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Why Sony’s FS5 Camcorder Could Be a Game Changer

Sony explains that the new camera is designed to fill “an important niche between cameras like Sony's PXW-FS7 and the NEX-FS700."

At IBC, Sony unveiled its new large sensor 4K PXW-FS5 compact Super 35mm camcorder. In its announcement, Sony explains that the new camera is designed to fill “an important niche between cameras like Sony’s PXW-FS7 and the NEX-FS700.”

The 4K camera captures XAVC high-definition using a Super35 Exmor CMOS sensor, with  11.6 million pixels and 8.3 million effective pixels. “The high sensitivity and large size of the sensor delivers background defocus, increased low-light sensitivity and lower image noise,” adds Sony’s press release. “High-quality imagery is further ensured by high frame rate cache recording at 10-bit 4:2:2 Full HD and a high frame rate of up to 240 fps, in 8 second bursts, which makes 1/10 times Super Slow Motion possible without sacrificing bit depth or loss of image quality.”

Other key features: “1/10 times Super Slow Motion reproduction is possible through 10-bit 4:2:2 full HD 240fps High Frame Rate, with no sensor cropping. Low light capabilities and background defocus are heightened by the high sensitivity and large sensor size. 14 stops of latitude in exposure deliver strong grayscale rendition without crushing shadows or blowing out light details.”

Self-droclaimed DP-Editor-Gear Head Erik Naso posted his (mostly quite positive) opinions about the specs just after the announcement went out. 

Check out the first official short film, shot on the FS5, “Free Spirit,” from Den Lennie: