much to low for even medium quality 4K video from which you want crop in. The 100mbit will compress small details completely away. See it as a 4K Smartphone camera with swapable lenses.
Other so in HD with 120fps recording speed in 1080p. Thats a nice addition. Take that and a bit better image processing and less noise and you got a nice upgrade to the A7S with a 4K marketing badge on it. Because at this low datarate 4K is just useless.
Eager to await one to test it and take a look and the image.


By PJZ

Filmmaker and Electronics Gadget Specialist with background in 3D-Animation and Compositing based in Vienna, Austria.

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