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Sony Announces Compact 4K Large-Sensor Camcorder

More choice for 4K shooting

Sony PXW-FS5K 4K camcorder with 18-105mm kit lens

PARK RIDGE, N.J. — Sony announced a compact large-sensor 4K camera: the PXW-FS5 Super 35mm camcorder. The new model rounds out Sony’s line of 4K professional cameras, filling an important niche between cameras like Sony’s PXW-FS7 and the NEX-FS700, or complementing Sony’s new consumer α7R II and α7S II models.

As a companion camera or on its own, the PXW-FS5 fits a range of applications, including documentary and independent filmmaking, online content creation, student film projects and even DSLR users looking to “step up.”

The PXW-FS5 is designed for hand-held shooting. The lightweight body has good weight balance and it can be used in almost any location, even airborne when mounted on a drone. A variety of shooting angles is possible with the one-touch rotatable grip. All key controls are at the user’s fingertips, allowing for shooting flexibility and instant switching between low or high angle shooting.

Users can attach the 3.5-inch type LCD panel to different positions on the handle or the compact camera body, further supporting handheld operation and customized shooting.

Capable of 4K XAVC high-definition shooting, the camera’s Super35 Exmor CMOS sensor incorporates 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. Image quality 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.

The PXW-FS5 is the first Super35 camcorder to feature built-in electronic variable neutral-density filters, further expanding the depth of field representation by the large-format sensor and enabling flexible exposure control.

The compact power zoom E lens PZ 18-105mm f 4 G OSS (SELP18105G) provided in the PXW-FS5K kit model enables zoom operation with one hand.

Integrating easily with other camera lenses, Sony’s mount system offers compatibility with both Sony and third-party lenses. The PXW-FS5’s E-mount can take virtually any lens, such as SLR lenses via an adapter, as well as Sony’s E-mount and A-mount lenses.

The PXW-FS5 is planned to be available in November 2015, at the following suggested list pricing: PXW-FS5, $6,699 (body only); PXW-FS5K, $7,299 (with kit lens)