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The compact, flexible PMW-F5 makes serious cinematography in HD, 2K, QFHD or 4K accessible on all budgets. Modular, easy to use and highly sensitive, it’s effortlessly adaptable to suit different production agendas, from documentaries to music promos and ENG. It can even be upgraded to the PMW- F55 to match your widening creative horizons.

Shot with Sony CineAlta

Sony CineAlta brings films and TV shows to life with spectacular 4K detail, colour and dynamic range. No wonder it’s the go-to choice for many of the world’s most in-demand image makers.

Discover the spectacular range of movies and TV shot with Sony CineAlta cameras

Shoot spectacular
HD, 2K, QFHD or 4K

Even if you're not planning on 4K production just yet, the 11.6 megapixel resolution of our 4K CMOS image sensor in the F5 lets you to shoot gorgeous, super-sampled HD right now, with visibly superior texture, detail and contrast that HD sensors just can’t touch.

Preserving all the original detail of your original shot, your future-proofed 4K master is ready to take full advantage of the fast-growing 4K Ultra HD distribution ecosystem.

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Upgrade your investment

Once you’ve tasted the limitless creative possibilities of CineAlta, you could find yourself wanting even more. A factory upgrade option adds a new image sensor module and firmware, transforming the F5 into the even more capable F55.

You’ll gain exciting functional advantages including on-board XAVC™ recording in 4K and QFHD (3840 x 2160), electronic frame image scan to eliminate rolling shutter, real-time 4K output over SDI and HDMI, and extended S-Gamut colour.

Also available, an optional licence upgrades the F5 to allow XAVC 4K and XAVC QFHD internal recording, together with a 4K/QFHD output via 3G-SDI and HDMI.

"With the F5, I am getting the beautiful detail my producers want. The latest firmware update gave me the ability to use a Center Cut of the sensor for 2K shooting. That, with the ultra-long lens, finally gets me sharp and close.”

Emmy Award winning
nature cinematographer, Bob Poole

PHOTO: GINA POOLE

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The compact, flexible PMW-F5 makes serious cinematography in HD, 2K, QFHD or 4K accessible on all budgets. Modular, easy to use and highly sensitive, it’s effortlessly adaptable to suit different production agendas, from documentaries to music promos and ENG. It can even be upgraded to the PMW-F55 to match your widening creative horizons.

Extraordinary latitude

Cinematographers tell their stories with light and shadow – and the ability to render tones from deepest shadows to brightest highlights is a crucial test of any digital camera.

The F5 excels with an impressive 14 stops of exposure latitude, bringing audiences more emotion, depth and detail in every frame.

DPs notice how the F5 holds remarkable detail in the highlights, together with extremely low noise in blacks and lowlights. The result? Graceful, ultra-natural contrast rendering in any scene.

The F5 is shown here with the AXS-R7 4K Portable Memory Recorder.

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High speed 240 fps shooting

From stunts and explosions to a single raindrop - high-speed shooting at up to 240 frames per second with the F5 gives directors and DPs a powerful storytelling tool.

The camera also supports Slow & Quick (S&Q) motion for overcranking and undercranking, letting you alter the narrative by speeding up or slowing down the action in 1 fps increments.

You’ll enjoy full quality at any frame rate, with no sacrifice in bit depth and no ‘windowing’ of the sensor. So there's no crop factor and no loss in angle of view.

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Modularity equals versatility

Surprisingly small, light and modular, the F5 lets you build up the right configuration for each project – or each shot.

Add the AXS-R7 Portable Memory Recorder and capture 2K RAW at up to 240 fps for silk-smooth 10x super slow motion. Detach the recorder with an extension cable to shoot in tight spaces with rigs and cranes*. Or go with internal recording whenever size and weight are top priorities.

The optional CBK-55BK build-up kit transforms the F5 into a familiar shoulder-mounted camcorder for news and field-based production. You can even mount B4 lenses via an optional adapter to switch between broadcast- and cine-style shooting.

*4K recording up to 60fps supported when using the AXS-R5/R7 extension cable.

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Don’t miss a moment

With the F5 you’re always ready for the unexpected. Great for wildlife and documentary shooting, cache recording continually stores the last 15 seconds* of action prior to pressing the camera’s record button.

So when something unpredictable happens, you know that the crucial moment’s already been captured.

