Sony has expanded its Large Format Sensor category with the launch of the new XDCAM handheld camcorder FS5 II. Complete with stunning 4KHDR and 120fps performance and RAW capabilities, the new Super 35 mm camcorder combines new advances in image quality with a modular frame designed for ease of handheld operation and easy workflows for content creators. The FS5 II will begin shipping in May.
In addition to S-Log 2/3, the FS5 II offers Instant HDR Workflow to produce HDR content for quick post-production without the need of grading. The FS5 II is a great E-mount camcorder for interchangeable lens camera users, and will be aimed at pro users creating web commercials, music videos, dramas, corporate & event videos and short form documentaries. With an Instant HDR Workflow users can now reduce time 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.
The FS5 II features an all-new design by Sony with a refined picture tone that captures natural highlights, and well rendered facial tones and a softer tonal looks for capturing portraits and people. Using the accumulated expertise of Sony’s digital cinema camera VENICE, it promises a fresh and vivid look while still retaining plenty of creative options in post-production thanks to its high performance 4K Super 35 Exmor CMOS sensor.
Claus Pfeifer, Head of Technical Sales – Media Solutions, Sony Professional Solutions Europe explains: “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. This camera was no exception. We’ve evolved and developed our hugely popular FS5 with default shooting capabilities and the FS5II is now a powerful addition to the Large Format Sensor line-up which promises even more flexibility and creative choices.”
High Frame Rate shooting including 4K 120fps RAW output and HDR features - the FS5 II builds on Sony’s heritage for image quality, delivering stunning High Frame rate shots supporting four seconds of 120fps in 4K and continuous 240fps in 2K RAW output when used in partnership with a compatible external recorder. Continuous 4K 60fps RAW output is fully supported and when recording on an internal SD card, the camcorder also offers High Frame Rate (HFR) recording at Full HD 10 bit 4:2:2 image quality and a frame rate of up to 240 fps of 8-second cache recording, allowing up to 10 x slow motion. Continuous recording of 120fps in Full HD is also supported.
Wieghing only 0.8kg the FS5 II has a lightweight but balanced body, whilst its modular design will make it easy to reconfigure for 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.
It comes with ten Picture Profile settings allowing users to easily configure the camera for different shooting styles, such as cinematic content and online content.