Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta 4K Camcorder



The PMW-F5 CineAlta digital camera shoots spectacular images with its 8.9 megapixels (effective) Sony 4K image sensor. (Mfr # PMW-F5)


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The PMW-F5 CineAlta professional camcorder 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 Sony PMW F5 professional video 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 includes HD/2K on SxS memory and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K on AXSM™ media

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 to120 fps XAVC 2K/HD* internally and 120 fps RAW 2K onto the AXS-R5.

***Expected as a future upgrade.
*****Recording onto the optional AXS-R5 recorder.

Lightweight modular design to maximise versatility in 2D and 3D

Sony F5 is exceptionally small, light and modular, letting you build up the right configuration for each job – or each shot. 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.

Other features:

Additional Features Provided by Firmware Update 2.0

  • 2K RAW/HD simultaneous REC
  • User Gamma
  • HFR Full Scan Mode no Windowing
  • Rotary Dial enabled for audio level adjustment on sub display
  • Fujinon Cabrio lens support, IRIS control from RM controller and REC trigger on lens
  • Simultaneous output from SDI (four outputs total)
  • Waveform and Histogram support
  • SxS REC review
  • Support for mount adapter LA-FZB1/FZB2

Additional Features Provided by Firmware Update 3.0

  • User Monitor LUT created by RAW Viewer
  • AXS REC Review via SDI output
  • HFR Center Scan mode
  • Center Scan mode for S16mm lens
  • Interval recording
  • AES/EBU audio input
  • Preset Sony Look profile
  • User definable clip naming
  • Embedded Clip name meta on SDI Output

Highly Modular Design

In addition to the AXS-R5 recorder, a digital interface on the F5 allows for a variety of optional viewfinders. DVF-EL100 is a 0.7" OLED viewfinder with 1280 x 720 resolution. DVF-L350 is a 3.5" LCD viewfinder with 960 x 540 resolution, and the eyepiece flips up for direct monitoring. DVF-L700 is a 7" LCD viewfinder with 1920 x 1080 resolution for monitoring Full HD pixel-for-pixel. Other modular components include the optional Sony shoulder rig, which features industry-standard rosettes on both sides for quick and easy attachment of third-party hand grips and other accessories.

Optional AXS-R5 "Bolt-on" Recorder

The optional AXS-R5 recorder is designed to dock on the rear of the PMW-F5 and enables 4K and 2K resolution video recording in 16-bit RAW. The AXS-R5 also facilitates high speed frame rates of up to 120 fps in 2K RAW and simultaneous RAW + on-board SxS recording. The recorder uses Sony's newly developed AXSM memory cards, which are compatible with an optional USB 3.0 reader (AXS-CR1). RAW files can be screened using Sony's free RAW Viewer software. (AXS-R5 is sold separately.)

Native FZ-Mount and PL-Mount Adapter

The F5 is designed to accommodate a wide range of lenses. With the PL-mount adaptor, you can take advantage of acclaimed cine optics from Angénieux, Canon, Carl Zeiss, Cooke, FUJIFILM, Leica and more. Slip off the supplied PL-mount adaptor to reveal the native FZ-mount with an 18mm flange focal distance. The FZ-mount provides an interface for native FZ lenses like Sony's SCL-Z18X140 auto focus servo zoom lens or a range of adaptors for still lenses, including Canon EF, Canon FD, Nikon F, Leica M and more.

Dynamic Range Rated at 14 Stops

The ability to render a range of exposure values from deepest shadows to brightest highlights is a crucial test of any digital camera. The F5 is capable of an impressive 14 stops of exposure latitude, low-light sensitivity and low noise in the blacks. The digital sensor's dynamic range approaches that of traditional motion picture film.

Long-life Olivine Battery and Quick Charger

The F5 supports Sony's BP-FL75 battery pack, which uses Olivine Lithium Iron Phosphate instead of conventional Lithium Ion cathodes. The result is a substantial increase in charge-discharge cycles, compared to previous Sony batteries. The Olivine battery works with Sony's BC-L90 quick charger. The camera is also compatible with Sony's BP-GL95A, GL65A, L80S and L60S batteries, which use the BC-L70 and L160 chargers.