* Time depends on codec, resolution and camera settings

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Technical Specifications

Please be aware that the features/specifications can differ from country to country

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General

Power Requirements DC 12 V (11 V to 17 V)
Power Consumption Approx .24 W (while recording XAVC HD 60p, EVF Off, LCD monitor Off, HD-SDI On)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
32°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C
-4°F to +140°F
Mass 2.2 kg (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)
4 lb 14 oz (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)
Dimensions (W x H x D) *1 130 x 125 x 191 mm (without protrusions)
5 1/8 x 5 x 7 5/8 inches (without protrusions)
Battery Operating Time Approx. 160 min with BP-FL75
Approx. 230 min with BP-GL95A
Recording Format (Video) XAVC (AVC/H.264 High 4:2:2 Intra Profile)
HD: SMPTE RP2027 Class101 compliant
MPEG2 HD (MPEG-2 Long GOP)
HD 422 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps max., MPEG-2 422P@HL
 *2 
Recording Format (Audio) LPCM 8CH (2CH recording/playback), 24-bit, 48-kHz
Recording Frame Rate XAVC 2K (2048 x 1080):
23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
XAVC HD (1920x1080):
23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
MPEG4 SStP (1920 x 1080):
23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p
MPEG2 HD (1920x1080):
23.98p/25p/29.97p/50i/59.94i
MPEG2 HD (1280 x 720):
50p/59.94p
 *3 
Recording/Playback Time XAVC HD, 23.98p: Approx. 70 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 140 min (SBP-128B)
59.94p: Approx. 30 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 60 min (SBP-128B)
MPEG2 HD: Approx. 60 min (SBS-32G1A)/Approx. 120 min (SBS-64G1A)

Camera Section

Imaging Device (Type) Super 35mm equivalent Single-chip CMOS
Imaging Device (Pixel Count) 11.6M (total), 8.9M (effective)
Aspect Ratio 17:9
Built-in Filters Clear, 0.9 (1/8ND), 1.8 (1/64ND)
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) Video Gamma: T14@24p (3200K light source)
ISO Sensitivity S-Log2 Gamma: ISO 2000 (D55 light source)
Lens Mount PL mount (with supplied lens mount adapter)
FZ mount (without supplied lens mount adapter)
Latitude 14-stop
S/N Ratio 57dB (Video Gamma, 24p, Noise Suppression OFF)
Shutter Speed 1/24s to 1/6,000s (23.98PsF)
Shutter Angle 4.2°to 360°(electrical shutter)
Slow Shutter (SLS) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-frame accumulation
Slow & Quick Motion Function XAVC 2K/HD: 1-120p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p
XAVC 2K/HD: 1-100p (PAL), 25p
White Balance Preset (3200K, 4300K, 5500K), Memory
Gain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
Gamma Curve Standard (x6)
HG1, HG2, HG3, HG4, HG7, HG8
S-Log2 Gamma

Input/Output

Audio Input CH-1/CH-2: XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), Line/Mic/Mic +48V (AES/EBU) *4  switchable
DC Input XLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1), 11 V to 17 V DC
DC Output 4-pin (x2), 11 V to 17 V DC (max. 1.8 A) with battery adapter
Viewfinder Digital viewfinder interface (x1)
SDI Output BNC (x4), SDI 1/2 Line Output, SDI 3/4 Monitor Output
Test Output BNC (x1), HD-Y or HD Sync (tri-level) V1.0
Timecode Input/Output TC IN/OUT (x1) switchable
Genlock Input BNC (x1)
Remote 8-pin (x1)
HDMI Output A Type (x1)
USB USB device, Mini-B (x1)
USB host, type-A (x1)
Headphone Output Stereo mini jack (x1)
Speaker Output Monaural
Shutter BNC (x1) (To be supported by future upgrades.)
Wi-Fi USB host, type-A (x1)

Media

Type ExpressCard/34 slot (x2)
SD card slot (x1)

Supplied Accessories

Supplied Accessories Lens mount adapter (1)
Battery adapter (1)
Audio input connector (1)
Screws for the audio input connector (4)
Tape measure hook (1)
USB wireless LAN module IFU-WLM3 (1) *4 
Before Using this Unit (1)
Operating Instructions (CD-ROM) (1)

Notes

Note *1 The values for dimensions are approximate.
*2 These are the supported formats at launch and will be added by future upgrades.
*3 Some frame rates are not supported at launch and will be supported by future upgrades.
*4 To be supported by future upgrades.

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