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Sony Unleashes FS5 II Camera: Adds 4K 120fps Raw Output, New Color Science

Sony has expanded its super 35 camera line-up with the launch of the new XDCAM handheld camcorder PXW-FS5M2 (FS5 II). The E-mount camcorder offers flexibility for applications including web commercials, music video production, dramas, corporate and event videography and documentaries. The camera offers 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) with 120fps performance and RAW capabilities. In addition to S-Log 2, S-log 3, the FS5 II offers Instant HDR Workflow to produce HDR content, when shooting in HLG/BT.2020 mode, for quick post-production without the need for grading.

The Sony FS5II E-mount camcorder is tuned to meet the requirements of today’s content creators, With an all-new look with a refined picture tone to capture natural highlights, subtle, alluring and well rendered facial tones and a softer tonal look with emphasis upon skin tones. Using the expertise of Sony’s digital cinematography camera VENICE, FS5II promises a fresh and vivid look, while retaining plenty of creative options in post-production.

High Frame Rate (HFR) shooting including 4K 120fps RAW output and HDR features

This camera builds on Sony’s heritage for image quality, delivering HFR shots supporting four seconds of 120fps in 4K and continuous 240fps in 2K (2048X1080) RAW output, when used in partnership with a compatible external recorder. Continuous 4K 60fps RAW output is also fully supported.

On the other hand, with an internal SD card, the camcorder also offers HFR recording at Full HD 10bit 4:2:2 image quality and a frame rate of up to 240 fps of eight-second cache recording, allowing up to 10x slow motion.Continuous recording of 120fps in Full HD is also supported.

With an Instant HDR Workflow, users can now reduce time needed 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 color grading.

Grab and Shoot Capabilities

Lightweight but robust, the FS5 II’s well balanced 0.8kg body, adaptability and creative features make it a perfect fit for movie shooting. At the same time, its modular design makes it easy to reconfigure for any application including mounting on a gimbal or drone. Sony’s 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.

Now with ten Picture Profile settings, the FS5 allows users to instantly and easily configure the camera for different shooting styles, such as cinematic content creation and online content.

The FS5 II ships from June 2018 onwards.

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