Intuitive One-touch Interface

Designed with significant input from cinematographers, the F5 features an intuitive interface for a range of controls. Instead of diving through menus, you get direct, one-touch access to key shooting parameters including frame rate, shutter speed, color temperature, ISO sensitivity and gamma. Assignable buttons mean that your favorite adjustments are always at your fingertips.

Wide Choice of Connections

The F5 offers numerous connections to suit your workflow, including four HD-SDI jacks, HDMI, USB, DC in connection, a removable XLR audio module and a removable time code/genlock module. The XLR inputs accept balanced analogue signals, provide 48-Volt phantom power and will accept four channels of AES/EBU digital audio with an expected firmware upgrade.


Aspect Ratio 17:9
Weight Approx. 2.2 kg / 4 lb 14 oz (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)
Sensitivity Luminance: 2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance, Video Gamma: T13 @24p (3200K light source), S-Log2 Gamma: ISO 2000 (D55 light source)
Dynamic Range 14 stops
Dimensions (WxHxD) 130 x 125 x 191 mm (without protrusions) - 5 1/8 x 5 x 7 5/8 inches (without protrusions)
Imaging Device Super 35mm equivalent Single-chip CMOS
Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C - -4°F to +140°F
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C - 32°F to 104°F
Gain Range / Control -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
Lens Fit & Mount PL mount (with supplied lens mount adapter) , FZ mount (without supplied lens mount adapter)
Memory Memory Cards SxS (x2, ExpressCard 34 slots), SD card slot (x1)
USB USB device, Mini-B (x1) USB host, type-A (x1)
DC Output (12 V) 4-pin (x1), 11 V to 17 V DC (MAX 2.0A) w/ battery adapter
HDMI Output A Type (x1)
Media Type ExpressCard/34 slot (x2) , SD card slot (x1)
Audio Recording Input: XLR-type 3-pin with Line/Mic/Mic +48V/AES/EBU selectable (x2, female) Output: phono jack (CH-1, CH-2) Headphone: Stereo mini jack (x1) Speaker: monaural
Battery Operating Time Approx. 160 min with BP-FL75, Approx. 230 min with BP-GL95A
Video Recording Format XAVC (AVC/H.264 High 4:2:2 Intra Profile), HD: SMPTE RP2027 Class101 compliant, MPEG2 HD (MPEG-2 Long GOP), HD 422 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps max., MPEG-2 422P@HL, *2
Shutter Speed BNC (x1)
Genlock / Timecode TC IN/OUT switchable (x1)
Power consumption Approx .24 W (while recording XAVC HD 60p, EVF Off, LCD monitor Off, HD-SDI On)
Video Output HD-Y or HD Sync (tri-level) V1.0, Analog Composite (VUP)
Power requirement DC 12 V (11 V to 17.0 V)
HD-SDI Output SDI 1/2 Line Output, SDI 3/4 Monitor Output (character on/off)
Pixel Resolution 11.6M (total), 8.9M (effective)
Sensor Type Super 35mm equivalent single-chip CMOS
Recording Format(s) (Audio) LPCM 8CH (2CH recording/playback), 24-bit, 48-kHz
Recording Frame Rate 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
Mass 2.2 kg (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories) 4 lb 14 oz (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)
Slow & Quick Motion Function XAVC 2K/HD: 1-120p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p, XAVC 2K/HD: 1-100p (PAL), 25p
Gamma Curve Standard (x6), HG1, HG2, HG3, HG4, HG7, HG8, S-Log2 Gamma
Wi-Fi USB host, type-A (x1)

Item Includes

  • 1 x Lens mount adapter 
  • 1 x Battery adapter 
  • 1x Audio input connector 
  • 4x Screws for the audio input connector 
  • 1x Tape measure hook 
  • 1x USB wireless LAN module IFU-WLM3  *4 
  • 1x Before Using this Unit 
  • 1x Operating Instructions (CD-ROM) 
  • Standard Manufacturer's Warranty


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