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Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera (International Model) No Warranty
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- 8.9MP Super 35mm CMOS Image Sensor Internal 2K and HD Recording
- 4K/2K RAW Recording to Optional Recorder 2K RAW up to 240fps; 1080p up to 180fps
- SStP SR at 4:4:4 Internally 14 Stops of Dynamic Range
- Built-in 10-Bit 4:4:4 at 440 Mbps Native FZ-Mount and PL-Mount Adapter
- SxS Pro+ Media Cards
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The Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera features an 8.9 MP Super 35mm image sensor capable of capturing 2K and HD internally in Sony's XAVC codec onto SxS PRO+ memory cards, and 4K and 2K RAW to an optional Sony AXS-R5 external recorder. It features 14 stops of dynamic range, applicable to both RAW and XAVC recording as long as S-Log is turned on, for truly film-like rendering of highlights and shadows. The camera natively features an FZ mount and includes a PL-mount adapter.
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At the time of writing, word on the street is that allegedly the SDI board is blowing the Zacuto viewfinders out. But Sony US are replacing them free of charge to those affected. More about the SDI board later!
Next is the issue that more or less everything on that camera is in the wrong place. The audio outputs/inputs stick out at right angles, the ear phone jack in particular is a total pain. Why have they put it right by your cheek? Whenever you use the camera on your shoulder, it sticks into your face! The XLR inputs on the opposite side stick out like a couple of bath taps, ready to knock over the Ming vase. The buttons again are right by your face, and the amount of times I’ve pressed them with my cheek by accident while swinging the camera around is becoming a joke. They have obviously realised this and put a lock button on. But how many times when in the heat of filming do you get chance to remember to keep switching that on or off. The menu system is also a pain, the key things you want, such as 4k centre crop is too deeply buried into the menu, and you can’t assign a button to do a quick work around.
While on the subject of badly designed outputs, the Hirose power outs at the rear, also stick out at stupid angles. So, here’s the usual scenario I find happens to me. I throw the camera on shoulder and embed a Hirose into the back of your head, and then impale an audio mini jack into your cheek. I think the R&D Dept should be renamed the S&M Dept!
The other big problem I have with this camera is weight. I use a Canon CN7, which in itself is a weighty piece of glass, but added to the F5/55/FS7 makes it amazingly front heavy. In fact the camera once loaded is crazy heavy. I have a PDW F800 and that’s light in comparison. By the time I’ve got battery, Sounds Op’s radio link, my video link and the CN7, its coming in at nearly 11kgs. One positive though, my chiropractor loves this camera! I’ve actually stripped the zoom controller off the CN7 to reduce weight, so if anyone is thinking about buying the Sony CBK-55BK ENG adapter I would advise trying it out first loaded, as this will only add more weight and 2 slipped discs!
Finely the elephant in the room! This and possibly the range of cameras, which includes the F55, FS7, and the FS7mk2, leak RF like an incontinent…. Elephant! The SDI board I mentioned earlier is a big concern as it leaks RF (Radio Frequency or EMF – Electro Magnetic Frequency) once you plug into any of the SDI outputs on the side. So much so, it will dramatically reduce the range on your radio mics and/or audio hop radio link. You can see a Youtube clip I made to demonstrate the issue. https://youtu.be/lKxl9Dl3UQc
I’m based in the UK so restricted to UK radio frequencies, so this whole issue may not affect you. In fact the early models of these cameras don’t seem to suffer from the issue at all. Which leads me to think this is a batch issue with either the boards or chipsets. I’ve been in situations where I struggle to get as little as 2 metres range before the radio’s start to splutter. Ironically I use the Sony DWR-SO2 digital mics. I know of several other Camera Op’s who are experiencing the same thing with other systems, such as Lectro’s and Wisycom. As you can see on the video Sony in Japan have acknowledge this is an issue but won’t do anything about it.
So to sum up I would look at the Panasonics, the Arri’s or the Canon alternatives, as this camera although excellent value and really delivers excellent pictures, it makes working as a One Person Op really stressful, especially if sounds involved.