Sony has simply unveiled the FS5 II, the successor to the widespread FS5 that was introduced again in 2015. We nonetheless solely have restricted details about this digicam, however we will probably be updating this publish as extra comes at hand. Newsshooter is at the Sony NAB press convention the place the digicam was introduced so keep tuned for a video publish and extra particulars.


It’s no actual shock that Sony has determined to replace their entry stage digital cinema digicam. With new competitors in the type of the Canon C200, Panasonic EVA-1, and Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro, Sony thought it clever to present the FS5 a make over. While some might argue (and it’s a legitimate argument) that the FS7 II is the direct competitors to these cameras I simply talked about, I feel the FS5 II is as effectively. The FS5 II will not be a serious departure from the authentic FS5 and at first look it doesn’t look that a lot totally different. What Sony have accomplished with the FS5 II is just like what they did with the FS7 II. Take an already current product and enhance on it somewhat than making an attempt to re invent the wheel.

Most of the FS5 II’s enhancements are below the hood. The digicam makes use of the identical 4K Super 35 EXMOR sensor that encompasses a claimed 14 stops of latitude as the authentic FS5. What is totally different is with regards to the picture processing. Sony say that they’ve refined the shade science, given the digicam a extra pure spotlight roll off, improved pores and skin tone rendition, and created a extra elegant and natural trying picture (their phrases not mine).

There’s additionally an extra 9 Picture Profiles, together with ones customised for S-Log2, S-Log3 and a profile particularly tuned to supply vibrant, excessive distinction visuals for creators who want a DSLR-style look. Each profile could be individually adjusted to fit your particular necessities and switched between in seconds.

The authentic FS5 was an incredible entry stage digicam for capturing excessive body charges, however over the previous couple of years plenty of the competitors has began to catch up. To attempt to preserve in entrance, Sony has barely tinkered with the excessive body price choices on the new FS5 II. The FS5 II can internally document 2K (2048×1080) at 240fps (in 8 second bursts), FHD (1920×1080) constantly at 120fps, and 8 seconds of 480fps and 960fps at decrease resolutions by way of a cache to SDXC media. At launch, the authentic FS5 may solely seize FHD (1920×1080) 10-bit 4:2:2 as much as 60fps constantly. If you wished to document increased body charges (120, 240, 480, 960 fps) they needed to be accomplished through a buffered cache recording. With a firmware replace that occurred in July final yr the FS5 was capable of document as much as 240fps constantly in 2K to an exterior recorder. Unfortunately this steady excessive pace recording may solely be accomplished when you had bought the CBKZ-FS5HFR license which value $499US.

Just like the FS5, the FS5 II has a RAW output that means that you can externally seize 12-bit 4K and 2K RAW to exterior recorders. In this mode you’ll be able to seize 4K(4096×2160) 120fps for 4 seconds and 2K (2048×1080) constantly at as much as 240fps. On the authentic FS5 this was a paid improve, and from our preliminary understanding this appears to be free on the FS5 II.

It is unclear at this stage as as to if the FS5 II can be restricted to 30p recording in UHD and 4K DCI in a Eight-bit 4:2:0color area, or whether or not it has been improved to 10-bit 4:2:2 at as much as 60p. This Eight-bit 4:2:0 UHD and 4K DCI recording was most likely the largest factor homeowners of the FS5 complained about.