Some poor wee Japanese person is going to get his or her marching orders after releasing the new Sony PMW-F5/55 by mistake. Although the press release does have yesterdays date on it I spoke to Sony at BVE on Tuesday and these figures were not going to be announced till the end of November.
The F5 is about what I was expecting as is the F55, though your going to need a ton of work to justify the cost of the 55 remembering all the extras your going to need to make it happen…plus some decent glass !
So what camera are you going to choose…the cheaper F5 is a massive £10K cheaper but the F55 has that all important global shutter which makes it far more useful for moving shots….
Sony “The traditional CMOS image sensor uses a ‘rolling’ shutter that can result in images with unwanted distortions like motion skew and flash banding. That can be annoying, especially when shooting visual effects or 3D. Anything but typical, the F55 incorporates electronic global shutter. Rolling shutter distortions aren’t minimised, they’re completely eliminated.”
The other big difference is that the F55 internal recording formats are HD, 2K, 4K while the F5 is HD and 2K only so the F55 is far more versatile and future proof.
Pricing sourced from XDCAM USER.