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.
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.
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.
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.
Emmy Award winning
nature cinematographer, Bob Poole
PHOTO: GINA POOLE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sony 4K sensor for gorgeous, super-sampled HD and 2K
The PMW-F5 CineAlta camera shoots spectacular images with its 8.9 megapixels (effective) Sony 4K image sensor. You get superior, super-sampled pictures with noticeably higher contrast, rich colour reproduction and greater clarity. The camera offers robust built-in recording modes, all with vibrant 4:2:2 colour. Irresistible options include the amazing precision of 16-bit linear RAW 2K/4K recording and high speed shooting at up to 120 fps without cropping.
Multiple recording formats include MPEG-2 HD422, MPEG4 SStP, XAVC 2K/HD and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K*. You can have simultaneous recording on internal high-speed SxS PRO+ memory cards and RAW 2K/4K recording on sleek AXSM™ memory cards using the optional bolt-on AXS-R5 recorder, designed specifically to attach seamlessly to the F55 and F5 cameras. There is also high speed shooting up to180 fps XAVC 2K/HD* internally and 120 fps RAW 2K onto the AXS-R5. Recording directly in Apple ProRes codec and Avid DNxHD codec are also available options.
* Recording onto the optional AXS-R5 recorder.
The F5 is exceptionally small, light and modular, letting you build up the right configuration for each job – or each shot. The camera includes cache recording functions and has an easy-to-access customised user menu that sits on top of the setup menu. As well as the choice of formats and internal and external recording options, you can attached a variety of viewfinders, including the revolutionary optional DVF-EL100 OLED viewfinder, PL-mount, FZ-mount and still lenses, including second-generation Sony PL-mount lenses, and extra long-life Olivine – Lithium Iron Phosphate – batteries. The chassis is only slightly wider than a typical PL-mount prime lens, perfect for 3D rigs. An optional shoulder rig provides for hand-held and shoulder-mounted shooting.