Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM
Super 35 Cinema Camera
As part of Sony’s line of digital cinema cameras, the PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Cinema Camera System captures 4K UHD video using a Super 35mm-sized sensor for cinematic imagery. Though small in size, it incorporates professional features that differentiate it from consumer and DSLR/mirrorless cameras and make it suitable for use on productions as diverse as Event and Wedding Video, cinéma vérité-style documentaries, reality TV, and commercial and corporate applications.
The camera’s E-mount is machined from stainless steel and allows you to use E-mount lenses or accept most 35mm lenses with the use of adapters, including PL, EF, Leica, and Nikon lenses. The camera records in your choice of XAVC-L or AVCHD. It incorporates two SD media card slots that support simultaneous or relay recording. Outputs include both HDMI and SDI and Sony’s proprietary Multi-Terminal. The body also incorporates an Ethernet connector, headphone jack, and XLR audio inputs. All connectors and card slots are covered to protect from dust incursion. The camera supports Wi-Fi and NFC functionality, allowing you live stream from the camera, or control it from a wireless device.
The 4K Super 35 EXMOR sensor features approximately 14 stops of latitude and a wide colour gamut. It offers a choice of XAVC or AVCHD codecs. The XAVC codec can be used for 4K and HD recording, while MPEG-2 is limited to HD recording. The XAVC Long allows you to encode from HD to UHD using Intra-Frame or Long GoP compression with 10-bit 422 for HD and 8-bit 420 for UHD.
The PXW-FS5 is equipped with an E-mount machined from solid stainless steel for stability and strength. It accepts E-mount lenses from Sony, Zeiss, and other manufacturers. The shallow flange distance allows you to mount most 35mm lens types, such as PL, DSLR, and legacy SLR lenses, including Canon EF, Leica, and Nikon as well as many others with mechanical adapters.
The camera includes an ergonomic handgrip that Sony calls a SmartGrip, which features Zoom, Start/Stop and Assign controls. The SmartGrip facilitates camera operation with the right hand, leaving the left hand free to operate the lens. The handgrip can be positioned at different angles permitting greater flexibility.
The camera features two SD media slots that support simultaneous or relay recording. One of the two SD slots also accepts Memory Stick-type media.
All input, output connectors feature covers for dust protection; this applies even to the DC input and LANC connector. The media card slots and Multi-Terminal are likewise protected from dust by a swing away door.
The camera includes a removable top handle that incorporates a second XLR 3-pin audio input that compliments the 3-pin XLR input incorporated into the body. Both audio inputs feature a selector switch for line/mic/mic+48.
The top handle allows you to attach the LCD viewfinder to the camera, providing you with a choice of using the camera’s built-in EVF, or a larger LCD viewscreen. Audio level control is on the main body of the camera and offers automatic gain control.
A built-in, electronic, variable ND system allows you to dial in anywhere from 1/4 to 1/128th ND filtration in the camera body, allowing you to eschew the use of optical ND filters. The variable ND also features four preset positions; off, 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64.
An SDI connector provides HD 10-bit 422 output. In addition, one A-type HDMI 2.0 provides 4K and HD output. Both the SDI and HDMI ports can output REC trigger and TC following Sony’s established transmission method.
The PXW-FS5 records to XAVC-L QFHD 8-bit 420 (up to 30fps) and HD 10-bit 422 (up to 60fps) internally.
The PXW-FS5 has Simultaneous-Recording capability with Individual Rec Trigger. Mirror or back-up recording is possible. There are two Rec s/s buttons: one on the camera grip, the other on the camera handle. The target SD card slot for each trigger is assigned in the Recording Menu.
The PXX-FS5 is capable of simultaneously recording proxy files with the same name and time code as the main recordings.
The camera has a built in Wi-Fi capabilities that enables live streaming to PCs, tablets, and smart phones. When using content Browser mobile, the user can even control the camera wirelessly.
An Ethernet connector located on the rear panel of the camera provides robust connections when a reliable Wi-Fi link is not available.
Super 35mm Single-Chip 11.6MP Exmor CMOS
Effective Picture Size (H x V)
3840 x 2160
3.5″ / 8.8 cm
Approx: 1.56M dots
0.39″ / 0.99 cm OLED
Approx: 1.44M dots
Variable: 1/4 to 1/128
Presets: Clear, 1/4, 1/26, 1/64
ISO Rating: 3200 (S-Log3 Gamma)
Lux: 2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance
Video Gamma: T14(3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p mode, 3200K)`
60i: 0.16 lx (iris f/1.4, gain auto, shutter speed 1/24)
50i: 0.18 lx (iris f/1.4, gain auto, shutter speed 1/25)
57 db (Y) (typical)
100Mb/s: 3840 x 2160p 29.97 / 25 / 23.98
60Mb/s: 3840 x 2160p 29.97 / 25 / 23.98
50Mb/s: 1920 x 1080p 59.94 / 50 / 29.97 / 25 / 23.98
50Mb/s: 1920 x 1080i 59.94 / 50
50Mb/s: 1280 x 720p 59.94 / 50
35Mb/s: 1920 x 1280p 59.94 / 50 / 29.97 / 25 / 23.98
25Mb/s: 1920 x 1080i 59.94 / 50
H.264 / AVC
1280 x 720: 3 to 6Mb/s
640 x 360: 1 to 3Mb/s
28Mb/s (PS): 1920 x 1080p 59.94 / 50
24Mb/s (FX): 1920 x 1080p 29.97 / 25 / 23.98
24Mb/s (FX): 1920 x 1080i 59.94 / 50
24Mb/s (FX): 1280 x 720p: 59.94 / 50
17Mb/s (FH): 1920 x 1080p 29.97 / 25 / 23.98
17Mb/s (FH): 1920 x 1080i 59.94 / 50
17Mb/s (FH): 1280 x 720p: 59.94 / 50
9Mb/s (HQ): 1280 x 720p: 59.94 / 50
Audio Recording Format
Linear PCM 2 ch, 24-bit, 48kHz
Linear PCM 2 ch, 16-bit, 48kHz
Dolby digital 2ch, 16-bit, 48kHz
60i: 1/8 to 1/10,000
50i/24p:1/6 to 1/10,000
0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24,27, 30dB, AGC
Memory B (1500K-50000K)/ATW
Slow & Quick Motion Function
3840 x 2160 30p: Frame rate selectable 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30
3840 x 2160 25p: Frame rate selectable 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 25
1920 x 1080 60i: Frame rate selectable 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60
1920 x 1080 50i: Frame rate selectable 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 25, 50
Super Slow Motion
60i: Frame rate selectable ( 120, 240, 480, 960)
50i: Frame rate selectable ( 100, 240, 400, 800)
Format: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
Security: WEP / WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
NFC: NFC Forum Type 3 Tag Compliant
Media Card Slots
1 x MS/SD (dual Memory Stick/SD)
1 x SD
Input and Output Connectors
2 x 3-pin XLR
1 x BNC HD/3G-SDI
1 x Type A
1 x Multi/Micro (composite video integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack)
1 x Stereo mini jack
Stereo mini jack (Φ2.5 mm)
1 x RJ-45 (100Base-TX/10Base-T