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You’ll find the PMW-F55 CineAlta camera everywhere – from Hollywood features to episodic TV, commercials, promos, sports and more. Its compact size belies breathtaking 4K image quality and effortless adaptability. Better still, its extraordinary capabilities continue to evolve in response to the creative demands of film-makers worldwide.

Shot with the F55

The versatile F55 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 on the F55

Five reasons to choose the F55

Compact, versatile and future-ready, the F55 gives cinematographers and directors plenty of good reasons to pick CineAlta. Find out why it’s the prime choice whenever you need superlative 4K picture quality and near-limitless creative options – today and tomorrow.

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From Palme d’Or to online drama

It’s everywhere – from major Hollywood features and world cinema prize winners to top-rated episodic TV and premium drama from online streaming leaders like Netflix and Amazon.

And that’s just the start. The flexible, highly modular F55 is an equally popular choice for documentaries, news magazines, indie shorts and music promos.

A process of refinement

It’s the camera that’s always evolving to keep pace with film-makers’ needs. Latest firmware for the F55 adds extended colour space support, high frame rate 16-bit 4K RAW recording, fresh ergonomic refinements and more.

Find out what’s new It’s the camera that’s always evolving to keep pace with film-makers’ needs. Latest firmware for the F55 adds extended colour space support, high frame rate 16-bit 4K RAW recording, fresh ergonomic refinements and more.

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Protecting your investment

After-sales support, including warranty and bespoke tailored contracts from Sony

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You’ll find the PMW-F55 CineAlta camera everywhere – from Hollywood features to episodic TV, commercials, promos, sports and more. Its compact size belies breathtaking 4K image quality and effortless adaptability. Better still, its extraordinary capabilities continue to evolve in response to the creative demands of film-makers worldwide.

Colour outside the lines

Why accept ordinary colour when you can go so much further? Our S-Gamut reproduces reds and greens that are literally beyond the reach of less capable cameras.

Then we preserve every last nuance of colour with phenomenal 16-bit linear RAW recording. This encodes over 65,000 discrete shades of red. Plus 65,000 blues. Plus 65,000 greens.

It all adds up to more than 275,000,000,000,000 possible colours. Want the ultimate in colour fidelity? Then you want Sony.

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The speed you need at 240 frames per second

High speed shooting with the F55 is your passport to exquisite slow motion. Capture 2K RAW at 240 fps for playback at 24p. You’ll get 10x super slow motion playback – perfect for catching fine detail of sports, stunts and explosions, as well as the exquisite beauty of our natural world. (Requires AXS-R5 RAW recorder, sold separately).

Shoot 4K on board

Before the F55, 4K digital cinematography cameras all had one thing in common. They couldn’t save your 4K footage – at least not without some sort of external recorder.

It’s all different with the F55. Turbo-charge your workflow with full 4096 x 2160 resolution, captured on board with the all-I-frame quality of Sony XAVC I recording at a highly practical 240 Mbps (24p).

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ACES is a free, open, device-independent color management and image interchange system that can be applied to almost any current or future workflow. It was developed by hundreds of the industry’s top scientists, engineers and end users, working together under the auspices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Sony has worked closely with the Academy to develop and test various implementations of ACES leading up to Version 1.0. As a member of the ACES Logo Program, Sony is committed to its cameras and related products and solutions supporting ACES-based workflows in the highest quality possible.

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Much more than movies

The capabilities of the F55 extend far beyond the movie lot. Whether you’re shooting documentaries or news, the portable F55 has the poise and agility to keep up with your creative vision – wherever you are and whatever’s happening around you.

An optional build-up kit brings you the familiar ergonomics and proper balance of a true shoulder-mount camera. There’s an adjustable shoulder pad and front block control for comfortably balanced operation. Other upgrades for power, wireless audio, lens support and RAW recording expand shooting possibilities in a wide range of field-based applications.

Rigged for live production, it’s also an ideal choice for capturing sports and cultural events in pristine detail-packed 4K. The F55 fits right in with broadcasters’ workflow, giving OB crews the reassuring operation and flexibility they’d enjoy with any conventional Sony HD system camera.

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Higher Emotions

High Dynamic Range (HDR) takes viewers’ engagement to the next level with brighter highlights, deeper blacks and richer colours. You’re all ready to shoot in HDR with the F55 – opening up exciting new creative possibilities for audiences to enjoy, today and tomorrow.

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Continuous refinement

It’s all about you. And we’re constantly refining the capabilities of the F55 by asking real-world cinematographers what they want.

Like this intuitive new Quick Menu function that makes it easy to perform everyday tasks on the camera’s sub-display at a touch of the Option button. You’ll spend more time making effective creative decisions. And less time diving deep into menu options.

Protecting your investment

After-sales support, including warranty and bespoke tailored contracts from Sony

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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. 25 W (while recording XAVC 4K 60p, EVF Off, LCD monitor Off, 4K 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. 150 min with BP-FL75
Approx. 210 min with BP-GL95A
Recording Format (Video) XAVC (AVC/H.264 High 4:2:2 Intra Profile)
4K: VBR, 600 Mbps max.
HD: SMPTE RP2027 Class100 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 4K (4096 x 2160):
23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
XAVC QFHD (3840 x 2160): 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
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 4K, 23.98p: Approx. 25 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 50 min (SBP-128B)
59.94p: Approx. 10 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 20 min (SBP-128B)
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: T12@24p (3200K light source)
ISO Sensitivity S-Log2 Gamma: ISO 1250 (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 4K/QFHD: 1-60p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p
XAVC 4K/QFHD: 1-50p (PAL), 25p
XAVC 2K/HD: 1-180p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p
XAVC 2K/HD: 1-150p (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), HD mode: SDI 1/2 Line Output, SDI 3/4 Monitor Output
4K mode: SDI 1/2/3/4 Line Output, Display On/Off switchable
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 host, type-A (x1)
USB USB device, Mini-B (x1)
Headphone Output Stereo mini jack (x1)
Speaker Output Monaural
Shutter BNC (x1) *4 
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.