Sony unleashes refined creativity with the new FS5 II

Sony’s Super 35 mm handheld camcorder now adds 4K 120fps RAW output and new colour science to capture lifelike natural images

Sony has today expanded its Large Format Sensor category with the launch of the new XDCAM™ handheld camcorder FS5 (Body PXW-FS5M2, Lens Kit: PXW-FS5M2K). Complete with stunning 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 120fps performance and RAW capabilities, the new Super 35 mm camcorder marries outstanding image quality with an ergonomic modular frame, offering content creators the ultimate creative flexibility.

In addition to S-Log 2/3, the FS offers Instant HDR Workflow to produce HDR content for quick post-production without the need for grading.

The FS5II is an outstanding E-mount camcorder for interchangeable lens camera users, offering boundless creative options for web commercial, music video production, dramas, corporate & event videos and documentaries.

Ultimate handheld creative camcorder

Tuned to meet the requirements of today’s content creators, the FS5II features an all-new look with a refined picture tone to capture natural highlights, subtle, alluring and well rendered facial tones and a softer tonal look with emphasis upon skin tones.. . Using the accumulated expertise of Sony’s digital cinematography camera VENICE, FS5 promises a fresh and vivid look, while retaining plenty of creative options in post-production thanks to its high performance 4K Super 35 Exmor® CMOS sensor.

“When Sony develops new camera technologies, we gather feedback from all ends of the production chain – from DOPs through to post production around the workflow,” said David Green, Product Manager, Sony Australia. “This camera was no exception. We’ve evolved and developed our hugely popular FS5 with default shooting capabilities, and the FS5 II is now a powerful addition to the Large Format Sensor line-up, which promises even more flexibility and creative choices.”

High Frame Rate (HFR) shooting including 4K¹ 120fps² RAW output and HDR features

This camera builds on Sony’s heritage for image quality, delivering stunning HFR shots supporting four seconds of 120fps² in 4K¹ and continuous 240fps in 2K RAW output, when used in partnership with a compatible external recorder. No surprises that continuous 4K 60fps RAW output is also fully supported.

On the other hand, with an internal SD card, the camcorder also offers HFR recording at Full HD 10bit 4:2:2 image quality and a frame rate of up to 240 fps of eight-second cache recording, allowing up to 10x slow motion . Continuous recording of 120fps in Full HD is also supported.

With an Instant HDR Workflow³, users can now reduce time needed in post-production and produce high-quality HDR content quickly without the need of grading. Whilst for productions of longer lead-times, S-Log 2/3 allows the HDR image to be fine-tuned via colour grading.

Grab and Shoot Capabilities

Lightweight but robust, the FS5 II’s well balanced 0.8kg body, adaptability and creative features make it a perfect fit for movie shooting. At the same time, its modular design makes it easy to reconfigure for any application including mounting on a gimbal or drone. Sony’s unique Electronic Variable ND filter with Auto ND function covers a wide range of exposure adjustment as well as creating a wide range of shallow Depth of Field control.

Now with ten Picture Profile settings, the FS5 allows users to instantly and easily configure the camera for different shooting styles, such as cinematic content creation and online content.

The FS5 II will be available from June 2018 onwards. »

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